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Solving the Mystery of Missing Messages Notifications

By | 2018-04-09T12:42:42+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Mac Tips|

A client got in touch recently with a maddening problem. When he received texts on his iPhone, Messages displayed notifications for messages from everyone…except his wife! Needless to say, this was a problem. Since notifications appeared correctly for other people, it wasn’t related to overall settings. It turned out that he—or someone else, or iOS [...]

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Use Modifier Keys to Do More—a Lot More—with Mouse Drags

By | 2018-04-05T11:29:59+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Dragging files and folders around is core to the Mac experience—drag a file from one folder to another to move it, drag a folder from one drive to another to copy it. But did you know that if you hold down the Option key while dragging a file in the Finder, you’ll get a green [...]

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iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

By | 2018-03-31T12:55:37+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Mac Tips|

File this warning under “unless it’s absolutely necessary.” If you use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, don’t sign out from iCloud. Also, don’t deselect the iCloud Photo Library checkbox in either the Photos options of the iCloud pane of System Preferences or in the iCloud preferences in Photos itself. Why not? Because, when you [...]

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Apple’s Family Sharing Simplifies Sharing Purchases and Managing Kid Capabilities

By | 2018-03-27T13:42:07+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Family life is all about togetherness, but keeping track of who’s doing what when can be tough. Apple’s Family Sharing service makes it easy to share apps, media, and more within a family of up to six members, and it provides a few helpful digital housekeeping capabilities, such as locating your kid’s misplaced iPad. Here’s [...]

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Did You Know You Can Put Shadows on Text You Type on the Mac?

By | 2018-03-21T19:01:40+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Mac Tips|

Snazzy shadowed text probably isn’t appropriate for your company’s annual report, but if you’re whipping up a flyer for a birthday party, you might want to jazz up the text. You can do that in most Mac apps that support macOS’s system-level Fonts palette. Select your text, and then bring up the Fonts palette. Generally [...]

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Apple’s Mac Reminders App Is More Capable Than You May Realize

By | 2018-03-09T13:01:23+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Mac Tips|

With Apple’s productivity apps like Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and Reminders, which look and work pretty much the same on the Mac and in iOS, what you see is largely what you get. Particularly in iOS, they tend not to have much in the way of hidden depths. With Reminders, however, Apple’s engineers snuck some surprising [...]

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View Notes in Their Own Windows, and Float Them Over Everything Else

By | 2018-03-07T19:32:27+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Here’s one for those who use Apple’s Notes app for storing bits of information. By default, Notes in macOS gives you a single window, with each note listed in a sidebar. But what if you want to see two notes at once? Or keep one always available no matter what else you’re doing? Select the [...]

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Ransomware: Should You Be Worried, and What Protective Steps Should You Take?

By | 2018-02-26T21:29:20+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Malware makes headlines regularly these days, and although Macs are targeted far less than Windows PCs, Mac users still need to remain vigilant. A particularly serious type of malware is called “ransomware” because once it infects your computer, it encrypts all your files and holds them for ransom. Luckily, despite the virulence of ransomware in [...]

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Install Minor Operating System Updates to Maintain Herd Immunity

By | 2018-02-26T21:13:13+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Mac Tips|

It seems like Apple releases updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS nearly every week these days. It has been only a few months since iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra launched, and we’ve already seen ten updates to iOS and seven updates to macOS. Some of these have been to fix bugs, which [...]

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Trading Faces: Picking a Better Face for People that Photos Recognizes

By | 2018-02-05T19:46:41+00:00 February 5th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Apple’s Photos app is remarkably good at identifying people in your snapshots and collecting all the pictures that contain a particular person into a group in its People view. At its top level, the People view shows a thumbnail photo for each person, picking one automatically from all the available photos. Needless to say, it [...]

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