Disable or Remap the Caps Lock Key to Avoid Accidental ALL CAPS

As you undoubtedly know, TYPING IN ALL CAPS is considered shouting on the Internet. Doesn’t it bug you when you accidentally tap the Caps Lock key and start writing in uppercase? The Caps Lock key is vestigial—it was invented as a “Shift lock” key to make it easier to type the second characters on [...]

By |2020-03-06T21:26:11-04:00April 7th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Disable or Remap the Caps Lock Key to Avoid Accidental ALL CAPS

Invoke Split View More Easily in Catalina

Split View on the Mac helps you focus on your work in one app—perhaps a word processor—while providing access to one other app, like a Web browser. (Make sure “Displays have separate Spaces” is selected in System Preferences > Mission Control.) Before macOS 10.15 Catalina, you had to click and hold on the green [...]

By |2020-03-06T21:19:31-04:00March 24th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Invoke Split View More Easily in Catalina

Troubleshooting Steps for When Your Mac Won’t Print 

There’s little more frustrating than being unable to print a document when you need it. You choose File > Print, and nothing happens. Or, worse, macOS looks like it’s printing, so you focus on some other task, only to realize 20 minutes later that nothing has come out of the printer. Now what? Try [...]

By |2020-03-06T21:32:34-04:00March 20th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Troubleshooting Steps for When Your Mac Won’t Print 

Make Your Mac More Useful by Managing Menu Bar Icons

If your Mac is anything like ours, it’s suffering from an infestation of menu bar icons. Sure, the Wi-Fi menu is essential, and many others can be helpful. But if you have too many, or they’re in random order, finding one when you need it can be frustrating. You can employ two techniques to [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:23:47-04:00March 3rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Your Mac More Useful by Managing Menu Bar Icons

To Prevent Spearfishing, Set a PIN or Passcode on Your Cell Phone Account

Spearfishing. It’s no longer just a tropical ocean sport that could provide seafood for dinner. In today’s tech world, spearfishing is when someone targets you specifically, usually with the goal of taking over your online accounts. Once that’s done, the attacker will try to siphon money from your bank account, impersonate you in an [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:14:09-04:00February 21st, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on To Prevent Spearfishing, Set a PIN or Passcode on Your Cell Phone Account

Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac

Power users like keyboard shortcuts because it’s faster to press a couple of keys than to navigate lengthy menus. If you have trouble remembering shortcuts, check out KeyCue, which displays a concise table of all currently available shortcuts. But what about menu items that lack shortcuts? Make your own in System Preferences > Keyboard [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:10:26-04:00February 18th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac

Strategies for Moving from Mojave to Catalina

For some Mac users, macOS 10.15 Catalina is no longer a choice. That’s because the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 2019 Mac Pro that Apple released late last year ship with Catalina installed and can’t run any previous version of macOS. But for most people, it’s time to consider an upgrade to Catalina. [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:08:23-04:00February 14th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Strategies for Moving from Mojave to Catalina

How to Find the Snaps You Want in the Mac’s Photos App

Digital cameras have been around long enough that people have stopped making snarky comments about how hard it is to find anything in a shoebox filled with hundreds of unorganized photos. But given the tens of thousands of photos many of us now have, it’s hard to be smug about the ease of finding [...]

By |2020-02-10T14:27:58-04:00February 7th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Find the Snaps You Want in the Mac’s Photos App

Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver because it’s too much work to enter repeatedly, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password; [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:24:12-04:00February 4th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

The next time you buy and set up a new Mac, make sure to migrate data and apps from your previous Mac to it right away during the initial setup. It can be tempting to see what it’s like to use it fresh from the factory or to delay migrating because doing so would [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:22:15-04:00January 28th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting