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Become a Mac Pro with these 14 Mac Hacks

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Mac hardware and software are known for having more complex ways of providing services for its users. Many of us find these tools relatively easy to find and learn to use Although many of us do not think twice about them, in addition to most of the tools you do know, there are quite a few other Mac “Hacks” (or tools) that you could be taking advantage of. Make your life easier with these:

  1.  Create Online Signature: Many Mac users do not know that they can set a real signature in the program “Preview.” To begin, open “Preview” and go to Preferences> Signatures. Sign a piece of white paper neatly, and take a picture of it using the program’s camera. From there you can save a written signature to sign all of your online documents with.
    Mac Hacks to Make You a MacBook Pro
  2. Emoji Keyboard: Emojis have become an integral part of creative way we talk to each other nowadays. If you have a Mac you can still use these emojis while on the computer instead of just mobile. Anytime you wish to use your favorite emojis, just press “Control + Command + Space” to open the emoji keyboard. Note: if any emoji comes up as a square on your Mac, it will still show on mobile. This may be due to a delayed software upgrade on your Mac.
  3. Use Dictation: It’s “voice-to-text” for your computer. To start this, go to System Preferences> Dictation & Speech. Turn “Dictation” to “ON” and make sure that “Use Enhanced Dictation” is turned on as well. Any time you need to use dictation on your Mac, you can press the “Fn” (function) button twice quickly for it to begin.
  4. Use Special Characters: To put an accent on a letter or use any special characters, hold down the preferred/ root letter to have a special character menu pop up in your text.
  5. Record Your Screen: Using Quicktime, select the command “New Screen Recording.” After this action, make a selection of the part of the screen you need recorded (or the whole thing.)
    Mac Hacks to Make You a MacBook Pro
  6. Use Pop-Up Dictionary: If you want to quickly get more information referencing a word in your browser, select (or hover over) the word in question and do a three-finger tap on the trackpad.
  7. Start Mac Silently: This is one of the easier hacks. While starting up Mac with the original power button, simultaneously hold down your Mac’s mute button to keep the startup sound silent.
  8. Quick Delete: If you have so many files to delete at once, dragging them all to the “trash” can be a pain. Instead, when a file is selected, press “Command + Del” to send files automatically to the trash.
  9. “Purge”: If you have Mac OS 10.7 or higher, you can clear out some RAM space very quickly if you’re ever looking for a quick-fix to lack of memory. To do this, in your Terminal, type “Purge” to automatically free up 500 MB + of space. This should temporarily free up some memory for your ability to best use your favorite apps. If you’re curious to see what changes, you can keep open “Activity Monitor” (Apple Menu> Utilities> Activity Monitor. If you need to continue using “Purge” to free up space, you may need to consider upgrading your RAM.
    Mac Hacks to Make You a MacBook Pro
  10. Add Date to Menu Bar: Most Mac users automatically have the time in their Menu Bar. What most don’t know is that you can add the day of the week and/or calendar month & day in the same spot just by going to “Date & Time” under “System Preferences.” From there, you can check (and uncheck) the options to add “Show the day of the week” and “Show the day.”
  11. Get More Exact Volume & Brightness: Have you ever wished that your volume or brightness was a little louder/brighter (or quieter/softer) than the next option up or down? Now you can select even more specific levels of brightness and audio by holding down “Shift + Option” while increasing or decreasing brightness or volume on your Mac keyboard.
  12. Use PC “Delete” Function on Mac: Many PC to Mac users notice the change in function of the “delete” button on the keyboard. On PC, the “delete” button typically deletes from left-to-right. If you’d like to use that function again on Mac, it’s easy. Simply press the “Fn” (function) button to move the direction of the “Delete” from left-to-right.
    Mac Hacks to Make You a MacBook Pro
  13. Spotlight Calculator: When “searching” for something using Spotlight enter in any equation to have your math “question” solved. That one was easy.
  14. Get Exact Screenshots: While you may know some ways to select a screenshot on your Mac, there are three options available to get the perfect screenshot for any occasion. First, use “Shift + Command + 4” to pull up a crop tool to get a precise screenshot. Use “Shift + Command + 4 + Spacebar” to select a specific window you have open to take a screenshot. For a simple, complete screenshot, use: “Command + Shift + 3.”

