For her first article of 2016, Melissa Holt's gonna discuss a couple of easy ways to get Emoji or other symbols into your text under OS X, including a method for setting up your own substitutions. This'll let you get the Mac's Command symbol, for example, whenever you type "cmd" (or whatever shortcut you choose). Welcome to the New Year and to today's Quick Tip!
Today's Quick Tip is all about Finder's sidebar—how you can customize it, remove or hide items within it, and change the size of its icons. Heck, you can even keep from seeing Time Capsules or other computers on your network in your sidebar if you're looking to really clean things up. Come find out how!
Your Mac and OS X have a variety of startup keys and key combinations you can use to affect how the device starts up. Shift key, for instance, starts your Mac in Safe mode, and C (or c) starts up from a bootable CD, DVD, or thumb drive. Command-S is for "single-user mode," which essentially means booting to the command line.
There's one IRC command that has gained life outside of IRC, and that's the /me command. It turns whatever follows into an action rather than a normal line of text, and you can find it in games, all manner of texting apps, and even Apple's Messages app, at least on the Mac. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Today's Quick Tip is about the new Responsive Design Mode in Safari 9. This feature'll let you view the site you're looking at on different simulated devices, which is incredibly great if you're doing Web development. Heck, we think it's cool to know about even if you don't do that, so come read all about it!
Bryan Chaffin noticed a subtle, but significant improvement in El Capitan's Contacts app this holiday-week Monday: if you have a full address copied, you can now paste it in one step. He has the details inside.
Dr. Mac's friend Lesa Snider is a talented photographer and author, and he says her Missing Manual books (on Photoshop and Photos for iOS and OS X) make terrific gifts, but her new ebook, The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts, is chock full of gift ideas you can make yourself.
Apple released OS X El Capitan v10.11.2 on Tuesday. The update offers improvements to Wi-Fi, Handoff, AirDrop, Bluetooth, Mail, iCloud Photo Sharing and Live Photos, FaceTime, Messages, and more. The update also includes fixes specific to Enterprise users.
Today's Quick Tip is about that mysterious "xfinitywifi" network you may have seen (or accidentally joined). Unfortunately, if you've used it before, you may find that you get automatically connected to it when your home network goes down momentarily, which can be a problem when you try to print, for example! We'll help you get rid of it in this article.
If you're not sure why icons keep popping up and vanishing on the left side of your Dock (or if you're just tired of seeing them do so!), then this Quick Tip's for you. We'll talk about how to turn off OS X's Handoff feature, so if you want, you can be free of those mysterious disappearing icons.
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