Category Archives: Mac OS X

Mac OS X is Apple’s operating system for personal computers. Mac enjoys the unique title of being the most user friendly personal operating system in the market. But even then new users might need some guidance and assistance with it in the beginning. In this guide book we have compiled numerous tips, tricks and how to tutorials for Mac OS X that both novice and experienced users can use. You may want to bookmark this page for later reference. Additionally, we would highly appreciate if you can share this guide book with your friends and family.

How to Delete Messages Chat History On Mac OS X


Users who are using the Messages app in Mountain Lion already know that there is no way to delete the chat history in the Messages app from the chat window. The best that can be done is to perform ‘Clear Transcript’, but even that is not good enough as the Messages are reopened the transcript reapper just as before. This appears to be a bug, since the Messages app for Mac is still in its early beta. In this article we will explain how to delete Messages chat history on Mac OS X.

How to Delete Messages Chat History on Mac OS X

In order to delete Messages chat history on Mac OS X, perform the following steps:

  • Open the Finder window and go to ‘Documents’.iMessage-documents
  • You will be able to find a ‘iChats’ folder within the Documents folder. The iChats folder is the folder that contains all your chat transcripts within subfolders labeled with dates.iMessage-iChat
  • Browse to the folder that you are interested in and delete your desired files. This will completely delete your chat history.iMessage-transcript
  • Now as a final step, empty your recycle bin and the chat history would be permanently deleted.

That was all that you had to do in order to delete Messages chat history on Mac OS X.

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How to Change the Time Machine Backup Schedule

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Every mac owner loves to use Time Machine, as it is one of the easiest and simple backup solution that runs in the background and allows easy recovery of files in case the entire operating system goes wrong during an OS X update. Time Machine is a bit hostile as it creates back up of the all changes every hour that a drive is connected or within range.  This feature is great for backup purposes but can be a irritation when it dominates disk I/O and CPU cycles from other tasks. The most easiest way to evade this problem is to just alter the backup schedule. We will explain you every bit either from the Terminal or Preference Pane called TimeMachineScheduler.

How to Manually Change Time Machine Backup Schedule

You can manually regulate the Time Machine backup schedule via command line and defaults write. This command belongs on a single line:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ StartInterval -int 14400

The last number in the command is the time interval of the backup in seconds, making hours clustered by 3600 second segments. If you want to make a 4 hours interval between backup, then the number would be 14400, and so on. Please note that the default setting is one hour, or 3600 seconds and it can be restored with the following command:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ StartInterval -int 3600

If you are feeling uncomfortable with command line or you want extra control over Time Machine, then you should go for free TimeMachineScheduler app for Mac OS X.

How to Adjust Time Machine Schedule & Interval with TimeMachineScheduler

TimeMachineScheduler is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.6. This app allows comprehensive control over the Time Machine operation and you can easily alter the backup interval. The best feature of this app is that you can skip backups between scheduled times, when you are busy working. You can even avoid Time Machine to run throughout your peak productivity hours of 9am and 2pm and set the time period to block in the app. You can get TimeMachineScheduler app  free from the developer.

 Time Machine Backup Schedule

TimeMachineScheduler also permits you to restrict backups only to a specified network connection and SSID. This feature is of worth for those who use Time Capsules or backups over wifi.

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How to Access the iOS and Mac App Store Without a Credit Card

Apple’s App Store is certainly one of the most priced products in Apple’s arsenal. The iTunes and the App Store helped Apple cement its dominance in the mobile and tablet space. The iTunes and App Store require a credit card to sign up and for the App Store. In this article we will explain how to use the App Store without a credit card.


