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?

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

Use This Trick to Find a Missing App Window

Every so often, we hear from a Mac user with a seemingly impossible problem: a document window in some app is opening somewhere outside of the screen so it’s effectively invisible and they can’t work with it in any way. Just closing (with File > Close) and reopening the window, or quitting and relaunching [...]

By |2020-07-03T15:11:21-04:00August 4th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use This Trick to Find a Missing App Window

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

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