Don't-Miss OS X Mountain Lion Stories

The best of Mac 911

Chris Breen recounts some of the most popular advice offered in 2012's Mac 911 columns.

Give the gift of tech support

Much as your Great Uncle Ludwig may welcome the yearly gift of reindeer-theme boxers, he might have a greater appreciation for your helping hand with his Apple technology.

About Mission Control

In this week's Mac 101 lesson, Professor Chris Breen guides his student through all that is Mission Control.

Automator workflow of the month: Sending holiday greetings

If, like many of us, you're frantic because of the holidays, we can make one chore a bit easier--sending holiday email. Chris Breen shows you how to automate the process.

Seeing double with Mail VIP notifications

Plagued by duplicate VIP notifications in Mountain Lion's Mail? Dan Moren's got the fix for what ails you.

Automatically add files to Dropbox

You know that Dropbox can help make your files available to you wherever you are. But what can you do to ensure that those files actually go into a Dropbox folder? Chris Breen offers guidance.

System Preferences: General and Desktop & Screen Saver

Chris Breen begins the exploration of Mountain Lion's system preferences with two preference panes that control the look of the Mac's interface.

When good Macs go bad: Steps to take when your Mac won't start up

Senior writer Lex Friedman's friend Julian had a MacBook Pro that refused to start up. Here are the steps they took in their attempts to get the Mac working again.

When Back to My Mac won't

So, Back to My Mac takes you nowhere, much less to your Mac? Chris Breen offers two solutions for fixing the problem as one alternative.

Mac 101: Dealing with the Dock

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen explores the intricacies of OS X's Dock.

Mac 101: Smart searching

You now know how to search your Mac with Spotlight. This week Chris Breen shows you how to create smart searches.

Sneaking past the Gatekeeper

Reader Richard finds his way blocked when trying to launch a favorite application. Chris Breen shows him the path forward.

Mac 101: Seek and find

In this week's Mac 101, Chris Breen shows you how to easily locate specific files and folders on your Mac.

One Mac, two versions of OS X

You prefer Snow Leopard but need to also run Mountain Lion. What to do? Chris Breen offers two options.

Evaluating the strength of your AirPort network

The little fan icon in your Mac's menu bar tells you precious little about how strong your AirPort network's signal really is. With the help of Chris Breen and some light math, you can get a better clue.