Don't-Miss OS X Stories

Make more elbow room on the desktop

Do you find more icons on your desktop than room to place them? Modifying your desktop settings can help.

Automator workflow of the month: System Information on a stick

If you troubleshoot a number of Macs and seek a way to easily generate detailed reports about each one of those computer's hardware and software, Automator provides a slick solution.

Mountain Lion, Rosetta, and breath holding

Is there any hope for Quicken 2007 users who plan to move to Mountain Lion? Yes, but not in the form of a Rosetta return.

Versions and Auto Save explained

Can you transfer a Lion file that has multiple saved versions to another Mac and expect to browse those versions? No, and Chris Breen explains why.

Eight tips for OS X's Quick Look

Quick Look lets you view a file's contents by selecting it in the Finder and then pressing the spacebar. There's no need to wait for the file to open in an application—it appears immediately. Here are eight tips for using this OS X time-saver.

Create a bootable Lion install drive for newer Macs

If your Mac was released after Lion, it's not quite as easy to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive, but it's still possible. We've got the complete instructions.

Make apps appear correctly in Mission Control

Sometimes, when you tell an app to appear in specific workspace, it doesn't. Ditto for when you want an app to appear in every workspace. If that's happening to you, here's a workaround.

Five keyboard shortcuts you should set up now

Why are you opening the same menus and submenus, looking for the same commands again and again? Access menu commands across apps with these time-saving tips.

Remove unnecessary System Preferences icons

If your System Preferences window feels cluttered, you can remove icons that you no longer need.

Cure for a nagging AirPort Utility

So, AirPort Utility pops up on its own to bug you about an unwanted firmware update? Chris Breen explains how to nix the nag.

Quickly create new Sticky notes

Here are two ways to quickly create new notes from selected text or images in the Mac's venerable Stickies app.

Deleting files within Lion's Applications folder

If you've tried to delete any of Apple's applications bundled with OS X Lion you know it can be difficult to do. But with Terminal in hand, you're just a short command away from a Chess-free Mac.

Bugs & Fixes: Re-running on empty

Like a bacterial infection that an antibiotic doesn’t entirely kill, a computer issue can come back to bite you despite you applying what seemed to be a successful solution. Ted Landau revisits just such an issue.

How to adjust OS X's Software Update

Apple distributes updates to Mac OS X and some of its applications through a feature in the operating system called Software Update. Here’s how to customize Software Update to your liking.

Keeping Mac OS and data on separate drives

At one time keeping your home folder on a drive other than the one used to start up your Mac was something of a black art. It needn't be. Chris Breen explains.