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OS X: Speed Up Logging In

8:31 AM, Jun. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

There are a couple of fast and easy steps you can take to potentially improve how quickly your Mac logs you in, and we’re going to discuss them in this article (here’s a hint: You may have a ton of stuff that’s opening automatically without you even knowing). Hey, spinning beach balls, you can kiss our…um, grits. Yeah, grits.

iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

8:50 AM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7’s Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, there’s a “Summarize Photos” setting you can use to cut down on the number of images you’ll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, we’ll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you don’t like it)!

Automator: Pulling Out Text from PDFs

8:45 AM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

One of the nifty things you can do with Automator is create small applications to handle all sorts of tasks. For today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna learn how to make one that’ll extract the text from PDFs for us, no copying or pasting required. Come on in and find out how!

OS X: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail

8:25 AM, Jun. 6th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you’re the kind of person who’s got 47,000 messages in his inbox, then you might also be the kind of person who’d like to learn how to archive some of those emails out of the Mail program. This simple process can clean up your inbox and any other mailboxes you have while still letting you access your old messages if you need to in the future. Come on in to find out how!

iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

8:40 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tip’ll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not you’ve read them, we’ll give you the lowdown.

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, it’s good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you all about it.

OS X: Controlling Safari’s Location Services

8:25 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover controlling websites’ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether you’ve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.

iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!