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Clearing up Mountain Lion confusion

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.

Automator workflow of the month: Bring RSS back to Safari 6

Safari 6 spells the end for RSS support. However, with an Automator workflow, you can bring RSS content back to Safari.

Should you do a "clean install" of Mountain Lion?

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.

Installing Mountain Lion: What you need to know

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.

How to install Mountain Lion over Leopard

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.

Hands on with Mountain Lion's OS X Recovery and Internet Recovery

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.

How to make a bootable Mountain Lion install drive

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.

Installing Mountain Lion: Our complete guide

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.

Ten stellar keyboard shortcuts

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.

An alternative for AirPlay Mirroring

What to do about a Mac that supports Mountain Lion but not AirPlay Mirroring.

Get your Mac ready for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)

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.

Fine-tune volume and brightness in OS X

Normally, when you use the volume and brightness keys on your keyboard to adjust those output levels, your adjustments are made in whole steps on a scale of 1 to 10. But there's a keyboard shortcut that lets you adjust them more finely--and that keyboard shortcut has returned in OS X 10.7.4.

Running Windows 8 on your Mac

Whether it's for work or just out of curiosity, here are four options for flirting with the latest rough beast to shuffle out of Redmond.