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Pages: Adding and Formatting Links within Text

8:50 AM, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you need to put a link to a webpage or an email address into a document in Pages, there's an easy way to format it so that it looks far more professional than it would if you just pasted the text in. For this Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to do that and also what effect that'll have on exporting the file to other formats.

OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

8:50 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

8:45 AM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.  

OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

8:49 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

iPhoto: Comparing Photo Edits with the Shift Key

8:00 AM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today Melissa Holt's got a doozy of a Quick Tip for us. She's going to talk about how to use the lowly Shift key to compare edited versions of images in iPhoto with their originals, which makes it really easy to tell if the enhancements you've made are worth keeping. This is great for those of us with less-than-stellar photo-editing skills!

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages

8:50 AM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).

iOS 8: Using “Send Last Location”

9:00 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.

Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

9:01 AM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite—AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.