Don't-Miss OS X Stories
Think you need Microsoft Word to take care of basic writing tasks? You might already have all you need: Apple's free TextEdit.
It's the NSA's job to snoop on all of us, but it doesn't want to be snooped on itself. So it has guidelines for securing all the Macs in its service. Here's how the spooks keep their Macs safe.
You know you should back up your Mac. If you're an electronic musician you should additionally back up your instruments. Chris Breen shows you how.
Is your Mac starting up slowly? A mess of startup and login items might be to blame. Learn how to bend these computing curiosities to your will.
In days of yore, parents of teenagers just had to worry about sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. Now you can add technology to that list. Here are some ways to deal.
In this month's workflow, Chris Breen shows how to avoid a messy Downloads folder by using an Automator folder action to sort files by type into folders.
Moving to the Mac? OS X can do everything your Windows machine can—the trick is knowing where to look. In this Macworld video, PC World associate editor Alex Wawro explains where you'll find your preferences, how to access familiar programs, and more.
Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Kirk McElhearn shows you how to get the most out of OS X's Help system, plus some tricks for making it behave.
Email remains one of the most common tasks we perform with our computers, but sometimes the mail won't go through (or won't go through in a way we prefer). Chris Breen offers workarounds for common email problems.
The key to learning about the OS X command line: manual (or man) pages that explain all those commands. Kirk McElhearn explains how to find and use them.
Discover some of your Mac's most useful hidden menu and keyboard commands. All you need to make them appear is the right magic key: Shift, Option, or Control.
By popular demand, Professor Breen returns to wade through the alphabet soup of common technical terms.
A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.
Just purchased your first Mac, or thinking of making the switch? Rich Mogull goes over what you need to know about security, antivirus software, and more.
You happen to fire up Disk Utility and -- whu oh! -- you see that your hard drive has failed a diagnostic test. What do you do? Don't panic, says Chris Breen. But start planning for a replacement drive.