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Get the most from your Mac! Hands-On Mac gives you all the info you need to use your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro to the fullest. Leo Laporte is your guide for all things Apple - from the best apps to the latest macOS time-saving tricks.

New episodes are posted every Friday.

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Get the most from your Mac! Hands-On Mac gives you all the info you need to use your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro to the fullest. Leo Laporte is your guide for all things Apple - from the best apps to the latest macOS time-saving tricks.

New episodes are posted every Friday.

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    Organizing Windows (Magnet Tiles & Workspaces) - Organizing Windows (Magnet Tiles and Workspaces)

    Organizing Windows (Magnet Tiles & Workspaces) - Organizing Windows (Magnet Tiles and Workspaces)

    Work in multiple spaces on MacIf the desktop on your Mac gets cluttered with open app windows, you can use Mission Control to create additional desktops, called spaces, to organize the windows. When you work in a space, you see only the windows that are in that space.If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can set an option in Keyboard preferences to show spaces in the Touch Bar. Then just tap a space to open it.If you assign an app (or System Preferences) to a specific space, the app will always open in that space.
    Use apps in Split View on MacMany apps on your Mac support Split View mode, where you can work in two apps side by side at the same time.To use apps in Split View on other displays, make sure the "Displays have separate Spaces" tick box is selected in Mission Control preferences.
    Third-Party Solutions‎Magnet https://apps.apple.com/us/app/magnet/id441258766?mt=12Moom https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moom/id419330170?mt=12Tiles https://freemacsoft.net/tiles/
    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!
    Host: Leo Laporte

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    • 20 min
    • video
    Syncthing - Free, open-source, continuous file synchronization

    Syncthing - Free, open-source, continuous file synchronization

    Syncthing, a free open-source program, syncs multiple computers securely. Use it for backup, file sharing, or to keep the same files on all your computers - Mac, PC, and Linux. Leo gives a demonstration by setting up some synchronization between his devices.

    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!

    Host: Leo Laporte

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    • 12 min
    • video
    Finder Tips - Resizing, Slideshows, Customization, and more!

    Finder Tips - Resizing, Slideshows, Customization, and more!

    On macOS the Finder is the program that runs all the time. With it, you can manage files, launch applications, and as we've learned, automate many of the tasks you perform all the time. Learning to use the Finder more effectively can make a big difference in how happy you are with your Mac. So here are some tips from a variety of sources. Some you may know, some you may not.

    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!

    Host: Leo Laporte

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    • 29 min
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    Writing Your Own Folder Actions with Automator - An Easier Way to Create a Script

    Writing Your Own Folder Actions with Automator - An Easier Way to Create a Script

    Now it's time to really make folder actions sing with your own custom code. You can do this in Automator or Applescript (easier), or using a scripting language like shell, python, or Perl (advanced).

    Follow these steps in order:

    Create a script with Script Editor or another script application.
    1. In that script, write a handler that conforms to the syntax documented here for the `[adding folder items to] ' folder action. Your handler can use the aliases that are passed to it to access the image files dropped on the folder.2. Save the script as a compiled script or script bundle.3. Put a copy of the script in `/Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts` or `~/Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts`.4. Use the Folder Actions Setup application, located in `/Applications/AppleScript`, to:a. Enable folder actions for your image folder.b. Add a script to that folder, choosing the script you created
    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!
    Host: Leo Laporte

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    • 13 min
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    Using Hazel with Folder Actions - An easy way to automate your Mac

    Using Hazel with Folder Actions - An easy way to automate your Mac

    Before we go too crazy creating scripts to attach to your folder actions let me show you the easiest way to automate your mac: a little utility called Hazel.
    Hazel watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Have Hazel move files around based on name, date, type, what site it came from, and much more. Automatically sort your movies or file your bills. Keep your files off the desktop and put them where they belong.

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    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!

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    • 12 min
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    Folder Actions: Part 1 - Associate AppleScripts with folders on your Mac

    Folder Actions: Part 1 - Associate AppleScripts with folders on your Mac

    From the TWiT Community forums, MrHomebrew says: "I've used a Mac for a while now (since 10.2) and have some geek cred, but I've never utilized folder actions and would love to hear Leo's take on how useful they can be."

    Leo dives into Folder Actions and how to get started with them on macOS!

    Leo Laporte gives you helpful tips to get the most from your Mac every week on Hands-On Mac!

    Host: Leo Laporte

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    • 13 min

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