Copy and Paste between Your Apple Devices with Universal Clipboard

Everyone is accustomed to using the Copy and Paste commands on the Mac, but fewer people know that you can also copy and paste between your Mac and your iPhone and iPad. Apple calls this feature Universal Clipboard, and it’s so deeply integrated into macOS, iOS, and iPadOS that it can be easy to [...]

By |2022-06-03T09:16:53-04:00July 1st, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Copy and Paste between Your Apple Devices with Universal Clipboard

Where to Find Lyrics in Apple’s Music Apps

It’s often tough to figure out exactly what a singer is saying (which can lead to some amusing mistakes), but for many songs in Apple Music, you can bring up full lyrics in the Music app, regardless of which device you’re using. On the Mac, click the speech balloon button in the upper-right corner [...]

By |2022-06-03T09:09:05-04:00June 28th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Where to Find Lyrics in Apple’s Music Apps

The Best Characters to Use When Naming Files and Folders

Back in the early 1980s, DOS filenames couldn’t be more than 8 characters long with a period and a 3-character extension. That was limiting, so when Apple developed the Mac operating system in 1984, it allowed longer names and eliminated the need for an extension, although Mac OS X’s Unix roots meant a return [...]

By |2022-06-03T09:13:05-04:00June 17th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on The Best Characters to Use When Naming Files and Folders

Easily Share Wi-Fi Passwords with Other People and Devices

You’re on vacation with your family, staying in an Airbnb, with multiple Apple devices to connect to the apartment’s Wi-Fi. Typing the password repeatedly would be a pain, but happily, Apple has added a password-sharing feature to all its operating systems. Once you enter the password on your iPhone, whenever someone else—or another of [...]

By |2022-06-03T09:05:38-04:00June 14th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Easily Share Wi-Fi Passwords with Other People and Devices

How to Recover from Overzealous Auto-Correct Curly Quotes

Most of the time, it’s appropriate when an auto-correct feature turns single and double hash marks into single and double curly quotes. However, there are times when the curly quotes are awkward for some reason or actively wrong. For instance, hash marks indicate feet and inches, as in 5′ 6″. You could attempt to disable [...]

By |2022-06-03T09:02:36-04:00June 7th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Recover from Overzealous Auto-Correct Curly Quotes

Did You Know That You Can Run iPhone and iPad Apps on an M1-based Mac?

Much has been written about the performance benefits of Apple’s M1 family of chips, but you may not have realized that M1-based Macs can also run many iPhone and iPad apps. It makes sense, given that the M1 chip grew out of the work Apple did for the A-series processors in the iPhone and [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:08:19-04:00May 27th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know That You Can Run iPhone and iPad Apps on an M1-based Mac?

Put Files in the Mac’s Trash Using the Keyboard

You know that you can drag files or folders to the Trash icon in the Dock for later deletion. And you probably know that you can select multiple items on the Desktop or in a Finder window by Command-clicking each one in turn (Shift-click to select a sequential range of items in a list [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:06:50-04:00May 24th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Put Files in the Mac’s Trash Using the Keyboard

Copy and Paste Like a Pro with a Clipboard Utility

For our money, perhaps the most unheralded innovation of the computer age is Copy and Paste. No one thinks about the clipboard—that virtual shelf where copied text and images sit—because it just works. We all use Command-C to copy something and Command-V to paste it without having to retype the text, reimport the graphic, [...]

By |2022-05-04T17:05:19-04:00May 20th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Copy and Paste Like a Pro with a Clipboard Utility

Understanding What “Vintage” and “Obsolete” Mean for Apple Products

Macs—and Apple products in general—tend to last a long time. It’s not unusual to see someone happily using an 8-year-old MacBook Pro. As much as it’s environmentally responsible to use electronics as long as possible, doing so may reduce your productivity or leave your business in a precarious situation if a hardware failure forces [...]

By |2022-05-04T16:59:52-04:00May 13th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Understanding What “Vintage” and “Obsolete” Mean for Apple Products

Apple Discontinues macOS Server—Start Your Migration Plans

In a move that should surprise no one, Apple has discontinued macOS Server, which started out as a server-focused version of Mac OS X and eventually morphed into a set of add-on network servers for macOS. Exactly what was in macOS Server varied over time, but in 2018, Apple trimmed it to just Profile [...]

By |2022-05-04T16:58:15-04:00May 10th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Discontinues macOS Server—Start Your Migration Plans
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