How to split PDF files with the Preview app on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 21, 2016

PDF files are among one of the most widely-used forms of sharing documents with others across the internet; especially considering that the idea behind this file type is to have something that is universally readable on any platform.

If you do a lot of PDF handling on your Mac, then it might not be a bad idea to become familiar with how to split a PDF file, so we’ll show you how you can do that in this tutorial. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 hits Mac App Store with bug fixes and security enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

A sixth major software update to OS X El Capitan 10.11 since its September 2015 debut is now available for public consumption as a free-of-charge release on the Mac App Store. To apply the update, launch the Mac App Store on your computer and click the Purchased tab: OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 should be sitting there, waiting for you to download it. If not, give it a few minutes or hours as new software takes some time to propagate across the Internet. Read More

 

Easily delete photos from your iPhone or iPad with Image Capture on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

If you have a Mac, then you also have a really useful image importing app called Image Capture lurking in your Applications folder.

To be completely honest, I still use the Image Capture app despite the fact Apple released their new Photos app for OS X last year, and that’s because it’s a dead simple utility that isn’t bloated with extra features I really don’t feel like using.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use the Image Capture app on your Mac to remove photos or videos from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Do you have unfinished Mac App Store downloads? Here’s how to check

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 18, 2016

Do you have any Mac App Store apps stuck in cyberspace that you don’t even know about?

That’s a trick question… how are you going to know if you don’t check?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can check to see if there are any downloads waiting to be completed in the Mac App Store on your Mac. Read More

 

Changing the name of a user account on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 15, 2016

Every Mac has at least one user account on it, whether it’s your own or you’ve made another account for someone else to use.

At some point, you may feel the urge to change the name of one of your user accounts. It doesn’t matter if the account is an administrator or a regular user; we’ll show you the steps in this tutorial to change an account’s user name on your Mac. Read More

 

Changing where files you download in Safari go on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 14, 2016

Chances are, you download a lot of files on your Mac from day to day. Whether they’re apps, work files, school files, photos, or something else you want to have on your computer, all those downloads have to go somewhere.

On the Mac, the default folder for downloads in Safari is the Downloads folder. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to change that so your downloaded files go somewhere else on your Mac. Read More

 

Tip: Disable additional Mac App Store password prompts for 15 minutes after a purchase

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Have you ever went on an app downloading spree in the Mac App Store only to find that it was going to ask for your password every time you wanted to download a paid app on your Mac?

If you’re the only user on your Mac, then you probably don’t want to or need to be bothered with having to enter your password each and every time.

Instead, OS X includes a feature that lets you disable password prompts for additional purchases for up to 15 minutes following your first Mac App Store purchase in a succession. We’ll show you how to configure this feature in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to set up repeating reminders on Mac and iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 13, 2016

Reminders are very useful for when you want to make sure you don’t forget something, and all-too-often, you need a reminder for the same thing more than once at different intervals.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you show to set up a reminder that repeats more than one time on both your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to combine two PDF files into one with Preview on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 11, 2016

PDF files are very useful for a number of reasons. They’re easy to share and easy to open and read on just about any platform.

Besides the point, let’s say you had two or more PDF files on your Mac that you wanted to combine into one single PDF file. How would you do that?

We’ll show you how to merge two or more PDF files into a single PDF file with the Preview app on your Mac in this tutorial. Read More

 

Changing a user account password on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 11, 2016

It’s a good idea to change your passwords every now and again, and your OS X user accounts are no different. If you’re a Mac admin and you want to make sure everyone gets a fresh and secure password every so often, you should take the steps to change the passwords regularly.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can change an account password on your Mac. Read More

 

Importing data to Safari from another web browser

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 8, 2016

Love it or hate it, Apple’s Safari is a zippy web browser that performs well on the Mac, and it continues to get more and more competitive with other web browser platforms as OS X, soon to be known as macOS, continues to evolve.

Since Apple wants you to use Safari on your Mac, it’s a no-brainer they’re going to make it easier to migrate your web data from one web browser to another.

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how you can transfer your web data from a third-party web browser to Safari with just a few clicks. Read More

 

macOS Sierra preview: Auto Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2016

Auto Unlock, a new feature in macOS Sierra, gives you instant access to your Mac when you’re wearing an Apple Watch. As its marketing name suggest, Auto Unlock is seamless. You simply wake your Mac from sleep while wearing your watch, and boom—just like that, you’re logged in and ready to go, no password typing required. Here’s our entertaining video walkthrough of Auto Unlock and a detailed overview of the feature for those interested in its inner workings and intricacies. Read More

 

How to add an image or color to a Finder folder on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 7, 2016

Your Mac’s Finder windows always have a white background out of the box, but if you’re fancying a change, you can always give your Finder folders any background or background color you wish.

Believe it or not, your Mac comes with the ability to set any background color for any of your folders out of the box, and you can even set any image you may have as the background for your folders.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to give and take admin rights from another OS X user account

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 6, 2016

In some rare scenarios, you as the computer administrator may want to actually promote an existing basic OS X user account to an administrator account, or vice-versa.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can upgrade a user account’s privileges to administrator rights, and we’ll also go through the steps to strip an account of its administrator rights. Read More

 

Quick tip: how to get a screenshot of your Mac’s Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 5, 2016

Have you ever tried using the screenshot keyboard shortcut on your Mac’s Lock screen and noticed nothing happened? Getting a screenshot of your Mac’s Lock screen isn’t as straight-forward as you may have hoped, but it is certainly possible.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you what’s necessary to grab a screenshot of your Mac’s Lock screen. Read More

 

Customizing the toolbar in your Mac’s Preview app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 4, 2016

Every Mac has the Preview app installed on it from the factory, and it’s the default app for opening many kinds of image file types, including PDF files.

Of course, the app has much more to offer than meets the eyes, and today we’ll talk about how you can customize the app’s toolbar to give yourself a little more functionality at a glance. Read More

 

How to enable the hidden Develop menu in Safari on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 1, 2016

Your Mac’s Safari web browser is loaded with features that aren’t enabled out of the box. One of them is the hidden Develop menu that packs a number of features that even regular Safari users could benefit from.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to enable it, and we’ll discuss some of the useful features that are packed within Safari’s Develop menu. Read More

 

Tip: change your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac to match your iPhone or iPad

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 1, 2016

Do you like the default ringtone that you hear on your Mac when someone initiates a FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, or Phone call?

Many people set up custom ringtones on their iPhones, but when the call gets forwarded to their Mac via Continuity, they end up hearing something completely different from it than they do their iPhone.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to configure your FaceTime ringtone on your Mac so it sounds the same as your iPhone. Read More

 

How to enable and use screen zoom on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 30, 2016

There may be scenarios where you can’t see something on your Mac’s screen very well and having the ability to zoom in just a little bit closer to get a better look at something might be very useful.

Fortunately, OS X comes with built-in zoom features that can be enabled by the user, and in this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to get to them and talk about what you can do with them. Read More

 

The easy way to share files between user accounts on a Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 29, 2016

If you have multiple people using your Mac, especially those of your own friends or family, and they have their own user accounts separate from yours, then you may sometimes find yourself in predicaments where you may want to transfer files from one account to another.

You don’t have to go out and buy a USB flash drive to do this. OS X actually comes with a useful feature built right into it that lets you share files between user accounts, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use it. Read More

 
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