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Work From Home Essentials: Helpful Apps and Utilities

After you work from home for a while, you build up a collection of apps and utilities that become a toolkit for your at-home workflow. Everyone’s toolkit will be different, with some specialized tools for the type of work they do, but there will likely be some core products found in everyone’s toolkit for working at home.

In this Rocket Yard guide, we will take a look at apps and tricks to help you manage your work-from-home environment. This is by no means an exhaustive look at available apps and utilities, but it should provide an inkling of the type of workflow utilities and tricks you may need.


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Work From Home Essentials: Get More From Your Printer

Printing from a Mac is as easy as pressing Command + P or selecting Print from an app’s File menu. But what if the default printing settings aren’t exactly what you need for a particular print job?  If you just...

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Use Screen Sharing to Troubleshoot a Mac

Have you ever wished you could help a friend or relative with a Mac-related problem, but trying to chat about it over the phone or in Messages just isn’t cutting it? What you need is to be sitting next...

It’s Spring: Time to Clean Your...
Spring is traditionally the time to clean out the cobwebs, dust, and dirt that have collected after you’ve been closed up in the house all winter. As long as...

Mac option key glyph with text saying "It's an option" It’s an Option: Hidden Mac Features
If you enjoy discovering hidden features of your Mac, then it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the Option key. The Option key is like that special book...

Purple mac smart folder icon with yellow lightbulb on light purple background Smarter Smart Folders
Smart Folders have been around in one form or another since OS X Tiger. For a while, the Finder’s sidebar included a dedicated Search For section, with predefined Smart...

10 Fantastic Mac Finder Tips
They may not all be fantastic, but these 10 Finder tips can help you become a master of Finder finesse. The Finder, of course, is the main way you...

Activity Monitor - Energy, Disk & Network Using Activity Monitor Part 2: Energy,...
The Activity Monitor app can be used to troubleshoot your Mac, as well as evaluate how well your Mac is performing overall or with specific running processes (apps). In...

Mac Gatekeeper icon with Apple logo How to Work With and Around...
Gatekeeper, part of the Mac’s security system for ensuring files you download or install on your Mac are safe to use, has been around in one form or another for quite...

Mac Energy Saver lightbulb icon on top of Energy Saver Preferance Pane Use the Mac’s Energy Saver Preference...
By making some adjustments in the Energy Saver preference pane, you can better tune your Mac to run at peak performance, save energy, reduce potential data loss when power...