CleanMyDrive 2 offers new tools to keep your external drives in top shape

Ever noticed how filled with digital flotsam and jetsam your Mac gets? It’s even worse with external hard drives, which tend to fill up with OS X service files (with glorious names like .DS_Store or .TemporaryItems), Windows service files from when you connect to other PCs, resource forks and un-emptied files in the Trash. CleanMyDrive […]

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How to restart or send your Mac to sleep from Spotlight

Pulling up apps and finding files is super easy on OS X Yosemite thanks to the new Spotlight feature, and thanks to GitHub user slong1987, you can now use Spotlight shortcuts to shutdown, restart, logout and put your Mac to…Read more ›



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Replace Your Mac’s Trash Icon With A Trashcan Mac Pro [How-To]

The new Mac Pro is finally here, and considering the fact that it looks exactly like a trash can, what better way to celebrate its release than to replace your Mac’s current trash icon with Apple’s stealthy, space-age new super…Read more ›



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Get Unparalleled Data Recovery And Protection With Disk Drill Pro 2.0 For Mac [Deals]

No matter how computer-savvy you are, sometimes you just can’t avoid issues like a failing hard drive. For those emergency situations, Disk Drill Pro can be your savior. If you lose any data, you just have to click a button…Read more ›

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Keep Two Macs Running Like New With The CleanMyMac 2 Double Pack [Deals]

Your Mac is an amazing machine, and like a sports car, requires regular maintenance to keep it running at peak efficiency. Take all the hassle and guesswork out of cleaning up your system with CleanMyMac 2. And with this exclusive Double Pack promotion from Cult of Mac Deals a single license will keep two of […]

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CleanMyMac 2 Delivers On Its Name; 40% Off For A Limited Time

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Try These Five Great Ways To Master The Mac App Store [Feature]

You’ve come a long way, baby.

The Mac App Store, originally released for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, takes a lot of the guesswork and uncertainty out of downloading apps for your Mac, and adds a little bit of security as well. You know you’re getting apps that meet Apple’s stringent requirements to work with its operating systems.

Here are five different tricks and tips to working with the Mac App Store that you may not have already known. We think you’ll find something new in the stuff below that will help you master the Mac App Store.

Cancel Instead Of Pausing Your Mac App Store Updates

When downloading updates in the Mac App Store, it’s a simple thing to start and pause your download. Make sure you’re logged into the correct iTunes account for the specific update, and hit the dark gray Update button when you’re ready. If you want to pause the download, simply hit the same button, which now says Pause.

But what if you want to completely cancel the download and start again later?

Luckily, this is a pretty simple thing to do.

When in the App Store, click on the Update button to start the update process. If you want to cancel the download completely, simply hold down the Option key, which will change the Pause button into a Cancel button. Click on Cancel and the update will stop downloading, no matter where it is in the process (unless it says Installing; in which case, you’re out of luck).

The update will still show up in your Updates tab in the App Store, but it will just start over from the beginning, unlike Pause, which will resume wherever it was in the process of downloading the update.

This could come in handy if you just want to quit an update for any reason, but don’t want to resume it in the near future.

Via: Macworld Hints

Make The Mac App Store Re-Download Apps To Your Mac

The Mac App Store is a great way to download apps to your Mac, as it takes care of the download, the install, and the post-install clean up for you. Sometimes, however, things can get a bit wonky, whether by accident or design, and you’ll want to go and download an app you think you’ve deleted.

Sometimes the Mac App Store will think the app you’ve deleted is still on your Mac. Or, you’ll want to re-download an app that’s behaving weirdly. When that happens, there will be a “Downloaded,” or “Installed” button there that won’t let you do anything.

While not all Mac App Store apps will work the same way, here are a few things to try out.

First, if your app has been deleted, but the Mac App Store says “Installed,” or “Downloaded,” try this: hold down the Option key when you click on the Purchases tab at the top of the Mac App Store, and, according to this About.com post and a discussion thread on Apple.com, you might see a “Download” or “Install” button instead, depending on how the developers have set the app up in the store.

Of course, if you’ve deleted an app and want to get it back, simply go to the Mac App Store, login with your iTunes ID, and hit the Purchases tab. Even if you’re on a different computer, you can do the same thing. That’s the beauty of the Mac App Store — if you purchase an app on one Mac you own, you can put it on a different Mac you own with a simple login and download.

Safely Uninstall Apps You’ve Purchased Via The Mac App Store

Using the Mac App Store is helpful in many ways, what with the ability to re-download apps, pause them during download, and the like.

There’s even an easy way to delete apps you’ve purchased from the Mac App Store these days, aside from the tried and true “drag app icon to trash” method we’ve all grown to know and love since OS X debuted oh so many years ago.

To safely delete apps you’ve downloaded from the Mac App Store, simply launch Launchpad, the new Apps layout screen that looks a lot like the iOS home screen, with each app getting its own icon.

