How to Make and Use Smart Folders on a Mac

Do you find yourself spending too much time looking for files on your Mac, over and over? For example: You want to browse through all of the images on your Mac, regardless of where they’re stored. Or you’re looking for a document you were working on recently, but the name escapes you. Wouldn’t it be nice to somehow have all of your images listed in one all-inclusive list, no matter where they are on your Mac, so you could scan through them without opening up a bunch of folders? And wouldn’t it be nice to have… Continue Reading How to Make and Use Smart Folders on a Mac

Extend your iPhone’s battery life by closing Safari’s tabs

Many people are surprised to find several (or even “gobs of”) open Safari tabs on their iPhones. This can be a handy feature: click on the tabs button at bottom right in Safari… … scroll through the list of open pages, and tap the one you want to view. Easy. Bonus Tip #1: swipe up to see the tabs that are open on your other iCloud-connected devices. Maybe you had a web page open on your Mac but you want to finish reading it on your iPhone while standing in line to buy a lottery… Continue Reading Extend your iPhone’s battery life by closing Safari’s tabs

How to watch Apple’s October 30th, 2018 event

UPDATE: the event is over. Click here to watch the entire show. Highlights: a new MacBook Air, a new Mac mini, and two new iPad Pros (no home buttons, Face ID, incredible speed). New Apple Pencil that connects to iPad Pro magnetically– for storage, and for charging! Incredible. It’s time for another Apple announcement event. This one begins at 7 am PST on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018. Yes, West Coast people, that’s 7 am PST. Put the coffee on. Click here to see the official invitation from Apple. Use this link to add the event… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s October 30th, 2018 event

How to remove adware and malware from your Mac

Did your Mac’s home page change all by itself? Do you see new items in your browser’s toolbar? Did you get a pop-up message telling you to call an 800 number, or your Mac will be erased? Are your searches being handled by some weirdo website? If so, your Mac may be infected with adware or malware. It’s easy to remove, so let’s do it. The best way to remove adware and malware is with a free program called Malwarebytes for Mac. Malwarebytes has long been a player in the PC world, where problems of… Continue Reading How to remove adware and malware from your Mac

How to sync text messages between your iPhone and your Mac

It’s really handy to have your iPhone’s text messages show up on your Mac (and/or iPad). Start a texting conversation on your iPhone when you’re out, then continue it at home or work when you’re able to use your Mac (or iPad). Each device will have the complete conversation, and the other party will not know that you aren’t doing it all on your iPhone. Setting it up takes a couple of steps, and occasionally things stop working. In that case you’ll need to check on the settings again. This article tells you everything you… Continue Reading How to sync text messages between your iPhone and your Mac

How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event

UPDATE: the announcement is over. You can click here and watch a recording of the entire event. It’s time for another one of Apple’s announcement events. This one begins at 10 am PST on Wednesday September 12th, 2018. Use this link to add the event to your calendar. How to watch: On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using this link (iOS 10 or higher) On your Mac using this link (macOS 10.12.6 or higher, using Safari) On your Apple TV (2nd generation or higher, latest updates, using the Apple Events app) These shows usually… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event

How to Get Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV

Six months ago, Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would appear on the Apple TV by the end of the year. They just made it: last week, the Amazon Prime Video app showed up via a software update on the 3rd generation Apple TVs and it became a downloadable app (search for it) on the 4th generation models. (If you don’t see it on your 3rd generation Apple TV, go to Settings/General/Software Update and update your Apple TV.) This signals the end of the load-amazon-prime-on-your-iPhone-or-Mac-and-airplay-it-to-the-AppleTV end-around. After you’ve installed it, click on the Amazon… Continue Reading How to Get Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV

How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad

This blog post is about printing labels from an iPhone or iPad using an app called CardLists. I have another article about how to print just about anything from an iPhone or iPad. Take your pick! UPDATE: there’s a new label-making app that you ought to try. It’s called “Label Printer.” How’s THAT for being straight to the point? CardLists is still great but having choices is great too. Click here to get Label Printer from the App Store. It’s time to mail your holiday cards. You may recall from previous posts (this one from… Continue Reading How to Print Mailing Labels from an iPhone or iPad

2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

— 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — (If you find an error in this calendar please leave a comment and I will take care of it. Thank you.) UPDATE: I’ve added the TV stations to the summary of each event. (Thanks for the idea, Cecil!) I’ve created the 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. On iPhones and iPads and Macs, if you’re asked where to import the calendar, choose “New Calendar.” When you’re asked whether… Continue Reading 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)

Looking for the first two parts? Here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 1) and here’s How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 2). This post focuses on the WordPress.com Dashboard. Let’s work our way down. At the top you’ll find a button labeled My Sites. Once clicked, it stays clicked. You need to click it once to get the rest of the options in the Dashboard. The next button down is Switch Site. I didn’t tell you this before, but you can have multiple WordPress.com websites under a single account. If… Continue Reading How to make a free WordPress Blog (Part 3)