Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

— Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder — Apple stores a lot of important stuff in your Library folder. Your mail messages, your preferences and settings, your keychains and passwords, and many, many other critical information is stored there. In some ways, your Library folder is the most important folder on your Mac– and you’ve probably never seen it. That’s the way Apple wants it; they don’t want you messing around with your Library folder, so they make it invisible. This keeps you from accidentally throwing your Library folder away, or accidentally putting… Continue Reading Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

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

Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information

— Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information — I have to admit, I thought I might not get to Option key Tip Number 10… but here it is! I’ll bet you’ve chosen “About This Mac” from the Apple menu– it shows you a box something like this. The “System Report…” button launches the System Informatoin application, an important trouble-shooting tool. Not too hard. But, if you hold the Option key, the first item in the Apple menu changes from “About This Mac” to “System Information,” saving you a click. It doesn’t sound like much… Continue Reading Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information

Option Key tip #9: Special Characters

— Option Key tip #9: Special Characters — Our Option key Tip-a-Palooza continues… Your documents will look better if you use the right characters. For example, mañana looks better than “manana,” and resumé looks better than “resume.” The Mac’s always been able to generate these characters (not true for PCs), so why not learn how and start using the right characters today. Check out the handy table below. Character Keystroke(s) • (bullet) Option-8 ¢ Option-4 ñ Option-n, then n é Option-e, then e ™ Option-2 ® Option-r º (degree symbol) Option-0 (that’s a zero) … Continue Reading Option Key tip #9: Special Characters

Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash

— Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash — Ever try to empty the Trash and get a message like this? Of course you have. Then you click “Empty Trash” (or hit Enter on the keyboard), and then you might get this message too: Most likely you will click “Remove All Items” and then– finally– the trash empties. Yay. Skip all of this trouble by holding down the Option key when you choose “Empty Trash” from the Finder’s “Finder” menu. Then it’s a one-stepper. No messages, just a satisfying whooshy-crumply sound. Try it! Note: when you… Continue Reading Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash

Option Key tip #7: Option-Click

— Option Key tip #7: Option-Click — Ever click a link in Safari, hoping to download a PDF, and instead of downloading, the thing opens up in the browser (or worse, in Acrobat)? That’s a drag. Try it fifty times and fifty times it’s the same– you don’t actually download the PDF, you just see it in the browser. But, if you hold the Option key when you click the link, you will download a copy to your Mac for later use. Here’s an example. Suppose you’re looking for tax forms on the IRS website.… Continue Reading Option Key tip #7: Option-Click

Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4?

— Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4? — Hot on the heels of the 9.3.3 upcate comes 9.3.4, and if your iPhone (or iPad) is already on 9.anything you should definitely do the update. The 9.3.4 update contains a security fix that blocks a particular exploit and Apple recommends this fix for all iPhones and iPads. You can read about the provided fix on Apple’s website. Apple doesn’t comment on iOS security issues until they have a fix as they don’t want to advertise vulnerabilities before they have plugged the holes. But they do… Continue Reading Should I update my iPhone to 9.3.4?

Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag

— Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag — The Option Key Tip-a-Palooza continues with one of the handiest tips ever, namely the Option-drag technique. Basically, it comes down to this: when you drag things around they move, right? Right. At least that’s how it usually works. But, if you hold the Option key when you drag stuff you’ll make copies while leaving the original in place. Here’s an example, using the Calendar. Suppose you set aside time on Tuesday to work on a website and you put it into your calendar, like so: Let’s say you… Continue Reading Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag

Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way

— Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way — You took this photo…and now you want to rotate it so the label is readable, right-side up.. If you’re using Preview, the Rotate Button looks like this: Here’s the “Rotate Left” button in Photos. If you click either of those buttosn three times the picture will rotate, in 90 degree steps, to the proper position. Yay. But it takes three clicks. But, if you press the Option key, the Rotate Left Button changes to rotate the other way, so you can turn your sausage right-side-up… Continue Reading Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way

Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact’s Groups

— Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact’s Groups — You probably know that Apple’s Contacts app lets you create “Groups” of people, and you might also know that a given person can be in multiple groups. For example, you might have a Family group, a Soccer Team group, and a Christmas Card group, and your brother might be in all three of them. That’s pretty neat, but unless you have an incredible memory there’s no way you’re going to remember which groups your brother is in. And there’s no indication in the Address Book… Continue Reading Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact’s Groups