Autocorrect can be extremely convenient when writing an email or composing the next great novel, but it can be a royal pain when using a web browser such as Safari.
No dangit, that is my username! I know it’s an odd URL, just let me type it in already! — are just a few hated favorites I would find myself uttering in frustration. The good news is that there is a way to turn off autocorrect in Safari without having to disable it completely in macOS!
In Safari, click inside any text entry field or the Address Bar—I’m not sure why this has to be done, but it does—and then select:
Edit → Spelling and Grammar → Correct Spelling Automatically
Can’t figure out where the music is coming from? Or do you keep looking over your shoulder because you think someone is talking to you? Well, it could be an errant YouTube video or Netflix movie playing — you just have no idea which window or tab it is in.
Well, you’re in luck because there is a simple way to quickly mute all the audio in Safari, regardless of where it is coming from.
All you need to do is click the Audio button in the Smart Search field:
Done. Once you find the culprit, you can click the Audio button again to unmute.
This relatively cheap and easy way to make your computer smell like shrimp works well for both Mac and PC!
Just follow these simple instructions:
Go to your local seafood market or grocery store and purchase 2lbs of raw, unpeeled shrimp.
Place the shrimp, along with your computer, into a large draw-string garbage bag.
Cinch the bag tightly and place it in the trunk of your car for at least 3 days. If you prefer an especially pungent computer, you may keep it sequestered for up to 3 months—any longer and you may find it necessary to burn your car.
Try and park in the direct sunlight as much as possible during this time and DO NOT open the trunk. This step is very important.
When the shrimp/computer mixture has sat for the allotted amount of time, carefully remove the garbage bag from the trunk and extract its contents.
Ever been driven nuts because you’ve lost sight of your cursor and no matter how much you move your mouse around or slide your finger back and forth, you just can’t seem to find it? If you’re on a Mac, here’s the easy solution:
Shake your mouse (or finger on the trackpad) really fast and the cursor grows so large you can’t miss it.
If there are apps that you prefer to have open when you start your Mac, you can set this up in System Preferences. Go to Users, make sure your user account is highlighted, then click Login Items. Then, click the + and you can choose an application, file server, or anything else you want to open when you turn on your Mac. Once you add something, use the checkboxes to opt to hide it, though it will still run in the background.
One caution though: having too many programs running when starting your Mac can really slow it down. If you need to speed things up and temporarily don’t need them running, hold Shift while OS X or macOS is logging in and you will suppress them.
Whether it’s because you left a dubious tab open on an iPad you just handed to a colleague, or because it’s easier to go through and close a group of tabs from your Mac rather than your iOS device, be aware that since Yosemite you can close any open tab on any device signed in to your Apple ID from Safari.
Here’s how you do it:
On your Mac, click the icon that resembles two overlapping squares in Safari, or choose “Show All Tabs” from the View menu. You’ll see all open tabs on all of your devices. Hover over each and you’ll see a close button you can click should you so desire.
This tip works from iOS to Mac as well; swipe right to left on a cloud tab in its tab view and tap Delete, and that tab will be closed on the Mac.
You might find that when you choose to sleep your Mac by closing the lid or choosing Sleep from the menu, every now-and-then it refuses to do so. This is typically a quick fix, as luckily it’s not hard to get to the bottom of this problem. Ever since the availability of OS X Yosemite, you can simply choose from the View > Column menu when you’re on Activity Monitor’s CPU tab to show which processes are preventing sleep. Click this column header to sort and to easily find which apps are keeping the Mac awake. Quit them as necessary.
Activity Monitor is found in the Applications > Utilities folder.
We all know that keyboard shortcuts help save time, but did you know that you can create your own keyboard shortcut for any menu option? It’s super helpful if you are constantly pointing and slecting the same menu item over and over and over and over…
Create a Keyboard Shortcut
Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts.
Click the + button to add a new shortcut.
From the drop-down list, choose which app you want the shortcut to apply to.
Type the exact name of the menu command into the next box, including correct case and special characters.
Lastly, choose your unique key combination to invoke the command, and click Add.
It’s rather common for all members of a household to want to share their music or movies with each other. Here’s how you can do this easily with iTunes!
Go to iTunes > Preferences > Sharing and check the box labeled “Share my library on my local network.” If you want to limit who can access your library, set a password in the box near the bottom. Otherwise, everyone will be able to access it. You can limit sharing to the content or playlists of your choice in your iTunes library.
Once Home Sharing is turned on, other iTunes users can see your library by clicking the Library drop-down menu in the top-left of iTunes. iOS device users can also access libraries through Home Sharing by going to the “More” tab in the Music or Videos apps. And don’t forget to back-up all the content in your iTunes library!
An easy way to import photos is by using Image Capture. Not new to macOS, the feature may be overlooked by Mac newcomers. In Image Capture, you can import all of your camera’s photos at once, directly to the folder of your choice, or you can pick and choose which photos store on your Mac while you decide whether to keep or delete the originals. You can also connect wirelessly to a scanner to import scanned documents or photos to the directory of your preference, and can link your camera to the macOS application of your choice. So if you want Photoshop to open when you connect your iPhone, Image Capture can be configured to do so.
Apple’s Keychain feature allows your Mac to remember all of your passwords and recall them back to you. Keychain Access is the built-in software that accompanies Keychain and is where most of your private details are stored. This is often most handy with Wi-Fi connections. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place or even if you’ve forgotten your own Wi-Fi password, you can use Keychain Access on your Mac to find that password.
You’d be surprised, but the area this comes in handy with the most is Wi-Fi connections. It’s simple: open Keychain Access by searching for it in Spotlight (Cmd + Space), search for the name of the WiFi Hotspot and double-click the iCloud Keychain corresponding to the SSID you seek. Click ‘Show Password’ and enter the Keychain password set earlier. This will show you the Wi-Fi password.
As you probably know, you can add multiple users to your Mac, so every user can have their own space to work and to set things up how they prefer. But there’s an alternative type of account you can turn on: a Guest account.
To turn on a Guest account go to System Preferences > Users & Groups, and you will be presented with Guest as an option at the login screen. Anyone can use it – no password needed – but when they’ve finished, everything they do will be wiped. This is great not just for Macs in foyers or spare rooms, but it’s also great if a visitor says, “Can I borrow your Mac for just a minute?”
It’s advisable to turn off Automatic login and set your Security & Privacy settings to require a password after perhaps five seconds of sleep or screensaver time. That way