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Important Steps to Take Before You Upgrade macOS

By | 2017-09-18T19:22:23+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Keeping the macOS operating system up to date is very important to make sure you are getting all the best features, and, more importantly, security updates from Apple. Upgrades, and updates (which are very different), to macOS are installed using the App Store app on your Mac which can be opened from the Applications folder, [...]

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11?

By | 2017-09-18T19:23:16+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Mac Tips|

To every thing there is a season, and we’re fast approaching the time when Apple harvests the fruit of the last year and releases new versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. There are no major surprises here, since Apple announced the new versions in June and public betas have been available since that announcement. [...]

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Stay Focused in Apple Mail with These Handy Filters

By | 2017-09-18T19:26:25+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Mac Tips|

It can be difficult to stay focused on a specific task in the Mail app when you keep getting distracted by incoming messages. Fortunately, you can reduce these distractions using the Filter feature that Apple added in macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10—and you can look forward to working with it in the upcoming 10.13 [...]

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Teleport Around Your Mac with the Sidebar

By | 2017-09-18T19:27:40+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Mac Tips|

If your Mac resembles an absent-minded professor’s office with files and folders strewn hither and thither, getting to the right spot to open or save a file may have become slow and clumsy. Sure, in an ideal world, you’d organize everything perfectly, but you’d also be flossing twice a day, calling your mother every Sunday, [...]

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Sequels Rule! Reuse File Names in the Mac’s Save Dialog

By | 2017-09-18T19:29:34+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Mac Tips|

If you frequently create files whose names vary from those of other files in the same folder by only a date, sequence number, or the like, you can ensure regularized file naming and save effort with this trick. When saving your file, click a grayed-out filename in the Save dialog’s list. That causes macOS to [...]

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Hey Siri, Could You Please Talk Less?

By | 2017-09-18T19:28:59+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Mac Tips|

By default, Siri likes to chat, confirming what you say and speaking the results of your commands when appropriate. If you don’t like that, go to Settings > Siri > Voice Feedback and select either Control with Ring Switch (the iPhone’s physical switch) or Control with Mute Setting (iPad) to make Siri be quiet when [...]

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Have You Tried Falling Asleep to Music or Lectures?

By | 2017-09-18T19:28:16+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Greetings from The MacGuys+, iBooks in iOS has a built-in sleep timer that can automatically pause playback after a specified amount of time, which is great for listening to an audiobook as you go to sleep (tap the Moon button below the volume slider). What if you prefer listening to content that’s not in iBooks, [...]

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How to Quickly Select Items in a List from the Keyboard

By | 2017-09-18T19:16:02+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Mac Tips|

Greetings from The MacGuys+, Even if you already know this tip, you may not have realized all the places where it works. When you find yourself in a list on the Mac, as in a Finder window, an Open dialog, or a set of auto-completion options, you can usually press keys on the keyboard to [...]

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The Backup Triple Play that Can Save the Day

By | 2017-09-18T19:33:32+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Mac Tips|

Greetings from The MacGuys+, As much as we hate to admit it, when it comes to losing data, the question is not “if,” but “when.” If you rely on your Mac for your job, or if your Mac contains valuable information—and whose Mac doesn’t have at least irreplaceable photos?—you must back up regularly or risk [...]

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Here’s How to Teleport to a Specific Mac Folder While Opening or Saving

By | 2017-09-19T11:58:36+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Ever wanted to jump to a particular folder on your Mac while opening or saving a file? You can, thanks to a clever Finder trick. Whenever you have an Open or Save dialog open in an app, switch to the Finder, find the folder you want to access, and drag its icon into the dialog. [...]

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