Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click

— Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click — You use the Messages app on your Mac, don’t you? (You should– you can tied it into your phone’s text messaging using your iCloud address, so the same messages show up on both devices, and it’s a lot easier to type on the Mac than on your phone.) Anyhow, sometimes you want to delete a conversation, and when you do it goes like this: 1. Hover over the conversation until you see the “x” 2. Click the “x” and wait for the… Continue Reading Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click

Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?

— Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update? — Easy answer: yes, unless you are thinking of updating an iPad Pro 9.7 inch. In that case, don’t. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch can, in some cases, become “bricked” (completely unresponsive) when the 9.3.2 update is applied. UPDATE:Apple has recognized the problem and for now the highest available iOS version for the iPad Pro 9.7 inch is 9.3.1. If you try to get 9.3.2 on an iPad Pro 9.7 inch you’ll be told that 9.3.1 is the highest version available. For now. UPDATE #2: Apple has… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?

The Daily Tip: New Folder from Selected Items

I see a lot of Macs in a day and most of them have a giant mess of files on their desktops. Cleaning things up, for most people, is a four-step process: Make a new folder Select the files you want to drag to the new folder Realize you can’t find the new folder because now there’s even more clutter Give up There is a better way. It goes like this: Select the items that you want to put into a folder (use the Shift-click technique) Choose “New Folder with Selection” from the Finder’s File… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: New Folder from Selected Items

The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator

The Mac’s had a calculator from the very first day, but a lot of people have never used it at all. The ones who have used it probably don’t know everything it can do so they probably aren’t so impressed with it. Turns out the Calculator is pretty slick, and I think you’ll use it a lot once you’ve learned about its powers. So here we go with Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator. First Tip: Put the Calculator into the Dock. You won’t use it if it’s any trouble to launch it, so… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac’s Calculator

The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for Mac Mail

If you’re a Mac user you’re probably using Apple’s Mail program for email. Here are some of my favorite Mail tips and shortcuts. 1. Command-Shift-MHide the Mailbox list if it’s showing, show it if it’s hiding. Go from this… … to this… … and back, using Command-Shift-M. Show the Mailbox list when you need it, hide it when you don’t. 2. Show the Text labels under the toolbar buttonsThe standard Mail toolbar looks like this: Hold the Control key and click in the gray part of the Mail toolbar, producing this contextual menu:Choose “Icon and… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Tips and Shortcuts for Mac Mail

The Daily Tip: Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome

Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome ebay is great, but if the thing you’re looking for isn’t available the first time you search for it you’re going to have to come back and search for it again. That’s a bit of trouble, and half the time you forget to do it anyway. So you either put up with searching ebay for your item day after day, or you simply don’t find it ever (because you eventually forget to look, or it becomes too much trouble). All of the difficulties go away if you use a marvelous… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Automate ebay Searches with SearchDome

The Daily Tip: Google Translate

Do you ever need to translate something into another language? Of course you do. Here’s how you do it quickly and effortlessly, using Google Translate. 1. Go to translate.google.com. Here’s what you’ll see: In this case the box on the left is set for English, which is what I’m going to type in. The box on the right is set for Spanish, which is what I want Google to translate into. You can use the menus at the top of the web page (bordered here in RED) to choose whichever languages you’d like. 2. Now… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Google Translate

The Daily Tip: Use Spacebar to Scroll Down

Here’s a tip that makes web browsing on a Mac a whole lot easier. It works in Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, so you can learn it once and use it everywhere. It’s a simple, one-step procedure that could not be easier. Just remember: this is for Macs, not for iPhones and iPads. Ready for it? Good. All you do is press the spacebar to scroll down, in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome. When you do that the page scrolls down exactly the right amount, so what was on the bottom of the page has now moved… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Use Spacebar to Scroll Down

The Daily Tip: iPhone Camera Tips

The iPhone camera isn’t perfect but it takes pretty good pictures. Use it right and it’ll take even better pictures– much, much better pictures. Here are the most important things to know. 1. You can take a picture by pressing either of the volume buttons. This lets you hold the iPhone more like a “real” camera and take your pictures in a more comfortable way. See below. 2. Your iPhone has auto-focus and auto-exposure and they’ll work a lot better if you tell it what to focus on. It will set the exposure for the… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: iPhone Camera Tips

The Daily Tip: Show Day, Date, and Time in the Menu Bar

That little menubar clock at the top right of your Mac’s screen is handy, as it’s always nice to know what time it is. Of course, it is also nice to know the day of the week, and by default the day of the week shows up right next to the time. That is, it looks like this: Nothing wrong with this… except that it doesn’t show the date. I know, I know: if you click on it you’ll see the date too, like this: But who wants to have to click on the clock… Continue Reading The Daily Tip: Show Day, Date, and Time in the Menu Bar