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How To Use Custom Shortcuts When Typing Text In OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

You probably use a certain number of links, shortcuts, or phrases frequently. For example, you often find yourself linking to your email address, but need to retype it every time as a shortcut. Or you want your Mac to automatically replace "btw" with "by the way". There is an easy way to go about it: creating custom shortcuts. These enable you to write specific words or phrases that your Mac will recognize and suggest to replace, even with links! Creating the shortcuts First, go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard, and then click Text.   How To Use Custom Shortcuts...

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What is an "Error -50" And How Can I Fix It?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  While OS X is widely known considered to be a very user-friendly interface, its error messages can be a little…cryptic. A typical example is the Error Code -50. An error -50 is usually a parameter error and it occurs in the user’s parameter list. More often than not, it occurs when you attempt to copy, delete, or move files from any external storage devices onto your machine. If you get this error message it probably means that you’re stuck with a file that you can’t copy/paste or even remove from your system. But don't despair: there are some measures...

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3 Ways to Protect Your Files in OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Our files and documents are probably the most important things in our computers, so protecting them should be our top priority. The good news for Apple users is that Macbooks are excellent in terms of security and privacy. Here are three ways you can take full advantage of the Macbook security features to keep your files safe. Activate the "File Vault" "File Vault" is undoubtedly the best and safest way of protecting your files in OS X. When activated, it encrypts your startup disk, thereby preventing your documents from being viewed, modified, or deleted from unauthorized users. To activate the...

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Remove Startup Items in OS X

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Mac computers are great devices: they’re fast, reliable and safe to use. But over time and with lots of use, even Macs start to slow down. Usually, it's a case of installing too many applications - particularly if these applications have the convenient option of automatically starting when OS X boots. While convenient sometimes, it can often lengthen your boot time, especially on non-SSD devices. Here’s how you can stop any application from starting with the OS X to improve your Mac's performance and boot times: Open up "System Preferences". Click on the "Users & Groups" icon. Then look for...

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Why is My Mac Beeping When I Turn it on?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

Tones on Starting Sometimes you'll turn your Mac on and it'll start beeping in a variety of patterns. Here’s a short list of what each beeping pattern means: 1 tone repeating every 5 seconds: When you start your Mac, it will automatically run system diagnostics. If you hear this pattern of beeping, it means that the Mac could not find any RAM installed. Either your computer's memory was removed or something is interfering with the system checkup. 3 successive tones followed by a 5-second pause: This indicates that the Mac found RAM installed, but the memory failed to pass the...

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