Paula DuPont
Paula DuPont is a New Orleans-based ukulele player, writer, and geek. She has six cats, but only one has a Twitter account.
  • Computer Skills
    Retrieve a Lost or Stolen Mac With Find My MacFmm400
    Find My Mac is one of the more useful features of iCloud, and while I hope your Mac is never lost or stolen, it’s a good idea to set up Find My Mac in your System Preferences and know how to make use of all of the functions, in case the worst ever happens. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn on Find My Mac, track down your Mac, find a lost device in your home, and even lock or erase a stolen Mac.Read More…
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    How to Turn Your Mac Into an Alarm ClockAlarmclock400
    It's easy to get just about anything done on your Mac with Automator. Need to make sure you get up in the morning? Your Mac can help! In this tutorial I'll show you how to use Automator to create a simple alarm clock and I'll briefly explore System Preferences to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. It’s a pretty simple task to turn a Mac into an alarm clock, and I won’t even need any third-party applications to get the job done.Read More…
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    Force Empty the Mac OS X TrashTrash400
    Just about everybody has tried, at one time or another, to empty their OS X Trash and received an alert that the Trash couldn’t be emptied, usually for an opaque reason that's not well explained. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if I'm not sure why it’s happening. Even if I identify the problem, it’s not always easy or even possible to fix without a lot of effort. In this tutorial, I’ll look at several ways to force the Trash to empty using the command line in Terminal. For users who are not comfortable doing that, though, I’ll also use a dead simple app that will get rid of any problem files or folders in the Trash. When we're done, you'll be able to tackle any problem the OS X Trash throws your way.Read More…
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    Customizing the OS X Menu BarMb400
    The Mac OS X menu bar is a great tool for increasing your productivity, but left unchecked it just ends up a big mess. There may be icons up there for unidentified applications or icons you’d like to get rid of if you just knew how. Worse yet may be the OS X system icons, some of which you never use but can’t seem to remove without a herculean effort on your part. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the process of customizing and removing third-party and Mac OS X system menu bar icons, look at how to replace application and system menu bar icons with your own and try out a couple of third-party applications for managing your menu bar. If you don’t like the Apple menu icon, we’ll even take a swing at hiding that, too.Read More…
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    Preview: OS X's Secret Weapon Image EditorPreview400
    Preview is the default PDF and image viewer in OS X, but many users never get further than that. While Preview is certainly a great app for browsing images, it’s also got a lot of options for editing and refining images, too. We’ll take a look at some of the often overlooked tools inside Preview and walk through each of them individually. By the time we’re done, you’ll know Preview inside and out and have a new respect for this neglected image editor.Read More…
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    How to Hide Your Desktop Icons in OS XAutomator400
    Even the most organized among us will still end up with a cluttered Desktop from time to time. You never intend for things to get out of control, but before you know what’s happening, you’ve got a Desktop full of downloads and screenshots, and you're hooking your laptop up to a projector with thirty casual acquaintances from work about to see just how many cat gifs you’ve got downloaded. You could throw everything into a random folder, but then you have a folder full of junk. It would be great if you could just hide all of that mess temporarily but then get all of your files back, wouldn’t it? That’s just what we’re going to do. In this tutorial, we’ll use Automator to create a set of Desktop-cleaning AppleScripts that run from the Finder menu. Our first script will hide everything on your Desktop, and the second will put it all back!Read More…
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    Use GeekTool to Add Your Calendar to Your DesktopGeektoolcalicon
    GeekTool is a great app for customizing your Desktop and making your workspace your own, and we’ve already covered some of the ways you can put GeekTool to work. Today we’re going to look at how to put a calendar on your Desktop with GeekTool, and because GeekTool is all about customization, we’ll talk about how to get just the calendar you want.Read More…
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    How to Create Fillable PDF Forms on Your MacPdf
    Most of us have filled out at least one PDF form but may not have been sure how the trick was done. We’re going to take a look at two surprisingly simple ways to make PDF forms with fillable fields. It may seem like a complicated process but going through it, step by step, we’ll be creating our form PDFs in no time.Read More…
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    9 Hazel Rules to Increase Your ProductivityHazel1
    Hazel, a folder monitoring application, has long been a favorite among many a Mac enthusiast. Hazel will automatically take action on your files, using the rules you create, keeping your folders in order. If you’ve wished that all of your downloaded music or any other sort of files would just do what you wanted them to, using only the power of your mind, well, this is the next best thing. We’ll look step-by-step at how to create a rule from scratch and then set up nine rules you can customize for your needs.Read More…
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    3 Easy Ways to Batch Rename Files on the MacRenamerfixed 1
    Batch renaming files has never been incredibly easy, or even possible at all, out of the box in OS X. If you want to batch rename files, you have to look outside, to third party apps or maybe Automator workflows. We’ll look at two apps that accomplish the same task, batch renaming files, in different ways, and we’ll even create our own application in Automator that batch renames files exactly how we want it done.Read More…
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    Use Your Phone to Automatically Lock Your Mac When You Walk AwayKeycard
    I’m bad about walking away from my computer and leaving it unlocked with my display clearly showing everything I was last working on. In an office environment, or even in a home amongst inquisitive children or nosy roommates, you probably want to keep that under wraps. I’ve got a couple of applications that can help you out, and we’ll go a bit further and look at how you can use AppleScripts to really tweak what your Mac does when you come and go. All you need is a phone or other Bluetooth device and we can get your Mac locking itself up in no time!Read More…
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    How to Tag Files and Create Spotlight Comments on a MacTag
    If you’ve had your Mac for a while, you’ve got files all over the place, and you may have trouble finding them at this point. Organization, slotting this file into that folder and then into some other subfolder, is only going to get you so far. And then you have to remember where you put all those files. Sounds like you need searchable tags. In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to create tags, automate tags, search for tags, and even automate searches.Read More…