How to disable Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2017

Apple’s 13 and 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pros come outfitted with Touch Bar, which is an OLED display strip in place of the physical function keys at the top of your keyboard. Touch Bar updates its graphics dynamically based on what you’re doing and apps that you’re using, giving you one-tap access to common features and shortcuts on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing turning off app shortcuts displayed in your Touch Bar altogether so that its layout mimics that of your Mac’s keyboard. This will let you tap a button to access standard macOS features like brightness, volume and media controls, Mission Control, Launchpad, Siri or—yes—even those Fn keys. Read More

 

How to manually check for Spotify app updates on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 13, 2017

Spotify for Mac users might be a little stumped when trying to manually check for updates in the app, and you’re not alone. Unlike a lot of Mac apps, the Spotify app doesn’t have a dedicated “Check for Updates” option in any of its menus.

The process is a bit convoluted, and because of that, we’ll show you how you can check for updates for the Spotify app on your Mac in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to use Google SafeSearch to filter explicit web search results

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 21, 2017

Whether you’re a parent trying to filter explicit content from the limitless Google searches your child could be searching on the web, or you’re simply trying to figure out why it seems like certain images or web results are being filtered from your Google search queries, chances are Google SafeSearch is the answer.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can toggle Google SafeSearch on or off, depending on whether you need to start filtering explicit search results from your queries or stop doing so when the feature is already enabled. Read More

 

How to make your Mac’s mouse pointer bigger

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

If you have vision problems or simply happen to use a very high-resolution monitor, finding your Mac’s mouse pointer among the mess of windows, desktop icons and various user interface controls can be a daunting task. Thankfully, macOS provides a nifty little feature to make the pointer larger temporarily when you quickly move your finger on the trackpad or quickly move the mouse. If you’d like to permanently make the pointer larger so that it’s easier to see, you can do that, too, as explained in this quick tutorial. Read More

 

How to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

Figuring out how much a Mac has been used is essential when buying a pre-owned computer, especially if the seller no longer possesses the original invoice. While macOS’s System Information application provides some insight into the state of the Mac’s battery, that’s not enough.

Thankfully, you can find out when exactly the owner has first completed the initial macOS setup and that can be quite useful in making an informed purchasing decision. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to find out when macOS was last reinstalled on any Mac using a quick Terminal command. Read More

 

How to install software update for your AirPods

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

Not unlike other accessories, Apple’s wireless earphones need a piece of software, called firmware, to function properly. A new AirPods firmware should install silently in the background without the user ever realizing it. Should the process fail, an update can be manually deployed on your AirPods as soon as Apple releases a new version.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to deploy a new firmware for your AirPods manually, as well as check the version number of the firmware that’s currently running on your AirPods. Read More

 

How to manage app windows on your Mac like a pro

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Along with a flatter look, macOS Yosemite brought simplified functionality for the close, minimize and maximize buttons which in the case of Mac are traditionally found in the top left corner of windows. Clicking the maximize button of an app that does not support macOS’s native fullscreen mode simply enlarges the window to its maximum size.

For apps that do support fullscreen mode natively, the maximize button acts as a shortcut for taking the window fullscreen.

But did you know that you can override this behavior and maximize a window without going fullscreen? Or quickly expand only one side of a window to its screen edge? Or see a window’s maximizing and minimizing animations in slow motion?

This tutorial provides some useful tips for getting the most out of macOS’s built-in controls for resizing, minimizing and maximizing windows, and moving them around. Read More

 

How to take a screenshot without the shadow effect on Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2017

By default, screenshotting a Mac window takes into account macOS’s nice drop shadow. But more often than not, the effect makes the screenshotted images more difficult to align properly in documents and webpages due to the surrounding shadow.

While you can always disable the shadow effect with a simple Terminal command, doing so removes the shadow for all screenshots.

What if you wanted to remove the shadow for the current screenshot only?

That’s what this tutorial is all about: we’ll tell you about a modifier key that you can press while screenshotting a window to override default system behavior and remove the shadow effect from that particular screenshot only.
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How to move and control mouse pointer using your Mac’s keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

No matter if you’re designing a newsletter in Pages, putting together a mockup of your blog in Pixelmator, editing a video project in Final Cut Pro X, creating a 3D scene and so forth, at some point you’ll want to move things around with pixel precision.

Thankfully, macOS provides a very useful Accessibility feature that allows you to move the mouse pointer in all directions and replicate clicks using just the keyboard.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to turn on a life-saving Mouse Keys feature and take advantage of it to move the mouse pointer and press the mouse button with your Mac’s keyboard or numeric keypad. Read More

 

Websites not loading in Safari? Try this…

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 23, 2017

It can be so annoying when a web page you’re trying to visit doesn’t load. There are many things that could be to blame for the problem, and there’s a list of steps you should take if you want to figure out what might be causing it.

In this piece, we’ll discuss several ways you can troubleshoot a web page that isn’t loading in Safari. Depending on the browser, steps to fix problems might be similar, but they could vary as well. Read More

 
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