Typically, folders and files are displayed in macOS finder app in regular black font and can be accessed. In some cases, the folders and files are grayed out in macOS finder meaning you cannot move or delete files and folders and you cannot access them. Grayed out folders and files are often generated if copying files from one location to another, especially copying them from or to network drives. Grayed out folders and files show the ’24 January 1984′ error, meaning they are all dated with 01/24/1984.
SMB Windows file sharing not working on Mac after upgrading to macOS 10.12 Sierra or setting up a new Mac or MacBook via iCloud is easily fixed. For SMB windows file sharing, you need to select a user for activation. Sometimes, you cannot select the user because the user is grayed out. The real cause of this problem is that you most probably use the same password for accessing your Mac and as your iCloud password. Due to security reasons, you cannot use the same password for both your Mac and iCloud anymore. This fix also applies to Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Learn how to fix Apple’s AirPort Time Capsule randomly turns itself off or powers down on its own, the status light went off. This problem appeared to my Time Capsule 3TB (ME182LL/A, 5th generation, mid 2013), but is also reported to Time Capsule 2TB (ME177LL/A, 5th generation, mid 2013) and AirPort Extreme (ME918LL/A, 6th generation, mid 2013) and the predecessors generations. The source of AirPort Time Capsule randomly switch itself off is either a defect device or the connection of the Time Capsule’s power cable to an AC outlet.
Coming up with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the VIP Mailbox in Apple Mail is not working in the ‘Inbox’ view for certain VIP contacts. You can temporarily fix the VIP Mailbox Bug by switching the view to ‘All Mailboxes’. However, I must admit that this circumvention is not a real fix because you have to repeat it from time-to-time and you will see all mails of your VIP contact and not only the ones of the inbox. Update: The VIP Mailbox bug in Apple Mail is fixed on macOS 10.12 Sierra.
Learn how to fix Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra Gmail bug in mail app. If you have sync problems with Gmail on the native mail app in OS X 10.11 El Capitan or and macOS 10.12 Sierra, de-activating and re-activating ‘Show in IMAP’ for ‘All Mail’ should fix the El Capitan Gmail bug and Sierra Gmail bug. Since the launch of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks both Google’s Gmail and exchange accounts are not working correctly in the native mail app client in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. You can fix the El Capitan Gmail bug for Google’s Gmail IMAP accounts following this work around. It is the same as for OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.10 Yosemite and and macOS 10.12 Sierra.
If you lost your administrator rights on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra, you can recover the admin privileges easily by rebooting into Apple’s Setup Assistant tool. This will run before any accounts have been loaded, and will run in “root” mode, allowing you to create accounts on your Mac. Then, you can recover your admin rights via the new administrator account. After that, you can reboot into your recovered admin account and delete the interim administrator account.
On Windows 10, you can set up iCloud Email in Outlook 2013 by using iCloud for Windows (formerly known as ‘iCloud control panel’). Beside iCloud Email, you can also set up iCloud Calendars, iCloud contacts and iCloud tasks in Outlook 2013 on Windows 10 (Technical Preview, build number 10049 tested).
Learn how to set up iCloud email on Outlook 2016 for Mac (preview). Outlook 2016 for Mac preview was publicly released beside the other Office 2016 apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote) on March 5, 2015. And like Outlook 2013, setting up iCloud email on Outlook 2016 for Mac is again a bit tricky because the automatically configuration is not working.
Update: How To Fix iTunes 12 Repair And Installation Errors on Windows 10
Installation problems and crashes – the never-ending story of iTunes on Windows systems. Although it is proved that iTunes 12 is running on Windows 10 (technical preview), the number of users reporting issues with iTunes on Windows 10 is permanently increasing. And the pattern seems to be the same as it is on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1: Either installation problems or crashes are reported. But you don’t need to be desperate: iTunes 12 crashes and installation problems on Windows 10 can be fixed following the workarounds already described for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Update: Windows 10 Will Support CalDAV And CardDAV For iCloud And Google
Learn how to sync Google contacts with Windows 10 People app. This work-around is an updated version of ‘Setting Up Google Contacts In Windows 8 And RT Contact App‘. It also applies to Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (Technical preview, build 9926). In the same way, you can sync your Microsoft Exchange contacts, Skype contacts, Yahoo! contacts, Facebook friends, LinkedIn contacts, Sina Weibo contacts and Twitter contacts. However, you cannot sync iCloud contacts with Windows 10 People app.
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