How to Access the iOS and Mac App Store Without a Credit Card

Many iPhone, iPad or Mac users have kids who do not have a credit card yet. So it makes perfect sense to have a way to access the iOS or Mac App Store so that kids could also access and use it to download free downloads and updates from the App Stores without being able to make purchases. In order to access the iOS and Mac App Store without a credit card, perform the following steps:

  • Open the iOS App Store or Mac App Store.
  • Now click on “Account” on the the right-hand side.
  • Sign out of the Apple account, if you are signed into it.
  • You would have to agree to the Terms and Conditions and fill out the Apple ID creation page details.
  • Be sure to set this new account up for a new email address (that is of your kid) than your primary app store account.
  • On the “Provide a Payment Method” screen, select “None” as the payment option.
  • Now, press “Create Apple ID” button. The only thing you would now have to do is to verify the email address that you just provided
That’s it, you now have a iOS or Mac App Store account without a credit card attached to it. Your kids can login to the newly created account and will be able to download any free apps or download updates to existing apps. They can also redeem promo codes and add gift cards to the account if and when they want.

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How to Quickly Jump Between System Preference Panes on Mac OS X

In this article we have share a useful shortcut for OS X that lets you jump from one System Preference pane to another without exploring the icon view.

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If you’re in Mac system preferences and want to go to another pane, follow these simple steps to switch between the two.

  • Press and hold the “Show All” button at the top and the “Show All” menu will be displayed in alphabetical order, so it becomes much easier to find what you’re looking for.
  • Drag your mouse to the pane you want to go.

This is useful if you tend to randomly hit the Alt+F1-12 keys to open preferences. If you aren’t familiar with a preference pane or just can’t find the main System Preferences page, this little trick will be quite useful and save precious seconds from being wasted.

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How to Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Microsoft has just released the Consumer preview of Windows 8. The operating system has a revolutionary new user interface that many users including the ones having Macs want to try. In this article we will explain how to install Windows 8 on your Mac.


You would need to have a Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO and a Product Key. People having a DVD burner should burn this ISO to DVD before continuing.

For users who do not have a DVD drive, make sure that you have an empty 8GB USB flash drive connected to your Mac before beginning.

How to Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step One: On your Mac, Launch Finder by clicking the Finder icon in your dock.

Step Two: From Finder, navigate to Applications > Utilities double click the Boot Camp Assistant icon to launch Boot Camp Assistant.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Three: This will launch the Boot Camp Assistant. Click the Continue button.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Four: Within this window leave all 3 tasks selected and click Continue.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Five: Now press the Choose button and select the ISO that was mentioned in the requirements and press Open.Install Windows 8 on Your MacInstall Windows 8 on Your Mac

Be careful to double check that the USB flash drive is set as the destination disk before pressing the Continue button.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Six: The system will warn you that your USB drive will be erased. Press Continue.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Seven: Now, your Windows files would be copied to the USB flash drive.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Eight: Provide your Administrative username and password and then press the OK button.

Step Nine: For users having more than one hard drive on their Mac, you would be asked to select a system hard drive that you want to partition for Windows. Choose the correct hard drive and press the Continue button.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Ten: Boot Camp Assistant will now ask your to Create a Partition for Windows. The divider in the prompt can be dragged to select the size of the partitions.Install Windows 8 on Your MacInstall Windows 8 on Your Mac

After selecting the appropriate size, press the Install button.

Step Eleven: Your hard drive will now be partitioned.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Twelve: Your computer will be restarted after the partition has been created and upon restart the Windows 8 setup will be launched from the USB flash drive.

Step Thirteen: During the setup, you would be asked:

  • Whether to do a Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install. Select Custom (advanced).
  • Where do you want to install Windows. Select the partition labelled BOOTCAMP.

After that press the Drive Options button and then press Format. Finally press OK to confirm format and press the Next button to continue the installation.

Step Fourteen: Click on the Windows Explorer Tile, after the installation has completed successfully.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Fifteen: Under Computer, you would be able to see the list of devices. From within this list select the WININSTALL USB flash drive and double click the WindowsSupport folder to open it.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Sixteen: Now double click on the executable file.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Seventeen: Boot Camp Installer will guide you through the installation steps. Press the Next button to continue.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Eighteen: Accept the license agreement, and press the Next button to continue.

Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Nineteen: Now decide whether you would want to install Apple Software Update for Windows and then press the Install button.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Twenty: Boot Camp Assistant will now install the necessary drivers for your Mac to work seamlessly with Windows.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Press the Finish button, after the installation has finished.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

You will now be asked to restart your Mac in order for the configuration changes to take effect. Press the Yes button.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

Step Twenty One: Windows 8 has now been successfully installed on your Mac using Boot Camp.Install Windows 8 on Your Mac

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How to Enable Internet Sharing in Mac OS X and Turn Your Mac Into a Wireless Router

If you are a Mac user, you can use Internet Sharing that can turn your PC into a wireless access point. The Internet Sharing can work with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Mac OS X 10.6. This sharing will enable your Mac to broadcast Wi-Fi signals which can be used by any Mac, iPhone, iPad or any other Wi-Fi capable device.

Following is a list of possibilities where you can use Internet Sharing and can find it very useful:

  1. If you do not want to spend money on buying a wireless router, you can always use Internet Sharing to use your Mac as Wireless router.
  2. In case you have only one wired connection and you want to use internet on more than one device or on the devices that do not support wired internet connectivity like a Macbook, iPhone or iPad.
  3. If you do not want to pay internet charges per device as you might face such situation at hotels and motels. You can use one device i.e. Mac and can access Wi-Fi signals to use internet on other devices while paying for only one device.
  4. If you want to avoid the connected device limitations of Internet Tethering and Personal Hotspot (iOS) from mobile phones.

In most of the Hotels or Motels, you may have noticed that they charge their customer for each device for an internet connection instead of a flat rate for all devices.  Internet Sharing can be very handy in such situation and can save you a good amount of money. In this Tutorial, you will learn about establishing a setup in few simple steps: The setup will consist of following steps

Wired internet connection > Mac > Other Devices. You can also find the following diagram useful for understanding:



How to Convert a Mac into a Wireless Router

The tutorial will make you learn about establishing a secured wireless access point in a first step, than you will learn about broadcasting from an internet connected Mac so that other devices like other Macs, PC’s, or iOS devices can use internet.

Step 1. Make a connection. First, you need to connect the wired internet Ethernet cable to your Mac.

Step 2. Launch “System Preferences”. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Sharing. Now, you can find the “Internet Sharing” button at the left menu. Click on the button to proceed further.

Step 3. Select “Ethernet”. You can do this by selecting “Ethernet” from the pull-down menu next to “Share your connection from:” as shown in the picture.internet-sharing-mac

Step 4. To Computer using. You can check the box accordingly that is alongside “To computers using:”. You can select the “Airport” or “Wi-Fi”. (name depends on OS X 10.7 vs 10.6)

Step 5. Provide details. You can now click on the “Wi-Fi Options” where you can provide details about the network like name of the network, type in a WEP key as the wireless password after enabling security/encryption as shown in the picture.share-internet-mac

Step 6. Start Broadcasting. A message will prompt on your screen where  you can click on “OK” and confirm that you want to start internet sharing.enable-internet-sharing

This is it!! Your Mac is now converted into a Wireless router and is broadcasting Wi-Fi signals that can be picked by any Wi-Fi enabled device. If you are connected to any other Wireless network or connected to the Mac’s shared internet connection, both act similarly for your device. You just need to find the Wi-Fi access point name as you provided in the previous steps, enter the required password, and your device will connect to internet. As you provide the WEP password initially, the network will be secure. In a situation where you forgot the password you set for the network, you can always set a new one by disabling security and re-enabling it.

In order to accomplish better results, you can run the Wi-Fi Diagnostics tool on your device to get the optimal signal for the network. But in most cases, you may not have to use this feature as devices will be close enough to work perfectly fine especially at Airport or Hotel room.

Let us know about your feedback  in the comments below!!

