7 more Photos tips for Mac users

Backup photos

If you use a Mac, you probably own an iPhone and use Photos to edit the images you take. What follows are 7 little Photos tips you to help you get more done faster in the application.


When looking at images in full view, had you noticed that you can swipe left or right with two fingers to see the next or a previous image in an album or Memory?


You can rotate multiple images at once. Just select them one at a time while pressing Command and then tap the rotate button.

How a Mac can speed your iOS life


You can use third-party apps to augment your tool choices in Photos. When in Edit mode just tap the ellipse (it’s beside the heart) at the top of the window to access your available Extensions. Any third-party app you have installed on your Mac that works will be listed there, and you’ll find a

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The quick and easy macOS Mojave guide

Have you started using macOS Mojave on your Mac yet? I’ve been using it, and have written lots about it (including this useful review) and thought some Apple Must readers may want to explore all the coverage in one place while they get to know the new OS.

The new Mac OS also introduces other Finder enhancements, including smart Desktop clutter control and Dark Mode.

Get to know your way around Dark Mode

Apple’s most attention-grabbing Mojave feature looks great, but we’ll find out if it makes the world more productive in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, here’s some help:

How to make an instant Light/Dark mode controller for your Mac

Want to move between Dark mode and Light mode at the click of a button? That’s exactly what you’ll do thanks to this handy Automator recipe.

How to improve Dark Mode

Want a better experience when using

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How to Time Machine Backup without AirPort

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You can still use Time Machine backup with your Mac, despite Apple’s decision to end its AirPort range of Wi-Fi products – you just need to use a third-party Mac- or network-connected drive.

Apple Time Caspule

Built to work seamlessly with Time Machine, Apple’s Time Capsule was the first product to make storage sexy.

What is Time Machine?

Time Machine was introduced as one of 300 improvements in Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” in 2007 (when the iPhone also shipped).

It is a backup software application that is designed to archive everything on your system and is accessed using a unique interface that lets you dial back through previous archives to find the file, folder or other item that you may have accidentally deleted.

“Time Machine is a backup utility, not an archival utility, it is not intended as offline storage. Time Machine captures the most recent state of your

The Mac OS X Leopard installation disk
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Do you use this sometimes essential Mail tip?

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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12+ Command tips every Mac user needs

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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How to get your Mac ready for the macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’ Public Beta

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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A guide to macOS Mojave’s Quick Look improvements

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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A Complete List of Mojave Compatible Macs


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.

From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X

Enlarge / OK, technically this wouldn’t have even been possible at the time of this initial article, but here’s Win10, Win8, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (High Sierra) all together. Thanks Parallels. (credit: Parallels)

Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright evidently had an identity crisis. Could this lifelong PC user really have been pushed to the brink? Was he considering a switch to… Mac OS?!? While our staff hopefully enjoys a less stressful Memorial Day this year, throughout the weekend we’re resurfacing this three part series that doubles as an existential operating system dilemma circa 2008. Part one ran on April 21, 2008, and it appears unedited below.

A couple of Gartner analysts have recently claimed that Windows is “collapsing”—that it’s too big, too sprawling, and too old to allow rapid development and significant new features. Although organizations like Gartner

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Mac tip: How to automatically delete used Zip files

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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12 ways Siri helps you control your Mac

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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Mac users: Do you know this three finger drag trackpad tip?

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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10 ways Mac title bar icons help you get things done

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.

A document:

A folder:

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”

macOS 101: AirDrop Tips for Mac and iOS Users

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.

AirDrop History
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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How to get a ‘Save As’ command back on your Mac

Making Save As great again

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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7 ways to use your Mac trackpad better

Mastering Multitouch

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:

Fast Notifications

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.

Desktop tickle

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How to make your Mac start-up faster

Speed your Mac

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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Mac: Do you use these (sometimes) useful Finder windows tips?

A little Mac tip

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:

Watch ‘A New Hope’, Play Tetris Directly from a Mac’s Terminal

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 your deleted files most of the time

How to recover deleted files most of the time

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

iCloud Drive Recovery

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