The MacPaw How-Tos

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

How to update Mac with the latest software In this article, we cover how to update to the latest macOS apps, which is something you should check fairly regularly to ensure you benefit from the latest security features and patches when you do a Mac software update. If you've not completed a Mac software update for a while,… Read more... Uninstall Windows Programs in Bulk: CleanMyPC Multi Uninstaller Uninstalling software in Windows is easy when we are talking about one program - you just find it in the list of Apps and Features and click Uninstall. But when it comes to uninstalling several programs, the process gets more complicated and time-consuming. You can’t remove Windows programs in bulk,… Read more... How to lock your Mac or put your screen to sleep in macOS There are a number of different ways to lock or sleep your screen in macOS. Before we show them to you, however, it’s important to make the distinction between locking your screen and just putting it to sleep. If you lock your Mac you’ll put it to sleep and need… Read more... How to set the default browser on Mac Safari is the default browser in macOS and has been ever since Apple first built its own web browser. Before that, for a while, it was Internet Explorer — but the less said about that the better, and before that it was Netscape Navigator. Remember that? Safari is a perfectly… Read more... How to deactivate iMessage on your Mac Apple’s iMessage service is a brilliant and excellent way of keeping in touch with other Apple device users without incurring additional charges from your network provider. One of its most useful features is the ability to send and receive messages from any device connected to your iCloud account, including your… Read more... How to remove an iCloud account from Mac, iPhone, and iPad Apple’s iCloud service has become deeply embedded in the way we all use Macs and iOS devices. Whether you use all of its services, or just email and contacts, an iCloud account that functions properly is a key part of the experience of using an Apple device. However, there are a… Read more... How to rename multiple files on your Mac Until macOS Yosemite, if you wanted to rename multiple files on a Mac simultaneously, you either had to create an Automator action or use a third party app. Now, however, you can do it from right within the Finder. There are a number of different options for renaming files, so… Read more... Popular Mac viruses, malware and security flaws In this article, we will look at the most common Mac viruses and security flaws, how to detect them, prevent your Mac from getting them, and how to remove them. The more macOS grows in popularity, the more lucrative it becomes to hackers and rogue programmers, and with no anti-virus,… Read more... Simple steps to back up your Mac In this article, we will cover the different ways you can back up a Mac, including locally, using Time Machine and with an external hard drive. We will also go over what to do before backing a Mac up. How to prepare your Mac for a backup Hard drives have… Read more... How to upgrade your Mac with an SSD Swapping out your old hard drive for a modern SSD is surprisingly affordable and results in 5X better performance: a reputable 500GB MacBook SSD can be had for around $150, while 1TB options are available for around $300 — both considerably cheaper than a new MacBook. It’s also surprisingly easy,… Read more...

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