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OS X 10.9 Mavericks Post Install Frequently Asked Questions

Article ID = 107
Article Title = OS X 10.9 Mavericks Post Install Frequently Asked Questions
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 11th June 2013
Article Last Updated = 14th November 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?107

Article Brief Description:
Frequently asked questions after installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Post Install Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which version of Mac OS X did you upgrade from? Click on the relevant link below and read everything from that point onwards.

After Upgrading From Mac OS X 10.6

Q. Scrolling appears to be the wrong way round. Can I change it?
A. Yes. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences >
  • (for mice) click on the Mouse icon and untick the "Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating" option.
  • (for trackpads) click on the Trackpad icon > Scroll & Zoom tab and use/don't use the "Scroll Direction: natural" option.
Q. I can't find my User Library? Where is it?
A. Your User Library has not gone and it is in fact in the same place, but now, in Mavericks, it is invisible. To get to it just go to the Finder > (while holding the "alt" key down) the Go menu and select "Library" from the menu. You can now very easily make it visible again with Mavericks - just go to the Go menu > Home and then select "Show View Options" from the 'View' menu > TICK "Show Library Folder".
Q. I don't like the system "Resume" feature. Can I switch it off?
A. Yes. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > General and tick the "Close windows when quitting an application" option. Alternatively if you like the feature for some applications but not others, in those that you don't want the feature you can alt-Command-Quit (Quit and Discard Windows).
Q. I don't like the new system wide text "Auto-Correct" feature. Can I switch it off?
A. Yes. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Language & Text and untick the "Correct spelling automatically" option.
Q. I don't like the new Apple System Information view. Can I get the original view back?
A. Yes. System Profiler has been renamed System Information and it opens with the new simplified window. To see the old style view, in System Information go to File menu > Show System Report or alternatively hold down alt and select "System Information" from the Apple menu.
Q. I don't like the new Apple Mail view. Can I get the classic view back?
A. Yes. In Mail go to Mail menu > Preferences > Viewing tab and tick "Use classic layout".
Q. My Finder windows used to show the number of selected items, disk space left and/or the path for selected items. Can I get this back?
A. Yes, Mavericks switches these off by default. In Finder go to the View menu and select "Show Path Bar" and/or "Show Status Bar" as required.
Q. I have a NAS drive but although I can connect to it I can no longer use it as a Time Machine backup destination. What's wrong?
Q. I have a NAS drive but can no longer connect to it using the AFP protocol. What's wrong?
Q. I have a very old AppleShare IP (ASIP) server but can no longer connect to it using the AFP protocol. What's wrong?
A. AFP servers must support the Netatalk v2.2 protocol or later to work with Mavericks.
  • Apple has disabled AFP support for the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange (DHX) Protocol ("DHCAST128"). DHCAST128 is often used by NAS boxes, mainly because it has fewer overheads. DHCAST128 is deprecated and replaced by Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange 2 (DHX2). The minimum size of the prime is increased to 512 bits to improve resistance to numerical methods of attack.
  • You should contact your NAS provider for an update to the NAS software.
  • For a list of potential NAS products affected with information, links and software updates see this article.
  • Apple has now officially stated a workaround in this technical support article.
Q. Where has Front Row gone?
A. Front Row is no longer included with Mavericks. Alternatives include:
Q. Where has iSync gone?
A. iSync is no longer included with Mavericks. It has been replaced by iCloud.
Q. I'm trying to open an application but Mavericks keeps popping up the message "You can't open the application your application name here because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". What's wrong?
A. Mavericks no longer supports PowerPC applications/the Rosetta environment. See this article.
Q. I have the Apple USB Modem but under Mavericks I cannot get it to work. What's wrong?
Q. I use to use my Mac as a fax machine. This option seems to have disappeared from System Preferences. Can I use my computer for faxes?
A. The Apple USB Modem is not supported by Mavericks as the USB modem is a 32-bit device (and Mavericks is 64-bit) so fax options have been removed from the system. You will need to obtain a Mavericks compatible third party modem and/or fax software. Possible alternatives are:
Q. I'm trying to move an application out of the Applications folder but it just creates an alias. What am I doing wrong?
A. Nothing. Mavericks has changed the permissions on the Applications folder. To move an application out of the folder you now need to "copy" it (by dragging and holding the alt key down) first. Then you can delete the original from the Applications folder.
Q. I'd really like to use the original QuickTime 7 Pro. Can I still do this?
A. Yes.
  1. Download the QuickTime 7.6.6 installer.
  2. Install QuickTime 7.6.6.
  3. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities and open QuickTime Player 7.
  4. In QuickTime Player 7 go to QuickTime Player 7 menu > Registration… and enter your registration code.
  5. If you can't remember your registration code go to the Apple Store online e.g. Apple Store UK.
  6. Click on "Account" in the top right.
  7. Click on the "Downloadable software purchases" and login if necessary.
  8. The "Software Download History" page should load and your serial number will be listed on it.
Q. I've heard something about a low-power wake mode (sharing resources without the need to turn on the monitor or attached USB devices). I can't find this in the Preferences anywhere. How do I utilise this mode?
A. Mavericks does indeed have this feature but it's not obvious because the "preference option" is named the same in previous versions of the OS. In Mavericks you simply need to go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Energy Saver and make sure the "Wake for network access" is ticked. Unlike previous versions of the OS this option allows the computer to wake in low power mode at the following times:
  1. When a user at another computer accesses your computer's shared resources.
  2. At regular intervals so that your computer can notify other computers on the network that its resources are available.
NOTE: It is not clear at the moment whether this feature only works on newer models of Mac or whether it works on all supported Macs.
Q. I've heard something about a feature called "AirDrop" but I cannot get this feature to work on my computer. What's wrong?
A. Not all Macs support this feature as it is dependent on the wireless chip in your computer so basically older computers won't support it. To check whether your Mac supports this feature go to the Apple menu > About This Mac > More Info... > System Report > open the triangle on the left for the "Network" category and select "Wi-Fi". Under "Interfaces" on the right look for "AirDrop" to say "Supported". Macs that are likely to support the AirDrop feature include:
Q. When I copy files from one place to another that has files with the same name the new dialogue window does not have the "Don't Replace" option/button. What do I do now?
A. Mavericks works differently to previous OSes and there is a new dialogue window for such instances including a "Keep Both Files" option. Basically Mavericks copies/moves all unique files first (unlike older OSes) and then gives you the dialogue window for the files with the same name with the following options:
  • Keep Both Files: this will keep both files with the same name, it will add "copy" to the filename of the items you are moving/copying
  • Stop: this is now the equivalent of the old "Don't Replace" option
  • Replace: this is the same as before where it will replace the items with the same name with the items you are moving/copying
Q. I'm trying to browse web sites but all the texts are coming up with the letter A in a square. What's wrong?
A. You have a font problem. Try these:
  1. If you are using a third party font manager e.g. FontExplorer or Suitcase Fusion check for updated software.
  2. If you are using a third party font manager e.g. FontExplorer or Suitcase Fusion check you have not enabled fonts that will "conflict" or "override" the System fonts.
    • FontExplorer: Go to the "Tools" menu and make sure "System Font Protection" is unticked.
    • Suitcase Fusion: Go to Suitcase Fusion > Preferences > Activation tab and make sure "Allow Suitcase Fusion to override System Fonts" is unticked.
    • FontAgent Pro: Go to FontAgent Pro > Preferences > and make sure "Manage System Fonts" is unticked.
  3. Make sure your (required) fonts are stored in the correct Mac OS X locations:
    • Macintosh HD > Library > Fonts folder.
    • Macintosh HD > System > Library > Fonts folder.
    • Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory > Library > Fonts folder.
  4. Reboot to your normal boot disk in Safe Boot Mode to clear (font) caches.
  5. Nuke your font caches.
  6. Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Font Book and Select All (Command+A) fonts. Then try each of the following:
    • File menu > Validate Fonts.
    • Edit menu > Resolve Duplicates.
    • File menu > Restore Standard Fonts.
Q. I have multiple partitions on my hard disk and I installed Mavericks but now my Boot Camp Windows installation doesn't work/I cannot boot to Windows. What's wrong?
A. Windows requires that Boot Camp is within the first four partitions on your hard disk. Unfortunately a Mac running Mavericks has TWO additional invisible partitions on the hard disk (EFI and Recovery HD) so if you have more partitions than just your normal Mac OS X and Windows, Windows may not work. The standard setup (Boot Camp will work):
  1. [hidden] EFI
  2. [hidden] Recovery HD
  3. OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  4. Boot Camp and Windows
An example non-standard setup (Boot Camp may not work):
  1. [hidden] EFI
  2. [hidden] Recovery HD
  3. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (dual boot)
  4. Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (dual boot)
  5. Boot Camp and Windows
NOTE: This is a limitation of Windows and it's partitioning scheme, not the Mac or Mac OS X.

