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Troubleshooting a 'busy' Time Machine backup

Time Machine reporting that something called a "sparsebundle" is busy, thus preventing you from backing up? Try these steps to clear your base station or Time Capsule's confusion.

iTunes iOS syncing gone? Solve it with Server!

With Mavericks, contact and calendar syncing via iTunes is gone. But with a $20 investment you can keep your data out of the cloud.

How Mac experts set up their desktops

We asked five experts to share their strategies for organizing their Desktops. Here's a look at the amazingly different and often quirky ways they use their Macs.

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How to configure Calendar’s Email and Open File alerts

Calendar's Event window has changed with Mavericks and its elements are now less visible than they once were. Here's how to unearth its Email and Open File alerts.

Bugs & Fixes: A roundup of Mavericks troubleshooting tips

Ted Landau has been here, there, and everywhere tracking down bugs and unexpected behaviors in Apple's latest release of the Mac OS. Solutions and workarounds abound!

How to make the most of Mavericks's Finder tags

The Finder's new tags feature isn't just for the overly organized. With these tips, anyone can put them to productive use.

How to restore your old iWork documents

You've edited your old Pages, Numbers, or Keynote files in the latest versions of the application and now they can't be opened in the old version. Or can they? If you're willing to undo the recent changes you've made, they can.

Why (and how) I'm saying goodbye to Gmail

Outages. Security issues. And now glitches in Mavericks Mail. If you're feeling done with Gmail, here's how to switch to another email service.

Dealing with Pages' file-conversion and email-attachment problems

If you open an old Pages document in the new version of Pages, you can't open it again in the old one. And you can't send the file as an email attachment. Here are some suggested work-arounds.

Our favorite Mavericks tips and tricks

New operating system? Check. Macworld editors who've been crawling all over the thing for months? Check. Podcast to offer up some great tips about that operating system? Natch.

Why Mavericks' movies may not preview properly

If you're running Mavericks, have selected a movie file, pressed the space bar to preview it, and nothing good results, you're not alone. QuickTime and Quick Look are now far pickier about video codecs.

How to use iCloud Keychain

Tired of reentering passwords and usernames on multiple devices? Mavericks' new password utility can help you keep all this information synchronized across your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Mavericks Library folder

How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks

Ever since Lion (OS X 10.7), Apple has hidden your personal Library folder (~/Library) by default. In Lion and Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), you could make the folder visible, but it required some work. In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), it's a simple, easily accessible setting.