Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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.

Enable local Time Machine snapshots on a desktop Mac

Lion introduced local Time Machine snapshots for when your laptop isn't connected to your backup drive. But you can enable those local snapshots on a desktop Mac, too.

Four great OS X services you don't know about

Once you know the basics about services, OS X's underused shortcuts, your next question is inevitably: Where can I find more? Kirk McElhearn reveals four of the best.

How to use services in Mac OS X

OS X services let you borrow features from other programs, saving yourself time and multiple steps in the process. Kirk McElhearn answers frequently asked questions about Lion's most underused shortcuts.

Select and copy text within Quick Look previews

When you use Quick Look to preview documents, you can't select and copy the text without exiting Quick Look and launching the right application. Unless, that is, you use this hint.

Bugs & Fixes: Solving a strange file sharing error

Ted Landau runs into trouble trying to connect his Mac Pro to his MacBook Air via Lion's file sharing capabilities. Fortunately, it's an easy problem to fix.

Partition your hard drive with data still on it

There's no need to completely wipe the data from your drive when you want to partition that drive. Chris Breen shows you how.

Clean out Launchpad completely

If you use Launchpad, you know it can get awfully crowded, which makes it less useful. Here's a way to clean it out entirely so you can start over with just the apps you want.

Resetting a forgotten administrator's password in Lion

At one time you could change an account's password by booting from your OS X installation disc. But Lion has no such disc so what's the trick? Chris Breen shows you how.

Giving the gift of the painfully obvious

In this follow-up to lending a helping hand to your friends and relatives during the holidays, Chris Breen suggests introducing those same people to some basic Mac OS features that they (and you) may have overlooked.