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There’s no meeting in May—have a wonderful Memorial Day. We won’t meet again until September, but I’ll be sending out information every month.
The Best Mac Anti-Virus Software
Often people ask about the best anti-virus software, sometimes because they feel they need to have something installed, or they are required to do so by their company or school. But macOS already comes with anti-malware software, built-in as part of the operating system. There are three parts to this: Gatekeeper, XProtect and the Malware Removal Tool. Learn about them and find out how to make sure they are up-to-date. Read More…
10 Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Most People Don’t Know
When looking for useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you’ll come across the same ones over and over. Here are 10 that haven’t gotten as much attention, but can seriously increase your productivity. Learn how to quickly switch between windows, get typing suggestions, access app preferences and menu items, rename files and more. Read More…
How to Customize Your Mac Desktop
There are many ways to customize how files and folders appear on your desktop. You can manually arrange them, or have them sorted automatically. You can change the size of the icons, the text, and the grid spacing. A new feature in macOS Mojave is to have similar files organized into stacks. You can also select what other icons, such as hard drives, appear on the Desktop. Read More…
12 Tips To Help You Type Like a Pro On Your Mac
If you do a lot of writing on your Mac, here are a bunch of tips to help you type and manipulate text more efficiently. You can use the arrow keys along with modifiers to move around and select text without taking your fingers off the keyboard. You can also quickly delete words and lines without using your mouse or trackpad. You can complete and correct spelling, substitute a few keystrokes for longer pieces of text, and type accent marks and symbols quickly. Read More…
How To Use Mac Hot Corners
Hot Corners are shortcuts that you can set so an action is performed when you move the cursor to one of the four corners of your screen. You can set these up in System Preferences if you know where to look. You can use them to instantly put your Mac to sleep, trigger Mission Control and other actions. You can also set them to work only with modifier keys. There is a trick to knowing which corners work in a multi-screen setup. Read More…
Safari: macOS browser now autosubmits logins. Here’s how to disable it
Apple described this Safari change in 10.14.4’s release notes as “Streamlines website login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill.” If you don’t want this to happen, here’s what you can do. Read more ▶
9 useful Control Center shortcuts for iPhone that you should be using
Your iPhone lets you use a calculator, takes notes, and more—all without unlocking the device. Read more ▶
10 essential iPad features you need to start using
The iPad is a lot more than just a big iPhone. Features like Split View and split keyboards help transform it into a productivity workhorse. Read more ▶
The March Mac Users meeting will be held at 3 p.m., March 25, Chota Rec Center. The topic for the meeting is Mac Utilities.
Karen Brown is still looking for someone to present the program for the April 22 meeting. If no one steps forward, there will be no meeting.
Meanwhile, here are some tips for you.
How to use and troubleshoot AirDrop for simple file transfers and handoffs
AirDrop is a handy feature for quickly transferring data between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Here’s how to make proper use of it. Read more ▶
When Does the Mac Red Button Quit an App and When Does It Just Close a Window?
When you click the red button at the top left corner of a window on a Mac, you close that window. But sometimes this also quits the app entirely. There is a logic behind this, based on how the app operates. Apps that allow multiple windows for multiple documents usually only use the red button to close a window. But apps that normally operate with a single window and have no other reason to stay open, will quit. Read More…
How To Customize Your iPhone iCloud Backup
Most iPhone and iPad users rely on iCloud Backup to keep their data safe, even if they don’t realize they are using it. You can customize which apps backup to iCloud if you look in the right place in the Settings app. If you want to stick with iCloud’s free storage plan you may need to do this to remain under the limit. Read More…
Create Reusable Text With Text Clippings (MacMost #1862)
Text Clippings are little files you create using drag-and-drop. Once you have a text clipping, you can drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste it back into another document. You can organize your text clippings in the Finder. They are particularly useful because they retain text styling. Read More…
Free iPhone Ringtones Revisited
Back in 2008 we created a huge set of 250 free iPhone ringtones for people to download and use on their iPhones. The page has been updated to put all of the ringtones in one huge list, make it easy to preview the tones, and also easier to install them directly on your iPhone. Check out this tutorial on how to download them without needing to sync with a computer and iTunes. Read More…
Tip: Quickly Send Your Location
If you want to quickly text someone your location from your iPhone, start the message out with the words I’m at. Then after hitting the spacebar, a Current Location suggestion will appear in the Quick Type space above the keyboard. Tap that and your location is sent to the recipient. You can also tap the person’s icon at the top of the screen, the i button, and then tap Send My Current Location.