You should also read the After Upgrading From OS X 10.7 FAQ below

After Upgrading From OS X 10.7 or earlier

Q. I keep getting banners and alerts in the top right of my screen. How do I change this behaviour/stop them appearing?
A. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Notifications and configure them accordingly.
Q. The system "Resume" feature has changed since 10.7. What can I do?
A. Whereas before you unticked an option in System preferences you must now go to Apple menu > System Preferences > General and TICK the "Close windows when quitting an application" option.
Q. Is Java included with Mavericks?
A. No. If you need it download it and install it.
Q. Is Adobe Flash included with Mavericks?
A. No. If you need it download it from Adobe.
Q. I had Adobe Flash already installed but Mavericks says it is out of date and has been disabled?
A. Yes, you haven't kept your Flash plug-in up-to-date (which is a big security risk - naughty naughty!). Download the latest version from Adobe.
Q. I went to System Preferences > Sharing and "Web sharing" is missing. What happened to it?
Q. I went to System Preferences > Sharing and "Xgrid sharing" is missing. What happened to it?
Q. I want to use X11 but it's not installed. What should I do?
A. Mavericks no longer includes X11 or web/Xgrid sharing, see our Mavericks FAQ for more information/alternatives.
Q. I'm trying to run a software application but Mavericks says it can't be opened because it's from an unidentified developer. What's wrong?
Q. I'm trying to install some software but Mavericks says it can't be installed because it's from an unidentified developer. What's wrong?
A. Probably nothing but make sure the software you want to run/install is legitimate and is not malware. Mavericks includes an enhanced security featured called Gatekeeper. Check out our article all about it.
Q. I've heard Mavericks supports using more than one Time Machine backup device. How do I get this to work?
A. You can "add" additional devices in the Time Machine preferences or select the option when connecting another drive.
Q. Safari doesn't appear to have an RSS facility or the activity monitor window. Are there alternatives?
A. The Activity monitor within the Safari application (not the general application in Utilities) is gone - it's not likely to come back. If you still want RSS feeds you could use a different web browser that does support them or use a dedicated RSS software application:
Q. Safari appears to have lost the ability to change the default font and size (used to be Appearance in Preferences), block pop-up windows and empty its cache (latter two used to be on the Safari menu). Are there alternatives?
A. "Block pop-up windows" is now in Safari menu > Preferences > Security tab.
A. Minimum font size is now in Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced tab
A. "Empty cache" is now available only when you have enabled the "Develop" menu (go to Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced tab > Show Develop menu in menu bar).
Q. Where's iChat gone?
A. It's been replaced with the Messages application.
Q. I've heard Mavericks has AirPlay video mirroring to an Apple TV. How do I get this to work?
A. Your (second generation/small black) Apple TV must be up-to-date. Only certain Mac models support AirPlay video mirroring, they are:
  • iMac (Mid 2011 or later)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or later)
If you have a compatible Mac go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Displays > click the "AirPlay Mirroring" option near the bottom and select "Apple TV". Alternatively, when a compatible Mac with Mavericks detects an Apple TV on the same network, the AirPlay Mirroring menu item appears in the menu bar and this can be used to turn the feature on. In addition audio can be streamed on its own - audio from your Mac is wirelessly sent to your Apple TV. You can use this feature independent of AirPlay Mirroring by selecting your Apple TV in the Sound pane of System Preferences.

