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FileVault 2 encrypts your whole Mac, and Disk Utility can encrypt parts

Glenn Fleishman distills everything you need to know about encrypting files, disk images, or your Mac's entire hard drive.

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20 keyboard shortcuts that can make you a more powerful Mac user

Handy as a mouse or trackpad can be, you often work faster with the press of a key or two. Chuck La Tournous presents the keyboard shortcuts you should know.

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Your Photos for OS X questions answered

Photos is a big change in the way Apple deals with image editing and organization. You have questions, we have answers.

How to reset your Mac's NVRAM, PRAM, and SMC

If you're experiencing weird glitches with your Mac, this troubleshooting step may help. Joe Kissell explains when and how to zap your NVRAM.

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How to encrypt your Mac with FileVault 2, and why you absolutely should

Apple made whole-disk encryption of your Mac as easy as a few clicks, but there are a few warnings you should heed.

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How to send group emails to the best address

It's generally not a great idea to send email messages to the work addresses of those in your Naughty Joke group. Chris Breen shows you how to avoid doing so.

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How to deal with two Apple IDs, well, kind of

You've unwittingly created two Apple IDs and you'd like to merge their associated media and data. Doing so is not as easy as you'd imagine.

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How to easily print mail merged Pages documents

Chris Breen has shown you how to create mail merge documents in Pages and Numbers. He now goes on to explain how to print them in one go.

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How to verify a Time Machine backup

You've gone to all the trouble to create a Time Machine backup. Maybe you should make sure it works.

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How to share files between OS X user accounts

If you have more than one account on your Mac you may occasionally need to share files between them. Here's how.

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Unlocking Disk Utility’s hidden secrets

Disk Utility has a lot of talents, some less well known than others. Topher Kessler explores some of its more esoteric (though useful) features.

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Making more of Migration Assistant

Perhaps it's been ages since you've used Migration Assistant to move data from one Mac to another. Or maybe it's new to you. Either way, Chris Breen offers helpful tips for its use.

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What to do if your Mac refuses to accept your password

Topher Kessler offers tips for dealing with a Mac that won't accept a password.