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Clean Mavericks USB

Mavericks is the latest Mac operating system released by Apple. There are a few reasons why you may desire to install Mavericks from a USB Flash drive. Having it on a USB drive can come in really handy if you have to install Mavericks on multiple Mac’s as it means you don’t have to re-download it onto each of your computers.

Also, it’s really handy if your Mac crashes and the only way to get it working again is to reformat and re-install OS X Mavericks. Also, installing from a USB Flash drive is a lot faster than downloading a new copy from the App Store, it’s even faster than installing from a DVD.

The instructions for setting up a USB Flash drive with OS X Mavericks has slightly changed from the instructions of installing OS X Mountain Lion from USB, but don’t worry about that. I’ll walk your through the whole process.

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reindex finder

Occasionally problems can arise with search results in Spotlight. This is caused by the search index getting corrupt. When searching for something, Spotlight doesn’t search every file on your computer, that would take way to long. What happens instead, is that all the contents on your computer is added to an index, the Spotlight Index. This includes meta tag data, every word inside your documents, emails… and pretty much everything else.

It’s not unheard of for Spotlight to have some issues, and keeping track of the constant ever changing data on your computer has been known to trip it up every now and then. Sometimes when search for something, Spotlight may refuse to acknowledge it’s existence, even if you’re blatantly staring at in on your desktop.

Also, if you’re having issues with it taking a long time, these methods will also speed up Spotlight search.

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record mac screen

QuickTime is video player that comes pre-installed on Mac OS X. Beyond just playing videos, it can also be used to record the screen. QuickTime isn’t really a professionals choice as its editing ability is somewhat limited, however it’s perfect for those quick videos. It makes the process of recording, exporting and sharing really easy and fast.

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resize images mac automator

There are many reason to resize images, among those reasons are it saves space and makes uploading go faster. Large images are great for their high resolutions, they aren’t as good when you want to upload your photos to Facebook.

Automator, if you’ve never used it before is a very powerful application that is heavily underused. This tutorial will show a few ways how Automator can be used to resize images.

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change default app mac

Changing the default applications that opens when opening a file in Mac OS X is a definite must know, and can save you time as well as a headache.

Maybe you’ve downloaded a new app that you want to set as the default, or opening a picture could default to an app that takes a long time to load, such as Photoshop.

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top mac tips beginner

I remember getting my first Mac, I was excited and somewhat exhausted. Exhausted because I had just walked up 5 flights of stairs carrying my shiny new 27″ iMac. Never before had I touched a Mac, besides playing around with them at the Apple Store.

For my previous computing experience I had only ever used Windows and was feeling fairly confident about switching to Mac. I mean it’s a computer, I know how to use Windows, and a Mac shouldn’t be that much different. Right?

Not 10 minutes after logging in for the first time, I found myself on Google asking how to install an app on Mac OS X. To anyone who’s used a Mac for a while now, installing an app is just common sense. To someone brand new, the little things can be somewhat confusing. Here’s is a list of top 10 things every new Mac user should know.

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what is ds store file?

Until a little while ago the .DS_Store file was well hidden from my eyes. During my daily work process, I started to realize this DS_Store file was appearing almost everywhere. Soon its presence became a question of its occurrence and need. I tried opening this strange file but couldn’t do so.

When I tried to open the DS_Store file I was presented with an error saying, “There is no application set to open the document “.DS_Store”.

My overall experience with DS_Store file made me scratch my head and dig deep into its occurrence & behaviour.

.DS_Store file? What – Why – Where – How?

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