At Mac Enthusiasts, we strive to make your life easier by helping you with all of your Mac needs. If you’re looking for more technical advice, feel free to check out our other blogs on Mac here. If you’re looking for more hands-on help, please come by our store at 10600 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 or call (800)448-1892 to inquire further about our Apple repair, used Macs, Mac computer/laptop rentals, & sell your Mac services.

10 Funny Things Siri Does

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There are many practical uses for the Speech Interpretation & Recognition Intelligence, dubbed “Siri.” Besides answering many of your everyday questions more aptly than most search engines with practical answers and tools for you to use, Siri also has a lot of fun answers to your less practical questions.  Like we did last week with Mac easter eggs, here is a list of a few “other” things Siri does:

  1. Recites Original Poetry: Yes, she can recite any poem you could ask for, but ask her to read you a haiku, and Siri gives you an original. It may sting a little, so be ready for a characteristic, Siri burn.
    Siri Easter Eggs
  2.  Sings: Go ahead, ask Siri: “What does a fox say?”
  3. Puts You Down: You wouldn’t think artificial intelligence had any reason to be rude, but the people working at Apple decided to add some crude humor to your phone’s personality. For example, ask Siri, “What is 0 divided by 0?” and be ready for a real life lesson on why you are lonely.
  4. Turns You Down: Despite her sass, Siri can be quite charming. If for some reason you become too attached to Siri, she won’t engage. Tell Siri you love her and she has a myriad of responses that are all essentially rejection.
  5. Predicts the future: Maybe she’s not right, but ask Siri when the world ends and she gives you her best answer. Sometimes she also divulges her sentimental side and offers an account of her hopes and dreams.
  6. Has a “Favorite Team”: Siri’s sports “flavor of the day” is typically a team not doing so well in any league. Ask Siri what her favorite team is, and be given stats of some pretty terrible teams at the time.Siri Easter Eggs 2
  7. Understands Love: Sometimes when you ask Siri about a boyfriend or love, she gives you her lengthy “two-cents” on dating. It’s a little bitter, but is well-learned and astute as far as artificial intelligence goes.
  8. Makes Jokes: We could dedicate an entire blog posting of Siri’s many hilarious responses, but our favorite is Siri’s answer to a request for her to play fart sounds….
  9. Promotes Apple/Mac: If you ask Siri what the best computer/phone is, you’re going to get pretty much the answer you expected. She reliably answers that Mac/ Apple is the best.
  10. Knows the Meaning of Life: It may not be the answer you want or expect, but we wouldn’t doubt that she knows what she’s talking about- not to her “face” anyway….

We hope you enjoy all of the “Easter Eggs” we love from Siri as much as we do. Although we at Mac Enthusiasts don’t repair your iPhone, we can take a look at your Mac computer! Stop by, call (800)448-1892, or contact us here if you need a little help from your friends at Mac Enthusiasts.

10 Easter Eggs in Mac OS X

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Since the beginning of Apple history, Steve Jobs and his team in Cupertino have been secretly adding tons of fun prompts and games into hidden parts of Mac OS X. In celebration of the Easter holiday coming up, we’ve collected our favorite Mac “Easter Eggs” for you to enjoy:

