The MacPaw How-Tos

Learn about the inner workings of your Mac and how to make it run better!

What is the default Safari search engine? Google has long monopolized the search engine market, so it’s no surprise that it comes as Safari’s default search engine. If Google isn’t for you, Safari comes pre-set with three alternatives: Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. Some users like to spread their searches through different engines so that companies don’t have… Read more... How to delete an iPhone backup from your Mac It’s always useful to have a back-up of your iPhone, and iTunes — not just for music! — and Mac allows you to wirelessly sync your device and copy over all your data for extra peace of mind. The only problem is that this data is saved to your Mac’s… Read more... How to use an Xbox 360 controller on your Mac Whether you’re trying to no-scope that enemy on COD or score a last-minute slam-dunk on NBA, the touchpad just doesn’t do it. So, we thought we’d share the best tips on how to connect an Xbox 360 controller to your Mac, to make them tense gaming moments a little easier.… Read more... Why would you use a Safari Adblock? Ads are great for the sites posting them. Companies that serve adverts hope to get some of your money (especially if they’ve tracked your data), and often, website owners get paid for showing you these ads. Website owners get paid in a few ways. Pay-per-sale (the site gets a commission… Read more... Burst photos on iPhone: What they are and how to delete them Burst mode does us all a big favor by taking a bunch of pictures with a single (long) click. However, a burst photo only serves the short-term purpose of capturing every split second so you can pick the best shot later. Once you’ve done that, you’re better off without a… Read more... How to defrag a Mac? — Do Macs need defragmentation? You might be experiencing some performance issues with your Mac and you knew from your PC days about defragging computers. Well, you won’t find any command or utility to do that on Mac. The point is that the Mac File System is designed differently than Microsoft's, and it defragments files… Read more... How to Speed up Mac? — 15 Steps to Improve MacBook Performance Remember the feeling of a brand new Mac? A Mac without rainbow wheels. A Mac that didn’t cause headaches or frustration. Everything was just perfect! However, with all apps, documents, photos, and a full iTunes library, your Mac starts to act as if it’s hiking 20 miles uphill in the… Read more... How to Clean Up Mac? — 10 Steps to Clean MacBook So you’ve had your Mac for a while and things don’t feel as fresh and clean as they used to? Like a car, phone, or watch, anything regularly taken care of will greatly extend the lifetime of it by years. Don’t worry; there are many things you can do to… Read more... How to Uninstall Programs on Windows 10? — CleanMyPC Uninstaller Keeping your computer clean and tidy is important for two reasons: your PC’s health and your own. A bunch of programs could make your computer sluggish, and a cluttered desktop will do the same to your mind. That’s why you have to uninstall apps you no longer use or need.… Read more... How to Disable Startup Programs on Windows 10? — Change or Turn Off Autorun Apps Computers may sometimes behave like cats. They totally ignore you as if they have plans of their own. You will see apps popping up and mysterious processes starting in the background. Now your PC takes 5 minutes to load, what’s happening? Your computer probably has too many apps sitting in… Read more...

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