Remember to Enable Text Message Forwarding When You Get a New Mac or iPad

You’ve long had text messages forwarding from your iPhone to your Mac and iPad, but after you get a new device, it might be a while before you realize that it’s not receiving texts sent to your iPhone. It turns out that, when you get a new Apple device, you must manually enable it [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:49:01-04:00October 20th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Remember to Enable Text Message Forwarding When You Get a New Mac or iPad

Rename Bluetooth Devices for Easy Management

It’s all too easy to end up with a boatload of Bluetooth devices connected to your Mac. Apple devices will likely have sensible names, like Magic Mouse 2, but what if someone has given you a device with their name in it? Or you’ve ended up with a device called something really random like [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:44:12-04:00October 6th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Rename Bluetooth Devices for Easy Management

Are You Making the Most of the Touch Bar on Your MacBook Pro?

In 2016, Apple introduced the Touch Bar with the MacBook Pro. It’s a long, thin display above the number keys on the keyboard that shows a variety of buttons and controls. By default, it changes depending on which app you’re in, and it also displays the Control Strip, a collection of controls that roughly [...]

By |2020-10-10T17:31:57-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Are You Making the Most of the Touch Bar on Your MacBook Pro?

Did You Know You Can Close a Mac Laptop When It Has an External Display?

We wanted to make sure that those of you who work on a Mac laptop with an external display know that you can close your laptop’s screen and keep working. Apple calls this closed-clamshell or closed-display mode. Of course, it requires that you connect an external keyboard and mouse or trackpad, via either USB [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:41:12-04:00September 29th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Did You Know You Can Close a Mac Laptop When It Has an External Display?

What’s the Deal with All the Privacy Requests in Catalina?

Over the last few releases of macOS, Apple has been beefing up the Mac’s privacy controls so they more closely resemble what the company has done in iOS. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that when you first launch a new app on your iPhone or iPad, it often prompts for access to your contacts or your [...]

By |2020-09-04T14:13:29-04:00September 25th, 2020|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What’s the Deal with All the Privacy Requests in Catalina?

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
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