How To Split and Merge PDF Documents In Preview
You can copy pages in a PDF document in Preview and paste them to get a new document with only the pages you want. You can split a PDF into two or more smaller documents. You can also merge documents by dragging pages from one document into another. Read More…
Why Are There Two Applications Folders?
If you have ever looked in your Applications folder to find nothing in there, or almost all of your apps missing, that is because you can have an Applications folder in your user Home folder as well as at the main hard drive level. Most applications will install to the main hard drive level, making them available to all user accounts on the Mac. But if you look in the wrong Applications folder, it can cause confusion. Read More…
How To Control Website Notifications
Websites use notifications to send you alerts when there is a new post or just to get your attention when not at the site. Sites have to ask for your permission to send these notifications, but it is easy to accidentally allow them if you are not paying attention. You can turn them off by going to your browser settings. Learn how to turn website notifications off in Safari, Chrome and Firebox. Read More…
The February meeting of the Mac Users SIG (Special Interest Group) will be held Monday, February 25, 3 p.m. at Chota Rec Center (room D).
Following are a few items that might be of use to you.
What To Do About Those Mojave “App Is Not Optimized” Messages
After updating to Mojave, many Mac users see a message saying that an app they are trying to use needs to be updated and won’t work with future versions of macOS. By future versions, that means the next major update of macOS, probably coming in late 2019, not minor updates. Before then, you can update to a newer version of that app, or find an alternative app to use in its place. Read More…
The Most Powerful Keyboard Shortcut
The most powerful keyboard shortcut for your Mac is the Tab key. This single key helps you get around in windows, dialog boxes and even web pages. You can modify how it works in System Preferences and also in Safari’s preferences. Once you master using the Tab key you can speed up your computer use by keeping your hands on your keyboard more and using your mouse or trackpad less. Read More…
Mac Photos Editing Shortcuts
The photo editor in the Mac Photos app includes a lot of shortcuts that can help speed up editing, especially if you need to make adjustments to a range of photos. You can enter and exit editing mode quickly, move between photos without leaving the editor, jump to different editing modes, and compare the original to your adjustments easily. You can also fine-tune cropping and rotations. Read More…
4 Common Mistakes Mac Users Make When Trying To Search For Files
It is common to hear a Mac user complain that the file search function in macOS Finder doesn’t find files they know are present. The reason is often that the user has made one of these mistakes. When searching for a file, the search usually starts in the folder in which the user is currently looking. You need to change the scope of your search to look elsewhere as well. By default, searches look in the content of files as well as the file names, but you can narrow your search to only the file names. If you are looking for something other than a file’s content or name, you need to start the search differently. Many users search for files using Spotlight; but, if you know you want a file, then it is better to search with the Finder. Read More…
Tip: Get Notifications When Someone Replies To Your Email On iOS
When you compose an email in the iOS Mail app, you get a little bell icon next to the subject. Tap that to activate a special feature where you will get an iOS notification when someone replies to that message. Unfortunately, this only works on iOS, not Mac.
Thanks to Brent Grinder for sending the following link about the Adobe Flash scam. All of you should read it. https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/consumer-threat-notices/adobe-flash-scareware/.
Plus a few tidbits from Macworld:
Good news for those of you who love the Mac Mini, Apple has released a new one—the first since 2014. The 2018 version gets great reviews, although the price has increased to $799. It’s a 3.6GHz quad-core that’s as fast as the current $1,499 21.5-inch 3.4GHz quad-core iMac, which was released in 2017. Macworld recommends upgrading, although warns that you may have to buy a USB hub and video adapter.
Using the Dock As an Alternative To Browser Bookmarks
Some people like to put web location files on the Desktop or in the Dock as an alternative to using browser bookmarks. A better idea may be to create a folder to hold web location files and then add that to the Dock. You can set it to List mode and then use file names and folders to further organize your Dock bookmarks. Read More…
Tip: Drag a Window Without Bringing It To The Front
When you click and drag a title bar of a window to move it, the window pops to the front, ahead of other windows. If you want to move a window without brining it to the front, just hold the Command key down and click and drag the window. Then you can slide to behind other windows.
What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders in macOS, and how to use those files
The archive formats vary by app and by export selection in Calendar. Read more…
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