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How to Show iPhone or iPad Apps in Mac OS X Finder

show-ios-app-in-finderMac OS X finder is a place where you can view all your Mac OS X apps and a lot of other things. In addition to this, you can also view your iPhone or iPad apps in Mac OS X Finder. In this article we will explain how to show iPhone or iPad apps in Mac OS X Finder.

How to Show iPhone or iPad Apps in Mac OS X Finder

  • Launch iTunes.
  • Click on “Apps” under Library listing.
  • Now right-click on any app that you want to show in Mac OS X Finder and select “Show in Finder”.

That’s all you need to do in order to show your iPhone or iPad apps in Mac OS X Finder. After you have selected the “Show in Finder” option the Mobile Applications folder will immediately open with the selected app highlighted.

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How to Enable or Disable Read Receipts For iMessage In Mac OS X

read-receipts-imessage-macA Read Receipt is a message that informs the sender that his/her message has been delivered. The read receipts for iMessage are enabled by default in iPhone or iPad, but are disabled by default in Mac OS X. Some users might want to disable read receipts, while others might want to enable them. In this article we will explain how to enable or disable read receipts for iMessage in Mac OS X.

How to Enable or Disable Read Receipts For iMessage In Mac OS X

In order to change your read receipt settings in Mac OS X, do the following:

  • Go to iMessage > Preferences.
  • Select the “Accounts” tab.
  • Now, select the iMessage in the left  sidebar.
  • In order to enable read receipts, check the box next to “Send Read Receipts”.
  • Close iMessage Preferences.

iMessage for Mac is included in OS X Mountain Lion and can also be downloaded as a free beta by OS X Lion users.

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How to Use Keyboard Shortcut to Correct Spelling Errors in Mac OS X

Whenever you make a mistake while writing something in Mac OS X, you would have to get hold of your mouse and select the word for Mac OS X to show you the correct spelling. However, some Mac enthusiasts have now found a keyboard shortcut to do just that. In this article we will explain how to use keyboard shortcut to correct spelling errors in Mac OS X.

Keyboard shortcut in OS X

How to Use Keyboard Shortcut to Correct Spelling Errors in Mac OS X

The spelling error keyboard shortcut works with Apple’s built-in spell checking system, which allows it to work with text apps like TextEdit or Mail. In order to enable the keyboard shortcut, do the following:

  • Go to Edit > Spelling and Grammar, in the Editor.
  • Check Spelling While Typing and Correct Spelling Automatically options.
  • The next time you misspell a word, just hit space bar and then the left arrow.
  • This will open a menu below the word and would provide you with the correct spellings for that word.
  • You can use your arrow keys to navigate and select the correct word.

Hopefully this little trick will help you boast your typing speed even further.

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How to Fix “Mac Won’t Remember a Wireless Network Password” Problem


The Mac OS X has been known to have issues when it comes to remembering a wireless network, regardless if it’s secured  or not. Further, Mac OS X also does not remember a password for a wireless network. The networks are kept, but every time it is able to connect to a secure network, the password disappears and has to be typed in again. This inconvenience can be solved easily with the instructions below.

Using Keychain First Aid

  1. Press “Command+Spacebar” to launch Spotlight and choose “Keychain Access”
  2. Go to the “Keychain Access” drop down menu and launch “Keychain First Aid”
  3. Type in the user name and passwordrepair-keychain-access
  4. Check “Repair” and click on “Start”

There are times when the repair option for the keychain is enough to stop the issue with passwords disappearing in OS X, but if it does not work then try the solution below:

Remove Wireless Networks from Keychain

  1. Hold down Command+Spacebar for Spotlight and look for “Keychain Access”
  2. On the Keychain Access search box at the top right corner, search for “Airport network password”find-airport-in-keychain
  3. Find and choose the name of the router you’re having trouble with, if there are identical entries for one router then highlight all of them
  4. Right-click on the router name and select “Delete RouterName”delete-airport-keychains
  5. Agree to the removal and then move out of Keychain Access
  6. Restart the Mac and join the wireless network again

Mac OS X should be able to remember the network password after this. Let us know about your feedback in the comment section below.

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