Don't-Miss OS X Stories

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.

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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.

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New to the Mac? New to Mavericks? Here's what you need to know

Professor Breen outlines Mavericks' new features for his Mac 101 class.

What you need to know about Apple's free apps policy

Apple made waves during Tuesday's media event when the company announced that its iLife and iWork suite would be free for customers who buy a new Mac or iOS device. But the apps are also free for users who already have the apps installed, and one app is free, period. Here's our guide to demystifying Apple's new pricing structure on its iLife and iWork apps.

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How to install Mavericks over Leopard

Apple says you need either Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), Lion (OS X 10.7), or Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) installed before you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9). But there are situations in which you may have a valid license for one of these prerequisite versions, but your Mac still has Leopard (OS X 10.5) installed. Here's how to save some time, and reduce the hassle, by upgrading directly from Leopard to Mavericks.

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Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

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Installing Mavericks: What you need to know

Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.