Here’s How to Make Screenshots and Screen Recordings with Mojave’s New Interface

You probably fall into one of two camps: people who haven’t the foggiest idea what pressing Command-Shift-3 or Command-Shift-4 do on the Mac, and those who use those keyboard shortcuts regularly to take screenshots. Either way, macOS 10.14 Mojave makes it easier than ever to create a still image of what’s on your Mac’s [...]

By |2018-11-02T13:43:57+00:00November 30th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Make Screenshots and Screen Recordings with Mojave’s New Interface

Seriously Cool Features of macOS 10.14 Mojave You Won’t Want to Miss

With last year’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple made no sweeping changes, instead focusing on refinements and bug fixes. In keeping with the company’s alternating cycle of releases, this year’s macOS 10.14 Mojave boasts plenty of new features. Dark Mode and Dynamic Desktop In a major visual change, Mojave features a new Dark mode [...]

By |2018-09-06T19:08:40+00:00October 5th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Seriously Cool Features of macOS 10.14 Mojave You Won’t Want to Miss

Make More Space for Documents by Putting Your Dock on the Side of Your Mac’s Screen

By default, Apple locates the Dock at the bottom of the Mac’s screen. If that location interferes with you seeing as much of your document windows as you’d like, you can set it to appear only when you move the pointer to the bottom edge of the screen. But there’s a better way: put [...]

By |2018-09-06T18:57:04+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make More Space for Documents by Putting Your Dock on the Side of Your Mac’s Screen

Tired of PDFs or Other Documents Opening in the Wrong App?

When you double-click a document, macOS uses the document’s file extension to figure out which app should open the file. So, by default, a PDF file called laser-squid.pdf opens in Preview because the Finder knows that everything with a .pdf extension should open in Preview. But what if you would prefer to open .pdf files [...]

By |2018-09-06T18:48:16+00:00September 11th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Tired of PDFs or Other Documents Opening in the Wrong App?

What OS Version Are You Running? Here’s How to Find Out.

In Troubleshooting 101, one of the first questions is always, “What version of the operating system are you running?” There’s a big difference between Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and the solution to any particular problem will likely revolve around knowing what operating system is in play. The [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:00:20+00:00July 6th, 2018|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on What OS Version Are You Running? Here’s How to Find Out.

Use Copy as Pathname to Help Someone Find a File on the Mac

Have you ever needed to write directions for where to find a file on the Mac? That’s easy if it’s in a well-traveled location, like the Music or Pictures folder, but more difficult if it’s in an obscure hidey-hole. Rather than write out instructions like “Look in the Chrome folder inside Google’s Application Support [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:08:39+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Copy as Pathname to Help Someone Find a File on the Mac

Look Up All Sorts of Information with a Quick Click or Tap on the Mac

Apple makes it easy to look up information about any word you can see on your Mac, in nearly any app. To access this information, Control- or right-click the word and choose Look Up “word”, use the trackpad to tap the word with three fingers, or hover the pointer over it and press Command-Control-D. [...]

By |2018-06-07T14:02:08+00:00June 12th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Look Up All Sorts of Information with a Quick Click or Tap on the Mac

Apple’s Mac Reminders App Is More Capable Than You May Realize

With Apple’s productivity apps like Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and Reminders, which look and work pretty much the same on the Mac and in iOS, what you see is largely what you get. Particularly in iOS, they tend not to have much in the way of hidden depths. With Reminders, however, Apple’s engineers snuck some [...]

By |2018-04-02T22:51:16+00:00April 13th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple’s Mac Reminders App Is More Capable Than You May Realize

iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

File this warning under “unless it’s absolutely necessary.” If you use iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, don’t sign out from iCloud. Also, don’t deselect the iCloud Photo Library checkbox in either the Photos options of the iCloud pane of System Preferences or in the iCloud preferences in Photos itself. Why not? Because, when [...]

By |2018-03-01T17:16:10+00:00March 27th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on iCloud Photo Library Users: Do NOT Turn Off iCloud

View Notes in Their Own Windows, and Float Them Over Everything Else

Here’s one for those who use Apple’s Notes app for storing bits of information. By default, Notes in macOS gives you a single window, with each note listed in a sidebar. But what if you want to see two notes at once? Or keep one always available no matter what else you’re doing? Select [...]

By |2018-03-01T17:13:18+00:00March 20th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on View Notes in Their Own Windows, and Float Them Over Everything Else