Find Files in the Finder Better by Specifying a Search Scope

This isn’t about periscopes or mouthwash—when it comes to searching, a scope is the area in which a search takes place. When you use the Search field in a Finder window to look for files and folders, you have the choice of two scopes: This Mac or the current folder. You can always switch [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:27:12-04:00July 7th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Find Files in the Finder Better by Specifying a Search Scope

How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

One of the most significant changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina was the breakup of the long-standing iTunes app into separate Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. But what about backing up iOS devices, which you also used to do in iTunes? In Catalina, Apple moved this function into the Finder. So if you’ve upgraded to [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:22:07-04:00July 3rd, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

Here’s How to Set a Default Printer on the Mac

If you have access to multiple printers, you probably know that you can choose one from the Printer pop-up menu at the top of the Print dialog. But macOS has a feature that should make it so you don’t have to switch printers manually as often. Open System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, and [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:18:23-04:00June 30th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Set a Default Printer on the Mac

How to Ask for Tech Support So You Get Good Answers Quickly

Need help with something? On occasion, we all need tech support. Speaking as the people who are sometimes on the other end of those requests for help, we have some suggestions on how to get the support you need as quickly as possible. For instance, think about what we have to do if we [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:16:36-04:00June 26th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Ask for Tech Support So You Get Good Answers Quickly

Stop Group FaceTime Video Tiles from Bouncing with Recent Apple OS Updates

Since iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple has supported Group FaceTime, which lets you have a video call with up to 32 people. However, as has become painfully obvious in today’s era of non-stop videoconferencing, Group FaceTime has a feature that some find obnoxious: automatic speaking prominence that causes the video tile for [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:14:40-04:00June 23rd, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Group FaceTime Video Tiles from Bouncing with Recent Apple OS Updates

Use the Mac’s Built-In Screen Sharing to Provide Remote Help

Are you the person your friends and family members turn to for questions about the Mac? In normal times, those questions might come over dinner or at another in-person gathering, such that you could look directly at their Mac to see what was going on. Now, however, with everyone staying at home due to [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:40:14-04:00June 19th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use the Mac’s Built-In Screen Sharing to Provide Remote Help

Ever Wondered Which Words to Capitalize in a Title? Use Capitalize My Title!

When you’re writing a blog post or email newsletter, you’ll eventually hit the question of how to capitalize words in a title. There is no one right way, but just as with poor spelling and grammar, randomly capitalized titles can reduce reader trust in your knowledge, competence, and expertise. The trick is to pick [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:28:46-04:00June 9th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Ever Wondered Which Words to Capitalize in a Title? Use Capitalize My Title!

Forrester Research and IBM Studies Show Macs Are Cheaper than PCs

It’s taken as gospel that Macs are more expensive than PCs. A quick look at the Dell Web site reveals laptops for as low as $300. Sure, we can say that the configurations aren’t comparable, that macOS is better than Windows, or that Apple’s hardware quality is superior. Still, our friendly local bean counters [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:35:30-04:00June 5th, 2020|Mac Tips, News|Comments Off on Forrester Research and IBM Studies Show Macs Are Cheaper than PCs

Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

When you’re in the Finder, choosing File > New Finder Window does, as you’d expect, open a new Finder window. But what folder appears in that window? By default, new Finder windows open to Recents, which is a built-in smart folder showing recently opened documents. If you’d prefer to see items in a fixed [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:18:15-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem

If your Mac is acting up and you suspect a hardware problem, there’s an easy first step that you can—and should—try before calling for tech support: Apple Diagnostics. (On Mac models released before June 2013, Apple instead included a similar set of diagnostics called Apple Hardware Test.) Apple Diagnostics is a set of hardware [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:29:13-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem