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XDA Basics: How to Set Up & Use Mac Voice Dictation

If you want to whizz through your emails and reports and impress your boss in the process, then Mac Voice Dictation is the way to go. The feature is built into your Mac and can be activated simply by going to the Preferences and switching it on. But surprisingly, many people I have encountered do...

XDA Basics: 4 Methods to Force Quit an Unresponsive App on a Mac

If you've been using a Mac for any extended length of time, you'll know the spinning wheel of doom, otherwise known as the "spinning beachball". The formal Mac term for this is "the wait cursor" and it is the cause of much wailing and gnashing of teeth everywhere. It indicates that an app has slowed...

XDA Basics: How to Split your Screen on a Mac, and why you’d want to do it

If you like to multi-task or make full use of your screen's real-estate, splitting the screen on your Mac is an easy thing to do. While your iPad can also be used as an additional display using either Sidecar or Duet Display, you can open up multiple browser windows or apps on your Mac screen...

XDA Basics: How to Delete or Deactivate your Facebook account

In the wake of the massive data breach at Facebook which exposed the personal details of 533 million users, you may be thinking once again about how to delete your Facebook account. We all go through these periods when we think that Mark Zuckerberg knows more about us than is healthy. But we dismiss the...

XDA Basics: How to insert Special Characters on a Mac

Every language has its own unique special characters. If you need to type any of those special characters on a Mac, it's easier than you might think. Also known as "diacritical marks", these can be anything from the German umlaut (Müller) to "Smith née Jones" (indicating a person's former name). Spanish also has its own...