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Get rid of .zip files once they're expanded

It's one of those little irritations: You double-click on a .zip file to expand it, the expanded files appear, and the .zip file is still there. Here's a way to get rid of it.

Fix calendar slowdowns

iCal or BusyCal running slow? It could be due to the events of your past.

Mac troubleshooting FAQ: iCal and Mail

Address Book, iCal, and Mail are super-handy. But they're not always fool-proof. Chris Breen answers the most common troubleshooting questions about these three apps.

How to capture audio with Soundflower

It's possible to capture sounds your Mac makes as well as audio streamed from the Internet. And you can do it for free with Soundflower. Here's how.

Automator workflow of the month: Filter Address Book contacts

Need to throw together a mailing list or export contacts as vCards? Automator makes it easy.

Make Snow Leopard (and other cats) roar like Lion

Can't wait for Lion's release later this year? Computerworld's Rayn Faas tracks down current Mac utilities and apps that can turn make your Snow Leopard-running Mac approximate some of Lion's promised features.

Building a better macro

Macro utilities can make using a Mac easier--when all the macro's steps work. Lend them a hand by assigning keyboard shortcuts to buried commands.

How to extract media files from your iPod or iOS device

It's always a good idea to back up your iTunes library. But if disaster does strike, you may not be completely out of luck -- assuming you've synced a good portion of your library to an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Six ways to clean up your Mac

It's spring again, and with the new season comes the age-old ritual of cleaning out things you ignored for most of the year. If you're like most of us, this includes your Mac.

How to use your Mac without a mouse

Becoming a mouse-avoiding keyboard junkie is a learnable skill; it requires practice and memorization. Everyone knows a few keyboard shortcuts, and mastering more will help you get your work done faster.

Search for files by name

The Finder's Search windows default to searching by content rather than file name. A few hints for searching by name.

My backup plan: Kirk McElhearn

We’ve covered the basics of how to keep your Mac backed up, and Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes has written about his own setup for backing up. Here’s the setup for Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn.

How to back up using MobileMe's Backup utility

Time Machine is what most Mac users think of when it comes to Mac backup. Apple actually has another backup application called Backup that's available to MobileMe users. It's a good idea to have another backup method besides Time Machine, and if you have available iDisk space, MobileMe's Backup is an easy way to achieve backup redundancy.

Archiving e-mail messages as text files

A reader seeks a way to easily move portions of e-mail messages into a word processing documents. Here are a variety of solutions for your consideration.

My backup plan: Lex Friedman

We’ve covered the basics of how to keep your Mac backed up, and Macworld senior editor Dan Frakes has written about his own setup for backing up. Here’s the setup for Macworld contributor Lex Friedman.