Why “Secure Empty Trash” Is Gone in El Capitan (and What To Do Instead)

If you’ve been using OS X El Capitan for a while, you might have noticed that the old option to “Secure Empty Trash” is gone from the trash can’s right-click menu. There’s a pretty good reason why, but it’s still possible to do it you don’t mind digging into the command line. As the name…

Common Problems After Installing macOS Sierra and How to Fix Them

It seems every version of Mac operating systems that you install may have a few issues that pop up. Now, we’re not saying you can expect to experience all or even any of the issues we outline here. In fact, the vast majority of users upgrading to macOS Sierra won’t have these problems. But if…

How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper in macOS Sierra is now stricter than ever, defaulting to only allow options for apps downloaded from either the App Store or the App Store and identified developers. Advanced Mac users may wish to allow a third option, which is the ability to open and allow apps downloaded from anywhere in macOS Sierra. To…

100+ Reasons PopClip Can Help You Become a Mac Power User

If you want to reduce the number of clicks you make on your Mac, a very useful application called PopClip should probably live in your menu bar. PopClip ($4.99) made our list of recommended productivity applications last year, and has continued to help us be productive. Since we first reviewed PopClip as a giveaway application two years ago, over a…

How to restore deleted Safari bookmarks

Reader Aaron Drake did the bad thing with his bookmarks and would like to undo his actions. He writes: “I recently went on a cleaning binge and as part of it I wiped out what I thought were unnecessary Safari bookmarks. A couple of days later I realized that I need some of them. I…

How to Restore a Mac to Factory Settings

There are a number of reasons that you may want to reset your MacBook Pro to its factory settings. Perhaps you’re selling it and want to wipe your data off of it. Maybe it’s infected with a virus. Maybe it’s not working properly. Here’s how to send your MacBook Pro back to square one: Step…

How to create custom keyboard shortcuts in OS X

Have you ever used a specific menu command in an app and wondered to yourself, “Why is there no keyboard shortcut assigned to this command?” I think we’ve all been there before. Fortunately, fixing the issue requires little more than a few minutes of your time. Inside, we’ll show you how easy it is to…

Fileup Simplifies Dropbox Sharing with Drag & Drop and File Filters

Developed by Francisco Cantu, Fileup is a new OS X utility that lets you quickly share files through Dropbox by dragging them onto a menu bar icon. Unlike other apps that have implemented the same sharing mechanism and user interaction (which Dropbox surprisingly doesn’t support with their own menu bar app), Fileup adds filters for file types,…

How to Install WordPress on OSX 10.10

This tutorial assumes a certain degree of comfort in the command line Terminal for installing WordPress on Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard, but the commands below are not overly complex and following the tutorial will get the job done. If you have no experience with the Terminal and want the…

Top 14 Hidden Features Of OS X Yosemite You Likely Don’t Know About

Yosemite has been released with a major design change in comparison to earlier releases of OS X. All these design changes however, are well complemented with some major under-the-hood improvements as well, so much so, that there are some slick features hidden away in the OS that some of you may have never come across.…

OS X Yosemite first look: Safari 8 Smart Search, advanced tab controls, more

Safari remains largely the same in OS X Yosemite, but Apple has added a number of features and made a few key tweaks that make the venerable web browser more intelligent and a little easier to use. Smart Search BarThe Smart Search Bar, née Address Bar, is where the majority of Safari 8’s new features…

OS X, Mavericks: 5 steps to a faster Mac

If your Mac begins running slowly then it’s probably time to review the most likely culprits — and learn how to deal with them. [ABOVE: Feed the machine — Macs love RAM, so max it!] First step: When your Mac performance degrades please quit your active applications and restart the machine. It’s also a good idea to backup…

REINSTALLING MAC OS X WITHOUT A DVD DRIVE – TARGET DISK MODE

One of the primary reasons that I switched to mac just over a year ago was the stability of the Operating System. While my mac’s been fine, and would most probably have kept on working just fine, I guess there’s still a bit of my windows mentality lurking around, as when I started noticing some,…

Manage Users In Mavericks Server

There are four ways to create users in Mavericks Server (Server 2.2). The first is using the Server app, the second is using Workgroup Manager, the third is using the Users & Groups System Preference pane and the fourth is using the command line. In this article we will look at creating users in the…

Set Up a Guest Network and Timed Access Control on an AirPort Base Station

  Apple’s AirPort and Time Capsule base stations have always been easy to use and offer fantastic reliability. Even though they may not necessarily include some more advanced features, they have an impressive feature set that is pretty well hidden. Two such options that I’ll demonstrate in this tutorial are Guest Networks, for keeping your…

How to Automate Tasks With Services

Services. You see that word everywhere in OS X, but probably don’t know what it means. I didn’t until a few months ago. Essentially, a service is a way of connecting apps to perform special actions. This can be sending a Tweet, sharing a file, or defining a term in Dictionary. There are hundreds of…

10 Terminal Commands That Every Mac User Should Know

The Terminal in OS X is often, in my opinion anyway, an overlooked area of the operating system. Most newcomers to Macs look at it with fear, as the sight of anything code-related or advanced is enough to put them off for life. Fortunately, you don’t have to be scared of Terminal and think of…

I Switched to Droplr Pro. Here’s Why.

I’ve been a CloudApp devotee for years now. I’ve tested all the alternates — perhaps more than most, since I review apps for a living — and even called it a solid tie between Droplr and CloudAppin my in-depth comparison of them last year. But, as I had every other time, I returned to using CloudApp quickly after…

10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Mountain Lion Server

Profile Manager is a killer feature in Mountain Lion Server, but it isn’t the only killer feature. Apple is expected to launch Mountain Lion next week. At the same time, the company will be launching Mountain Lion Server. The new edition of Apple’s server platform is revolutionary in a lot of ways, not the least of…