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Welcome to the Mac Software Forum

This is the Mac Software Forum. Here you can find tips on Macintosh software, as well as advice for different software problems. If you have any operating system or hardware issues, check out the other Mac forums.

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Hopefully all of your software questions can be answered in this forum. The Mac OS is a great operating system to use and we hope that you can benefit from its programs as much as possible. Please keep the Forum Policies in mind when creating or contributing to a thread. Good luck and happy posting.

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Tips

In reply to: Welcome to the Mac Software Forum

When posting questions about a specific program, make sure to add software and system information. Listing your software info (version, build, etc.), Mac's specifications, and OS version can help.

Check for updates. If you have the most recent version of a program, it can be more easy to troubleshoot problems with it. Also, updates tend to fix more problems than they create. Many programs will have a "Check For Updates" feature in the Help menu. For updating Apple software, click on the Apple at the top left of the screen, select "Software Update...", and Software Update will launch. It will notify you of any updates that it needs to download/install for your Mac.

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Finding solutions

In reply to: Welcome to the Mac Software Forum

To find the answer to your problem, be sure to check out other threads in the forum. Apple has several discussion pages in the support section of their website here. Apple also has a free podcast called Apple Quick Tips. You can subscribe to it via the iTunes Store.

Be sure to check out other websites for software fixes and help. Your question may have been covered or answered in some way or another. MacFixit and Mac OS X Hints offer many, many great tips and articles that you can check out.

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Macs and MAC

In reply to: Welcome to the Mac Software Forum

A little note for new posters.

A Mac is a computer manufactured by Apple. MAC is an acronym for Media Access Control, which is a protocol of sorts. There is a large difference. When asking about the Macintosh computer, be sure to use Mac, and not MAC in all caps.

-BMF

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Reinstalling your Mac's included software

In reply to: Welcome to the Mac Software Forum

Every new Mac comes with certain programs installed, most notably the iLife media suite. Should you ever need to reinstall these programs, you will need your restore disks. The restore disks should be in the "Designed by Apple in California" package that came in your Mac's box. You will find a pair of disks in the envelope labeled "Everything Else". Insert the first disk into your Mac's CD or DVD drive, and after opening the disc in the Finder, locate a package that says something along the lines of "Install Bundled Software" and open it. DO NOT click on any package labeled "Install Mac OS X", etc.

An installer window should open, and you can go in there and select which programs you would like to put back on your Mac. If needed, your Mac will prompt you for the second restore disk during the installation. Be sure to swap them out when the time comes.

-BMF

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