Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

9:15 AM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

9:05 AM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 

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.