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Mac users: If you recently changed the system password on your Mac and are now being prompted to enter your "old" password to authenticate keychain access, please see the following instructions for synchronizing your passwords:

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For information about secure file transfer on a Mac, see the File Transfer page.

For information about using Apple mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) at Smith, see the Mobile Devices page.


Backing Up & Restoring Your Files

Backing Up Files on your Mac
ITS recommends that you create backups of all of your documents, files, and settings. Getting started with a backup regimen can be daunting, but the most important thing is not your necessarily your method, but just that you do it! This document will help you decide what type of backup is best for you. It will also provide links to directions for different backup applications.

Using Time Machine to Backup and Restore Files on Your Mac
Mac users can use a program called Time Machine to backup (and restore) their documents, files, and settings. This document explains how to use Time Machine to backup files to an external hard drive or network drive, and restore them as needed.

Using Carbon Copy Cloner to Backup and Restore Files on Your Mac 
Mac users can use a program called Carbon Copy Cloner to backup (and restore) their documents, files, and settings. This document explains how to use the program to backup files to an external hard drive and restore them as needed.

Burning Files to Disc on a Mac
Learn to use the Finder and Disk Utility to burn files to CDs and DVDs. Mac OS X burns discs that can be used on Windows computers as long as the data that you are copying to disc is also compatible.

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Apple Calendar: iCal
iCal, the Apple calendaring program, is easy to integrate with Apple Mail and allows you to import events from your Smith Mail calendar.
This document explains how to add the Smith Academic calendar to iCal.

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Switching from a PC to a Mac at Smith: A New User's Story
If you just got your first Mac (or are thinking about switching), follow along with one new user as they learn what's the same and what's different about using a Mac in the Smith environment.

Switch 101

This Apple site explains how new users who are accustomed to performing tasks a certain way on a PC can accomplish the same tasks on a Mac.

Printing on Both Sides of the Page
HP LaserJet printers that have the letter D in their model name (D, DT, DN, or  DTN) all have built-in automatic duplexing capability. This document contains procedures for checking your printer driver's abilities in Macintosh OS X or Windows XP systems. You will also find general instructions for duplexing a document.

Screen Sharing & Remote Management
It is possible to share your screen with a staff member in ITS using Screen Sharing or Remote Management. These documents explain how to enable Screen Sharing or Remote Management.

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