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The latest operating system for iMacs and Macbooks by Apple OS X Mavericks is the best version of the OS yet. It is available as a free upgrade for all Apple users from OS X Snow Leopard up so there is really no reason not to upgrade. Any issues the system has are really easy to troubleshoot. While the system is not a great departure from previous versions there are some useful tweaks and fixes such as improved battery power and the finder system. We have included some OS X Mavericks tips and tricks below to help you get the best out of your new OS.

OS X Mavericks Tips and Tricks

Use Multiple Monitors

At last you can handle spaces for two or more monitors independently of each other which was a major flaw with previous OS X systems. Now you can pop any program that requires constant monitoring such as a movie, or Hootsuite, or Calendar and you can have a permanent heads up diaply while continuing to work on another screen. The dock is separate on all screens and finally the package works out.

Remove Download Safety Block

OS X Mavericks come default with the system only allowing installation of programs downloaded from the app store. This will be unacceptable to most users. Check the appropriate box in System Preferences > Security and Privacy to disable it.

Turn off the New Nap Feature

One of the new power-saving features in OS X Mavericks is the ability to have applications “nap” when they are not being used to save on CPU cycles and the computer battery. However you might not want all apps such as Chat or RSS readers being closed by Apple when it decides to. Right-click on the application you want control of and designate “Get Info.” Check whether you wand Nap App to apply to this app.

Understand the Power Button

The power button function has been slightly adjusted in OS X Mavericks. Briefly: Hitting the power button tells the computer to sleep. Hitting “Control” and the power button or holding the power button down for 3 seconds will bring up the sleep menu. To force quit and shutdown the computer hold the power button down for around 5 seconds.

Use Safari Again

Apple has put a lot of effort into making Internet browsing with Safari on the desktop a better experience and win back those OS X users who have moved across to other browsers especially Chrome. It has improved the process-per-tab stability so one runaway tab won’t crash the entire browser. Plugins are sandboxed giving you the option each time to run the plug-in. There is also a new feature called Safari Power Saver. What this does is kills flash processes unless you elect to use them and thus saves more power and makes flash less prominent on the web. The new tab page layout is well thought-out and clean with a grid-like view and bookmarks on the left. While these features might not blow you away enough to convince you to return from using Chrome however the improved battery life for Safari users might just tip the balance.

Use Finder Tabs

There is now no longer a need to keep multiple finder windows open. Taking a tip from web browsers, Finder now has tabs. To open a new tab in Finder ⌘ + click any folder to open that folder in a new tab. Tabs also allow you to run Finder in a full-screen option as there is no hopping between windows.

Use Tags

The former Apple interface Labels has been reintroduced under the new name “Tags.” Tags can be color-coded and applied to individual files, events or reminders. This is super-useful for organising your system.

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