Category: macOS Catalina

How to Clean Install MacOS Catalina

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Some Mac users may wish to perform a clean install of MacOS Catalina onto a Mac. A clean install represents a fresh start, and it’s achieved by erasing all data from the Mac hard drive and then performing a fresh clean installation of MacOS Catalina onto that Mac. A clean install sort of feels like getting a new Mac in the sense that no data is on the device at all, there are no apps, no user accounts or user data, no system preferences or customizations, there is nothing left on the Mac at all, it’s just a blank new installation of MacOS Catalina.

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How to Create a Bootable MacOS Catalina Installer Drive

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Some Mac users may wish to create a bootable MacOS Catalina installer drive, typically using a USB flash drive or with another similar small boot disk.

Bootable USB installers offer an easy way to upgrade multiple Macs to macOS Catalina, to perform clean installs of MacOS Catalina, to perform maintenance from a boot disk like formatting disks, modifying disk partitions, and performing restorations, and much more.

We’ll walk through how to create a boot USB install drive for MacOS Catalina 10.15.

Requirements to Create a Bootable macOS Catalina USB Install…

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What Are Relocated Items in macOS Catalina & Can I Delete Them?

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If you have updated to MacOS 10.15 Catalina or later from an older version of Mac OS, you might find a new folder on your Desktop called “Relocated Items”. The Relocated Items folder can be confusing and look scary, especially if you aren’t expecting to see it. But you needn’t worry – the folder is a perfectly normal part of the MacOS upgrade process. Read on to learn what the Relocated Items folder on the Mac desktop or in the Shared folder of User folder is, and what you can do with it.

What is the “Relocated Items” in MacOS

Though it’s not…

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How to Follow Along With Real-Time Lyrics in Apple Music on Mac

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Listening to music can be one of the most fun, enjoyable, therapeutic things we can do. But it can be frustrating if you’re forgetting the words to your favorite song, or you haven’t quite mastered the lyrics yet.

Fortunately the Apple’s Music app has long offered lyrics to those who want to follow along, but now those lyrics appear in real-time on iPhone and iPad, and the Mac with Apple Music too.

So, want to have a little karaoke session on your Mac? Now you can!

Even though lyrics aren’t available for every song, they’re available on nearly all…

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How to Make Apple Music Playlists on a Mac

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Want to make an Apple Music playlist on the Mac? Playlists are a great way to group all of your songs together in different ways. That might be a collection of your very favorite songs, or a playlist full of songs that remind you about a particular vacation, or a collection of songs for an event. Whatever the reason, grouping songs together is part of what’s so great about digital music. And creating an Apple Music playlist on a Mac is easier than you might expect.

There are tons of reasons to create a playlist but no matter why you’re doing it, the steps…

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How to Control What Apps Can Access Files & Folders in MacOS Catalina

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You can control which apps have access to files and folders on the Mac. This article will walk you through how to manage what apps can access files and folders in macOS.

This is a security feature that is relatively new, helping to precent apps from having full access to the Mac and filesystem if that access is not necessary. Thus if you want to manage folder and file access in macOS you will need MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later installed. With a modern macOS release, you now have full control over which apps have access to what on the Mac.

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How to Disable Red Badge Circle on System Preferences in MacOS

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System Preferences in MacOS shows a red badge circle icon when there is an available software update for the Mac. This can be helpful for users who want to be notified of software updates, but it can be annoying to other Mac users who are specifically avoiding a particular software update.

For example, many Mac users who are ignoring Catalina may have chosen to hide MacOS Catalina software update notifications and prompts but may still see the red update badge icon on their System Preferences icon.

This article will show you how you can hide and disable the…

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How to Use Tile Window Multitasking in MacOS Catalina

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MacOS Catalina introduced a handy way to tile windows for multitasking, improving upon the split screen multitasking features that were available in previous MacOS releases. These new simple tiling window multitasking options are available from any window, and now you can easily choose to tile a window to the left or right side of the screen, or jump immediately into full screen mode.

This isn’t an entirely new feature in and of itself (Window Snapping and Split View have been around a while), but now it’s arguably easier to use than ever before, and it…

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How to Always Show Library Folder in MacOS Catalina User Home Directory

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More advanced Mac users may wish to have the user ~/Library folder always visible in their Home directory for various reasons.

With MacOS Catalina, you can have the user Library folder always shown and visible by toggling a settings option in the Finder.

This article will show you how to do that, with the end result being that the active users ~/Library folder is always visible in their Home folder.

Whether you frequently mess around with the users ~/Library folder or you just want it visible all the time for another reason, you can make a simple adjustment…

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