  1. Find Famous Dates in History: To find a list of “famous dates in history,” open your “Terminal” (under Utilities). Enter this line of code into your Terminal window: cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history. From there, a list of important events on any given day of the year throughout history will pop up for your reference.
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  2. Play Snake, Tetris, or Pong: Also through Terminal (in Utilities) you can open up mini games hidden in your Mac computer. With your Terminal type in: emacs. From there, press “X” and the escape key at the same time. Enter in either “snake” “tetris” or “pong” depending on the game you want to play (without quotes) and you’ll have a fully functioning game open right then and there.
  3. Enable “Suck” Minimizing Effect: “Suck” is one of Mac’s hidden minimizing/ maximizing effects. It’s pretty simple, but if you’re looking to shake things up a bit, it’s pretty easy to put into effect. Open “Terminal” (in “Utilities”) and enter the prompt: defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string suck. You will need to restart your “dock” to turn on this function now. This can be done by restarting your Mac or “quitting” your dock in “Activity Monitor.” Once you quit your dock, it will immediately restart, enabling the “Suck” effect when minimizing/ maximizing windows.
  4. Speak to a Psychotherapist: Under the same prompt as games (Utilities> Terminal> “emacs” > press “x” and the Esc key at the same time), you can enter the word “doctor” in as a command. A prompt as a “psychotherapist” will come up. The instructions say to enter “RET RET” after anything typed to enter text. It works better on older versions of Mac OS X. It also has been described as a caveman version of Siri. Besides that, we still appreciate it.
    Mac Easter Eggs
  5. Watch Star Wars: Open Terminal and enter “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” to start a screening of Star Wars in ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) art. We know, this is our favorite one too.
  6. Enable “Genie” Slow Motion Effect: If you hold down the shift button while minimizing (or maximizing) a window, it will open (or close) in slow motion.
  7. Bake Cookies: Okay, so your computer won’t bake cookies for you, but you can find Mrs. Field’s recipe on your Mac. Open your Terminal and enter “open /usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/COOKIES.” After that point, you have to bake them yourself, but maybe someday…
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  8. Play a game like “Mud”: Like most of the things listed, you can also open this interaction “game” through your terminal. Enter: emacs -batch -l dunnet. There are some simple instructions you can use to help you through the prompt given. “Take the shovel” & “go North” are a few of them. The game will guide you in a yes/no kind of fashion.If you type a command that doesn’t exist in the game, it will simply respond “I don’t understand that.”Type “Inventory” at any point to take a record of anything you’ve acquired through this game.  This one’s a real time killer.
  9. Donate to charity: Through Terminal, you can open “Charityware.” Type in: vi. The prompt will tell you ways to donate to needy children in Uganda.
  10. Find a Lord of the Rings timeline: Also in Terminal, type in “cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr” for a list of dates, marking important events in the LOTR timelines. For other calendars, start a new Terminal prompt and enter “ls /usr/share/calendar” from there, you can replace “.lotr” in the first code with any of the listed items.

Besides providing us with countless (possible) hours of entertainment, finding and playing with these “Easter Eggs” is great because it shows that the Apple team had just as much fun creating our favorite Mac computers as we do playing with them! Have any other Mac OS X “Easter Eggs” to share? Please comment with them below!
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Using A Multi-Button Mouse with Your Mac Computer

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It’s a common myth that Apple does not support mice with double-click function. The surprising part of that is that Apple has been supporting the multi-button function for mice since 2008. This has been drawn out by the fact that Apple’s default setting makes any mouse function with a single-button usage. We’re going to explain how to take your Magic Mouse, Mighty Mouse, or generic mouse and turn it into a multi-button functioning mouse. If your mouse comes with OS X drivers, you’ll want to follow those instructions to enable Apple features.
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Magic Mouse
The Magic Mouse can be adapted for a second click with an extremely simple process. Begin by going to Apple Menu> System Preferences> Mouse. From here, you’ll want to open the “Point & Click” tab and select the checkbox next to “Secondary Click” (“What? That’s always been there?” Yes). From here, you can click drop down a menu that lets you select which side will be the secondary click.

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Mighty Mouse
Start by opening Apple Menu> System Preferences> Mouse (& Keyboard). If necessary, in the preference pane, select mouse. There will be a picture representing your Mighty Mouse. Each button on your mouse has a drop down menu. One can be designated as the “Primary Click” and one as “Secondary Click.” As we said before, it is default for both of them to be assigned as “Primary Click.”
Generic Mouse
A generic mouse can be setup for multi-button function very similarly to the others. Start by opening Apple Menu> System Preferences> Mouse (& Keyboard)> Mouse (If Necessary). You will see an option to make either the right or left button the “Primary Click.” Whichever side is not selected will be assigned as the “Secondary Click.”

No Mouse or Single-Button Mouse
If you hadn’t already figured out, you can use the “Secondary Click” function by holding down the Ctrl button when using your “Primary Click.”
Viola! You have a fully-functioning mouse. If you’re interested and in the market for a new mouse, check out our Mac accessories. Any questions? Feel free to come into our store, call us at (800)448-1892, or submit them online here.

When Do I Need to Upgrade My RAM Memory?

