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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... How to Clear DNS cache on Mac In this article, we cover the best ways to clear your DNS cache on a Mac, including the different ways you can do that depending on the macOS you are running. Your DNS cache acts like a memory that your Mac refers to when trying to figure out how to… Read more... MacBook keyboard and trackpad not working? Try these troubleshooting tips For some it’s the MacBook keyboard that’s not working, for others, it’s the trackpad that’s acting up. For a worrying number of people, the issue is with both. Worse still, the problem doesn’t seem to be affecting a particular type of MacBook but both Pro and Air models from 2011… Read more... How to clean Safari on a MacBook If Safari on your Mac runs very slowly, takes far longer than it should to load pages, or crashes often, you might need to reset it. However, resetting Safari is not something you should do without care as it makes significant changes to the experience of using it. In fact,… Read more... Mac undelete: how to recover deleted files on Mac We’ve all experienced that horrible stomach-churning pang of dread when we delete a file that we didn’t meant to delete. Or when we realise that the file we trashed last week is the one we need for an important piece of work that’s due to be submitted tomorrow. The bad… Read more... Here's how to format USB on Mac Nowadays, when you buy a USB drive, you can use it right out of the box with your Mac. However, unless it’s been designed for use with a Mac, it won’t be formatted using macOS’ preferred file system (either Mac OS Extended or APFS, depending on which version of macOS… Read more... How to right click on a Mac mouse or trackpad For the first 20 years or so of its life, the Mac was infamous for having only a single button on its mouse. That meant there was no way to right-click on a Mac mouse. However, you could achieve the same thing by pressing the Control key and clicking with… Read more...

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