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If you’re responsible for the configuration of tens, if not hundreds, of brand-new Macs then you’ll probably know how time consuming it can be to get them all set up exactly the same. The process of setting up a user account, installing any required software and applying all of the available updates on each and every Mac before handing them to users can be both laborious and horribly inefficient. While we have covered disk imaging pr...
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iOS is incredibly simple to learn and use with very little instruction or guidance, yet some of its best features are the little things that many of us can easily overlook. To help new and seasoned users alike, I’m delighted to announce that my latest book, The iOS Compendium, Volume 1, is now available on the iBooks Store for just $4.99. The iOS Compendium, Volume 1 is an interactive iBook containing over 40 of the best tips and tri...
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Love it or hate it, iTunes still has its uses. While Apple has been able to reduce the dependency iOS devices have on needing to be tethered to a Mac or PC, there are some circumstances where it's unavoidable.  To ease this burden, iOS include a feature called Wi-Fi Sync that allows it to connect and sync with iTunes without the need for taking up a USB port. 
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If you forget your OS X account password then it can be reset by either another user, provided they have administrator privileges, or through OS X Recovery.  A new password recovery feature introduced with OS X Lion is the option of assigning an Apple ID to your OS X user account. Should you forget your password or if it has been changed without your knowledge, you can reset it yourself without the assistance of another user or the p...
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The EarPods with Remote and Mic (or any 3rd-party iPhone-compatible earphones) can be used with more than just the iPhone. These, and many of the thousands available from 3rd-parties, such as Sennheiser and Bose, can be purchased separately and used with any iPad and most iPods from 2008 onwards.  But it isn't just mobile devices that they can be used with, as the Mac has also been supporting iPhone-compatible earphones for several y...
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As you might have read from the previous guides published on The Instructional, the Mac can be booted from either its built-in OS X Recovery volume an external storage device to aid in the troubleshooting and resolution of any software issues that might have occurred. Unfortunately, these methods could be used maliciously and result in your Mac being either erased or, perhaps worse, information stored within to be taken.  As a way to...
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A little-known feature introduced back in iTunes 9 is a special folder named Automatically Add to iTunes, located within your iTunes library. By placing content into this folder rather just dragging content into the app, you can save both time and disk space when wanting to import media into iTunes. We can also create some useful Automator workflows that, when combined with this useful folder, will make moving content into iTunes a q...
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In-depth guides, tutorials and workflows for Mac and iOS.
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The Instructional provides in-depth guides and workflows for Mac and iOS, picking up where most app reviews finish by exploring the various features and functions of apps for, and features of, both iOS and OS X.

The site has something for everyone, from new iPad owners to seasoned Mac users. Each post will explore a particular app or feature, providing easy and clear instructions and steps so you can follow along.
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