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How to format a startup drive for a Mac

If you want to format a drive that will be used as your Mac’s startup disk, the procedure is a little different from formatting it for use as a secondary drive for storing data.

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This way to the party: How to make a map to include on invitations

Guide your guests with a customized, annotated map you can easily email or drop into an event invitation.

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Change your DNS to avoid or bypass broadband 'outages' like Comcast's

A recent massive Comcast 'outage' was caused by the failure of a piece of Internet infrastructure that's absolutely necessary, but you can change out on your own.

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Ghostly problems: Troubleshooting Photos smart albums, hard drive partitions, and Mail Drop

We try to answer all questions here, but sometimes we only get 95 percent of the way to the answer. Sometimes the answer is just "ghosts in the machine."

How to share a printer using an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Time Capsule

It only takes a few minutes to make your printer available on your network.

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How to set up family sharing in Photos

Create a photo library that everyone in your family can access.

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Mac 911: Smile, you're on candid photos answers

The Photos for OS X questions keep pouring in and they're all pretty as a picture—an out-of-focus one.

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How to run advanced Spotlight searches in the Finder

Spotlight searches in OS X Yosemite's Finder comes with tools to hone your searches and help you find what you need.

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Mac 911: Using old versions of iWork alongside the new Pages, Keynote, and Numbers

While iWork's latest versions has come a long way, looking back to previous versions has its advantages.

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How to use the Adjust tools in Photos for OS X

The new Photos app has easy-to-learn photo editing tools that can make a big difference in making a blah photo great.

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How to create good queries in Yosemite's Spotlight

By mastering a few simple tricks you can use OS X's Spotlight to locate exactly what you need.

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How to whiten teeth in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Brightening pearly whites in a photo is really quite easy.

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Mac 911: You are not an Apple ID! You are a Free Person!

Apple doesn't exactly believe in different people using the same resources or the same person needing multiple identities, but it's working on it.