Five setup tips for Apple's new MacBook Air

The 14-hour battery on the new 13-inch Air is great, but MacBooks still don't come fully optimized out of the box.

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Turn on tap-to-drag
Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad options > Enable dragging

Another standard Windows move that drives anyone trying to migrate to Macs totally crazy. Even worse, this feature is buried not under track pad settings, but in a submenu of the opaque "accessibility" menu, which seems to cover a lot of widely varied ground.

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