Web Sharing in OS X is a great tool for quickly setting up a basic Web server on any Mac, allowing you to host pages for various purposes. This service is started by checking the box next to it in the Sharing system preferences, and when enabled it will by default serve Web pages that are placed in the Sites folder or in the system's /Macintosh HD/Library/WebServer/Documents/ folder (these can be accessed from the system preferences). In some cases, however, people running OS X Lion have reported finding that Web Sharing does not start, and when … Read more
In OS X, the creation of separate user accounts is useful not only for keeping work and private documents separate, but also so users can have their own settings and system customizations that will not interfere with those of other users. User accounts can be added or removed in the Accounts System Preferences (called Users and Groups in Lion), but in some situations, people are finding that they cannot remove some accounts from their systems, and when they try the accounts will show up the next time they open Accounts.
Account access and management problems may happen when you perform … Read more
Cocktail is both useful and fun for inveterate Mac tinkerers and would-be power users (that is, power users who aren't hard-core enough to use the command line).
This multipurpose utility can help you keep your computer happy and healthy, giving you access to scores of tweaks and optimizations pulled together from various utilities, preferences, third-party hacks, and command-line tools. Cocktail can help you with routine maintenance and customization across your disks, system, files, network, and interface. Cocktail is organized around these five areas, with highly customizable options for everything from clearing caches and repairing permissions to changing the appearance … Read more
Autoplay can be a great tool to help your computer react to new media being inserted into a drive. It can automatically open your music player for an audio CD or a file browsing window when you plug in a USB thumbdrive. But what if, at the time, you don't want to listen to the audio CD, or browse the files on your USB drive. Follow these steps to adjust, or even disable outright, your Autoplay settings.
Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.
Step 2: Click on the small triangle next to Control Panel in … Read more
When troubleshooting your system, or when attempting to mirror settings from one system to another, you may end up browsing through your user library, and specifically through the Preferences folder within it to copy preferences files for your applications. This procedure is fairly straightforward, but when browsing through your preferences folder you may see a few unexpected file types, including ones with strings of characters appended to the ends of them and in Lion a new "lockfile" type.
MacFixIt reader "Chris" wrote in, asking:
Can you please provide an explanation of the new plist.lockfile files … Read more
We know what it's like to have Facebook friends who send an event invite for anything and everything they have going on in life; trust us, we get just as annoyed. If you have ever wondered how to ignore event invites, or how to block someone from sending you invites at all--we have your back.
If you're looking for a Mac uninstaller with a little extra under the hood, CleanApp offers all the features you need to get rid of unwanted apps once and for all.
With CleanApp, you drag and drop apps to the interface, and then you can view them and their associated files before you decide what to do. But unlike other uninstall utilities for Mac, CleanApp offers a few extras across the top of the interface, so you can zero in on what you want to uninstall. The Applications button displays all installed apps; a System Accessories button lets you … Read more
While Apple includes a screen-sharing service in OS X to provide a remote desktop option, there are several other options available for implementing this in OS X, including TeamViewer, Timbuktu Pro, and chat programs like iChat and Skype. While these tools should allow you to control a Mac remotely, some may interfere with various system settings and prevent you from customizing aspects of your Mac.
Recently MacFixIt reader "Ed" wrote in asking us about a problem with using Timbuktu Pro to access a remote Mac, in which the system would revert any changed screensaver timing settings:A friend … Read more
Printers in OS X are generally managed through the "Print & Fax" system preferences, and when there are problems with your printer setup one of the ways you can quickly revert back to default settings is to reset the print system. This can be done by right-clicking in the printer list and choosing the "Reset printing system..." option that should be available in the contextual menu.
Unfortunately, some problems with the printing system may result in the Print & Fax preferences hanging or crashing when opened, resulting in the inability to use the system's reset … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer e-mailed questions from our readers. This week we have questions on enlarging an application's graphical interface elements, zooming keyboard shortcuts not working, increasing Mail font sizes, and recovering a missing System Preferences application. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few answers here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.
Question: Enlarging appliction's graphical interface elements
MacFixIt reader Bill asks:I am a new convert [to] Apple on a new macbook pro and while … Read more