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OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the House!)

9:10 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to monitor what your kids are doing on their Macs

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids. 

OS X: Adjusting Your Login Options

8:56 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to manage your Mac's login window

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will go over the so-called login window, which is the screen you'll see if your Mac doesn't sign in automatically. Can you customize it? Is it difficult to make it more secure? And hey, where do you go to make changes to it? The short answers are "yes," "no," and "System Preferences," but if you want the long answers, they're in this article!

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems

9:10 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Troubleshoot iPhone and iPad network connections

Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that.

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!