Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

8:45 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

8:45 AM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like "the bee's knees," though, so don't hold your breath for that. 

Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

8:35 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)

Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

8:46 AM, Aug. 6th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.

OS X: Configuring FileVault

8:45 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac—FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

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

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

8:45 AM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery—repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won’t let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don’t have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley.