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?

Uncovering the Mac’s Hidden Menus

It’s easy to find and open the Mac’s standard menus—all you do is click a word or icon. But did you know about the Mac’s hidden menus? They contain many useful commands, but the Mac’s user interface provides no clue to their existence. Here’s what you need to know. What’s in a Name? These [...]

By |2017-08-03T15:30:27-04:00August 25th, 2017|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Uncovering the Mac’s Hidden Menus