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How to Customize Your Mac's Clock

Every Mac comes with a little digital clock built into the Mac OS's menu bar. You probably already knew that. But what you might not know is that your menu bar clock can be customized, taken off the menu bar, and even hidden completely. Or, if you're so inclined, you can turn off the digital clock and switch to an analog version. Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Date & Time.

  3. Select the Clock tab.

How to Back Up Forgotten Items

We're pretty good when it comes to backing up important files and folders, but like most people, there are items we forget to save from time to time. This tutorial will show you how to find those commonly used items and back them up for future reference.

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How to Automatically Open Applications

Did you know that you can set applications to automatically start when you turn on your Mac? It's an extremely useful feature that can save you a couple minutes every day, especially if there are certain applications you use all the time.

Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Accounts.



  3. Select the Login Items tab. To add applications to the start up list, click the + button and select the application.

How to Find Files on Your Mac

If you're like us, you've got a lot of stuff on your Mac. Files, folders, and applications are lying all over the place. Most of that stuff is easy to find - applications reside in the Applications folder, and most of your files are in your Documents folder. But what about the stuff you can't find? It's hidden away somewhere, and you have no idea where to look for it. Track down the files and folders that got away with our handy tips for searching your Mac.

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How to Create a Wireless Mac File Server

Everybody knows you can use Apple's AirPort cards and base stations to wirelessly connect to the Internet. You can also use your built-in AirPort card to turn your Mac into a file server and wirelessly transfer files to your Mac from another Mac! This feature is extremely handy for those who need to transfer files from an old Mac to a new one. It's also useful for individuals who need to transfer files in office buildings or tight living areas, such as dormitories and houses.

How to Make Your Mac More Comfortable

Is your Mac's Desktop looking a bit cluttered these days? Are your files and folders out of control? Do you need a new way to organize stuff on your Mac? This interactive tutorial can help! By using DeskShade and DragThing - two great shareware applications - you can sweep cluttered files and folders under your Desktop's rug.

How to Save Text Files as PDF Files

PDF, which stands for "Portable Document Format," has long been the desktop publishing standard for computer users everywhere. It's an open-standard file format developed by Adobe and supported by many applications like Preview. You're probably used to opening user manuals and help guides saved in the PDF file format, but did you know that you can also save your text files as PDF files? You can - Mac OS X makes it easy!

How to Create Custom Disk Image Backgrounds

When you download new Mac applications and open the disk image, you're usually greeted by a fancy-looking disk image background. Did you know you can make one of those yourself? You can with this interactive tutorial. All you need is a graphics editing application, like Gimp or Photoshop, and a little patience.

Just click here to launch the interactive tutorial.

How to Clone and Backup Your Hard Drive

When you need to clone your drive, or simply do a full backup, someone usually tells you to use Carbon Copy Cloner (Donation Recommended) or SuperDuper! ($27.95). Sure, both of these applications are great programs, but they aren't necessary. You can use Apple's own software that comes free with your Mac!

How to Mute Your Mac's Startup Sound

If you have a Mac, you're probably tired of hearing the familiar startup chime every time you turn your Mac on. Maybe you have a baby in the house that you don't want to disturb. Or perhaps you just want your MacBook to be quiet when you turn it on in the coffee shop. Unfortunately, not every Mac allows you to turn that stupid startup sound off. It can be the bane of your existence! That is, until you discover the wonderful and free StartupSound.prefPane.

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