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Automate your Mac: The smart way to handle repetitive Mac chores

Managing files, dealing with email, working with iTunes, and more: All can be made a lot easier with automation tools like Hazel, Keyboard Maestro, and TextExpander (plus old standbys like AppleScript, Automator).

Improve your presentation skills: the emergency road-show toolkit

When you hit the road to deliver important presentations, things are bound to go wrong eventually. But when they do, you can still wow the crowd if you've brought the right stuff. Here's what Joe Kissell packs in his emergency tool-kit.

Improve your presentation skills: how to make smoother slide transitions in Keynote

Too often, we still think of presentations as one-slide-after-another. But Joe Kissell has some tips for making them practically seamless and cinematic.

The secret to great presentations: it's not about the software

A lot of presenters spend all their time focusing on blends, transitions, and animations. They should spend more time on what they're saying, instead.

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Nine things everyone should know how to do with a presentation app

Whether you use PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Docs, there are a few things that you should know how to accomplish. Franklin Tessler explains what they are and how to do them.

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Ten things everyone should know how to do with a word processor

Whatever word-processing app you use (Microsoft Word, Apple's Pages, or Google Docs), here's what you should know how to do in it

Nine things everyone should know how to do with a spreadsheet

Whether you prefer Excel, Numbers, or Google Docs, here's what you, the savvy spreadsheet user, should know how to do.

Use Printopia to send docs and photos to your Mac

The Printopia utility brings AirPrint to any printer. But it's also a handy way to save documents and images from your iOS devices to your Mac.

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Use Printopia to send docs and photos to your Mac

The Printopia utility brings AirPrint to any printer. But it's also a handy way to save documents and images from your iOS devices to your Mac.

How to change the default font in Microsoft Word

If you don't like the default font in Word, there's an easy way to change it to the one that you want.

Power tools: Make events on your Mac trigger iOS notifications

Combining If This Then That with OS X's Automator means you can notify yourself whenever something important happens on your Mac.

Solving the mysteries of the Mail Downloads folder

When you double-click on an attachment in Mail, what happens to that original attached file? What happens if you then edit it? The answer: It depends.

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How to save big bucks on Office 365

Think you have to pay $100 a year to get the full benefits of Office 365? If you play your cards right and know a few savvy tricks, you could get it for almost half that.

The easy, DIY system for group-editing big documents

Need to keep track of who's doing what while collaborating on big documents? You could use a fancy version-control system. Or you could adopt the simple process that Joe Kissell and his colleagues came up with.

Replacing Messages Theater: more screen-sharing alternatives

Recently, Chris Breen offered a couple of suggestions for coping with the loss of screen-sharing tools in Mavericks' version of Messages. Joe Kissell has some additional suggestions of his own.