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The version of Safari that comes with OS X Mountain Lion has a new unified search-address field. That can be a big convenience, but it can also be a problem if you want to copy or save the URL of a Google search; the URL doesn't appear in the search-address field, only the search term. But Dan Frakes and others figured out some fixes for that.
The good news: The latest version of OS X appears to be a generally stable update. But that doesn't mean a few bugs can't crop here and there. Ted Landau looks at a few issues you may encounter when running Mountain Lion.
For laptop users, one of Mountain Lion's big new features is Power Nap, which can automatically update and sync your Mac while it sleeps. Dan Frakes takes a closer look at how to use this iOS-like feature.
Now that Mountain Lion is here, it's time to roll out some reader tips for it. First up: how to quickly pause alerts and banners, and a shortcut for renaming Safari bookmarks.
When Apple ships a new version of the Mac OS, it generally takes no more than 24 hours for the questions to come pouring in. Such is exactly the case with Mountain Lion. You have questions, Chris Breen has answers.
Safari 6 spells the end for RSS support. However, with an Automator workflow, you can bring RSS content back to Safari.
Mountain Lion, like Lion before it, lets you boot your Mac into a special recovery mode called OS X Recovery. This mode includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and reinstalling the operating system. Here's our comprehensive look at this troubleshooting tool and the special Internet Recovery feature available on recent Macs.
According to the Mountain Lion license agreement, you must have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) or Lion (OS X 10.7) installed before you can install Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for 10.6 or 10.7, but Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. There are several ways to go directly from 10.5 to 10.8.
Though you can install Mountain Lion directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.
Like Lion before it, Mountain Lion is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it also raises a number of questions. Here’s a look at the details of purchasing, downloading, installing, and setting Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.
The latest version of OS X, 10.8, is here. But before you rush to install Mountain Lion, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for Mountain Lion, downloading and installing the OS, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.
Some Mac users prefer to do a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mountain Lion and, more important, whether it’s advisable.
Keyboard shortcuts can help you save time and keep your hands on my keyboard. Here are 10 of Kirk McElhearn's favorite shortcuts for the applications he uses most.
What to do about a Mac that supports Mountain Lion but not AirPlay Mirroring.
Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) is as easy to install as its predecessor, Lion (OS X 10.7), was. But there are still a few things you can do before downloading Mountain Lion to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.