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iTunes 12.4: Editing the Sidebar

9:10 AM, May. 17th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Customize iTunes 12.4's sidebar

iTunes just got updated, and version 12.4 looks a bit different. For one thing, we can use the sidebar again (whoo!), and for another, we can edit that sidebar to show only what we want it to (double whoo!). We've got the how-to right here in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: Making Your Mac Stop Ringing

8:00 AM, May. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

FaceTime

Is your Mac ringing when your iPhone does? Does it also ring when your Aunt Mabel attempts to FaceTime with you when she really meant to call instead? We've got your backs, dear readers. Today's Quick Tip is about stopping your Mac from receiving calls, so you can get some work done without stuff buzzing in your face every hour.

OS X: Figuring Out Forgotten Passwords

9:15 AM, May. 6th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to find lost passwords on your Mac

There's a program called Keychain Access that keeps the passwords you've asked your Mac to store, and your browser may have a list of items you've saved, as well. In this article, we'll cover how to pull your data out of those programs to find things before you go through the trouble of resetting lost passwords.

OS X: Turning Off Inline Mail Attachments

9:10 AM, May. 4th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to view Mail attachments as icons

If you've ever wondered how to stop Mail from showing you images and PDFs right in the body of the messages you're composing, wonder no more. There's a Terminal command that'll let you turn that feature off, so if you want, you can always view your email attachments as icons instead. Melissa Holt's here to tell us how in today's Quick Tip.

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

9:15 AM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

9:05 AM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 

Apple’s Numbers: Using Data Formats

9:15 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to format numbers in Apple's Numbers spreadsheets

Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." Jenny'll be much easier to call after today's Quick Tip.

How to Change Your Apple Device Names (And Why You May Need To!)

10:20 AM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to change Mac, iPhone, and iPad device names

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about renaming your Mac and your iPhone/iPad. Why, you ask? Because if you ever have to use iCloud to locate a lost device, having them all have generic names is a pain, especially if you own quite a few Apple gizmos (or if your kids' devices are all logged in under the same Apple ID). We'll teach you how to sort it out!

Using EtreCheck to Diagnose Your Mac Problems

9:10 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Need some help diagnosing problems with your Mac? There's an app for that

Today's Quick Tip is about EtreCheck, a third-party tool that's very useful when you need to diagnose problems on your Mac. Its extensive reporting covers all sorts of potential problems, and if you're helping someone else remotely, the data it generates can even be shared to give you a quick peek into what might be going on.