You should also read the After Upgrading From OS X 10.8 FAQ below

After Upgrading From OS X 10.8

Q. The Network Utility application (previously in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities) has gone. Is it still available?
A. Yes, but it has moved. You can access it by going to Apple menu > About This Mac > More Info button (opens System Information) > select "Network Utility" from the Window menu. The application itself has been moved to Macintosh HD > System > Library > CoreServices > Applications.
Q. The RAID Utility application (previously in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities) has gone. Is it still available?
A. Yes, but it has moved. It is now found in Macintosh HD > System > Library > CoreServices > Applications.
Q. I can access Wireless Diagnostics from the Wireless menu (using the Option key) but where is the actual application located on the hard disk?
A. Yes. There is a Wireless Diagnostics application found in Macintosh HD > System > Library > CoreServices > Applications.
Q. I used to be able to use iTunes to sync Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts and Safari bookmarks to my iOS device with a USB cable but the Info tab is no longer there. What's going on?
A. Localised/tethered USB data sync for that information was removed in OS X 10.9.0-10.9.2. You must upgrade to OS X 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.2.1 or later or simply use iCloud.
Q. I used to be able to turn off text smoothing for font sizes below a certain size in System Preferences > General but I can't find that option now. Is it still available?
A. No. It's been removed from Mavericks.
Q. Is my personal Library folder still hidden?
A. Yes. But with Mavericks you can now very easily make it visible again - Go to the Go menu > Home and then select "Show View Options" from the 'View' menu > TICK "Show Library Folder".
Q. If I held the Command key down when opening a folder in the Finder it would open in a new Window but now it opens in a new Tab. Can this be changed?
A. The Mavericks Finder has changed (with the new Finder Tabs feature) so the default preference is to open new Finder windows in a new tab. You can change this setting back by going to (Finder) Preferences > General and UNTICK "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows".
Q. I had the Finder set to "Always open folders in a new window" but this no longer works. Why?
A. The Mavericks Finder has changed (with the new Finder Tabs feature) so this preference has been removed and is no longer available, sorry.
Q. I have lots of Finder windows open. Is there an easy way to turn them into a tabbed Finder window?
A. Yes. Go to Window menu > and select "Merge All Windows".
Q. I'm trying to run a Java application/Java in a web browser but it's not working properly. What can I do?
A. Java needs to be reinstalled after installing Mavericks. See our article about Java for download links to obtain the latest Java software.
Q. When I browse web sites using Safari I keep getting asked whether to allow a plug-in to work. What's that about?
A. Safari now has plug-in control on a per website basis. You can manage which websites can load plug-ins e.g. Adobe Flash by going to Safari Preferences > Security > Manage Website Settings. You can see all the browser plug-ins installed and a list of sites that want to use them. There are five options: Ask, Block, Allow, Always Allow, and Run in Unsafe Mode (Run in Unsafe Mode removes the plug-in from being "sandboxed" which is generally unwise as it is a security risk - only choose this option if you really need to).
Q. I've heard Safari can now save credit card details using the new iCloud Keychain feature. Is there a way to stop this?
A. The iCloud Keychain is an optional feature. However, if you have switched it on/are using it and don't want to store credit card details you can turn just those off by going to Safari Preferences > AutoFill > and UNTICK "Credit cards".
Q. I'm trying to print to my printer but it's not working properly. What can I do?
A. Printer drivers need to be reinstalled after installing Mavericks. If you are having printing problems the first thing to do is reset the OS X printing system:
  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences
  2. Click the "Print & Scan" icon
  3. Hold down the Control (ctrl) key on your keyboard (bottom left)
  4. Click on the any printer in your printer list
  5. Select "Reset printing system…" from the contextual menu (in some cases this may take some time)
  6. When the printing system has reset and there are no printers listed in the printer list Restart your computer
  7. If your printer is supported by OS X (see this official Apple list) simply add your printer back in System Preferences (OS X may download and install the latest printer driver for you)
  8. If your printer is not supported by OS X go to your printer manufacturer's web site, check your model of printer is compatible with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and download the latest printer driver for your printer (it is best not to use any install discs that came with your printer as the software is likely to pre-date Mavericks!)
