Consider USB Peripherals When Troubleshooting Mac Problems

If you’re experiencing a sporadic problem with your Mac, the sort of thing that happens often enough to be annoying but not so frequently as to be reproducible, allow us to suggest one little-known troubleshooting tip. Malfunctioning USB devices—keyboards, mice, hubs, printers, etc.—can sometimes cause truly inscrutable problems ranging from startup issues to kernel [...]

By |2019-11-02T11:13:44-04:00November 19th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Consider USB Peripherals When Troubleshooting Mac Problems

Data Backup Strategies Go Only So Far—What’s Your Plan If Your Mac Dies?

We assume you have a backup strategy. Hopefully, it includes a bootable duplicate to minimize downtime in the event of a drive failure, a Time Machine or other versioned backup to address the problem of a deleted or corrupted file, and offsite backup to ensure that you don’t lose everything in the event of [...]

By |2019-11-02T11:11:42-04:00November 15th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Data Backup Strategies Go Only So Far—What’s Your Plan If Your Mac Dies?

Which Precise Mac Model Do You Have? Here’s How to Find Out

Apple likes to keep Mac names simple, but that’s not always helpful. For instance, if you want to add RAM to your Mac, it’s not good enough to know that it’s an iMac. You’ll need to know that it’s a 27-inch iMac with Retina display from late 2014. To find that out, choose About [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:16:44-04:00November 5th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Which Precise Mac Model Do You Have? Here’s How to Find Out

What Does Having a T2 Chip in Your Mac Mean to You?

If you own an iMac Pro, or a Mac mini, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro model introduced in 2018 or later, your Mac has one of Apple’s T2 security chips inside. On the whole, having a T2 chip in your Mac is a good thing, thanks to significantly increased security and other benefits, but [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:25:13-04:00October 25th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What Does Having a T2 Chip in Your Mac Mean to You?

Do You Put Dates in Filenames? Use This Format for Best Sorting

There are plenty of situations where it makes sense to put a date in a filename, but if you don’t use the right date format, the files may sort in unhelpful ways. For instance, using the names of months is a bad idea, since they’ll sort alphabetically, putting April before January. And although the [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:10:47-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Do You Put Dates in Filenames? Use This Format for Best Sorting

Two Secret Key Combos for Forward Delete on the Magic and MacBook Keyboards

Traditionally, extended keyboards come with a Forward Delete key that, when you press it, deletes characters to the right of the insertion point, unlike the main Delete key, which deletes to the left of the insertion point. Forward Delete still exists on Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, but it’s missing from the Magic [...]

By |2019-09-03T17:07:03-04:00October 8th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Two Secret Key Combos for Forward Delete on the Magic and MacBook Keyboards

Go Beyond External Hard Drives with Network-Attached Storage

If you’ve filled up your external hard drives or become frustrated by their limitations, it’s time to look into a network-attached storage (NAS) device. What’s a NAS? It’s an intelligent storage device that can accept one or more hard drives or SSDs and connects to your network via Ethernet. NAS Benefits A NAS is [...]

By |2019-09-03T16:56:48-04:00October 4th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Go Beyond External Hard Drives with Network-Attached Storage

Personalize Your Mac with Custom Document Icons

Do you have a document that you open regularly, perhaps from your Desktop? If you’d like to make it stand out from other documents, why not give it a custom icon? This was common practice on the Mac back in the day, and it’s still possible in modern versions of macOS. Go to Google [...]

By |2019-09-03T17:02:37-04:00September 24th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Personalize Your Mac with Custom Document Icons

Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Here’s How

It’s extremely uncommon for a Mac to freeze or crash these days, but it can happen. What should you do if your Mac locks up and becomes completely unresponsive to the mouse and keyboard? The trick is to press and hold the power button until the Mac turns off. Wait 5 or 10 seconds, [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:58:30-04:00September 10th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Here’s How

Six Tips for Writing Better Email

Apple has put a lot of effort into Mail, providing lots of features you can employ to get through your email more quickly. But one of the most effective ways to improve your email productivity has nothing to do with an app. Instead, train yourself to write better email and you’ll cut down on [...]

By |2019-08-28T23:56:50-04:00August 30th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Six Tips for Writing Better Email