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The first step to determining whether or not you need more RAM memory space is by checking out the specs of your system’s memory. To see this information you can go to Finder> Applications> Utilities> Activity Monitor or just spotlight search “Activity Monitor.” Click the “Memory” tab at the top to see what is taking up space on your Mac computer.
Upgrade Mac Computer RAM Memory
A good visual indicator of your computer’s memory usage can be seen in the graph at the bottom of the window. In the memory pressure graph, you can physically see how the memory is being used. Green represents the free space in your computer’s memory. More green is good. Yellow on the graph is “free” memory that is temporarily being used. Red represents memory is that is depleted. The more red you have, the more likely it is you need to upgrade your RAM memory.
Understanding how your memory is being used (and whether it means you need a RAM upgrade or not) is easier if you take a look at the specs next to the graph. Your physical memory is the amount of memory your computer comes with, the capacity of its memory. Below, it shows memory used. This is the memory that is being occupied currently on your Mac. This is broken down, to the right, into three categories: app memory, wired memory, and compressed. App memory, as you could guess, is the memory taken up by the apps on your Mac. Wired memory is memory that cannot be compressed. Information in wired memory is important to the function of the app or utility it belongs to and thus needs to remain there. The amount of wired memory each app uses is determined by the app’s developer. Compressed is inactive information that was compressed to make more free memory.
The two other specs listed are cached files and swap used. Cached files are bits of information that are still live in your computer’s memory but are ready to be over-written. For instance, messages that are in iMessage after you close the program. If this memory isn’t erased and re-used for another app before you re-open iMessage, the program will open up much more quickly. “Swap used” is the amount of these cached files that have been written over.
Kernal Task in RAM Memory
One series of questions we get a lot at Mac Enthusiasts is about kernal_task. Kernal tasks are programs required by the system’s OS. Sometimes these can take up a lot of active memory space. If the size of these processes gets too large, you can lessen it by restarting your computer. The longer you have your computer running, the larger this gets.
Back to the graph: you see a lot of yellow and red memory, but you still see a lot of green. You’re still wondering if you should upgrade your RAM. While you’ve now learned that there are a few processes in place to condense inactive memory and rewrite over temporary files, creating more free memory, the more these processes are used, the more overworked your computer is. These processes are meant to be short-term solutions to your memory usage. They do not solve the long-term problem of needing more memory. If your Mac is very slow, constantly popping up with the “beach ball of doom,” and switching between apps takes much longer than it should, then you should probably look into upgrading your RAM. If you’re a numbers person and your free memory is at 10% or less, then you should definitely consider upgrading your RAM.
Once you’ve realized the next step is adding more memory to your Mac, you don’t have to do much else. If you bring your Mac into Mac Enthusiasts, we can take care of the rest for you. There’s not much waiting time, as most RAM upgrades can be done by our team within the same day! RAM upgrades start at $39 and most don’t cost more than that. Waiting won’t fix the problem, but choosing a RAM upgrade with Mac Enthusiasts can improve the way you work every day from here on out. If you have any more questions about memory upgrades, you can call (800)448-1892 or contact us online.

Tricks for Making Your Mac Laptop/ Computer Last Longer

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Mac lovers buy Mac because they’re dynamic, sleek, and because their life expectancy is usually more than any other brand of computer. Most Mac users also know that for that reason and its price, buying Mac is really an investment. If you’re investing in your Mac, you want it to last as long as possible. Although Macs typically have a long lifespan, there are things you can do to help expand that life even longer.
Two of the things most likely to happen to your Mac (besides accidental physical damage) is running out of battery and having your hard drive crash. In our “How to Clean Up a Mac” post, we explained some ways that can help keep your Mac running fast, including cleaning up your hard drive. It also explains how to check the status of your battery. In addition to that, here are some ways you can keep your computer running for its longest capacity.

Do not overcharge your computer: Apple suggests charging your battery for two hours before unplugging. If you see your battery is fully charged, unplug it. Your battery’s overall life depends on how many cycles it goes through. For that reason, it is important that you pay attention to how much you are charging your battery.

