This Is Hands-Down the Easiest Way to Give Someone Your Wi-Fi Network Password

You know the drill—a friend comes to visit and wants to get on your Wi-Fi network. You’ve written the password down somewhere, but where? Even if you have it handy, it’s a pain for your friend to type in. Since macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, Apple’s operating systems can make connecting a [...]

By |2018-12-03T16:44:01+00:00January 4th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on This Is Hands-Down the Easiest Way to Give Someone Your Wi-Fi Network Password

Have You Noticed That Mojave’s Dock Shows Recent Applications?

The Mac’s Dock gives you quick access to frequently used apps, documents, and folders, and makes it easy to switch to a running app. In macOS 10.14 Mojave, the Dock has another feature: a list of apps you’ve used recently that aren’t on your default Dock. Icons for these apps appear between your Dock’s [...]

By |2018-10-01T14:08:40+00:00November 6th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Have You Noticed That Mojave’s Dock Shows Recent Applications?

Make Safari Tabs Easier to Identify by Adding Icons

Do you end up with so many tabs in Safari that it becomes impossible to read the truncated tab titles? There’s no shame in that, and Safari 12—which comes with macOS 10.14 Mojave and is a free update for 10.12 Sierra and 10.13 High Sierra—now offers an option to add an icon representing the [...]

By |2018-10-01T14:03:14+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Safari Tabs Easier to Identify by Adding Icons

Apple Is Discontinuing Its Photo Printing Services—Here Are 7 Alternatives

Sad news: Apple is discontinuing its photo printing services, which enabled you to create and order physical prints, cards, calendars, and books from within Photos on the Mac. If you’re building such a project right now, be sure to place your order before September 30th, 2018. After that, Apple is directing users to download [...]

By |2018-08-08T18:12:19+00:00September 7th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Is Discontinuing Its Photo Printing Services—Here Are 7 Alternatives

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+00:00September 4th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know This Hidden Trick for Opening System Preferences Panes Directly?

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+00:00August 3rd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Invoke Special Views and Features on the Mac with a Flick of Your Wrist

How to Make the Most of Apple’s New AirPlay 2

For many years now, Apple’s AirPlay feature has made it possible to stream audio from an iOS device or Mac to an AirPlay-enabled speaker, AirPort Express base station, or most recently, a HomePod. Because AirPlay transfers sound over a Wi-Fi network, it eliminates the need for stereo wires and lets you put your speakers [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:49:03+00:00July 27th, 2018|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Make the Most of Apple’s New AirPlay 2

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+00:00July 24th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Remember That You Can Search for Nearly Anything in Your Photos Library

What’s the Deal with Apple’s New Messages in iCloud Feature?

When Apple first announced macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, one of the promised features was Messages in iCloud, a way of syncing your conversations in Messages via your iCloud account. Despite the fact that Messages already tries to sync its conversations between your devices, this feature proved difficult for Apple to deliver, [...]

By |2018-07-07T11:46:20+00:00July 20th, 2018|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with Apple’s New Messages in iCloud Feature?

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+00:00July 17th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Customize the Columns in a Finder Window’s List View?