Tutorials


How to Hide the Dock on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 10, 2021

The Dock is the tray that holds the icons of your favorite apps and the apps that are open on your Mac. It’s a handy way to switch between applications, but it also takes up a lot of screen real estate, especially if you use a MacBook. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to hide the Dock on your Mac so that it only appears when you mouse over it. Here’s how to hide the Dock on your Mac.

How to Copy and Paste on Mac

  Matt Cone       January 10, 2021

For new Mac users, learning how to copy and paste text, images, and files on a Mac is one of the first orders of business. It’s easy to copy and paste on a Mac using keyboard shortcuts or menu items. This tutorial will show you how to do it! How to Copy and Paste on a Mac Using Keyboard Shortcuts You can copy and paste on a Mac using two keyboard shortcuts.

How to Make a Bash Script Executable on a Mac

  Matt Cone       January 9, 2021

Bash scripts are files containing code that tell your computer to do something. They’re a staple of the Linux world, and there are thousands of them freely available on the internet. With a bit of tweaking, you can use these scripts on your Mac, too. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a bash script executable on a Mac. Here’s how to make a bash script executable on a Mac:

How to Enable the Root User on a Mac

  Matt Cone       January 9, 2021

The most advanced tasks demand the most powerful user account of them all: the root user. When you log in as root, you have read and write privileges to every file on your Mac. This awesome power lets you override any account or permission restriction, but be careful! You could really mess things up if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Warning: The root account is disabled by default. To prevent accidents, you should only enable and utilize the root account when you absolutely need it.

How to Check Your AirPods Battery Life

  Matt Cone       January 9, 2021

Apple reports that the AirPods Pro headphones can provide 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge. By recharging the headphones with the charging case, you can eek out 24 hours of playback. But how do you check the battery life of the AirPods Pro headphones? There’s a light on the charging case, but it doesn’t provide any indication of how much time you can continue listening to the headphones. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to check the AirPods battery life using an iPhone or a Mac.

How to Connect AirPods to Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 8, 2021

Apple’s AirPods headphones use Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to all Apple devices. You can connect AirPods to an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and yes, even a Mac. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to connect your AirPods to a Mac. Here’s how to connect AirPods to a Mac for the first time: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. Click Bluetooth. The window shown below appears.

How to Compress (Zip) Files and Folders on a Mac

  Matt Cone       January 8, 2021

If you own a Mac, you’ll eventually need to transfer files and folders to others. To do that, you’re going to want to shrink - or compress - the files so they take up the least amount of space possible. That way, it will be easy to move your files via email, FTP, or even with an instant messaging application. In the past, Mac users had to rely on an expensive application called Stuffit to compress files and folders.

How to Make an Alias (Shortcut) on a Mac

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021

If you’ve ever wished you could have a single folder in two different places at once, you should consider creating an alias, which is known as a shortcut on Windows-based operating systems. An alias looks like a folder, but when you double click it, you open the actual folder it points to. It’s literally a shortcut to a different directory on your Mac. Many people create aliases for their most commonly used folders, such as Documents or Applications, and move those aliases to the Desktop.

How to Kill a Process on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021

In a previous tutorial, we discussed how to force quit Mac apps. That procedure works in most situations, but sometimes the hidden components of an application, referred to processes, can stop responding and slow your Mac down. Fortunately, you can use the Activity Monitor application that comes with every Mac to stop, or kill, processes on your Mac. Here’s how to kill a process on your Mac: Open the Activity Monitor application (it’s in Applications → Utilities).

How to Find Your iPhone's Serial Number

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021

Every iPhone is assigned a unique serial number. This isn’t something you’ll need to know under normal circumstances, but if you ever need to check your AppleCare status or have Apple repair your iPhone, you’ll need to provide them with your iPhone’s serial number. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s serial number: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap General, and then tap About. Your iPhone’s serial number is displayed at the top of the page, as shown above.



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