Use the energy-saver pane: Use spotlight to find the “Energy Saver” program. From there, you can select different power-saving options in battery mode, or while plugged in to save more energy. These energy-saving options will also take a load off of your battery to help it work for you longer.
Keep Your Mac Laptop Running Longer

Pay attention to your CD/DVD drive: If your Mac still has a CD/DVD drive, make sure there is nothing in it, when you are not using it. Many of us may forget to eject a movie or CD when we are finished and unfortunately, our Mac will continue to spin it while it is inside the drive. This, of course, puts more work on your Mac and its battery unnecessarily. You can also upgrade to an SSD drive, or solid state drive. This type of drive will not only help your Mac battery last longer, but will also keeps the mac cooler, and works notably faster. These spinning disk hard drives are usually the weakest physical part of a Mac and replacing it every 3 years can help keep your entire Mac computer working its best for the longest time possible.

Keep your software up-to-date: This may not seem like it would have an impact on your computer’s battery, but it does. Running software updates may seem like a drag, as they can take a bit of time away from using your computer, they are helpful for keeping your computer running in tip-top shape. While your software is updated, your computer also de-frags.This will eliminate extra work done by your hard drive to streamline its performance, making your computer and battery work more efficiently for longer.
Keep Your Mac Computer Running Longer

Use a surge protector: Although many in our area live in Los Angeles, a place where lightning is rarer than in most states, there are still risks of power surges. With our AC’s, fridges, and so on working harder to keep our lives cool, there is a likelihood of them kicking power spikes down the line to your other electronics, including your Mac computer. Surge protectors are typically pretty inexpensive and are worth the investment in case something beyond your control does happen.

Upgrade your RAM/ hard drive: If your Mac computer is running on the minimum RAM and hard drive it came with, there’s a chance your computer may be struggling to keep up with all of the programs and such you are running on it. If you don’t have enough memory (RAM), your Mac’s hard drive will also function as RAM, so upgrading your memory can be a great way to help your computer work easily at capacity over all, without putting excessive wear-and-tear on your Mac computer.

For help with any of these tips and upgrades, bring your Mac computer into Mac Enthusiasts, call (800)448-1892 with any questions you may have, or contact us online here. We hope to help you get the most out of your Mac computer, and if you’re in the market for a Mac, check out our line of reliable, refurbished mac computers.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Mac Computer

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As many will agree, Mac is a very reliable and sustainable brand of computer. This is reflected in their unwavering popularity and, more obviously, in their price. Unfortunately, the price of a new Mac can be out of reach for some, especially if they are replacing a computer unexpectedly. Thankfully, there are plenty of available used Macs on the market that can still offer the user dependability without breaking the bank.
Mac Enthusiasts, specifically, is proud to offer a reliable fleet of refurbished/ used Macs for purchase. You can check out our general offerings and pricing in store or here on our webstore. Whether you are purchasing a refurbished Mac from us or from somewhere else, we want Mac users to be informed. Be wary of scams and make sure you know enough about your new computer before you pay for it. Here are some ways you can test your new/ used Mac to make sure you are buying a reliable system:

Know what kind of Mac you’re getting, and the real condition: Basic computer specs can be found by selecting “About this Mac” in the Apple main menu. Here you will automatically be shown what type of Mac you have, the Operating System, the serial number, and information on graphics, processor, and memory. Make sure this information aligns with what you’re looking for and what the seller claimed about this particular system. Also, you can take your serial number to checkcoverage.apple.com to find out if there’s any AppleCare left on that system.
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It’s also helpful to learn about the battery life on your new used Mac. From “About This Mac” select “System Report”. By selecting “Power” on the left, you can see battery specs like the cycle count and battery condition. Any condition on a battery worse than “normal” may mean you will need to replace the battery sooner than later. It’s important to keep this in mind when calculating your overall cost.

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Test the hardware: There are many physical features on a Mac computer to be tested. Some simple actions you can take to cover your bases include: playing a video online to make sure that the sound and graphics card are working, opening photo booth to make sure the webcam is working, typing up a quick document to make sure all of the keys working, and recording some audio in Quicktime to make sure the microphone is working.
If you want to be extra diligent, you can bring some external devices to aid your testing. Some examples of hardware you can use to test your used Mac (depending on its capabilities) are: USB drive, DVD, SD card, headphones, ethernet cord, etc. If there’s a port for it, it can be tested!

