Seven Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac Calculator app

Updated November 1st, 2022.

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 way slicker than initially meets the eye, and I think you’ll use it a lot once you’ve learned about its powers. So here we go with Seven Tips and Shortcuts for the Mac Calculator app.

Table of Contents

  1. Put the Calculator into the Dock
  2. The Calculator has three modes: Basic, Scientific, and Programmer
  3. Use the keyboard for data entry
  4. The Calculator has a “paper tape”
  5. The Calculator can do conversions
  6. Show commas to separate the thousands, millions, and so on
  7. The Calculator can speak the buttons you’ve pressed
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2022 College Football schedules for your Mac, iPhone, and iPad calendars

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Note: screenshots are from the 2021 version of this article but all of the links still work for 2022.

These instructions are aimed at people using Apple’s Calendar apps on Macs, iPhones, and iPads but they’ll help you with Google Calendar, Outlook.com, and Office 365 calendars as well.

(You might also like my College Football Bowl Games calendar and my NFL Prime Time Schedule, for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. You also might like my round-up of the best online college football schedules.

I also have the 2022 NBA Playoffs Calendar, updated as games are announced.

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Eleven ways to add attachments to a Mac Mail message

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Did you know there are ELEVEN ways to add an attachment to an email message in macOS Mail? There are! Check ’em all out and find the one that’s easiest and most convenient for you!

The Eleven Ways to add attachments to a Mac Mail message

  1. The usual way: the paperclip
  2. Use the Photo Browser button
  3. Use the Share button (in other apps)
  4. Use the Share menu (in other apps)
  5. Insert from iPhone or iPad
  6. Drag icons into a Mail window from the Finder
  7. Drag icons onto the Mail icon in the Dock
  8. Drag directly from other apps into a Mail message
  9. Control-click Share
  10. Print… dialog (the PDF button)
  11. Our old friends Copy and Paste
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Why do some Mac Mail attachments appear as icons but others don’t?

Updated November 1st, 2022.

The Mac Mail app shows all attachments as icons– unless the attachment is a single-page PDF or image. For example, if you attach a Word document to an email, it shows up as an icon.

Mac Mail message with Word document attached
Mac Mail message with Word document attached

If you attach a Pages document to an email it’s the same thing: an icon.

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Best ad blocker for Safari on the Mac

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Most of the web is free to use, but advertising revenue makes it work. Even this very site relies on advertising. But… sometimes it’s a bit much, and it overwhelms the content. That’s when you need an ad blocker. The one you want for Safari on the Mac is Wipr. It’s the one I use, and yes I bought it with my own money.

Note: Wipr is Safari-only. It doesn’t work with Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser.

Note 2: Wipr is also available for the iPhone and iPad! I bought it, I use it, and it’s just as good there as it is on the Mac. In fact I think it’s even more useful as the iPhone’s small screen can easily be covered with an ad. So much nicer to have as much of the limited screen real estate available for the content you care about.

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Fantastic special offer on fantastic creative software

Updated November 1st, 2022.

If you do any kind of creative computer work you should know about a company called Affinity. They’ve created three high-quality, powerful, and deep Mac apps: Affinity PublisherAffinity Photo, and Affinity Designer. (Those are Mac App Store links.)

These are fantastic apps and they’re strong competition to Adobe’s InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, respectively. You can go to the Mac App Store and download these apps for $49.99 each. Not per month, not per year–just $49.99, period. Make a one-time purchase and they’re yours forever. Compare that to Adobe’s $50/month for the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

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Top 10 things to do to maximize your Mac’s performance

Updated November 1st, 2022.

You can do great stuff with a Mac right out of the box. But if you want to do more stuff, and do it faster, more efficiently, and more easily, do these ten things. It takes just a few minutes and you’ll be paid back every day, many times over.

I set up a lot of Macs and when I do, I always run down this list. That’s with new Macs. But it’s never too late for you to do these things now!

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Mac Mastery Series: Save Time and Effort with Smart Folders

Updated November 1st, 2022.

Your Mac has zillions of files on it. And even if you save all of them to the Desktop (or, especially if you save all of them to the Desktop) it can still be hard to find the file you want. Fortunately, built into the Mac is something called “Smart Folders” and once you know how they work, they’ll save you gobs of time every day.

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