Select your Time Machine drive, then the backup you want to restore from, and then select your destination drive—the hard drive on your Mac. (Using Recovery Mode erases your Mac's hard drive before restoring from Time Machine, but once the process is finished, you'll be able to log in and use your Mac normally).
Transferring data between Macs
Let's say you bought a new Mac and want to restore data from your old system, or you want to transfer data from one Mac to another. Use a utility called Migration Assistant. Once your backup drive is connected, go to Finder -> Applications -> Utilities, then open Migration Assistant. An intro to Migration Assistant will ask how you want to transfer your information, so click "From another Mac, PC, Time Machine backup, or other disk," and then Continue.
Next, you'll be asked to select your Migration Method—click "From a Time Machine backup or other disk."
Select your backup drive, then choose which items you'd like to Migrate. Click Continue, and your files will begin to transfer.
Leah Yamshon is a Macworld staff editor.