Do You Know What the Scroller in a Scroll Bar Tells You?

Whenever you view a document that’s longer than will fit onscreen, a scroll bar appears (often only if you’re actively scrolling). That’s true whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Inside the scroll bar is a control called a scroller that you can drag to scroll more quickly than by swiping or using [...]

By |2020-07-03T15:03:36-04:00July 21st, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Do You Know What the Scroller in a Scroll Bar Tells You?

Got a Mac Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know about Battery Health Management in Catalina

We all want Mac laptops that can run for days on a single charge and never need their batteries serviced. Sadly, we’re always going to be disappointed. Battery and power management technologies continually improve, but those improvements are matched by more powerful processors and smaller designs with less room for battery cells. And, because [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:34:52-04:00July 17th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Got a Mac Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know about Battery Health Management in Catalina

Approve App Authentication Requests with Your Apple Watch in Catalina

Tired of typing your admin account password whenever you try to install software or change security settings on your Mac? A new feature in macOS 10.15 Catalina removes that requirement for Apple Watch owners. In System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, select the checkbox for “Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:32:48-04:00July 14th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Approve App Authentication Requests with Your Apple Watch in Catalina

Find Files in the Finder Better by Specifying a Search Scope

This isn’t about periscopes or mouthwash—when it comes to searching, a scope is the area in which a search takes place. When you use the Search field in a Finder window to look for files and folders, you have the choice of two scopes: This Mac or the current folder. You can always switch [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:27:12-04:00July 7th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Find Files in the Finder Better by Specifying a Search Scope

Here’s How to Set a Default Printer on the Mac

If you have access to multiple printers, you probably know that you can choose one from the Printer pop-up menu at the top of the Print dialog. But macOS has a feature that should make it so you don’t have to switch printers manually as often. Open System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, and [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:18:23-04:00June 30th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How to Set a Default Printer on the Mac

Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

When you’re in the Finder, choosing File > New Finder Window does, as you’d expect, open a new Finder window. But what folder appears in that window? By default, new Finder windows open to Recents, which is a built-in smart folder showing recently opened documents. If you’d prefer to see items in a fixed [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:18:15-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Customize What Appears in New Finder Windows with This Tip

Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem

If your Mac is acting up and you suspect a hardware problem, there’s an easy first step that you can—and should—try before calling for tech support: Apple Diagnostics. (On Mac models released before June 2013, Apple instead included a similar set of diagnostics called Apple Hardware Test.) Apple Diagnostics is a set of hardware [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:29:13-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Having Mac Troubles? Running Apple Diagnostics May Help Identify the Problem

Running Low on Space on Your Mac? Here’s How to Clear Unnecessary Data

SSDs are great—they’re fast, durable, and reliable—but they’re also expensive, which results in many of us not having as much storage built into our Macs as we’d like. Particularly for those who watch videos in iTunes or take a lot of photos, it’s all too easy to run out of space on your Mac’s [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:11:18-04:00May 31st, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Running Low on Space on Your Mac? Here’s How to Clear Unnecessary Data

Choosing a Cloud-Based File Sharing Service

Macs haven’t had removable storage for years, so when you want to move files between computers, you can use USB flash drives, email, Messages, AirDrop, or local file sharing. Those techniques are fine, but for a more efficient, effective, and elegant solution, try a cloud-based file sharing service. These services use special software to [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:08:24-04:00May 24th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Choosing a Cloud-Based File Sharing Service

Did You Know You Can Put Shadows on Text You Type on the Mac?

Snazzy shadowed text probably isn’t appropriate for your company’s annual report, but if you’re whipping up a flyer for a birthday party, you might want to jazz up the text. You can do that in most Mac apps that support macOS’s system-level Fonts palette. Select your text, and then bring up the Fonts palette. Generally [...]

By |2018-03-01T16:45:25-04:00March 6th, 2018|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Put Shadows on Text You Type on the Mac?