Tutorial

How to use Finder’s interactive Path Bar on Mac

In addition to showing the full path to a file or folder within the Finder windows’ titlebars and copying a file’s path as text via contextual menus in the latest versions of macOS, your Mac has other cool tricks up its sleeve for a more efficient file system browsing.

Take, for example, the Path Bar, a little-known Finder feature which has been around for ages, since the earliest releases of OS X.

The Path Bar¬†displays¬†the¬†interactive¬†path to the¬†current working directory at the bottom of all¬†Finder windows. In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to show or¬†hide the Path Bar and use it¬†like a pro to¬†navigate your Mac’s file system more efficiently than before.

How to disable suggested events in Calendar on iOS and Mac

In addition to suggesting contacts from Mail data, the new Proactive assistant in iOS 9 and El Capitan can make smart event proposals based on information found in Mail.

For example, when you get an email with a date and time in the message body, Mail will offer to add a¬†proposed event to the stock Calendar app. Emails from known providers (i.e. restaurant confirmations) end up in a¬†special ‚ÄúEvents Found in Mail‚ÄĚ section in Calendar, awaiting your final confirmation.

Should you find this behavior distracting, annoying or downright creepy, don’t worry because Apple has kindly provided controls to disable the feature. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to prevent your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac from rummaging through your email looking for calendar events.

How to go into and exit Split View multitasking mode from within Mission Control on your Mac

macOS has a nifty little productivity boost that¬†makes¬†it both easy and fun to run two apps¬†side-by-side in your Mac’s¬†native full-screen mode.

This can be indispensable when focusing on specific tasks at hand while disregarding everything else, like online research and taking notes, or blogging and writing, or reading news while keeping tabs on your Twitter feed and so forth.

This mode, called Split View, is normally activated by dragging an app¬†to either side of the screen by its window’s upper left green button, and then choosing another app to fit the other half of the screen.

But the multi-step process is often a tad¬†confusing for¬†novice users, especially those accustomed to Windows 7’s effortless window snapping. Thankfully,¬†your Mac supports creating Split Views right within Mission Control, which in macOS¬†has been tidied up and made clearer and more obvious.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to go, and exit, Split View just by dragging app windows¬†inside your Mac’s Mission Control.

How to send video wirelessly from your Mac to TV

Since OS X 10.9 Mavericks owners of the Apple TV have been able to wirelessly mirror their Mac screen to the¬†big screen TV with an AirPlay feature called AirDisplay. There was just¬†one slight problem: you couldn’t stream individual videos without mirroring the whole screen.

Apple has solved this annoyance with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which introduced richer AirPlay support permitting you to send video from Safari and other apps to the Apple TV.

How to stop Photos from automatically launching when plugging your iPhone

Since I updated my Mac to the latest macOS version, the Photos app has decided to automatically launch every time I plug my iPhone in my computer for charging. This is kind of an annoying behavior which I’ve quickly¬†taken care of in the past for iPhotos¬†and¬†iTunes. Here we go again, this time with Photos.

My first instinct was to go to Photos preferences panel, but nothing helpful could be found there. Then the obvious hit me.

How to disable the mouse pointer shake gesture on Mac

Have you ever woken your Mac up from sleep, and couldn’t find the mouse pointer¬†among the mess of windows and desktop icons. We’ve all been there before.

Starting with¬†El Capitan, macOS¬†is hoping to help out with that, courtesy of a brand new addition to the operating system. It’s certainly not a headline feature, but macOS¬†can help you quickly locate¬†your mouse or trackpad pointer¬†by simply shaking your mouse or swiping¬†your finger back and forth on the trackpad in quick succession.

Watch our video inside to see how it works. We’ll also show you where to go to disable¬†the feature in System Preferences.