How to Clean Up and Optimize Your Sluggish Mac

Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from Carla in accounting. Any time you stream a video it seems to lock up for a few seconds. Let’s fix all that.

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Clocker Crams a World Clock into Your Menu Bar

Mac: Your Mac has a world clock built into it, but it’s relegated to the Notification Center and stuck in analog for some reason. Clocker lets you jam that world clock into the menu bar, where’s it’s easily accessible.

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Tomates Time Management Is a Super Customizable Pomodoro Timer for Mac

Mac: We’ve seen plenty of Pomodoro timers over the years, but Tomates might be the most full featured option around.

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How to Enable Mac Volume Control for HDMI or DisplayPort Audio

If you connect a Mac to an external monitor using HDMI or DisplayPort, you’ll often lose the volume controls on your keyboard. Depending on how you use your Mac, this can be kind of annoying. Here’s a weird workaround.

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Interact Scratchpad Turns Lazily Formatted Addresses Into Contacts

Mac: If you need to dump an address into your contacts app, it’s usually a comically cumbersome process of bouncing between data fields. Interact Scratchpad is a simple little app that does all that for you.

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Magnet for Mac Is the Window Management Tool I’ve Desperately Needed

We’ve seen a few different tools for Windows-esque window management on Mac over the years, but none of those ever fit well with my workflow. Magnet is an app that’s been around for a while, but a few recent updates have finally made it the app I need.

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Screen Commander for Mac Blanks Out Second Monitors With a Click

Mac: If you have a multiple monitor setup for your Mac, you know that the simple act of disabling the extra monitors when you need just one is a little cumbersome. Screen Commander makes it easy.

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Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features

If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.

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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2017 With Speedier Installs and a Leaner Footprint

Microsoft released the newest version of its popular IDE, Visual Studio 2017 today for Windows alongside a preview of the still in development Mac software. The biggest improvement comes in its installation screen, which finally lets you pick and choose which components to install.

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All the Folders You Can Probably Exclude From Your Mac’s Backups

Whether you’re backing up your Mac with Time Machine or another service, it can be an incredibly time-consuming process. Over at How-To Geek, they walk through a number of the folders you can probably skip if you need to get that backup done quickly.

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