Don't-Miss OS X Stories

Ripped DVDs and the empty AUDIO_TS folder

You have the contents of a ripped DVD and see an empty AUDIO_TS folder. Do you need it? Chris Breen explains.

How to encrypt your email

What with all the talk of governments accessing our email, some people would like to prevent that from happening. Chris Breen explains how to encrypt email with Apple's Mail.

Deleting stubborn Outlook messages

You've tried everything you can to delete a message in Outlook 2011, yet the darned thing resists every effort. Chris Breen offers a solution that works.

Syncing calendars between Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard

Problem: You have events in Mountain Lion's Calendar application and would like to share them with your Mac running Snow Leopard. iCloud is out. Chris Breen tells you what's in.

Clearing up Mac App Store confusion

The Mac App Store tells you that there's an update available for an application you own. Yet when you try to get it, no joy as you're informed that it's for a phantom account. Here's how to fix the problem.

How to sync an Android phone to your Mac

Syncing an iPhone to a Mac is simple. Syncing an Android phone may not be quite as easy, but it isn't hard. Here's how to do it.

Five Dictionary tricks I can't live without

Few Mac users know how to make the most out of OS X's built-in Dictionary app. Scholle Sawyer McFarland shares five tricks for Mountain Lion.

Seeking a simple movie editor? Try QuickTime Pro 7

QuickTime Player X is pretty, but as a video editor it's a complete zero. Go old school and get a copy of QuickTime Player Pro 7.

Five overlooked OS X system tweaks

The Accessibility preferences pane is packed with features for Mac users with limited seeing, hearing, and mobility. But did you know that some of its nifty features can benefit everyone?

Five overlooked abilities of the Finder's Path Bar

What's the Path Bar? It's the quickest way to see where a file is in your file hierarchy, and it often provides the quickest way to move the file, too. Here are five tips for taking advantage of this overlooked tool.

AirPort interference? Leave it alone

Is your cordless phone causing interference issues with your AirPort network? Change your phone rather than your AirPort settings.

Switch to Mac: Transfer your files from a PC to a Mac

You've bought a Mac! Now, how exactly are you going to get all your files off your PC? Joe Kissell lays out your options.

Type special characters in OS X

Your Mac’s keyboard makes it easy to type any of the standard characters—the ones used most frequently in everyday typing. But OS X lets you use hundreds of special characters that don’t appear on your keyboard’s keys. This video explains three ways to access special characters in OS X.