Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

OS X: 5 Settings to Tweak for Newbies

9:20 AM, Jan. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

OS X settings to change for new Mac users

Ever set up a machine for someone else, especially someone new to the Mac or just new to recent versions of OS X? Well, after this Quick Tip, you'll be prepared to do just that. We'll go over some of the changes you could make to give your newbie an easier experience while he gets accustomed to how the Mac works.

Checking Your Mac’s Battery Health

11:30 AM, Jan. 8th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How do you tell if your laptop battery is all right? If it's not, what are your options for replacing it? If the battery is swelling and warping your laptop's case, what do you do? (Hint: Get it fixed ASAP.) Melissa Holt goes over all of this and more in today's Quick Tip.

Numbers: Three Quick Tips!

12:25 PM, Jan. 6th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

While Apple's spreadsheet program, Numbers, isn't as powerful or ubiquitous as Microsoft's Excel, we think that it's a fine alternative (especially if you just need something relatively simple that gets the job done). We've got three great tricks for using it in today's Quick Tip!

OS X: 4 Easy Ways to Use Emoji Shortcuts

11:15 AM, Jan. 1st, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

4 ways to quickly use emoji characters on your Mac

For her first article of 2016, Melissa Holt's gonna discuss a couple of easy ways to get Emoji or other symbols into your text under OS X, including a method for setting up your own substitutions. This'll let you get the Mac's Command symbol, for example, whenever you type "cmd" (or whatever shortcut you choose). Welcome to the New Year and to today's Quick Tip!

OS X: Cleaning Up Your Finder’s Sidebar

9:05 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to clean up OS X's Finder side bar

Today's Quick Tip is all about Finder's sidebar—how you can customize it, remove or hide items within it, and change the size of its icons. Heck, you can even keep from seeing Time Capsules or other computers on your network in your sidebar if you're looking to really clean things up. Come find out how!

Safari 9: Using Responsive Design Mode

9:10 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to enable Responsive Mode in OS X Safari

Today's Quick Tip is about the new Responsive Design Mode in Safari 9. This feature'll let you view the site you're looking at on different simulated devices, which is incredibly great if you're doing Web development. Heck, we think it's cool to know about even if you don't do that, so come read all about it!

iOS 9.2: Using Mail Drop to Share Large Files

9:05 AM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to share large files from your iPhone with Mail Drop

Today's article by Melissa Holt is about iOS 9.2's new Mail Drop ability. Since Yosemite, we've been able to use this fine feature on the Mac, but with the latest version of iOS, we can now send large attachments through email quickly and simply from our mobile devices, too. Come find out how in this Quick Tip.

tvOS: 5 Favorite Siri Commands for Apple TV

9:05 AM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to control your Apple TV with Siri

Today, Melissa Holt's gonna give us some suggestions on how to use Siri with the new Apple TV, including how to repeat a bit of dialogue you missed, skip ahead in your current show or movie, and find out where to watch something you've searched for. Everything's waiting for you in this Quick Tip!