Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver because it’s too much work to enter repeatedly, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password; [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:24:12-04:00February 4th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

The next time you buy and set up a new Mac, make sure to migrate data and apps from your previous Mac to it right away during the initial setup. It can be tempting to see what it’s like to use it fresh from the factory or to delay migrating because doing so would [...]

By |2020-01-04T05:22:15-04:00January 28th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

Need to Move Lots of Data Between Macs? Try Target Disk Mode

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the number of ways we can move data between Macs. You can send files via AirDrop, attach them to an email message, put them in a Messages conversation, turn on and connect via File Sharing, or use Dropbox or Google Drive as an intermediary, [...]

By |2019-12-08T16:26:15-04:00January 3rd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Move Lots of Data Between Macs? Try Target Disk Mode

Make Sure to Test Your Backup System with Occasional Restores

Did you know that the word for the irrational fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia? Neither did we, but what that supposedly unlucky day is good for—whenever it rolls around—is reminding us to test our backup systems. If something does go wrong, backups can save your bacon, but only if they’re actually working. [...]

By |2019-12-03T15:40:49-04:00December 10th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Sure to Test Your Backup System with Occasional Restores

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