Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]
Whether you view your iCloud calendars on your Mac, on an iOS device, or even on iCloud.com, it's as simple as all get-out to set up a shared calendar with other people. That'll mean fewer missed appointments, reduced miscommunication, and fewer event invites that you've gotta send (whew!). In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to set up sharing—it's very easy, we promise.
Apple Mail's toolbar isn't as intuitive as it could be, but luckily, there's an easy solution. If you're new to the Mac or to Mail (or heck, if you just prefer clearer controls for what you're doing), then come on in and read this tip on how to make the toolbar a friendlier place.
Phishing emails are becoming harder to spot—and thus, it's getting more difficult to protect your data from malicious people. In this article, Melissa Holt is going to show you an example of a recent phishing attempt she received and give you some suggestions on how you can avoid falling prey to scammers' tricks.
Wondering where certain pictures ended up in your iPhoto library? You can find them by the date they were taken, without having to page through all your events! We think this built-in date search is pretty darned handy, especially if you’ve got a ton of images, and it’s easy to use, too. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us how.
Within iTunes, you can easily check to see which playlists a song, album, or artist belongs to, and there's even a sneaky way to figure out which items aren't in any playlists at all. In this Quick Tip, we'll go over how to do just that, and afterward, maybe your iTunes library will be a happier, better-organized place. That's our hope, anyway.
iOS 7.1 gives us a new way to tell Siri that we’re finished with a command, which’ll be incredibly helpful at preventing frustration (especially for those who are new to using the voice assistant!). Melissa Holt will tell you about Siri’s new feature in this Quick Tip, and if you haven’t already updated, this just might make you rush to do so.
Using Spotlight, OS X's built-in search application, you can do all sorts of cool things, from calculations to launching programs. Melissa Holt's favorite feature, though, is the ability to find people and launch the Contacts app, all with just a few keystrokes. Come on in and see why she uses Spotlight dozens of times a day—and why you should, too!
If you’ve got a slow Mac, a good troubleshooting step to take is to close some programs to see if things speed up. To that end, Melissa Holt is going to walk us through creating an Automator application that’ll quit all open programs, saving us the trouble of logging out or rebooting if we’ve got a bunch of running apps. Saved time rocks, and so does getting to use awesome Automator.
If you’re anything like Melissa Holt, teeny minimized windows lined up next to the Trash icon in your Dock are messy enough to keep you up at night. Luckily, there’s a preference in OS X that’ll let you change that behavior. Maybe you’ll sleep better after you read about it! Maybe Melissa shouldn't be so troubled over such minor details! Maybe with a few more exclamation points, we'll remember what we were talking about! Wait, what?
With Mavericks, you can now use Do Not Disturb for keeping things quiet when you need to sleep or get work done, and it’s just as handy on your Mac as it is on your iOS 7 devices. In this tip, we’ll cover how to use it and change its settings, and we’ll even go over how to set up a keyboard shortcut for it. Uninterrupted work time, here we come!