Don't-Miss Software Stories

Bugs & Fixes: Flash, iOS, and Xcode

Ted Landau runs up some recent troubleshooting news, including a security vulnerability with Flash Player, a pair of iOS bugs, and a problem with the Mac App Store version of Xcode.

How to find your Mac's IP address

Here are a few quick and easy ways to find the IP address for your Mac.

Gmail Tips: 10 features to try now

Hidden customization features that make your Gmail experience better.

Troubleshooting OS X 10.6.7, iOS 4.3, and more

Ted Landau offers a roundup of troubleshooting tips related to recent updates.

How to change the default application for a file type

All your PDF files open in Adobe Reader, but you want them to open in Preview. All your JPEG files open in Preview when you’d rather they open in Photoshop. How do you change what Mac OS X uses as the default application for particular file types? We’ll show you how, in four steps.

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.

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.

The art of printing in Bento

While Bento 3 is not really designed for extensive printing, you can print very well from it if you use the right techniques. Our database expert William Porter walks us through the basics.

Google Docs secrets: 20 power tips

We’ve taken an extended look under the hood of Google Docs and uncovered 20 tips for getting more done by exploring some of the less obvious features in its word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software—with a few hints for Gmail, too.

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.

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.

Staying sane while shooting video on the fly

Last week, as part of our Macworld 2011 coverage, we put together a series of videos highlighting unique and interesting products on the show floor. Though the tools for shooting and editing have gotten better in the last few years, it remains a challenge to figure out how to put these pieces together on the fly, as so many things can (and will) go wrong. Here are a few tips we've found that work (and that don't) when shooting video on a show floor.

How to create a Safari extension

If you know a little bit about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript you're already well equipped to create a Safari extension. Since Apple's documentation can seem intimidating, here's a tutorial to walk you through creating your first extension, using any custom CSS or JavaScript code you write.