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Automator workflow of the month: Add Spotlight comments

Adding Spotlight comments to your files and folders can make it easier to locate those items later. Sound like more trouble than it's worth? Automator makes it a cinch with this one-line workflow.

Locating and dispensing with old applications

If you've had the same Mac for a long time and tend toward pack-ratness, it's possible that your Applications folder is full of items you no longer use. Chris Breen shows you how to find them.

Inside the mysteries of Mission Control

Mission Control provides a bird's-eye view of all your open applications and windows. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about using OS X's screen-clutter controller.

Bugs & Fixes: When Outlook searches fail… and more

Do you find that Outlook is unable to find messages you seek? Ted Landau offers a solution to this and other issues.

How to delete the Dock delay

If you have the Dock set to disappear when it's not in use, you can make it reappear by moving the cursor to the edge of the screen. But when you do that, there's a slight delay before the Dock actually reappears. Here's how to make it appear immediately.

Restarting a remote Mac

You have two Macs and you'd like to restart one from the other. Chris Breen offers two solutions for doing just that.

Delete Dropbox cache to recover drive space

If you use Dropbox to share files with co-workers and clients, you might be surprised to find yourself running out of room on your hard drive. Here's how to find and delete the offending files.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spotlight

Find files faster by learning the basics, and then some, of using OS X's search engine

Unzip almost any archive file

Sometimes, .zip files (and other archives) don't unzip when you double-click them. When that happens, there are a couple of other things you can try.

How to manage your Mac's keyboard shortcuts

Many of us rely on keyboard shortcuts to work with our Macs more efficiently. But such reliance presents a problem: How to remember and manage all those shortcuts? Rob Griffiths has a few tips.

Quickly print files from within the Finder

If you find trips to the Print dialog box tedious, you can skirt that dialog box by printing from within the Finder. Chris Breen explains how.

How to make Lion's desktop spaces stick

Disconcerted that your carefully laid out desktop spaces move about as you switch to different applications? A system preference option will set things straight.

Customize shortcuts for Mission Control, Dashboard

The Mission Control preference pane offers a limited set of keyboard shortcuts for triggering both Mission Control and Dashboard. But if you want to use a shortcut not included in that limited palette, there is a way.