Check the Weather on Your Mac and iPad, Finally!

At long last, Apple has plugged one of the most inexplicable holes in its app library—the lack of a Weather app for the iPad and Mac. In iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura, you’ll now find a large-screen version of the iPhone’s iOS 16 Weather app. Locations you enter on one device automatically sync [...]

By |2022-11-03T11:49:53-04:00November 15th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Check the Weather on Your Mac and iPad, Finally!

Five Best Practices for Organizing and Naming Computer Files

We’ve had decades to get used to organizing computer files, but it’s still hard for many people. Part of the problem is imagining how you—or your colleagues, if you’re in a workgroup—will need to find the files in the future. Another part of the problem is mustering enthusiasm for renaming and reorganizing existing files [...]

By |2022-10-04T11:26:16-04:00October 28th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Five Best Practices for Organizing and Naming Computer Files

Photos Library Showing Blank Thumbnails or Having Other Issues? Try This Trick to Repair It

The Photos app is usually a solid performer, but it does rely on a database behind the scenes, and corruption is a possibility. If you find that your Photos library is showing blank thumbnails or otherwise acting oddly, see if the Photos Repair Library tool can fix it. First, if Photos is open, quit [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:21:38-04:00September 6th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Photos Library Showing Blank Thumbnails or Having Other Issues? Try This Trick to Repair It

Go Beyond Get Info with the Finder’s Inspector Window

You probably know that selecting a file in the Finder and choosing File > Get Info (Command-I) brings up the Get Info window. This window provides information about the file, including its name, kind, size, creation and modification dates, and much more. You can also use Get Info to hide or show filename extensions, [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:38:18-04:00August 23rd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Go Beyond Get Info with the Finder’s Inspector Window

iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange: Choosing a Personal Calendar Service

We Mac, iPhone, and iPad users have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to calendaring flexibility. Apple provides free calendar services via iCloud, and the Calendar app lets you add calendar accounts from a wide variety of providers. Most notable among them are Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendar, which are commonly used in [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:36:15-04:00August 19th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on iCloud, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange: Choosing a Personal Calendar Service

Follow These Steps before Bringing Your Mac in for Repair

It has finally happened. Keys on your MacBook Pro aren’t responding, there’s a crack on the screen, or the battery no longer holds enough of a charge to make it useful. A repair is in your future, which entails bringing the Mac to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider or shipping it [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:32:18-04:00August 12th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Follow These Steps before Bringing Your Mac in for Repair

What’s That Little Orange Dot by Control Center in macOS 12 Monterey?

Have you noticed a little orange dot next to the icon for Control Center on the menu bar in macOS 12 Monterey? (And if not, you can’t miss it now.) Apple added that dot to alert you that something is using the Mac’s microphone to listen to the room. Click the Control Center icon [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:30:14-04:00August 9th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s That Little Orange Dot by Control Center in macOS 12 Monterey?

How to Restore Missing SMS Two-Factor Authentication Codes

Many websites, from Adobe to Zendesk, let you receive two-factor authentication codes via SMS text messages. That’s good—any form of two-factor authentication is better than none—but you’re often effectively locked out of your accounts if those text messages don’t arrive. A simple fix is to call your cellular carrier and ask to have any blocks [...]

By |2022-08-01T16:55:01-04:00August 2nd, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Restore Missing SMS Two-Factor Authentication Codes

Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

We all get too much email, and while Mail can’t help you get less (other than by making it easy to unsubscribe from mailing lists), it does provide shortcuts for processing your mail more quickly. Regardless of whether you’re using iOS, iPadOS, or macOS, you can swipe on messages in the message list to [...]

By |2022-07-01T18:56:03-04:00July 29th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

Do You Keep Losing Your Pointer on a Large Screen? Try This Tip for Finding It

A large screen—or several screens!—increases productivity by helping you see more content at once. It’s a big help to refer to a Web page in one window while writing in another, for instance, or to check your calendar while composing an email. But the more screen real estate you have, the easier it is [...]

By |2022-07-01T18:51:11-04:00July 26th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Do You Keep Losing Your Pointer on a Large Screen? Try This Tip for Finding It
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