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Go Fullscreen to Boost Your MacBook's Bad Battery Life Go Fullscreen to Boost Your MacBook's Bad Battery Life

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro refresh has its fair share of detractors, and for good reason—changes like the omission of traditional USB ports, incompatibility with Apple’s own Lightning-only headphones, and the removal of the magnetic MagSafe connector have rankled longtime users, despite Apple executive Phil Schiller…

How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from Carla in accounting. Any time you stream a video it seems to lock up for a few seconds. Let’s fix all that.

How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio

If you connect a Mac to an external monitor using HDMI or DisplayPort, you’ll often lose the volume controls on your keyboard. Depending on how you use your Mac, this can be kind of annoying. Here’s a weird workaround.

Magnet for Mac Is the Window Management Tool I've Desperately Needed

We’ve seen a few different tools for Windows-esque window management on Mac over the years, but none of those ever fit well with my workflow. Magnet is an app that’s been around for a while, but a few recent updates have finally made it the app I need.

Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features

If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.

All the Folders You Can Probably Exclude From Your Mac's Backups All the Folders You Can Probably Exclude From Your Mac's Backups

Whether you’re backing up your Mac with Time Machine or another service, it can be an incredibly time-consuming process. Over at How-To Geek, they walk through a number of the folders you can probably skip if you need to get that backup done quickly.

Use Dropbox to Store a Mac's Settings for Easy Configuration When You Get a New Computer Use Dropbox to Store a Mac's Settings for Easy Configuration When You Get a New Computer

If you tend to set up a new Mac the exact same way as your old Mac, you know how tedious it can be to go and download files, tweak settings, and mess around with various preference panes. Blogger Jacob Salmela shows of a way to use Dropbox to save all those settings.

Pull Up the Get Info Box on a Spotlight Result in macOS With a Keyboard Shortcut Pull Up the Get Info Box on a Spotlight Result in macOS With a Keyboard Shortcut

Spotlight is a great way to search for just about anything on your Mac, but it’s usually a couple more clicks to get to the Get Info panel if you need it. OS X Daily points out you can get there quickly with a keyboard shortcut.

Customize the "About This Mac" Window With Whatever Information You Want Customize the "About This Mac" Window With Whatever Information You Want

If you’re a Hackintosh user, you know the About This Mac window on your Mac often contains errors about what hardware you have installed. Over on iDownloadBlog, they show you how to manually edit the details to include whatever you want.

Trigger Any Terminal Command With a Keyboard Shortcut Using Automator Trigger Any Terminal Command With a Keyboard Shortcut Using Automator

If you tend to run the same Terminal command pretty often, then it makes sense to do one of two things: create a text expander snippet or turn it into a keyboard shortcut. How-To Geek shows you how to do the latter using Apple’s built-in Automator tool.

Add a Windows-Style Start Menu to Your Mac's Dock Add a Windows-Style Start Menu to Your Mac's Dock

If you’ve recently switched over to macOS from Windows or you just miss the old Start menu, How-To Geek shows you how to add a similar feature to the Mac Dock.

Quickly Merge Together a Bunch of Finder Windows with the Merge All Windows Option Quickly Merge Together a Bunch of Finder Windows with the Merge All Windows Option

If you have a ton of Finder windows open, management becomes a chore. How-To Geek points out there’s an option that’ll reorganize all those windows into one tabbed window for easier management.

Move a Picture-In-Picture Window on Your Mac Anywhere By Holding Down the Command Key Move a Picture-In-Picture Window on Your Mac Anywhere By Holding Down the Command Key

Picture-in-picture is one of the best new features in macOS Sierra, but when you try to move the video around your screen it automatically snaps to the closest corner. OS X Daily points out you can move it where you want by holding down the Command key.

PSA: The Mac App Store Is Filled With Scammy Apps PSA: The Mac App Store Is Filled With Scammy Apps

Apple is well known for its overbearing rules and regulations about what can be sold in its stores. However, as How-To Geek reminds us, that doesn’t mean either of Apple’s app stores aren’t filled with garbage. The Mac App Store is no exception.

You Can Easily Batch Resize Images With Preview You Can Easily Batch Resize Images With Preview

Preview is one of the best parts of macOS. It’s an image viewer, lightweight PDF editor, and more. Six Colors reminds us that it’s also probably the simplest way to quickly batch resize a bunch of images.

Hide the Giant macOS Sierra Update Banner in the Mac App Store With a Click Hide the Giant macOS Sierra Update Banner in the Mac App Store With a Click

If you haven’t updated to macOS Sierra, you’re probably pretty annoyed by the giant banner that appears in the updates tab in the App Store. Thankfully, OS X Daily points out that you can get rid of it.

Drag and Drop Images from Siri on Mac  Drag and Drop Images from Siri on Mac 

Siri’s on the Mac now, but exactly why you’d use it is still a mystery for some people. How-To Geek points out that one handy thing you can do with it is easily pull up images, then drag and drop the results.

Speed Up Apple Mail with a Database-Cleaning Automator Task Speed Up Apple Mail with a Database-Cleaning Automator Task

Apple Mail isn’t exactly the greatest email app out there, but it’s serviceable and gets the job done for most people. That said, one common problem is slowness, which App Factor suggests fixing by cleaning up the mail database now and again.

10 MacBook Trackpad Gestures That Save You Time

If you own a MacBook, you’re likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you’re new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.

Sort Folders and Files on Mac Just Like Windows With a Single Setting Switch Sort Folders and Files on Mac Just Like Windows With a Single Setting Switch

If you’re coming over to macOS from Windows, or you just plain prefer how Windows sorts files with the folders on top and files below, then How-To Geek points to a little setting that allows you to change how files are sorted.

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