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How to monitor XProtect updates in OS X

OS X does not provide a way to monitor XProtect updates, but you can set up a custom script to do so.

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List an OS X folder hierarchy with TextWrangler

If you need to get a structured list of the directories in a folder, TextWrangler can do that.

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The webmail-like interface of WordMail for Outlook 2013 is decidedly less cluttered than its predecessor.

Fast access to Outlook 2013's spell-checker and auto-correct options

In an attempt to clean up the right-click menu in Word 2013 and WordMail for Outlook 2013, Microsoft removed the AutoCorrect submenu and other options. You can add spell-check to the Quick Access toolbar, but it's faster simply to press F7.

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Restrict printer usage in OS X

With the OS X printer configuration, you can impose limits on which accounts are allowed to print to specific printers on your system.

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How to refresh the Launchpad in OS X

If you find programs are missing from Apple's Launchpad, there are a couple of ways to restore them.

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How to clean printers in OS X

A hidden option in the OS X print system may allow you to toggle the option to clean your printer's heads.

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How to extract Preview's signatures for use in other applications

Apple's Preview program in OS X is great for capturing signatures, but by default these can only be used with Preview; however, there is a workaround to extract and them for use elsewhere.

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Inside a standard SDD, the only component shared with a hard drive is the SATA Interface.

Digital storage basics, Part 4: SSD explained

Do you know that there's a garbage collection inside your SSD? It's true! CNET editor Dong Ngo explains that and more. He also answers SSD-related questions.

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Tips for increasing the longevity of your Mac

If you have a new or used Mac then you likely would like to ensure it stays working for as long as possible.

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SongGenie displays in red its proposed changes to a song's data and allows you to accept the changes or do nothing and mark the track as "checked."

How to identify nameless music tracks in your iTunes library

TuneUp, SongGenie, and Shazam promise to ID unknown songs, but when music-identification programs fail to name that tune, a little Internet sleuthing can help you fill in the missing information in your audio library.

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Quickly sign any document with Preview

If you need to sign a form or other document in OS X, look no further than Apple's Preview application.

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How to quickly convert image formats with Preview

The Preview program in OS X may be a quick solution if you need to convert a single image or group of images from one format to another.

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