Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

We’re big fans of column view in Finder windows (choose View > as Columns). You never have to worry about missing icons that are outside the window, everything is sorted alphabetically, and selecting a file shows a preview. But the column widths can be too thin, such that they cut off file and folder [...]

By |2020-10-10T18:03:03-04:00November 10th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Your Finder Window Columns the Right Size

Did You Know This Hidden Trick for Opening System Preferences Panes Directly?

The System Preferences app on the Mac contains about 30 icons, each leading to additional settings panes. Rather than opening System Preferences, scanning the collection of icons, and clicking the one you want, you can jump directly to the desired pane. Just click and hold on the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and [...]

By |2018-08-08T17:54:24-04:00September 4th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know This Hidden Trick for Opening System Preferences Panes Directly?

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking: 13 Essential Trackpad Tricks for Mac Users

A trackpad is not a mouse. In some ways, that’s obvious—you swipe your fingers on it, rather than dragging it around. Less obvious, however, are the many gestures that make using a trackpad on your Mac faster and more fun. These gestures aren’t limited to laptop users, thanks to Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2, which [...]

By |2018-08-08T18:08:04-04:00August 31st, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Let Your Fingers Do the Walking: 13 Essential Trackpad Tricks for Mac Users

Invoke Special Views and Features on the Mac with a Flick of Your Wrist

Most Macs are busy places, with oodles of open windows cluttering the screen. If you want to look at the Desktop or do something different, you may find yourself clicking around or using keyboard shortcuts, but did you know that you can access many of the Mac’s special views with just a flick of [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:51:35-04:00August 3rd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Invoke Special Views and Features on the Mac with a Flick of Your Wrist

Remember That You Can Search for Nearly Anything in Your Photos Library

Apple’s Photos app on the Mac can identify thousands of different objects in your photos, so it’s easy to find photos based on their content. You can find objects (cars and trains), scenery (beaches and forests), and even some events (weddings and parades). This is both big fun and useful for those times when [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:38:09-04:00July 24th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Remember That You Can Search for Nearly Anything in Your Photos Library

Did You Know You Can Customize the Columns in a Finder Window’s List View?

When a Mac folder contains a lot of files, the Finder’s List view often works best, since it lets you focus on a single folder and easily sort the contents by clicking the different columns: Name, Date Modified, Size, and Kind. But did you know that you can resize columns, rearrange them, and even [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:35:51-04:00July 17th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Customize the Columns in a Finder Window’s List View?

How to Deal with macOS Server Losing Many of Its Services

For many years, Apple has sold macOS Server (previously called OS X Server) for those who wanted to run various Unix-based Internet services on a Mac. Server became popular because it put an easy-to-use graphical interface on top of the Unix apps, allowing Mac users to avoid complicated configuration files and reducing the need [...]

By |2018-06-07T13:43:47-04:00June 15th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Deal with macOS Server Losing Many of Its Services

Fix a Frozen Finder with This Quick Tip

Finder freezes. They shouldn’t happen at all, and they don’t happen often, but it’s not unheard of for your Mac’s Finder to freeze, freak out, or otherwise stop responding properly. To bring it back to life, hold down the Option key, click and hold the Finder icon in the Dock, and choose Relaunch. (If [...]

By |2018-05-02T18:35:31-04:00May 29th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Fix a Frozen Finder with This Quick Tip

Taking Out the Garbage: Tips for Working with the Trash on the Mac

One of the great innovations of the Mac, way back when, was the concept of the Trash. Instead of deleting files immediately, you’d put them in the Trash, where they’d sit until you either took them out or removed them for good by emptying the Trash. You undoubtedly know the basics of working with [...]

By |2018-05-02T18:32:45-04:00May 25th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Taking Out the Garbage: Tips for Working with the Trash on the Mac

Here’s How to Hide All Windows on Your Mac So You Can Work on the Desktop

If your Mac is anything like ours, you end up with lots of apps open, each with one or more windows that obscure the Desktop. For those people who like to save in-progress documents to the Desktop and keep current project folders there, all those windows get in the way. macOS has a solution. [...]

By |2018-05-02T18:30:29-04:00May 22nd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Hide All Windows on Your Mac So You Can Work on the Desktop
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