How to turn on and use Touch Bar zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2017

Visually impaired users who own Apple’s new MacBook Pro notebook with Touch Bar may be pleased to learn that macOS provides a set of specialized Accessibility features that help people who are blind or have low vision enjoy the compelling features of Touch Bar. If you have difficulty seeing items in your Touch Bar, turning this feature on renders a larger Touch Bar on the main display. Other users should check out Touch Bar zoom, too.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn Touch Bar zoom on, increase or decrease the zoom level, select or split-tap an item on Touch Bar and use other specialized gestures. Read More

 

How to view and delete your Google search history

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2017

Whenever you make a Google search query while being logged in to any service from the company, your search is saved to your Google account’s activity. This is designed to help improve your search experience by increasing the amount of relevant things you’ll see.

For the most part, this depends on how you use your Google account, and if you’re more of an iOS user, then you might not tap into these features as much as, say, an Android user would.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to view and delete your Google search query history, a step you can take to increase your privacy by preventing others from seeing what you’ve searched for. Read More

 

How to add music to your iPhone without iTunes using WALTR

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2017

Transferring music files to your iOS hardware is not for the faint-hearted, let alone for novice users, but I suppose you don’t need me to tell you that. Because third-party apps are not permitted to save songs to the music library on your device, the process officially sanctioned by Apple requires syncing your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the bloated mess that is desktop iTunes.

Thankfully, specialized apps such as Softorino’s excellent WALTR 2 (free trial available – or $39.95) let you simply drag and drop media files on WALTR’s drop zone and rest assured they’ll be transcoded into iOS-friendly formats and saved into appropriate apps. In this brief tutorial, we’ll lay out the process of adding music to iPhone without iTunes, using the WALTR app. Read More

 

How to disable inertial scrolling on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

When the original iPhone launched ten years ago, it instantly captivated audiences with its smooth implementation of the multi-touch user interface and attention to detail like rubber band scrolling, which continues to scroll content after your finger has stopped moving, until it gradually comes to a halt.

Also known as inertial scrolling, this feature eventually made its way into macOS to support Mac computers with a multi-touch trackpad or Magic Mouse. Since this behavior may not appeal to everyone, we’ve put together this quick tutorial to teach you how to disable inertial scrolling with just a few clicks. Read More

 

How to delete your Safari web browsing history for specific days

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 17, 2017

If you use Safari as your default web browser on your Mac, it’s possible to delete your browsing history for a just a specific date, while still leaving all the rest of your browsing history intact.

Not only will this appear less fishy when someone looks into your browsing history than deleting everything would, but it also lets you annihilate only a chosen portion of your web browsing history, which can be infinitely useful for protecting your privacy depending on how you use your machine to browse the web. Read More

 

How to convert music tracks to Audiobook in iTunes

By Steffen Reich on Jan 12, 2017

Venturing into the depths of iTunes is no longer an activity for the faint-hearted, as Apple’s gold mine is famously becoming more convoluted with every update. It is by no means impossible to keep up with the changes, but staying on top of every small cosmetic shift does pose a decent challenge today.

As somebody very fond of the spoken word on iTunes, I can attest that this general rule holds true for audiobooks as well. So as I was fiddling around with some old school CDs the other day and trying to move audio files within my iTunes library to the Audiobooks tab, I noticed my old methods were already outdated again. If you’re not up to speed on iTunes (12.5.4), here’s a refresher on how to get your talking book to properly identify as Audiobooks inside the application, followed by an encore for CD enthusiasts with regard to joining tracks during import.

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How to move emails from one inbox to another in your Mac’s Mail app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 10, 2017

The Mail app in macOS is a multi-email handler and supports a wide variety of email platforms. That said, it you wanted to move some of your emails from one of your email account inboxes to another, you could.

This is a handy feature to know if you sent or received an email via the wrong account and wanted to keep your emails organized under the correct email inbox, so we’ll show you how it can be done in this tutorial. Read More

 

Mac tip: change the behavior of Control, Option, Command and Caps Lock keys

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

macOS Sierra provides an enhanced keyboard remapping feature that allows you to change the behavior of the special modifier keys on your Mac’s keyboard, such as Caps Lock (⇪), Control (⌃), Option (⌥) and Command (⌘).

For example, you could remap the Caps Lock key to trigger the Escape command.

This feature is especially useful if you’re familiar with a keyboard layout different from your current keyboard or are an experienced touch typists who finds some of the default modifier key actions a bit awkward to use. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about remapping the Mac’s modifier keys to non-default actions. Read More

 

How to check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2016

macOS Sierra debuted a new feature called Auto Unlock that lets you get into your Mac without typing your account password simply by wearing a passcode-protected Apple Watch. With Auto Unlock, you just wake up your Mac and if it senses you’re nearby and wearing your watch, it’ll log you in automatically. Yes, it just works!

Auto Unlock imposes certain hardware pre-requisites in terms of modern Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chipsets. Here’s how you can quickly check if your Mac supports Auto Unlock. Read More

 

How to sign a PDF document on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 15, 2016

Every once in a while, you might come across a PDF document that requires your signature, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste printer ink and effort by printing it out, signing it, and scanning it back into your computer.

The Markup feature in macOS makes things like this a breeze by letting you sign PDF documents digitally, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to quickly sign a document as easily as possible. Read More

 

How to configure your Mac to automatically delete files that have been in the Trash for 30 days

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 14, 2016

Some people aren’t as retentive about emptying their Mac’s Trash as others are, and when things start piling up, valuable storage space can be wasted as it just sits there and does nothing productive.

You can configure your Mac to automatically remove items that have been sitting in the Trash for 30 days, which might be a useful function for people who tend to forget to take out the trash from time to time. Read More

 

How to access your iPhone Camera Roll on Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 14, 2016

Whether you have a Mac or you have a PC, you can use your computer to access your iPhone or iPad’s Camera Roll for easy photo and video transferring.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you the easiest way to access your iOS device’s Camera Roll on both operating systems: macOS and Windows. Read More

 

How to create a keyboard shortcut for exporting documents to PDF on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 13, 2016

If you use the Export to PDF function on your Mac a lot, then why not save yourself some hassle and set up a keyboard shortcut for doing it? It’ll make life a lot easier for PDF power users, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can it. Read More

 

How to see websites visited by other users on your Mac with Parental Controls

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 2, 2016

If you use Parental Controls on your Mac, it’s possible to see a list of websites visited in Safari or another web browser by any of your controlled users and see the date and time those websites were accessed.

This comes in handy in a number of scenarios, but perhaps the most obvious is when you’re a parent and you want to make sure your kids aren’t doing things they shouldn’t be while online. Read More

 

How to set up automatic login on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just turn on your Mac and start using it without having to log into it all the time?

If you live in a household where you don’t need Fort Knox-like security to keep people from getting into your computer, then you can set up your Mac to log in to your account automatically when you turn it on. Read More

 

Tip: delete Apple Music cache in iTunes to reclaim storage space on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2016

iOS 10 provides a handy feature allowing users to limit the amount of storage space used for keeping songs downloaded on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. On the Mac, things are a little more complicated because iTunes lacks a dedicated interface for adjusting the size of its cache.

As explained in this tutorial, you only need to delete a pair of special folders on your Mac to free up quite a bit of storage space lost to caches that accumulate as you stream tunes with Apple Music. Read More

 

How to set up and use Touch ID on your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2016

Touch ID debuted more than three years ago with the iPhone 5s release in September 2013, which filed filed as Apple’s very first device with fingerprint scanning embedded into the Home button. Of course, it didn’t take long for Touch ID to become an important security technology on iPhones and iPads.

Since October 2016, Touch ID has been available on select Mac models, such as the late-2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. If you use Touch ID on your iPhone, you’ll feel right at home on your Mac.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you’re going to learn how to set up Touch ID and Apple Pay on a Mac, enroll your fingerprints in the system and use Touch ID to quickly unlock your computer, make purchases on websites with Apple Pay and much more. Read More

 

How to add an image to your email signature on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 23, 2016

Mac users who rely on the Mail app to send and receive emails can easily add a logo image to their email signature.

Doing so can make your email signature look much more professional (or tacky, depending how you look at it), and in this tutorial we’ll show you how it’s done. Read More

 

What to do when your Mac displays the wrong time

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 23, 2016

Have you ever ran into a scenario where your Mac displays the incorrect time? It can throw a lot of things out of whack across all of your apps.

Despite all the things that can go wrong when your Mac’s time is incorrect, it can be pretty easy to fix the problem. We’ll walk you through some possible fixes in this piece. Read More

 

How to show the storage drive icon on your Mac desktop

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 18, 2016

Depending on how often you access stuff in your Mac’s file system, you might benefit from having a quick shortcut to your Mac’s primary storage disk(s) on your desktop.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can enable the shortcut on your Mac’s desktop painlessly. Read More

 
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