Videos by Category: System Preferences

MacMost Now 533: Restoring Lost Dock and Finder Items
3/28/11
A common problem for new Mac users is to find an application missing from the Dock. Or, to find that it only appears when the application is running. Items can also go missing from the Finder sidebar or the desktop. This video explains why these can disappear and how to get them back.
MacMost Now 448: Default Folder X
9/8/10
The handy utility Default Folder X adds extra functionality to your save and open dialogs. You can quickly navigate to folders already open on your desktop, jump to recent and favorite folders, set a default folder for each application, and make changes to files you see in the dialog boxes.
MacMost Now 447: OnyX Maintenance Utility
9/6/10
If you are an advanced user with trouble, or someone who like to tinker with Mac OS X settings, then take a look at OnyX. This free utility gives you easy access to Terminal commands and hidden preferences.
MacMost Now 444: Airport Location Utility
8/30/10
The Airport Location utility allows you to take snapshots of your Mac's preferences and then manually or automatically switch between these preferences. This could save time if you use your Mac in different environments or in different modes. For instance, you could create snapshots for work, home, library or travel and then easily change dozens of settings with just one action.
MacMost Now 426: Exploring Desktop Backgrounds
7/19/10
Learn how to choose your own desktop background, use your own image as a background, rotate through a collection of images and other techniques. Also learn how to create a solid black background and use a third-party program to show video, animation or a web page as your desktop background.
MacMost Now 359: Walking Away From Your Mac
2/17/10
Learn how to walk away from your Mac without worrying about others easily getting access to your data or messing up your settings. By setting your Mac to log you out, or require a password when you have left it, you can walk away from a Mac in a semi-public area like your work space or home office.
MacMost Now 353: Magic Mouse Custom Gestures
2/3/10
Since the Magic Mouse's surface is one big touch-sensitive area, it was only a matter of time before third-party developers came up with solutions for adding custom gestures. By installing free and inexpensive system extensions, you can assign commands to various swipes and taps.
MacMost Now 346: Sound Output and Input
1/18/10
Since your Mac can handle more than one audio device, it is important to know how to tell it which device to use for output and input. For instance, you can have external speakers and a USB headset, as well as several microphones. You can set this system-wide, or for individual applications like iChat, GarageBand, Audacity and Skype.
MacMost Now 342: Using Multiple Monitors With Your Mac
1/8/10
It is easy to hook up a second monitor to most Macs. Once you get a monitor and the proper cables to connect it, you can use the Displays preferences to control how the monitor fits into your desktop.
MacMost Now 331: Energy Saver Preferences
12/14/09
A basic look at Energy Saver Preferences. These can be used to reduce the power consumption of your Mac when you are not using it. You can also schedule shut down or sleep patterns, and set how how Mac behaves while it is asleep.
MacMost Now 277: Using a Tablet to Write Text
8/10/09
With the Ink feature of Mac OS X you can use a cheap tablet and your Mac will recognize the letters you write as an alternative to using a keyboard. You can insert text and drawings into documents.
MacMost Now 263: A Look At Spaces
7/8/09
Spaces creates virtual displays that you can switch between even though you only have one physical screen. You can place different windows and applications in different Spaces to extend the amount of desktop space you have to work.
MacMost Now 260: Change Your System Alert Sound
7/1/09
You can change your system alert sound, even using a custom one that you create.
MacMost Now 225: Hot Corners
4/6/09
Learn about Hot Corners and how you can use them to have your cursor trigger actions like starting or disabling your screen saver, putting your display to sleep, or starting Expose or the Dashboard.
MacMost Now 213: Using Exposé
3/10/09
Learn how to use Expose to make it easier to navigate between your windows and applications in Mac OS X.
MacMost Now 171: Using Network Locations
12/12/08
Learn how to use Network Locations to allow your Mac to connect to different networks with different settings as you travel between locations.
MacMost Now 163: How to Take a Screen Shot
11/24/08
Learn how to capture the entire screen or only a portion, then compress it to send it in an email. This is handy for sending bug reports or pointing out problems.
MacMost Now 158: Using Font Book to Organize Your Fonts
11/12/08
Whether you are having trouble with some of your fonts, or you just want to see which fonts you have installed and organize them in a better way, Font Book is a handy application that comes with Mac OS X Leopard.
MacMost Now 49: Parental Controls
2/27/08
Gary Rosenzweig talks about using Leopard's parental controls to keep your kids from playing with things your computer and the Internet that you don't want them to.