Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

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. 

OS X: Remove Location Info from Pictures

9:10 AM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to remove location data from photos

If you're concerned about including the location data of where you took any pictures you share online, then we're going to tell you how to strip that off using the built-in Preview application. Hey, maybe you're not worried about folks knowing exactly where you hike every day at 4:42 p.m., but if you are, we can help with that.

Info to Pass On in Case You…Pass On

9:10 AM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Here's what your trusted people need to know about your digital world if you die

If you were badly hurt or had something even more terrible happen to you, would your partner or someone else know how to access your devices? What about your online accounts or any automatic bill payments you've configured? In today's Quick Tip, we're going to offer some suggestions for info you should give your family or put somewhere other than your own Mac just in case bad stuff happens.

OS X: Troubleshooting Kernel Panics

9:05 AM, Mar. 25th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Troubleshooting Mac OS X kernel panics

So your Mac keeps rebooting itself when you're right in the middle of your work, and when it restarts, it's giving you some scary dialog boxes about sending reports to Apple. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that could be causing your problem, from bad third-party software to a misbehaving USB device. Fortunately, there are numerous resources to help you figure out what's going on, and we're going to discuss some in today's Quick Tip.

iOS 9.3: Sync PDFs Through iBooks

9:10 AM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to sync PDFs through iBooks in iOS 9.3

One of the less-touted (but still cool!) new features of iOS 9.3 is the ability to sync PDFs into iBooks through Apple's iCloud syncing service. In today's Quick Tip, we'll talk about how you'll enable that, where you can view those PDFs, and how to add new ones to your devices!