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Organizing your Mac can easy be an easy or hard experience depending on how you have everything set up with Finder. Using Automator, you can save yourself some valuable time when getting your files organized.

  1. Go ahead and open Automator.
  2. In Automator, type in Rename Finder Items in the search bar, up in the top left corner.
  3. Now, drag the Rename Finder Items action into the gray space on the right.
  4. You’ll get a pop-up, with the options: Don’t Add, Add and Cancel, choose Don’t Add.
  5. Click on the Add a Date or Time pop-up menu and choose Make Sequential.
  6. The only other change you may want to make, is to choose how many digits you want in the label.
  7. Usually it would make sense to check this box if you are labeling pictures or sequential documents, if not, then don’t worry about it.
  8. To save this workflow, go to the File menu and select Save As Plug-in.
  9. Save the plug-in for Finder.
  10. Once you have done so, go to a folder in Finder you would like to organize.
  11. Select the files you wish to use, holding down the ⌘ (Command) key or the Shift key to select multiple files.
  12. Now, right-click on the selected files, and in the contextual menu you will see Automator.
  13. Select the workflow you just saved and a pop-up will appear with some options for you to choose from.
  14. If making Automator workflows yourself seems hard, then I would highly suggest checking out Automator World.

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  1. Open up Mail in your dock or in your applications folder.
  2. Once Mail is open go to File > Add Account.
  3. In the General Information window, choose IMAP from the Account Type menu.
  4. For the Account Description, put down whatever you want (ex. AOL Mail).
  5. For the Email Address put your AOL or AIM email address. (ex. MasonSklut@aol.com or MasonSklut@aim.com)
  6. Click Continue.
  7. In the Incoming Mail Server, type in “imap.aol.com” or “imap.aim.com”.
  8. In the User Name, type in your AOL or AIM screen name. (ex. MasonSklut)
  9. For the Password, type in your AOL or AIM password.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. For the Outgoing Mail Server, type in “smtp.aol.com” or “smtp.aim.com”.
  12. Check the Use Authentication box.
  13. In the User Name, type in your AOL or AIM screen name. (ex. MasonSklut)
  14. In the Password box, type in your AIM or AOL password.
  15. Click Continue.
  16. Done!

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When I see the price for software these days, it always seems to push me away from buying it. Luckily there are many great freeware applications out there for the Mac. For me, Microsoft Office is a necessity, because I use Word to type documents, PowerPoint for presentations, and Excel for graphs and to organize data. Surprisingly, Microsoft sells Office for $400, just for the Standard version. Since I didn’t need all of the features of the full version, I bought the Student and Teacher edition for only $150, which has everything most people need. If you don’t need Microsoft Office, but you want something similar to it, then check out NeoOffice. With NeoOffice, you can do all of the same features as you can with Microsoft Office, for free. Some of the coolest features with NeoOffice are the ability to save a document as a PDF, Finder and Mail integration, and beautiful Aqua integration.