Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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7 reasons to love QuickTime Player

Apple's free, light video player has some capabilities Photos and iPhoto lack: recording videos, making simple edits, even recording your iPhone or iPad's screen.

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The ins and outs of an OS X Permissions fix

The term "permissions fix" gets thrown around as a solution to all sorts of problems, like when your Mac slows down or experiences random crashes. Here's a guide to permissions, and various ways to run permissions fixes.

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More help for Photos: Metadata, the Places map, and syncing without iCloud

The introduction of Photos OS X brought a flurry of problems and questions, some more of which we answer this week.

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How to password-protect your Mac--and keep other people from using it

Whether you just bought a brand new MacBook or are tethered to a long-lasting Mac Pro, use these password tips and OS X's security features to keep your data away from prying eyes.

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How to import, merge, and consolidate your libraries in Photos for OS X

Get the skinny on importing, merging, and consolidating photo libraries with the new OS X photo-management app, Photos.

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8 reasons to use 1Password that don't involve storing passwords

If all you're doing is stashing logins and passwords in 1Password, you're not coming close to using all its abilities.

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Ask the iTunes Guy: Help for old-school iPod problems

iPods are still rocking in the free world, and Kirk McElhearn has advice for keeping them from burning out or fading away.

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3 ways a $70 scanner can change your life

A portable, USB-powered scanner doesn't take up a lot of room, but can make a huge difference for all kinds of projects.

Power tips for managing files in Apple’s Finder

You're already doing most of your file management in the Finder--now add some hotkeys and modifiers to make it even easier.

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Mac 911: A wild Wi-Fi ride to hunt a pesky set of problems

A gigabit broadband user finds his local network streaming stutters because of mysterious Wi-Fi problems.

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Mac 911: Good backup habits making migrating to a new Mac easier

When setting up a new Mac with the contents of an old one, you have several strategies to consider.

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How Lightroom works: Where it keeps your images and presets, and how to back up

Lightroom doesn't move your photos, only storing information about them and your edits to them. Here's how to be sure you're backing up the right files, including the catalog and your presets.

Spring cleaning for your Mac: How to consolidate files and remove duplicates

This week we tackle some of your storage questions, including consolidating, de-duplication, and management.