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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 in a library that, when moved, causes a secret door to swing open. In this case, the secret that is revealed is a Mac feature that is hidden from most users.


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Bring Back the Mac Startup Chime With This Terminal Command

Recent Macs have been missing something that has been part of the Macintosh experience since 1984 -- the startup chime. For example, the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is silent during startup, along with other new Mac models. Fortunately, a...

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How to Use Finder Tags in macOS Catalina

macOS includes a "Tags" feature that offers a convenient way to organize your files. Whether they are on your Mac or in iCloud, you can find them with a click. This is how you create them...

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Starting with Mac OS X El Capitan, the Mail app added support for more gesture controls than before. Add your accounts to Mail and you’ll be able to access...

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As a longtime tech writer, I'm sometimes asked how I get ideas for articles. Some of them come from readers who ask questions that intrigue me. The other day,...

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...

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We recently received a comment from a reader regarding the difficulty he had printing articles from the Rocket Yard blog. Well, it wasn’t difficult in the sense that hitting...

Hey, Siri with "What can I help you with?" How to Enable ‘Hey, Siri’ in...
To use Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” on your Mac, you can click on the icon in the upper right corner of your screen to activate it. But wouldn’t...

Mac PDF icon with magnifying glass on a transparent background How to Use 🔎 Quick Look...
macOS Quick Look is a wonderful feature. Introduced on June 11, 2007, along with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Quick Look can preview files such as Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Microsoft...

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Some of Apple’s MacBook Pros (including the 16-incher) and the most recent MacBook Air come with the controversial Touch Bar. Some folks don’t like it, but I’m a fan....