Hidden Tricks for Navigating the Mac’s App Switcher More Quickly

Although the Mac’s Dock shows all your running apps, it’s often not the most efficient way to switch among them. Instead, turn to the App Switcher. You may know that pressing Command-Tab switches to the last-used app, making it easy to flip back and forth between two apps. However, if you press Command-Tab and [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:05:10-04:00May 3rd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Hidden Tricks for Navigating the Mac’s App Switcher More Quickly

Three Tricks for Dealing with Duplicated Contacts

In today’s world, there’s no reason to remember our contacts’ phone numbers or email addresses—that’s a job for our Macs, iPhones, and iPads. This sort of data is so core to using digital devices that Apple has long provided an ecosystem-wide solution in the form of Contacts and syncing through iCloud. Unfortunately, it’s all [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:11:02-04:00April 29th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Three Tricks for Dealing with Duplicated Contacts

How Much Memory Do You Need in an M1-Based Mac?

If you’re thinking about buying a new Mac, you’re almost certainly planning to get one that uses a chip from Apple’s M1 family—the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra. Only the Mac Pro and one Mac mini configuration still rely on Intel CPUs, and they will likely be discontinued before the end [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:08:14-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How Much Memory Do You Need in an M1-Based Mac?

Universal Control Arrives in macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4

With the recent release of macOS 12.3 Monterey and iPadOS 15.4, Apple shipped Universal Control, the last major technology promised in its 2021 operating system upgrades. Universal Control enables you to use the keyboard and mouse or trackpad attached to one Mac to control up to three other Macs or iPads—you can even copy [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:06:42-04:00April 15th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Universal Control Arrives in macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4

Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code

Whether you have guests who want to get on your home Wi-Fi network, customers who need to join your business network, or attendees who want to use your conference network, it’s always fussy to share the network name and password. If an iPhone user has your Apple ID email address in Contacts, their device [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:56:46-04:00April 8th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code

Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface

For years now, Apple has made transparency a part of the macOS interface, which has the effect of blending the menu bar into the background and making menus and some windows take on the background hue, as you can see on the left side of the illustration below. For many people, transparency blurs the [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:47:32-04:00April 5th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface

How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents

Long gone are the days of printing a document, marking it up with a red pencil, and sending it back to the author to input the changes. In the modern world, we use comments and change tracking to collaborate in word processors like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple’s Pages, and Nisus Writer Pro. The [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:55:18-04:00April 1st, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents

Extend Your Battery Life in macOS 12 Monterey with Low Power Mode

We’ve become accustomed to our iPhones and iPads switching into Low Power Mode to preserve battery life, and you can enable it manually if you want to reduce power usage for a day. New in macOS 12 Monterey for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a similar feature, though you must enable it [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:43:11-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Extend Your Battery Life in macOS 12 Monterey with Low Power Mode

Looking for a New Email Provider? Try These Services

If you’re completely happy with your email provider, move on, there’s nothing to see here. But if you’re unhappy with your provider’s reliability, spam filtering, or stability as a business, or if you’re tired of having a 1990s-style address from aol.com or hotmail.com, you can switch. There are innumerable email providers, and many are [...]

By |2022-02-03T13:13:35-04:00March 8th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Looking for a New Email Provider? Try These Services

You Can Now Upgrade to macOS 12 Monterey When You’re Ready

When it comes to upgrading to a new version of macOS, we err on the side of caution, at least in our recommendations. (We often install even beta releases on secondary machines for testing purposes.) Upgrading is easy, but if you upgrade too soon, the new version of macOS could render favorite apps inoperable, [...]

By |2022-02-03T13:12:13-04:00March 4th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on You Can Now Upgrade to macOS 12 Monterey When You’re Ready
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