Restart the computer, run diagnostics: Another great test of functionality of a Mac can be done when starting up the device. You will need to be connected to the internet to run this diagnostics test. When starting up the Mac, you can press the “D” key to begin running the Apple Hardware Test. Follow the menu guide to run a hardware test of the Mac. You will have the option to either run a basic systems or a most lengthy extended test. For earlier Macs, this can be ran with a disk that originally came with the Mac.
In Macs newer than June 2013, the Apple Diagnostics test will look a little different. You will still start the test by pressing “D” upon start up, but instead of choosing a type of test to run, Apple will automatically run a system test for you. At the end you will be shown either “no errors” were found, or a list of issues will pop up, along with a resources to repairing said issues.
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If you’re not sure where to look for a reliable used Mac computer, try checking out Mac Enthusiast’s collection of refurbished and used Macs for sale. We’ll work with you to find the best Mac for your price range and make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the computer you’re taking home. Feel free to come in, call us at (800) 448-1892, or contact us here for any questions you may have.

How to Install Windows with Bootcamp Mac

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As much as we all love and appreciate what Mac computers have to offer us (fast processing speeds, beautiful retina display, slim design, etc), sometimes we want, miss, and need to use Microsoft Windows. Say no more! Thankfully, you can easily run Windows using Bootcamp Mac and we’ll show you how.

If you’re thinking of using Bootcamp to run Windows on your Mac, the easiest way to set it up is to have Mac Enthusiasts do it for you. Our experts will install your Windows and show you how to use it. If you’re feeling confident, you can also set it up on your own. If you’re looking for instructions on how to do that, you’ve come to the right place!

Installation:
To begin, here’s what you’ll need: an Intel-based Mac computer, a Microsoft Windows install disc or disk image (ISO), a 16GB or larger flash drive (that you can erase), and at least 30 GB of free disk space on your startup drive.
With your Microsoft Windows install disk in your Mac, or flash drive containing your Windows disk image (ISO) plugged into your computer, you’ll want to open Bootcamp Assistant. The easiest way to open this program is to find it using spotlight. Search “Bootcamp” and the assistant should pop right up.

Opening Bootcamp Assistant
Upon opening Bootcamp Assistant, follow the guide on the screen. You will be directed to a screen where you choose what you want Bootcamp Assistant to assist you with. If you are using the install disk, you can uncheck “Create Windows 7 or later version install disk” and just leave selected “Install Windows 7 or later version.” If you are using a flash drive, leave both options selected.

Installing Windows with Bootcamp Mac

If you are using a flash drive, you will then be prompted to choose the drive you are creating an install disk from. You will choose the flash drive you have plugged in (it should be titled Bootcamp). It is important that the flash drive you use has nothing else important on it, as it will be completely cleared during installation.

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You’ll soon get to the “Create a Partition for Windows” screen. The initial partition will automatically grant 20GB of space to Microsoft windows. You can keep it here, or, if you are planning to save a lot of items while using Windows and intend to use it often, you may want to allot more space on your drive. You can click the dot between the two operating system bars and drag Windows partition to give it more space.

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After this point, your computer will restart and Windows’ install will begin. Once you’ve accepted the licensed terms, you will have two options for installing. You will want to choose “Custom: Install Windows Only.”

From here, you will be guided to a screen in which you will choose the drive from which you will install windows. If you are using the disk drive, make sure you choose your Bootcamp drive from before and not any other drive on your computer. This drive WILL be wiped clean. After selecting the drive, click “format.”
At this point, Windows will finally be ready to install. During this time, you can take a break, for it may take a short while. Also, your computer may restart a few times during this process.

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Follow the Windows prompt to set up and customize Windows. Once Windows installs and opens on your computer, you may need to take one extra step to finish the complete installation, especially if you have downloaded Windows from a disk image. If your computer isn’t working smoothly for any reason with Windows (lack of sound, glitchy hardware functioning, etc), you may need to download extra drives. To do this, go into “My Computer” on windows and select the “Bootcamp” drive from earlier. Select “Bootcamp” from here and then “Set Up” under this drive. This should prompt the final drives to install and complete your Windows installation. ***NOTE: This step will be absolutely necessary with the Windows 10 because it is so new.***

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We know this is a lot of steps. Don’t get overwhelmed if you have more difficulty than expected. You can always bring your Mac to Mac Enthusiasts and we’ll install Windows for you. If you have any other questions, you can also contact us.

