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Do you have bad RAM? How to find it and how to fix it

Sadly, memory modules can sometimes go bad, causing your Mac to display a variety of perplexing symptoms. Here's how to recognize and solve the problem.

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Mavericks and the ancient AirPort base station

What do you do when you have an old AirPort base station and the version of AirPort Utility that ships with Mavericks doesn't support it? Chris Breen has the answer.

How to troubleshoot a frozen menu bar

Sometimes items on your menu bar, or even the entire bar itself, can freeze up and become unresponsive. When that happens, here's what to do to get things unstuck.

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Revealing Mavericks' hidden screensaver images

Mavericks' screen savers have some beautiful images and some are available as Desktop backgrounds--but not all. Here's how to find and use the remainders.

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How to access iCloud files from your Mac

iCloud is a black-box when it comes to document files: Normally, the only way access them is via the apps that made them. But there are ways to open that box.

How to identify VPN protocols in OS X

At first glance it can be difficult to determine exactly which VPN protocol was created in OS X's Network system preference. Ah, but with a second look...

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Use the Finder's tags feature from the keyboard

The Finder's new tags feature in Mavericks (OS X 10.9) can be useful. Here's how to take full advantage of it without lifting your fingers from the keyboard.

Use the Finder's tags feature from the keyboard

The Finder's tags feature, new in Mavericks (OS X 10.9), can be useful. Here's how to take full advantage of it without lifting your fingers from the keyboard.

OS X 10.9.3: Unhiding the Users folder

Mac OS X 10.9.3 hides the Users folder at the root level of your startup volume. To put things back the way they once were, follow Chris Breen's advice.

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How to make a bootable install drive for Macs that shipped with Mavericks

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

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Slim down your SSD with symbolic links

Why junk up your SSD's limited storage capacity with files that can easily be packed onto another hard drive? Chris Breen shows you how.

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Four reasons you should use OS X's System Information utility

When it comes to troubleshooting hardware and software problems on your Mac, the utility formerly known as System Profiler can be a lifesaver.

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Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Looking to spice up your social networking posts and emails with a few colorful icons? Emoji can help, and best of all, they're easy to enable on both OS X and iOS.

Bring a smile to your Macs and iOS devices by enabling emoji

Looking to spice up your social networking posts and emails with a few colorful icons? Emoji can help, and best of all, they're easy to enable on both OS X and iOS.

Create a reminder on your Mac in an instant

With the help of Automator you can create a reminder on your Mac without ever launching the Reminders app.