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Adjust the size of Mail sidebar icons

If you don't like the size of the icons in the sidebar of Lion Mail, guess where you have to go to adust it? Hint: It's not in Mail's preferences.

Install QuickTime 7 Pro with Lion

QuickTime 7 can run perfectly well under Lion. The trick is installing it. Here's how.

18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion and Mountain Lion

In Lion, your personal Library folder, at the root level of your Home folder, is gone. Actually, it's still there, but it's hidden. Here are a slew of ways to access it or, if you prefer, unhide it.

See the whole conversation in Lion Mail

The new Conversations view in Mail is great--except that, by default, it leaves out your replies in the thread. Here's how to change that.

Bugs & Fixes: Mac OS X Lion application compatibility

Which third-party applications have problems running in Mac OS X Lion? What should you do if and when you discover one of these conflicts? Here’s what you need to know.

The 5-minute Lion configuration

We all have computing habits and workflows honed over years of computer use. This is what I do in the first five minutes of installing a new OS.

How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive

Though you can install Lion directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive or DVD can be more convenient for installing Lion onto multiple Macs, and if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency disk or disc.

Hands on with Lion Recovery

One of the most significant new features of Lion is that it lets you boot your Lion-equipped Mac into a special recovery mode that includes a few essential utilities for fixing problems, restoring files, browsing the Web, and even reinstalling Lion. Here's our comprehensive look at this new troubleshooting tool.

How to install Lion over Leopard

Installing Lion officially requires that you have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) installed, but there are situations in which you may have a valid Snow Leopard license but want to go directly from Leopard (OS X 10.5) to Lion. It turns out there are several ways to do so.

Should you do a "clean install" of Lion?

Some Mac users prefer to do a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. We examine whether or not that's possible or, more important, advisable with Lion.

Installing Lion: Our complete guide

Here's our guide to installing Lion, from the best way to get your Mac ready, to undertaking the actual install process, to creating a bootable installer, to exploring Lion's new recovery mode.

Installing Lion: What you need to know

Now that Lion has been released, here’s a look at the details of installing and setting up Apple’s first download-only OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

Track changes of the defaults command

The Terminal's defaults command is a handy way to change all sorts of hidden preferences. But if you use it at all, it can be hard to remember which changes you've made. One Hints reader came up with a script that will log all those changes for future reference.