Do you remember contacting all these people?
You’ve written to them before, you know you have, but for some reason you can’t seem to find their email address and you don’t seem to have added them to your Contacts. Disaster. Except, not really: there’s an app for that:
It’s in the Mail
Mail has a little feature you may never have thought about before: it remembers the email addresses of people who email you and also those of individuals you’ve written to in the past.
It’s called the Previous Recipients List, and that’s why when you write emails to people the To field autocompletes when you begin to type that person’s name.
If you use iCloud Contacts, this feature is available on all your other Macs (with OS X v10.8 or later) and iOS devices (with iOS 6 or later) that have iCloud Contacts turned on.The good news
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New to the Mac or Apple veteran, every Mac user should be finger-familiar with these amazingly productivity-enhancing Command shortcuts that help you get more done faster on your Mac.
My favorite Mac tip of all – a direct route to a Spotlight search. You can use this to find stuff, open apps, do sums and so much more. (You can also use Command-F to find something inside whatever app you happen to be).
Command-X, Command-C, Command-V
Every Mac user needs to know this triptych of text tools, which let you cut, copy and paste (respectively) selected text.
Every Mac user needs to know that the fastest way to quit an app is Command-Q. Or use Command-Option-Esc: to Force quit.
Close that window. Or Command-H to hide all the windows of the application you are in – or Command-Option-H to hide all the open windows of all the
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Tim Cook talked Mac at WWDC
Apple will ship the public beta for macOS 10.14 Mojave at some point this summer.
While we’d never advise using your primary Mac to run a beta OS, there are several things you can do today to get a Mac ready for the software once it ships. There are also a couple of ways you can more safely test the beta, even on your main Mac.
What is the public beta?
Apple’s public beta is a way everyone can work with its new OS before it is feature-perfect. There are risks – it is beta software and may be inconsistent, some apps may not work and more. Apple will ship regular updates to the beta software once it is installed. You will be able to upgrade to the final version of macOS Mojave when it ships this fall, all the same, because it
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Apple’s macOS 10.14 Mojavewill introduce a range of useful enhancements when it ships in May, one series of improvements I think most Mac users will use are the new editing tools inside Quick Look – particularly the quick and easy video trimming tools, given that at time of writing QuickTime remains a 32-bit app.
What is Quick Look?
Apple introduced Quick Look at WWDC in June 2007 when it announced OS X Leopard. The feature lets Mac users preview a file in Finder. Set to ship in fall and currently only available in beta (which means some tooks and UI elements may change), macOS 10.14 Mojave offers the most fundamental improvements ever made to Quick Look since its inception.
What files can Quick Look handle?
The current version of Quick Look lets you take a look at numerous file types, including PDFs, HTML, Plain text, RTF, iWork,
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Apple announced macOS 10.14 Mojave, the anticipated follow-up to High Sierra, at today’s WWDC 2018 keynote. And while iOS 12 didn’t drop compatibility from the list of devices that work with iOS 11, Mojave does drop support for some Macs. Below is the list of all compatible Macs with macOS 10.14.
- MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or later)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)
You can find the list of Mac’s compatible with High Sierra here, which you will notice dates back to 2009 models in some cases. Find more coverage from WWDC 2018 here.
Zip files are such useful things. We use them for application installers, sharing large numbers of images, secure document sharing with a password and more. Of course, once you’ve opened the zip file you must remember to drag-&-drop it to the Trash to get rid of it – unless you use this little-known Mac tip.
Apple’s secret Archive Utility
Macs offer built-in support for zipping and unzipping files. You probably already know how this works: when you receive a compressed file you just need to double click it and your Mac will open it up so you end up with two files: the contents and the compressed item.
You can also automatically compress one or more files by selecting them and choosing Compress in the contextual menu that appears when you use Control-click.
A lot of this work is handled by a built-in Apple application called Archive Utility, and while
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Siri doesn’t yet give you spoken word tuition as you learn to code.
Are you getting the most out of using Siri on your Mac?
The Apple voice assistant can be a great help, but you need to know what it is capable of, and one way it really comes into its own is in controlling what you can do on your Mac.
How Siri can check iCloud storage
Are you worried about how much iCloud storage space you have available?
You can ferret through iCloud settings on iPhone or Mac, or visit the service online to check if you like, but the fastest way to find this information is to invoke Siri on your Mac and ask “How much iCloud storage do I have left?” You can also ask how much storage you have left on your Mac.
How much battery life?
Ask Siri, “How much battery life
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When you want to shift things around in the Finder, on the desktop, or even within something you are working on it’s likely you click and drag the item, right? That’s fine, most of the time, but if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or another repetitive strain injury (RSI) the action of clicking can be uncomfortable, or even painful. That’s why I use this little-known Accessibility feature, it’s called Three-Finger Drag.
What is three finger drag?
Apple has designed this as an accessibility feature, mainly for those of us who do endure RSI-like problems. (I’ve suffered from RSI for many years. It has certainly impacted my career).
The gesture lets you use three fingers to select and drag any item on your Mac that you are able to click and drag.
When enabled all you need to do is hover your cursor above a page header, Finder item, or
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Almost every Finder or document window has a small icon at the top of the title bar, it’s called a “proxy icon”.
They’ve been around for years, so it’s possible you’ve been aware of them but somehow never stopped to figure out if you can do anything with them. The time has come to learn about them, and what you can do with them:
What are proxy icons
These two images show you what I mean by proxy icons.
What can you do with them?
Once you save the item, its proxy icons behaves just like the Desktop icons you already use. That means you can do all kinds of things with them, from dragging them between applications to placing them in the Dock, saving them to a drive – anything that supports drag-&-drop. Here are some examples of what they can do for Continue reading “10 ways Mac title bar icons help you get things done”
AirDrop is a peer-to-peer file sharing system for local Mac and iOS users. It’s easy to set up with just a click or two; no special information or settings are needed. Just drag-and-drop a file to share with others.
