Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

iTunes: Sharing Music Between User Accounts

8:35 AM, Jan. 30th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that all of the user accounts on your Mac can listen to the same iTunes music without you having to move files around, change the location of your libraries, or do anything else complicated? In this article, we'll tell you how to take advantage of this handy-dandy feature and what caveats you should be aware of before you do.

OS X: Turning Off “All My Files”

8:25 AM, Jan. 29th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Hate the "All My Files" feature? We're here to help. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to disable it, so you'll no longer have to deal with finding your stuff within its odd interface. And we'll also show you how to remove its icon from Finder's sidebar, so if you really, REALLY don't want to see it again, you don't have to.

OS X: Changing Printers’ Names

8:35 AM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt doesn't like long printer names with lots of unhelpful random numbers and letters, so she always changes those to be more descriptive. Melissa Holt pities the fool who leaves his devices with their default names. Melissa Holt apparently lapses into Mr. T–speak when she writes about herself in the third person. She promises she won't do that throughout this article.

iOS 7: Using Siri with Voicemail

8:15 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

With iOS 7, you can have Siri read you your voicemail messages—or even just those from a specific person or on a particular date. If you want, you can even call back the folks who left you messages after you've heard what they have to say. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to make Siri do your voicemail bidding.

OS X: Solving Mail Searching Problems

8:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

So you’re looking through Mail for messages from a certain person or about a subject, and you’re not finding anything, even when you’re searching for stuff you know is there. Well, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? In this tip, we’ll give you some suggestions for how to force that naughty Mail program to behave. 

Mavericks: Search by Mail Attachment Type

8:25 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Under Mavericks, we can now search by attachment type in Mail—and it's handy as all get-out. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us several different ways to use this trick to find emailed PDFs, Numbers spreadsheets, Word documents, and pretty much any other kinds of files you can think of.

iOS 7 Maps: Using the Distance Scale

12:19 PM, Jan. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · Tips

When you’re zooming around in Apple Maps, you may have noticed a small distance scale appear in the upper left. But as soon as you stop zooming, it disappears. What the heck? Well, we’re gonna tell you how to make it stay—it’s a great thing to use to be able to estimate small distances.

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Concerned parents who'd like to control what their children see online have a great option in OpenDNS. Offering both free and paid services to block potentially problematic sites, the service is reliable and incredibly easy to set up (and it works better than the Mac's built-in parental controls, too). In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how it works and how to configure it.

Pages: Creating Object Styles

8:40 AM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you're disappointed with the most recent version of Pages, this'll perk you up. There's a way you can now create object styles, so you can format one image or shape and then apply that formatting to all of the other objects you've got, quick as a wink. Melissa Holt promises minimal complaining about the new Pages version in this tip. She does not, however, promise no complaining about it.

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Mac in 2014

8:35 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

It's 2014, and guess what? You should add a few things to your list of resolutions. From keeping your data secure online to basic Mac maintenance and backups, this article's got you covered on what to improve for the new year. We guess it's the tech version of going to the gym and eating salad, only for gosh sakes, we hope it's more fun than that.