Linked Resources for Mac Users



  AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create
  full-quality printed output without the need to download or
  install drivers on AirPrint compatible printers.

 Handy Print

  HandyPrint is a macOS/OS X application that allow you to print
  from your iPods, iPads and iPhones on legacy printers that
  do not support the AirPrint protocol.

Anti-virus and Privacy
  Anti-virus for Apple macOS
  PrivacyScan from Secure Mac


  AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to
  thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps. Installing an
  application distributes many files throughout your System
  using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner
  finds all these small files and safely deletes them.

App Compatibility Table

Apple Downloads

Apple ID
  Need New Password?
  On iOS Settings > Apple ID, etc > Password & Security > Change Password.

  Once an Apple ID password is changed, one has to enter the
  new password on all your Apple devices, including Macs,
  (often multiple times).

Apple Manuals 

Apple News

Apple Recruiting Video

Apple Recycling Program

Apple Refurbished (Certified)


Apple Security

Apple Security Updates

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Apple Support Communities

Apple Training and Certification

Apple User Groups

  People who use Apple technologies have joined together in
  user groups all around the world. Hundreds of groups offer
  members the chance to become friends with other Apple
  product users, get questions answered and have a lot of fun.
  Groups are for everyone from first-time computer users to
  experts-from every profession, background and age. Want
  technology to do more for you? Join the club. Find a user
  group near you.

Applications (third party) Compatibility

Audacity for Mac

Backup Options

  Use Time Machine to back up or restore your Mac

  Backup to external HD or SSD, via command line
  if -e /Volumes/SSD1 rsync -av `pwd`/ `pwd | sed s."/Users/swormley"."/Volumes/SSD1".`
  if -e /Volumes/SSD2 rsync -av `pwd`/ `pwd | sed s."/Users/swormley"."/Volumes/SSD2".`
  if -e /Volumes/SSD3 rsync -av `pwd`/ `pwd | sed s."/Users/swormley"."/Volumes/SSD3".`
  if -e /Volumes/SSD4 rsync -av `pwd`/ `pwd | sed s."/Users/swormley"."/Volumes/SSD4".`

    The "a" flag in -av signifies archive mode, a shortcut for
    a handful of other settings. You almost always want to use
    the "a" flag.

    The "v" flag in -av signifies verbose mode, outputting a
    summary of the files as they are copied.

    The --delete flag tells rsync to delete any files at the
    destination that are not currently at the source.

    The slash (/) after your_username is important to prevent
    a directory called your_username from being created in
Battery Life and Lifespan

Boot Options - Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs


Cleaning Up an Infected Mac

  1.  Download, Install to Applications, Malwarebytes
      curl -L -o 'Malwarebytes-Mac-'
      Scan and Remove malware.

  2.  Download, Install to Applications, EtreCheck
      Available in the Mac App Store
      EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the
      important details of your system configuration.
      EtreCheck can also removes cruft and malware.
  3.  Download and install to Applications, AppCleaner
      When you want to remove Third Party Applications, use to get rid of all the hidden files too.

Command Line Commands & Resources

Command Line Tools -- Install
  xcode-select --install

Computer Security (including Macs, iPhones and iPads)

  DiskWarrior now ships on a bootable flash drive instead of DVD

DNS - Public DNS service operators!dns-resolvers
  A public Domain Name Server (DNS) is a name server that may
  be used in place of, or in addition to, name servers
  provided by your local Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  Public name servers offer reliability, security, speed and
  privacy. Several services now support secure DNS lookup
  transport services such as DNS over TLS and DNS over HTTPS.

Dropbox (making you life easier)
  Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc.,
  headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers
  cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software.
  Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of
  their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it
  appears to be the same folder (with the same contents)
  regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files
  placed in this folder also are accessible through a website
  and mobile phone applications.

EtreCheck (syscheck)
  Available in the Mac App Store
  EtreCheck is a simple little app to display the important
  details of your system configuration and allow you to copy
  that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used
  with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with
  your Mac.

Exchange and Repair Extension Programs

Fax Documents (online)
Finding Files

GIMP (Open Source similar to PhotoShop)

Home Computer Security

Java (Disable)

Keyboard and Character Viewer (turn on in System Preferences)
  Keyboard and Character Viewer
Keyboard Shortcuts
  System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts

  Full Screen Mode
    Toggle .................... Control-Command-F

  There are many keyboard shortcuts such as:
    Copy ...................... Command-C
    Paste ..................... Command-V

    Refresh Page .............. Command-R
    Refresh Page and Cache .... Command-Shift-R

    Print ..................... Command-P

    New Window ................ Command-N
    Minimize Window ........... Command-M
    Close a Window ............ Command-W
    Quit an Application ....... Command-Q
    Force Quit Menu ........... Command-Option-Esc
    Force Quit an Application . Command-Option-Shift-Esc
    Delete File (Skip Trash)... Command-Option-Delete

    Screen Capture ............ Command-Shift-3
    Screen Capture (part) ..... Command-Shift-4
    Toggle Zoom ............... Option-Command-8
    Invert Colors ............. Control-Option-Command-8

    Application Preferences ... Command–Comma (,)
    Select All ................ Command-A

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Learning iPads, iPhones (iOS Devices)

Learning Mac Computers (macOS)

LibreOffice (alternative Open-source Office Suite)  LibreOffice

Little Snitch (Outbound Firewall)

Mac Ads

Mac Maintenance


macOS Support Essentials 10.13 


  curl -L -o 'Malwarebytes-Mac-'
  Scan and Remove any malware.


NeoOffice (alternative Open-source Office Suite)

Network - Security News

Network - Tools

OpenOffice (alternative Open-source Office Suite)  OpenOffice

Parallels (virtualization software - multiple operating systems, if you must)

Password (Forgotten) - How to Reset
  Boot (Command-R) > Utilites > Terminal #resetpassword

Ports - TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products

Privacy When Using the Internet

Ramjet (Mac Memory)


Re-Install macOS/OS X with Internet Recovery on a Mac

Removing Malware - Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac Free


Reset Launch Pad - From Terminal type:
  defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

Reset (Forgotten) Apple ID Password
  On iOS Settings > Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store > Password & Security > Change Password.

  Once an Apple ID password is changed, one has to enter the
  new password on all your Apple devices, including Macs,
  (often multiple times).

Reset (Forgotten) macOS Password
  Boot (Command-R) > Utilities > Terminal #resetpassword

Reset NVRAM and PRAM

Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2018 and Later)

Safari Locked Up by Infected Website?
  1. Quit Safari (or Force Quit Safari)
  2. Restart Safari Holding the Shift Key
  3. Clear History and Website Data...

Search Engine Privacy - DuckDuckGo does not track you
Search Engine Privacy - Use Google without being tracked
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