In this Rocket Yard Guide, we’re going to take a look at AirDrop’s history, the basics of its use, and a tip or two for improving its use, including adding AirDrop to the Mac’s Dock for easy access.
Originally developed for the Mac and released with OS X Lion, AirDrop made use of a new Wi-Fi standard called PAN (Personal Area Network) that allowed for the creation of an ad-hoc wireless network. To make setting up the network automatic, Apple made use of its Bonjour service, which allowed Macs to broadcast that they were part of the Wi-Fi network and could receive files from others.
When iOS 7 was
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One of the first customers at Apple’s new Shinjuku store, but I don’t think he is using Save As
Apple’s decision to remove the Save As command from the File menu on Mac apps was probably designed to make using iOS and macOS feel more similar. The idea was that whatever you happened to be working on would automatically save in the background, just like on iOS. That’s fine, but there are times when most Mac users still need the flexibility of Save as, such as when saving items in different available formats.
What’s this about?
Starting around 2011, Apple removed the Save As item as a default choice in the File application Menu bar. That’s why most of the applications you use these days only seem to offer a generic ‘Save’ command. There are exceptions to this – a newly created item will offer Save As so you can
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Are you getting the most out of your multitouch Mac?
Apple makes it possible to achieve so much using the Multitouch trackpad on its notebooks, but are you getting everything you can from them? Here are five swipe gestures many Mac users may have missed:
You know you can access Notifications when you tap its icon top right of your screen, but why squint? Just swipe with two fingers from the very right-hand side of the trackpad to open Notifications. Or, if Notifications are open, swipe with two fingers from the center to the right of the trackpad to close them again.
Launchpad at your fingertips
Want to get to your Launchpad? Just pinch into the center of the trackpad with three fingers and a thumb to open it up. Swipe out to get rid of it again.
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Accelerate Mac startup with these easy tips c/o Flickr
Is your Mac starting up slower than it used to? Have you already run Disk Utility to check the condition of your machine, and it seems to be OK? Here’s a few things you can try to:
How to make your Mac start-up faster
Control login items
You may have some applications, server connections and background processes that launch whenever you login to your user account on your Mac. It speeds up start-up time if you get rid of those if you no longer need them. To do so, open System Preferences>Users & Groups, and select Login items. To get rid of one or more of the login items you might have installed, select them and then click the minus icon. (You may need to enter your Apple ID).
Reopening old apps
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A little Mac tip
I’m sure you’re familiar with resizing windows on your Mac: Hover the cursor at the top, side or corner of the window until the resize arrows appear, then you drag it to the desired shape. What happens is that the window will expand or contract in the direction you are going, which is fine, but it’s not always where in the window you want to be.
You’re not doing it wrong
There are some more ways to resize a window so what is at the center of the window remains visible:
With an impending snowstorm beginning to bear down across the country, cabin fever will be reaching fever pitch this weekend.
To help temporarily stave off boredom, we have a couple of simple Mac Terminal tricks to check out.
Watch ‘Star Wars Episode IV’
Want to watch “A New Hope” from Terminal? It’s quite easy.
1) Open Terminal
2) Type the following command (without quotes) “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” and watch Terminal go to work! Note, there is no sound but there are subtitles.
Play Tetris and Other Games
Playing games like Tetris or Snake from Terminal takes a bit more work than watching Star Wars but is simple nonetheless.
1) Open Terminal
2) Type the following command (without quotes) “emacs” and then hit enter. Then you will need to type fn and F10 simultaneously, and then follow with “t” and then “g”. From there you will be able to choose a game
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How to recover deleted files most of the time. Image thanks to Flickr/Lisa Nottingham
If you use an Apple product you probably also use iCloud, and if your iCloud is set to sync your Documents & Desktop files from your Mac then you can easily recover accidentally deleted or lost items, thanks to iCloud online.
Memories last forever
Apple has woven iCloud inside almost every single one of its products.
While I think the 5GB allocation the company provides is disappointing, this integration has some excellent advantages for users of its services. The one I want to talk about today is the capacity to use iCloud to recover those deleted files.
Apple keeps items you have deleted from iCloud for up to 30-days, so if you do accidentally delete something you can get it back, by following these steps – so long as you do so within that 30-day
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Shhh: Did you know these Mac features? c/o C.Alain and Flickr
I spend (so much) time with Apple’s products. Given that this is my job I guess that is OK, but I’m constantly surprised when I come across new features, so I thought this short collection of little-known items might be interesting.
Stop a bouncing app icon
Are you sometimes annoyed when an app icon in the Dock begins bouncing to demand your attention? What do you do when it does? Most people click on the bouncing icon to open the application and see what it needs, but you can also silence the request by hovering your cursor above the bouncing icon (don’t click). The icon will stop bouncing – it’s as if your Mac understands you’ve thought about taking a look but decided not to do so.
Print a little faster
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It is safe to assume this Finisar technician already has a handle on capturing screenshots.
There are numerous ways to take screenshots on your Mac, including several seldom used options and a couple of Mac-specific choices, too. Learn all of them in this guide,
How to capture the entire screen
You can capture an image of the entire screen by pressing Shift-Command-3. You’ll find the image as a png file on your Desktop.
How to capture an element of the screen
You can take a shot of a specific part of the screen. To do so tap Command + Shift + 4 and use the draggable crosshair to select the onscreen elements you need.
How to take a picture of a window
Press Shift-Command-4 and then tap the Space bar. You should see a camera icon on screen. To select a specific window to take an image of just use Continue reading “How to take a screenshot on your Mac”