Did You Know You Can Close a Mac Laptop When It Has an External Display?

We wanted to make sure that those of you who work on a Mac laptop with an external display know that you can close your laptop’s screen and keep working. Apple calls this closed-clamshell or closed-display mode. Of course, it requires that you connect an external keyboard and mouse or trackpad, via either USB [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:41:12-04:00September 29th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Close a Mac Laptop When It Has an External Display?

What’s the Deal with All the Privacy Requests in Catalina?

Over the last few releases of macOS, Apple has been beefing up the Mac’s privacy controls so they more closely resemble what the company has done in iOS. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that when you first launch a new app on your iPhone or iPad, it often prompts for access to your contacts or your [...]

By |2020-09-04T14:13:29-04:00September 25th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with All the Privacy Requests in Catalina?

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14?

As we get into September, it’s a good bet that Apple will soon—either this month or next—be pushing out major upgrades for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Apple previewed these new versions at its Worldwide Developers Conference back in June, and they’ve been in public beta for a few months. Once Apple makes [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:52:28-04:00September 18th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 11 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14?

Advice for Successful Online Schooling

In a normal year, most kids would be back in school by now. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many schools to offer online instruction, and many families are now settling into a remote back-to-school arrangement. We’ve provided some advice on working from home in previous posts, but what about schooling from home? Here [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:48:09-04:00September 11th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Advice for Successful Online Schooling

Where Did Your Scroll Bars Go? Use This Setting to Ensure They Show

On the Mac, scroll bars are essential for both orienting yourself and navigating within a Web page or document window. But they may not appear unless you hover the pointer over the right spot or start scrolling with a gesture on a trackpad or a turn of a mouse scroll wheel. If that bothers [...]

By |2020-08-05T15:59:19-04:00September 8th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Where Did Your Scroll Bars Go? Use This Setting to Ensure They Show

Your Time Machine Drive Just Filled Up. What Should You Do?

It’s inevitable—your Time Machine backup drive is going to fill up. Time Machine is smart about backing up only files that have changed, but after months or years of usage, the drive will run out of space. What happens then? Before we explain, some background. On its first backup, Time Machine copies everything on [...]

By |2020-08-05T16:06:48-04:00August 28th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Your Time Machine Drive Just Filled Up. What Should You Do?

Yay! Older ScanSnap Scanners Get New Life in Catalina with ScanSnap Manager V7

About a year ago, Fujitsu informed owners of older models of the company’s ScanSnap scanners that it wouldn’t be updating the necessary ScanSnap Manager app to be 64-bit, effectively preventing those people from using their scanners in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Unexpectedly, Fujitsu has now reversed course, releasing ScanSnap Manager V7 with support for the [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:32:00-04:00August 25th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Yay! Older ScanSnap Scanners Get New Life in Catalina with ScanSnap Manager V7

How to Downgrade Adobe Creative Cloud Apps to Regain File Compatibility

Here’s the solution to a problem that clients have run into on occasion. In a workgroup that relies on Adobe Creative Cloud apps, one person might upgrade to the latest versions of Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, whereas others don’t. Suddenly, if that person opens and re-saves a file in the new version, those using [...]

By |2020-08-05T16:04:38-04:00August 21st, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Downgrade Adobe Creative Cloud Apps to Regain File Compatibility

How to Choose the Best Uninterruptible Power Supply for Your Needs

With so many people working from home, lots of attention has been dedicated to making sure everyone has a functional computer, a reasonably ergonomic workspace, and a decent videoconferencing setup. One thing that many have overlooked, however, is the need for a reliable uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Particularly for those using desktop Macs or [...]

By |2020-08-05T16:02:05-04:00August 14th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Choose the Best Uninterruptible Power Supply for Your Needs

Three Connectivity Problems Remote Workers Are Having During the Pandemic

The pandemic has forced large numbers of those who are still employed—nearly half the American workforce, by some estimates—to work from home. And while that has actually improved productivity for many people, partly due to eliminating time-consuming commutes, remote work comes with its own challenges. Here are three of the top problems we’ve been [...]

By |2020-07-03T15:13:52-04:00August 7th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Three Connectivity Problems Remote Workers Are Having During the Pandemic