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There’s a Hidden Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet in Your iPad

By | 2018-04-12T18:47:04+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Mac Tips|

If you’re working on an iPad with a physical keyboard—either a Bluetooth keyboard or an iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard—there are quite a few keyboard shortcuts you can use to work faster. Many are what you’d guess if you have Mac experience; for instance, Command-F generally maps to Find. But to see a list [...]

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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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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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Create and Name Reminders Lists to Use Them Via Siri

By | 2018-02-21T03:32:21+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Do you create reminders with Siri on the iPhone? Those reminders are automatically added to your default list, which you set in Settings > Reminders > Default List. That’s great generally—“Hey Siri, remind me to update watchOS tonight at 11 PM”—but less good when you want to maintain different shopping lists. For instance, create a [...]

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Find the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone X

By | 2018-02-08T14:02:07+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Wondering what happened to the numeric battery percentage indicator on the iPhone X? The notch takes up enough space at the top of the screen that there was room only for the battery icon, which can be hard to interpret. If you want to see precisely what percentage of your battery is left, swipe down [...]

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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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Swiping Back and Forth between Web Pages for Easier Navigation

By | 2018-02-02T16:25:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Mac Tips|

For navigation, every Web browser offers back and forward buttons, generally represented by arrows in the upper left of the toolbar. You can also navigate by choosing menu commands and typing keyboard shortcuts—did you know that Command-Left Arrow and Command-Right arrow work too? But if you’re using a Mac with a trackpad, you can move [...]

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How to Switch Apps on the iPhone X, Without a Home Button?

By | 2018-01-27T15:55:45+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Since the iPhone X lacks a Home button to press twice for the app switcher, you’ll need to switch apps in a new way. To bring up the app switcher, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to about halfway, and then pause until the app thumbnails appear. Then you can scroll through your [...]

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