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How to get Time Machine on a Mac to work

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Last Modified: 2015-12-16
I've only recently started using Time Machine and have an external drive.  What is the correct way to get Time Machine to do a periodic backup when I want it to all happen in the background whilst I sleep and shut the lid of my mac book air?  Do I just plug in the USB cable or do I have to do something before I shut the screen?
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