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Lion, Time Machine, and the death of the iPhoto interface

If you've upgraded to Lion, try firing up Time Machine while running iPhoto. Notice something different? That's right, Time Machine and iPhoto are no longer joined at the hip. But there is a way to recover individual images from Time Machine.

Open Finder folder in Terminal

There are plenty of third-party tools that will open a selected folder in the Terminal. One Hints reader found a way to do it that's built into OS X Lion.

Bugs & Fixes: How best to restore an OS X Lion drive

With the arrival of Lion, figuring out the best way to be prepared for a restore of your drive requires more planning than ever before. Ted Landau walks you through the many options.

How AirDrop makes file-sharing simple

Lion's AirDrop feature makes sharing files between computers as simple as drag-and-drop. Here's what's going on behind the scenes to make that magic happens.

Search for substrings in Safari

By default, Safari won't find strings of text within words when you search; it'll only find words that begin with whatever you're looking for. But a blogger figured out a fix. Also: How to resize Web pages while in full-screen mode.

How to learn to use gestures in Lion

If you've never used Multi-Touch gestures on your Mac, Lion's new emphasis on them may make you feel as though you're being asked to learn a new language. Which, in a way, you are. Here's how to climb the learning curve as smoothly as possible.

Bugs & Fixes: Lion compatibility problems continue

Ted Landau's not yet done with ferreting out Lion conflicts. In this episode he looks at iWow for iTunes issues, video freezes, kernel panics, and HDMI problems with Mac minis. And some good news too.

Hands on with Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple has released a simple utility for creating a bootable Lion Recovery volume from any external USB drive. While Apple's instructions for using Lion Recovery Disk Assistant seem simple enough, there's a lot more you should know.

Take more control of Mission Control

Mission Control in Lion combines features that were found in Snow Leopard's Spaces and Expose, but it can do more. Three OS X Hints readers suggest ways to assign different desktop pictures to individual desktops, select a different workspace within Mission Control without opening it, and open apps to assigned spaces.

The workings of a Stationery Pad

Ever wondered what that Stationery Pad option in Finder's Get Info window was for? Now you know.

Bugs & Fixes: Troubleshooting Installing Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion is easier to install than any previous version of Mac OS X but things can go awry. Find some solutions here.

Killing Lion's autocorrect

Do you dislike Lion autocorrecting your typing? Here's how to turn it off.

Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion

One of the unsung features of Lion is the ability to migrate a Time Machine backup from an old Mac to a new one.