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Creating a “Save as PDF” Keyboard Shortcut in MacOS Ventura

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If you work with a lot of PDF files, you’d probably appreciate having the ability to press a keyboard shortcut to save files, webpages, and documents as PDF files on the Mac. You can set that up rather easily, and we’ll walk through the process.

If you have long been using the old trick to create a Save as PDF keyboard shortcut and recently updated to MacOS Ventura, you may have noticed your old keyboard shortcut doesn’t work anymore. This is because Apple has renamed the menu title for the action, so if you’re using the old keyboard shortcut it will not…

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How to Rename Mac Computer Name in MacOS Ventura

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Renaming your Mac computer name offers a way to customize your Mac, differentiate it between other machines when using AirDrop, and make it easy to identify on a network.

With modern versions of macOS Ventura 13 and newer, how you change a Mac computer name is different than before, and you may have become accustomed to the previous approach which was fairly obvious in a system preference. With macOS Ventura, the setting is less than obvious, but you can still change and rename your Mac easily once you learn how to perform the action.

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Finding System Preferences & Using System Settings in MacOS Ventura

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System Preferences has been replaced by System Settings in MacOS Ventura, and it’s quite a change not only in name but in how the system control panels are navigated, and also where many preferences, settings, and toggles are located.

You can access the new System Settings from the  Apple menu just the same, but once you get there, it’s very different than what you may be accustomed to as a longtime Mac user. It looks like Apple copy and pasted the iPhone Settings directly onto the Mac, and the change can be jarring to some.

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Take Full Webpage Screenshots on Mac via Command Line with webkit2png

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Ever needed to take a full webpage scrolling screenshot on the Mac through the command line?

While there are various approaches to taking full webpage screenshots on a Mac easily with Firefox or another browser, and many ways to take screenshots on the Mac, including taking screenshots from the Terminal, none of the native options are quite as simple for capturing full page screenshots of websites as the simple approach offered on iPhone or iPad. But if you’re a Terminal user, you can accomplish the task pretty easily with a tool called webkit2png.

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How to Clear DNS Cache in MacOS Ventura & MacOS Monterey

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Mac users may need to occasionally clear out and flush DNS cache in MacOS, perhaps because they modified their hosts file, or for troubleshooting purposes.

Resetting DNS cache on the Mac is generally only needed by advanced users, but even novice Mac users should find the process to be pretty easy, though it is achieved through the use of the command line.

How to Flush DNS Cache in MacOS Ventura & MacOS Monterey

Here’s how to clear out and reset your DNS cache in modern MacOS versions:

  1. Open the Terminal application on the Mac, the simplest way to do this is…

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How to Install macOS Ventura on Mac

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Installing MacOS Ventura onto a Mac is pretty simple, but if you’re unfamiliar with the process of installing major system software updates, it may seem a little intimidating to jump into. Not to worry, we’ll walk through the process, and soon you’ll have macOS Ventura 13 running on the Mac in no time.

Before getting started, make sure your Mac is compatible with macOS Ventura 13. Most Macs released within the last few years support the update, including iMac (2017 and newer), MacBook Pro (2017 and newer), MacBook Air (2018 and newer), Mac Pro (2019 and…

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How to Open Google Chrome from Terminal on Mac

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Command line users may encounter situations where they’d like to open the Google Chrome web browser directly from the Terminal on the Mac.

Opening GUI applications from the command line is easy on MacOS, and the command syntax to do so has been the same since the beginning of Mac OS X, so regardless of what system software version you are using you’ll find this trick to work.

Opening Google Chrome from the Command Line on Mac

The syntax to open Google Chrome from the terminal is as follows:

open -a "Google Chrome.app"

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How to Allow Apps to be Downloaded & Opened from Anywhere on MacOS Ventura

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Wondering how you can allow apps to be downloaded and opened from anywhere on MacOS Ventura? You may have noticed the ability to select “Allow applications downloaded from anywhere” has been removed by default in macOS Ventura and other modern versions of MacOS. This does not mean it’s impossible to download and open apps from elsewhere however, and advanced users can enable this feature within System Settings if they need to on their Mac.

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Is MacOS Ventura Slow? 13+ Tips to Speed Up Performance

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Some Mac users feel that macOS Ventura is much slower than macOS Monterey or Big Sur, offering worse performance in general, and when performing the same tasks on their Mac.

It’s not unusual for users to feel that their computer is slower after a major MacOS update, and Ventura is no exception. If you feel like your Mac is notably slower or more sluggish, perhaps with slow app performance, more beach balling, or other unusually slow behavior when trying to use your computer, read on.

1: Mac is Very Slow After Updating to MacOS Ventura

If the update to macOS…

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