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Fire up your Mac's firewall

OS X has a built-in firewall. Here's how to use it.

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More Photos Q&A: Imports hanging, what is safe to delete, and sharing to Facebook

Photos is the app that won't stop until it drops. More answers to your questions about working through missing features and potential bugs.

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How to create shared albums in Photos for Mac and iOS

iCloud Photo Sharing is the perfect way to share photos among friends—without the use of social media.


When iWork doesn't: Troubleshooting mail merge, copying data, sharing, and printing

We're back to work on iWork apps, old and new, to answer your questions about merging and selectively copying and printing in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

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How to create a simple collage in Photoshop, Elements, and Pixelmator

By combining a few photos and giving them a lovely soft oval vignette, you'll wind up with a totally new work of art.

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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.


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.