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Mac running slow after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

Mac running slow after upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

Mac OS X Yosemite is a big release – it includes a bunch of new features that help it integrate better with iOS 8 and boasts one of the most significant visual redesigns the Mac operating system has seen in years. All that eye candy is straining older Macs, though.

If you’ve updated to Yosemite and noticed a significant slowdown in performance, you’re not alone. Like most new OS X releases, its advancements also require more computing power than the previous version. But that doesn’t mean your older Mac is out of luck… there’s a quick fix that is sure to make your machine more responsive. You’re going to have to be willing to part with some of Yosemite’s fancy visual effects, though!

First, make sure you’ve given your Mac a day or two after upgrading to let it sort out all the new changes. Even though Yosemite is ready for you to use, it’s still doing some things behind the scenes. For example, Spotlight search tends to re-index all of your files after a big upgrade, which can take a while depending on how much data is on your computer. If your Mac is still sluggish, it’s time to give up transparency.

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How to delete and forward individual text messages on iOS 7

When iOS 7 was released last fall, it may have seemed like a lot of functionality got stripped away in the name of simplicity. In some cases, that’s true. But when it comes to deleting and forwarding texts in Messages, it’s still possible. To give some quick background to this tip, in previous versions of […]

How to delete and forward individual text messages on iOS 7
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How to lock your Mac screen with a keyboard shortcut

When you need to temporarily leave your Mac unattended, it’s a hassle to put it to sleep and wake it up again. What’s the quickest way? Set up a simple keyboard shortcut that shows your Mac’s login screen without logging you out. Mac users have a bunch of different ways to prevent…

How to lock your Mac screen with a keyboard shortcut
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5 simple ways to secure your Mac

Mac OS X is already extremely secure out of the box – especially the latest version, 10.8 Mountain Lion. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t at least a few things you can do to help make your Mac even more safe to use. When it comes to technology…

5 simple ways to secure your Mac
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What Gatekeeper means for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion

As users of 10.8 Mountain Lion settle into their new environment, some of the most common questions about the new operating system relate to Gatekeeper – OS X’s newest security feature. While Gatekeeper is…

What Gatekeeper means for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion
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iPhone intermittently loses data connection despite full signal

Is your iPhone not connecting to the internet even though it shows a full signal to the cell network? By following a few easy troubleshooting tips, you can usually get your iPhone back online within a minute or two. Occasionally, when I leave a WiFi area like home or…

iPhone intermittently loses data connection despite full signal
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How to arrange and sort files in Finder using Mac OS X Lion

With the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple changed the way file sorting works in Finder. Unfortunately, it has left some users confused as to why selecting Arrange By > Name isn’t working in Finder’s Column view. An interesting issue has been plaguing some…

How to arrange and sort files in Finder using Mac OS X Lion
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Free Mac Bundle Giveaway! Dropzone, Socialite and Compartments

A bundle of three great Mac apps is up for grabs! What’s included? Dropzone, a utility that helps you perform common tasks even faster; Socialite, a convenient way to manage your social networks; and Compartments, the simplest way to inventory and protect your valuables…

Free Mac Bundle Giveaway! Dropzone, Socialite and Compartments
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iTunes “now playing” notifications with song title and artist name

When you’re using your Mac and listening to music in iTunes, wouldn’t it be great if a notification popped up to tell you what song is currently playing? Find out how to display the song title, artist name, and even album cover art while using any app! Have you ever watched…

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How to format a drive for Mac and PC compatibility

If you have an external hard drive or USB flash drive that you’d like to use on both Macs and Windows PCs, choosing the right file system to format the drive can be confusing. Learn a few ways to make your drive Mac and PC friendly. Need to access or transfer files…

How to format a drive for Mac and PC compatibility
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Free Giveaway! Gemini, find & remove duplicate files on your Mac

A new Mac application called Gemini is looking to get some of your hard drive space back. By identifying duplicate files and folders on your Mac, Gemini helps you delete unnecessary clutter you didn’t even know you had. It’s surprising how often we make copies of files and folders on…

Free Giveaway! Gemini, find & remove duplicate files on your Mac
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Make hidden app icons translucent in your Mac’s Dock

When looking at the Dock, it can be difficult to tell when a running Mac app has been hidden from view. But with a quick Terminal command, hidden app icons can fade into the background with lowered opacity. If you’re a Mac user who frequently has a cluttered screen full of open…

Make hidden app icons translucent in your Mac's Dock
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