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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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Why is My Mac's Battery Failing?

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

  Your MacBook battery won’t last forever. You’ll notice it's starting to die when it doesn’t last as long as it used to, or if your computer shuts down even though it says it still has some juice left in the tank. Know that eventually - and sadly - your battery too will die. For more information on how to replace your battery, click here. But why is my battery failing? Every battery has a certain amount of charge cycles over the course of its lifespan. One charge cycle is when a consumes its entire charge capacity. Macbook batteries usually...

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Fixing System Preferences with CleanMyMac

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

System Preferences files store rules that define how your apps are going to function. These files can be found within each application’s folder. The problem is that these preference files can corrupt over time, whether due to app crashes, blackouts, or hard drive corruption. To fix corrupted preference files we're going to have to delete them. That will trigger the app to create a new preference file. You can, of course, manually delete the files within the Preferences folder (stored in YourHomeFolder/Library/Preferences). But that’s a lot of work since you have to find each of the preference files corresponding to...

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High Disk Temperature – How to keep your HD cool

Posted by Lou TarDisk on

It's normal for your HD to heat up when processing a lot of data. But if your Mac’s hard drive is constantly working above 115°F, there’s probably something wrong with it, especially if you can also hear the fans working louder. That’s why it is important to keep your hard drive from overheating - you don’t really want it to fail unexpectedly. Don’t place your MacBook on your lap or on a blanket That’s because you might accidentally be blocking the fan from working properly and the disk needs the airflow to cool down. Keep your room clean Dust is...

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