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iOS 7: Organizing Books into Collections

8:40 AM, Jun. 4th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Do you read a lot on your iOS devices? Then this tip’ll help you stay more organized. Whether you want to put your books into Collections sorted by author, by genre, or by whether or not you’ve read them, we’ll give you the lowdown.

AirPort Utility: Restarting Your AirPort Base Station

8:45 AM, May. 30th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If your network stops working, one of the first troubleshooting steps to try is restarting your modem and your router. However, if your equipment is all stuck down in your basement, say, or in some other inconvenient place in your house, it’s good to know how to restart your Apple base stations right from your Mac or your iOS device. In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you all about it.

OS X: Controlling Safari’s Location Services

8:25 AM, May. 28th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover controlling websites’ use of your location data within Safari, including how to reset whether you’ve already allowed a site to see where you are. Location Services are incredibly useful and powerful features, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ve got some choices for what you allow your Mac to share.

iOS 7: Search by Email Attributes

8:38 AM, May. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Within iOS 7, you can find emails that match certain criteria—such as, say, unread messages or those with attachments—very quickly and easily. Within this Quick Tip, we’ll reveal the secrets for doing so, with a bunch of examples of the types of things you can find in your email. 

OS X Contacts: Printing Out Your Data

8:30 AM, May. 21st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Do you have iPhone Brain Syndrome? Symptoms include distraction, checking Facebook approximately every three minutes, and the inability to memorize phone numbers. We can’t help with the first two symptoms, but for the last problem, you may want to print out a list of your most important contacts and keep it in your car. This public service announcement has been brought to you by today’s Quick Tip.

OS X Security: Encrypting External Disks

8:40 AM, May. 16th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to discuss how to keep data stored on external disks safe (and the steps you’ll use for different versions of OS X). If you’ve got drives just lying around with important data on them, then this feature’ll help you worry less about theft or loss. Less worrying is a very good thing!

OS X: Working with Pictures in Your Web Browser

8:40 AM, May. 14th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

No matter what browser you use, there are some neat built-in options that you’ve got for saving and working with the images you run across. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover what you can do and how, and Melissa Holt has promised us a little bonus tip for saving pictures, as well. 

Pages: Finding & Replacing Invisible Characters

8:35 AM, May. 9th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this tip, we’re going to tell you how to find those pesky hidden characters—tabs and paragraph returns, for example—and replace them. This’ll help a lot when you’re editing documents in Pages and you find, for example, that someone’s used tabs instead of setting margins or has typed two spaces after every period. This works in all of the recent versions of Pages (including Pages ’09) so come check it out!

iPhoto: Adjust the Date and Time of Your Images

8:39 AM, May. 7th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt is going to discuss how to change the associated dates for your iPhoto pictures and Events, which is handy if you’ve ever imported from a digital camera that was set incorrectly. She’ll also go over sorting Events by date after you’ve gotten everything all cleaned up. It’ll be like spring cleaning for your iPhoto Library!

OS X: Manage Parental Controls from Another Computer

8:25 AM, May. 2nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, you can configure your child’s computer to let you manage its settings while you’re sitting at a different Mac. This’ll allow you to look at the logs of your kids’ online activity, control what applications they can use, and even stop them from being able to use their computers if they’re not behaving. In this Quick Tip, we’ll cover it all!