Flash Is Dead—Uninstall Flash Player to Keep Your Mac Secure

In July 2017, Adobe announced that it would stop distributing and updating Flash Player on December 31st, 2020. Web standards like HTML5 provide a viable alternative to Flash content, and organizations that relied on Flash have had three years to replace it. Because Adobe will no longer be addressing security vulnerabilities in Flash with [...]

By |2020-12-23T15:59:24-04:00January 12th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Flash Is Dead—Uninstall Flash Player to Keep Your Mac Secure

Want to Send Photo Cards? Try Building Them with Motif for Photos

In 2018, Apple dropped support for creating print projects from within Photos, including greeting cards, calendars, and books. Instead, Apple allowed other print-service companies to build Photos Project extensions that gave users the same sort of capabilities. At first, they didn’t match up with what Apple had previously provided, but they’ve improved over time. [...]

By |2020-12-23T16:04:46-04:00January 8th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Want to Send Photo Cards? Try Building Them with Motif for Photos

A Quick Shortcut to Create an Instant Slideshow from a Folder of Images

You probably know that you can select an image in the Finder and press the Space bar to preview it in a Quick Look window. And you may know that you can use the arrow keys to preview other files in the same folder without closing and reopening the Quick Look window. But did [...]

By |2020-12-23T15:57:40-04:00January 5th, 2021|Mac Tips|Comments Off on A Quick Shortcut to Create an Instant Slideshow from a Folder of Images

Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

Starting with macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, Apple introduced a battery health management feature that improves your battery’s lifespan by adjusting charging patterns to reduce the rate at which the battery chemically ages. (Find it in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Battery Health.) One thing to be aware of with battery health management is that [...]

By |2020-11-13T18:58:56-04:00December 1st, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Don’t Worry about an Occasional “Not Charging” Message on Your MacBook

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

Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History

With so many of us working at home these days, it’s worth remembering that spouses, children, and housemates may have easy physical access to your Mac. And, particularly if you share a Mac with them, you might want to consider how you protect your browsing privacy. Even if you wouldn’t be embarrassed if your [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:52:48-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Snoops with Private Browsing and by Clearing Your Web Browsing History

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
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