Click on any app in the Launchpad screen, and hold the mouse button down. The apps will all start to wiggle. The ones you’ve downloaded from the Mac App Store will show an iOS-like X in the upper left corner of the app icon. Click this X to delete the app, from the Launchpad and from your Mac.

Apps that don’t show the X will require you to go into the Applications folder on your Mac and drag them to the Trash to delete. Or, you can click on their icon in the Applications folder, and hit Command-Delete to send them to the Trash. Don’t forget to empty the Trash once you’ve done that, as well.

Source: Apple Support

Safely Install Non-Mac App Store Apps On Your Mac

Another advantage of the Mac App Store, besides pausing downloads, safe uninstalls, and easy re-downloads of Mac OS X apps, is the safety of knowing that anything in the Mac App Store has been vetted by Apple.

One way your Mac makes sure you’re (relatively safe) from rogue apps is what’s called Gatekeeper. By default, this bit of software only allows you to install verified apps from the Mac App Store on your Mac. What if, however, you want to download software from a Mac developer who doesn’t distribute their software on the Mac App Store? You’ll need to bypass Gatekeeper in order to do so.

Here’s how to do that safely.

Launch your System Preferences app and head to the Security & Privacy preference pane. You have three choices here. You can set Gatekeeper to Allow applications downloaded from the Mac App Store, the Mac App Store and identified developers, or Anywhere. The safest of these options is obviously the first one, as it will keep any software not downloaded via the Mac App Store from running on your Mac.

Keep either of the top two options enabled, and when you download any app that isn’t from the Mac App Store, nor from an identified developer, your Mac won’t let you run it.

If you want to bypass this security feature, find the offending app, and right click on it. That’s a two-finger click on a Macbook trackpad, a Control-click on a single button mouse, or the actual right mouse button on a multi-button mouse.

Choose Open in the pop up menu, and then choose Open on the resulting dialog box, which will tell you that the app you’re trying to open is from an unidentified developer. Once you choose to Open it this way, the app will no longer trigger a Gatekeeper warning, so be sure you know and trust the developer you got the app from.

Via: Boston University IT Dept

Find Those Hidden Purchases In The Mac App Store

So, you’ve hidden a few of the apps you’ve purchased in the Mac App Store, but you want to get them back, right?

It’s ok, we understand. Sometimes you just don’t want everyone knowing what you’ve purchased. Or maybe you’re getting a little tired of seeing Mac OS X Lion in your Purchased Apps history. So you hide it.

But then you want to get it back, so you can re-download it, yeah? Well, here’s how to do just that.

You hide purchases with a right-click in the Purchased tab, itself at the top of the Mac App Store window. You’ll get a little window asking you if you truly would like to hide it, and you’ll need to click to confirm.

Now, to unhide any hidden apps, click on the Featured tab at the top left of the Mac App Store window. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to your Account. Click there, type in your iTunes account credentials, and scroll down to where it says iTunes in the Cloud. You’ll see how many hidden apps you have, and if you click on View Hidden Purchases, you’ll see the list of apps you’ve hidden.

To get them back in your Purchased Apps area, simply click the Unhide button to the right. Boom! Your hidden app or apps will now show up where you want them to, letting you download them again, or hide again. It’s really up to you.

Via: Macworld Hints

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Mastering Alfred 2.0 On Your Mac: Directly Command Your System From The Keyboard [OS X Tips]

Alfred brings a number of joyful ways to work on your Mac, including launching apps and searching through files. It’s a true power-user’s friend, as it lets you interact with your Mac in all sorts of ways without removing your hands from the keyboard, saving you valuable time in the long run.

Did you know, though, that you can also control many system functions on your Mac with Alfred? Here’s how.

Launch Alfred preferences from the Alfred menubar icon, or simply activate Alfred and type “Alfred.” One of the options will be to show Alfred preferences. Go ahead and do that.

Once in the preferences, click on the Features icon at the top of the window, and then click on the System icon in the left hand pane. On the right, you’ll see all the ways you can directly control OS X with Alfred. You can check and uncheck all the system commands Alfred understands, like ‘screensaver’ to launch the Screen Saver, ‘trash’ to open the Trash window in the Finder, and ‘emptytrash’ to, well, Empty the Trash. You can ‘logout,’ ‘sleep,’ ‘lock,’ ‘restart,’ and even ‘shutdown’ your Mac all from Alfred, which is pretty cool, right? My favorite? ‘quitall’ to Quit all the running programs on my Mac, just before I head out from work. Simple pleasures.

If those plain terms bother you, feel free to type in whatever shorthand you’ll remember. Put in ‘monitormovie’ for Screen Saver, or ‘recycle’ for the Empty Trash command. Whatever you type in that little field next to the appropriate system action, Alfred will interpret your new command and do what you’re asking of it.

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