Monthly Archives: October 2015

How to turn off your monitor without turning off your Mac

DisplaysIconXQuite often you may have some task running on your Mac that you might wish to keep going while you step away from your system. However, you may wish to save some energy by turning off your display for a while. Of course if you sleep your Mac, then you will clearly interrupt your task, but there are other ways to shut off your monitor while keeping your Mac going. Continue reading

How to manage lost passwords in OS X

SecurityIconXThere are several ways to lock down your Mac, in order to prevent third-parties from either accessing your data, or using your system for purposes you do not intend. Since your Mac consists of several layers of hardware and software, each can be secured with a password; however, there are times when you may have forgotten your password. In these instances, you will likely be locked out; however, in most cases you should be able to recover your system. Continue reading

How to generally manage app problems after upgrading OS X

ApplicationIconXWhenever you upgrade OS X, you always chance an application or two not working with the new software changes. Hopefully problems are kept at a minimum, or are insignificant enough to not require any attention; however, there may be times when apps crash, hang, or show other odd behavior that directly impedes your ability to use them. In these cases, there are several general approaches you can do to fix the problem, before having to dive into specifics troubleshooting steps. Continue reading

Manage lost Mail messages after upgrading to El Capitan

MailIconYosemiteXOne substantial issue that has affected users after upgrading to OS X El Capitan is that Mail messages might be missing. In some cases it may be a few messages, while in other cases entire accounts have been emptied with no messages available. Sometimes this type of problem can be fixed by adjusting account settings to re-establish contact with your account servers, after which re-syncing will download your messages again; however, this does not always happen. Continue reading

Fix problems with internet accounts after upgrading OS X

InternetAccountsIconXWhen you upgrade OS X, the accounts you have configured in the Internet Accounts system preferences should migrate and be just as usable as they were before upgrading. However, there may be times when calendars won’t load, e-mail messages may be missing, or you otherwise cannot access your accounts. While specific problems can be individually investigated, if they are nondescript and affect multiple accounts, you can try re-migrating your user account from a backup. Continue reading

How to access Expert Mode when calibrating your Displays in El Capitan

ColorSyncIconXCalibrating your Mac’s display will ensure the digital values in images are translated to display properly on the display devices you use, and is an important step anyone doing image editing and graphic design. To help with this, OS X has a built-in display calibration tool which supports both basic and expert modes for calibrating your display. These options are nothing new for OS X; however, in El Capitan Apple has made the calibrator’s expert mode hidden by default. Continue reading

Apple to replace MacBook displays with peeling anti-reflective coatings

MacBookProIconXApple’s Retina MacBook Pros have a glass-covered display that has a coating of anti-reflective material to combat glare. However, some users have found that after a while this coating may separate, causing unsightly splotches that are most apparent when viewing darker content in bright lighting situations. If you are noticing these problems with your MacBook, then you may be in luck, as Apple has started a program to offer free replacements for the devices. Continue reading