Q. I prefer iTunes 10.7 to 11.x. Can I still use 10.7?
A. Mavericks installs iTunes 11.x by default. You may be able to downgrade iTunes to v10.7 but there is no guarantee that it will work - we do not advise you to do this.
Q. The directions in the new Maps application are in kilometers. Can I switch this to miles?
A. Yes. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Language & Region and change "Region" as required and also click "Advanced…" > General tab and set "Measurement units" as required.
Q. The new Notifications centre is really annoying. Can I switch it off?
A. Not totally but here's a handy tip: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Notification Center. There is a new "Turn on Do Not Disturb" option. Set this to a small timeframe while you are usually asleep e.g. from 4 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. However, note that Mavericks does use Notifications for some important system notices like software updates so use this feature wisely.
Q. I'm having problems file sharing to a Windows computer/connecting to a Windows server. Is the new SMB2 protocol in Mavericks causing issues?
A. Probably. You can control which protocol is used to connect to file servers in the Finder > Go menu > Connect to Server… dialogue box by using:
  • cifs://servernameoripaddress = SMB1
  • smb://servernameoripaddress = SMB2
  • afp://servernameoripaddress = AFP
Q. I have multiple monitors but it all works differently in Mavericks e.g. the Dock and menu bar are available on all screens. How do I get Mavericks to work like the old versions of OS X?
A. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Mission Control > Displays section at the top > UNTICK "Displays have separate spaces".
Q. The Dock is supposed to be available on multiple monitors but I can't see it. What's wrong?
A. Nothing. To save space and confusion it only appears when you try and drag something to the bottom of your screen - then it appears.
Q. Some of the new power saving options sound great. What should I do to enhance my battery life?
A. Go to the Battery menu item and it now shows applications that are using significant power - go to each application that is listed and quit it when not in use.
A. App Nap can be disabled/enabled for individual applications by Get Info on the application icon and ticking the "Prevent App Nap" option (if the developer supports App Nap for their application).
Q. I really like the Dictation feature of OS X but it requires the internet. Is there any way to use this feature offline?
A. Yes! Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech > Dictation tab > TICK "User Enhanced Dictation" (Dictation needs to be switched on for this option to be available).
NOTE: After you switch this feature on OS X will download and install the local Dictation services to your computer. The files/data can be quite large (~500MB+) so make sure you have a speedy connection to the internet or you are prepared to wait for the files to download!
Q. My computer is set to sleep after a certain amount of time but if I am near the computer it won't go to sleep. Is my iSight camera/computer watching me?
A. No! Mavericks uses the ambient light sensors to sense movement in the near vicinity of the computer. If it senses movements it will delay the computer going to sleep.
NOTE: This could be a security risk if you normally let your computer sleep after a short period of time. If you are security conscious you should setup and use a sleep "corner" in System Preferences or if you have a laptop close the lid before stepping away from your computer.
Q. Most Apple computers include a built-in (iSight) camera. Can this be blocked using Parental Controls?
A. Yes. Parental Controls now includes the ability to disable the built-in camera.
Q. I used to use the Finder's QuickLook feature to preview videos but it's no longer working with some videos or there is a huge pause before it previews. What's wrong?
A. QuickLook now only works with MPEG4/mp4 video files. Some types of files will be converted on the fly to mp4 prior for playback (hence the pause) or they won't preview at all. You can still use QuickTime Player 7 or a third party video application e.g. VLC to playback non-mp4 files.
Q. I use Finder Labels to colour code my files and folders but now the colours have disappeared. What's wrong?
A. Labels have been replaced by Finder "Tags". You can still tag files and folders (with colours) but they no longer highlight in full colour - instead there is a Finder window column for tags which are identified by coloured dots. Tags can be added in save dialogue boxes/sheets or via the Finder - use the File menu > Tags, or right/control click on a file/folder, or drag the item to the required tag on the sidebar. To delete tags go to Finder Preferences > Tags pane > right/control click on the tag in the list that you want to delete > select "Delete Tag" from the contextual menu.
Q. I don't like the new Finder "Tags". Can I go back to Labels?
A. No.
Q. I use Time Machine to backup my computer but when Time Machine is backing up the menu bar clock icon no longer spins. Is there something wrong?
A. No. In an effort to help save battery life the icon is now static. However, an extra arrowhead now appears on the clock icon when a backup is in progress.