How to Set Up Mac Time Machine

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Almost all of us have had the heart-wrenching experience of losing important and perhaps even sentimental information, data, pictures, videos, and so on, when a computer finally goes kaput. Sometimes that hurt takes a backseat while you figure out how to get yourself back online, but once you’ve got yourself back to a normal state that information never comes back- unless you’ve backed it up.
If you’ve got a Mac, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t set up Mac Time Machine right now! All you need is an external hard drive formatted for Mac OS X Extended. At any time, Mac Enthusiasts will be more than happy to set up any software for you, if you bring your Mac to us, but setting up Time Machine is so simple you may not even need us!

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 4.11.45 PM Once you plug in your external hard drive, a window will pop up giving you the option to set this up as your back-up for Time Machine. If you haven’t formatted your drive for OS X, Time Machine will ask you to do it. If you do reformat it, everything will be deleted on it. Make sure you’re ready to delete it before you reformat. After you go through the steps of setting up Time Machine, you’ll also want to encrypt your back-ups with a password so other users cannot access your data.
From here, Time Machine will automatically back-up your Mac. You also have the option to manually back-up your Mac any time you feel it necessary. Any time you want to check in on the progress of your Time Machine back-up, you can click on the Time Machine icon in your menu.
You can also restore previous versions of your Mac at any point. Choose finder and then select “Enter Time Machine” from the Time Machine menu. You can search through items using Finder and/or the dates on the right. Select any item and click “restore” to restore a previous version of the file.
If you have any trouble setting up Time Machine, or have any other questions, you can come into Mac Enthusiasts or contact us here. If you’re lacking in an external hard drive formatted for Mac, check out our Mac accessories for the best deals or follow us on Facebook for our free hard drive giveaways every Thursday from July 26th- August 20th!

What is “Back to My Mac”?

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There’s nothing more frustrating than when you have a deadline or an important document you really want to work on that you cannot access because you left it on your other computer. With all of the technology we have with ways to transfer data, move data, and backup data, sometimes we still end up leaving something important at home or at work when we need it. Thankfully, if you’re a Mac person, there is a simple one-stop solution: Back to My Mac.

Set Up Back to My Mac

Mac Enthusiasts can help you set up “Back to My Mac.”

Back to My Mac is a fantastic function in iCloud that allows you to access any file on your other Mac remotely from anywhere! You can drag from your shared Mac to local mac and use your local computer to open and edit documents from your remote Mac.  It works with any Mac that is signed in with the same iCloud account.

Our experts at Mac Enthusiasts can set this up for you easily and quickly. If you just don’t have time to stop by our shop, and would like to set this up for yourself, other requirements include: OS X Lion, connection to an internet router that supports UPnP or NAT-PMP (most of them do), and an AirPort base station.

How to Set it Up:
Before you begin setting up “Back to My Mac,” you need to make sure all computers you want to connect are permitted for file sharing and screen sharing. To use file sharing and screen sharing, go to System Preferences > Sharing> and click to enable both “file sharing” and “screen sharing.”

Turn File Sharing On

Make sure file sharing is on before you set up Back to My Mac.

At this point, you can begin setting up “Back to My Mac.” Go to “System Preferences” on the Apple menu of the computer you wish to add to the network. You’ll want to click on iCloud and sign into the iCloud account you want your computers connected to. If you don’t own the computer you’re connecting (like your Mac at work), you may want to make a separate iCloud for this purpose. From there, you’ll want to select “Back to My Mac.” The instructions from here are pretty simple to follow.

Select Back to My Mac and Follow Instructions

From here, follow the instructions for set up of Back to My Mac.

After you’ve set up “Back to My Mac,” you’ll have the chance to set up your security options. Remember that any computer on this network will have access to your personal data. If you’re using a computer that you do not own, it’s crucial to pay attention to these security options. Some helpful settings to use for this are “Enable Password After Sleep” with the time setting of “immediately.” It’s also helpful to disable any automatic logins you may have. You can also access these options from “System Preferences” under “Security and Privacy.”
Once you’ve completely finished setting up your computers with “Back to My Mac,” you will be able to see all computers in your network under the shared panel of your “Finder,” as if they were within a local distance.

If you’re having any difficulty, or you would rather have us help you, come by and let our Mac Enthusiasts set up “Back to My Mac” for you.