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How to Make an Alias (Shortcut) in Mac OS X

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.

Tell Apple's Mail When to Receive Messages

Apple's free Mail application is included with every Mac. Just add an account and you'll be sending and receiving email in no time. But how do you control when the Mail application receives new email messages? This tutorial discusses your options and suggests ways you can configure Mail on your Mac to fit into your lifestyle.

Drowning in Email? Enough is Enough!

How to Hide the Explicit Label in iTunes

If you listen to a lot of loud, trashy music with "explicit" lyrics (ha, ha), you may have noticed that iTunes displays a special label next to many of your song titles, as shown below. This is a parental control designed to help parents quickly identify and quarantine offensive music in iTunes. Unfortunately for those of you who don't have children, the explicit label is displayed by default, cluttering up your music library.

There is a way to turn off and hide the explicit label in iTunes. Here's how to do it:

How to Share Your iTunes Library

Did you know that you can share the music, movies, books, and podcasts on your Mac with the other users connected to your network? You can. All you have to do is enable a couple of settings in iTunes. It's an ideal way to let others access your multimedia content, and it's a solution that works in homes, dormitories, workplaces, and even schools.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the iTunes application.

  2. From the iTunes menu, select Preferences.

How to Move Your Email to Another Mac

If you use Apple's Mail application, there will probably come a time when you'll want to move your email messages and email account to another Mac. Maybe you just purchased a new Mac. Or maybe you've kept your personal email at work, and you now want to move those emails and that account to your Mac at home. Fortunately, there's an easy way to move your mail!

Moving Rules to a Different Mac

So you use for email. And you've created rules in to perform automatic and complex actions on incoming messages. If you're like most, you probably use rules to filer spam, move messages from certain senders to different folders, execute AppleScripts, and automatically respond to people when you're out of the office. Which is great!

But if you use multiple Macs, or if you purchase a new Mac, you're faced with a perplexing problem: How do you backup and export rules to a different Mac? Fortunately, there is a way to do it. Here's how:

Enabling the iPad's Audio Equalizer

It seems ridiculous now, but in high school I purchased a Pioneer stereo system capable of pumping out over 1,000 watts of sound. The speakers and components were huge. It took three car trips just to get everything home from the store! The only thing I miss about that system is the equalizer on the amp, which allowed me to adjust the output of the sound levels.

How to Benchmark Your Mac

There's been a lot of talk recently about how the new MacBook Pros compare to existing Mac models. The new MacBooks are faster, of course. We know because the experts ran a series of tests to benchmark the computers and compare them to older models. But you don't have to let the experts have all of the fun.

How to Find the Best DNS Servers

We've previously discussed how to change the DNS servers on your Mac, iPad, and AirPort Extreme. But how do you know which DNS servers to use? There are dozens of free DNS providers, and all of them claim to offer the best service. Don't worry. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to find the best DNS servers, no matter where you're located or which device you're using.

Why Can't Anyone Tell Me Which DNS Servers to Use?

How to Use an iPad in Airplane Mode

Flying somewhere with your iPad this summer? You may need to learn about an important iOS feature called Airplane Mode. Turn this setting on, and your iPad will be compliant with federal regulations that prohibit the use of certain wireless technologies while the aircraft is flying. This tutorial provides a comprehensive look at Airplane Mode and how you can use an iPad on an aircraft.

During Takeoff and Landing, Turn Off the iPad

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