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Login to your mac automatically without having to type a password

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By default OS X requires you to type in a password and login each time you restart your computer.  If your computer is in a secure location, for example your office, you may want to set up OS X to log in automatically for you.

Here is how to do this.

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How to import photos from an SD card

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Someone recently handed me some photos on an SD card.  Importing them was easy – the macbook has an SD card  port that I had not even noticed before.  I could plug the SD-card straight in!

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Do this BEFORE you lose your mac!

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Apple have a fantastic piece of software called ‘find my mac’ which can locate your laptop anywhere. But it needs to be tuned on… and once your computer is lost or stolen – it’s too late!  Here’s how to turn on ‘find my mac’ before you lose it!

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beginners internet

How to sell something on ebay

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Here’s how to sell something on ebay from your mac. It’s all fairly simple. The only real trick is how to easily get your photos from iPhoto into ebay. Here’s how. 

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Merge 2 pdf files in Mountain Lion

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With Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) Apple have made it even simpler to join two pdf files together – you just need to drag any pdf file into the thumbnail window of an existing pdf file and the two will be merged together!

Note: this is different for different versions of OS X.

For older versions of OS X (10.6-10.7) click here.

For OS X 10.9 Mavericks click here.

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How to copy a font

A font is a particular style of text, like ‘Helvetica’ or ‘Times’.

Sometimes you might make a keynote presentation on one computer, but then you copy it to a different computer, and it doesn’t display properly. This may be because the font you used is not on the second computer. A font is not included in a document when you save it.  If the new computer doesn’t have the right font, it won’t be able to display your text properly. It will try to substitute a different font, which may not look good! This means if you are using a strange font, you may need to copy the font to the new computer. Here’s how.

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How to stop spam

"I'm getting heaps of spam, ever since I put my email address on my webpage. Is there a way to stop it?"

 

Once you are receiving spam it’s hard if not impossible to stop it coming to you, all you can do is ignore it (block it). But there are ways to reduce the amount of spam you get before it starts coming in.

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How to send lots of files or folders in an email


When you want to send someone a lot of files in an email, the best way to do it is to compress them into one file first, called an archive or a zip file. When the person receives the zip file they just need to double click it and, hey presto, the exact files that you put into it appear in a folder! Read on to find out how to do it.