Hidden gems in Mac OS X

Apple is great at drumming up excitement over Mac OS X, but not every feature gets a blast of its corporate trumpet. OS X is studded with hidden gems that are often overlooked by Mac owners. Some of them might get a mention on Apple's website or their own section in OS X's Help files, but to all intents and purposes they're largely untouched by limelight. This makes it all the more rewarding when you discover them.

Mac OS X comes with a built-in fax machine. This is the sort of thing that's ignored until you actually need it - at which point it becomes a godsend. "My fax machine ran out of paper - and I found I forgotten to buy more," says Gary Allen of ifoapplestore.com. "Rather than immediately run down to Office Depot, I simply clicked two checkboxes on the Print & Fax preference panel, and I had fax sending/receiving painlessly implemented. It took me 15 seconds to accomplish, and now the fax is ready for the recycling pile."

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