Q. I use special characters a lot like the Emoji font but invoking the Special Characters option or opening the Character Viewer is a real pain. Is there an easier way?
A. Yes. In Mavericks the "Special Characters…" option in the Edit menu now has a keyboard shortcut which is command-control-space. Triggering it opens a special window at the current text insertion point with access to special characters. You can even drag this window off to create a floating palette.
Q. I use special characters a lot but the Input menu in the top right is missing and there are no text options in System Preferences anymore. Can I still access these features?
A. Yes. They've just moved in Mavericks. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Keyboard > Text and Input Sources tabs. The "Show Input menu in meny bar" option is now under the Input Sources tab.
Q. My books have disappeared from iTunes. Where have they gone?
A. Mavericks has a new iBooks application (in Macintosh HD > Applications) where all your digital books are now stored and viewed. However, the Books tab in iTunes is still used to sync them to your iPhone/iPad/iPod.
Q. My books were stored in my iTunes Media folder in my home directory but they are gone now. Where are the book files stored on my hard disk?
A. They are now found in Macintosh HD > Users > your home directory > Library > Containers > com.apple.BKAgentService > Data > Documents > iBooks.
Q. That's great but the names are gibberish/not readable. How do I get a copy of the book/file with the correct name?
A. That's the way iBooks stores them. The best way of getting book files with a proper name is to go to iBooks and drag the book you want to your Desktop (this will give you a copy of the book file with its title in the file name).
Q: When I first used Mavericks, iTunes and iBooks some of my books didn't get transferred to iBooks. How can I get these books back?
A. There was a bug in the early versions of the software. Make sure your Apple software is up-to-date (go to Apple menu > App Store… > click the "Updates" icon in the top right - specifically the iBooks 1.0.1 update), restart your computer, then open iBooks and go to File menu > Move Books from iTunes to transfer all your books correctly.
Q. I'm having problems with email using Apple's Mail application especially with IMAP / G-Mail accounts. What's wrong?
A. These are known bugs. Apple fixed a lot of the issues with the 10.9.5 combo update.
Q. I have a new late 2013 model MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display computer with a NVIDIA graphics cards and I am getting glitches/flickering on the screen. What's wrong?
A. This is a known bug. Apple fixed the issue with an EFI firmware update v1.2 on 7th November 2013 (or use Apple menu > App Store… > click the "Updates" icon in the top right).
Q. I have a new late 2013 model MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display computer but the keyboard and/or trackpad keeps on stopping working/freezing/becoming non-responsive. What's wrong?
A. This is a known bug. Apple fixed the issue with an EFI firmware update v1.3 on 7th November 2013 (or use Apple menu > App Store… > click the "Updates" icon in the top right).
Q. I have a MacBook Pro 17" Mid-2010 model (identifier MacBookPro6,1) computer but ExpressCard 34 slot no longer works. What's wrong?
A. This is a known bug. Apple fixed the issue with the 10.9.5 combo update.
Q. Is there anything else you recommend?
A. Yes.
  • If you want to use the new Dictation feature remember to turn it on - go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech > Dictation tab and switch 'Dictation' to "On".
  • If you use the Text To Speech function of Mavericks you can download additional voices and dialects - go to Apple menu > System Preferecnes > Dictation & Speech > Text to Speech tab > 'System Voice' pop-up menu > Customize… > select the voices/dialects that you want and download (each voice download can be quite large e.g. 1GB+).
  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Notifications and configure them as required (you can temporarily turn off all notifications by Option clicking the Notifications icon in the top right hand corner of the menu bar - it will go grey - Option click to turn it back on).
  • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab and make sure Gatekeeper is configured.
  • Go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Safari > Safari menu > Preferences > General tab and untick 'Open "safe" files after downloading'.
  • If you don't use it and it's installed turn off Java in your web browsers.
  • Use Apple's OS X Recovery Disk Assistant to create an emergency external recovery disk (internet connection required).
  • Obtain the OS X Install Disc Image to Create An External Installation Device (internet connection not required).
  • Create An Emergency Boot Drive For Mac OS X
  • Backup your computer regularly
Q. I've installed Mavericks and I don't like it. Can I downgrade to 10.8/10.7/10.6?
A. Yes. We're currently working on an article all about that - check back soon.

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