OS X’s Hidden Bluetooth Debug Menu: Reset Devices and More

9:05 AM, Jan. 12th, 2016 · · Mac OS

How to use OS X's hidden Bluetooth debug menu to reset your devices

Having Bluetooth problems? We've got a fix for you. The Bluetooth icon in your menu bar is hiding a special option that'll help you with a whole mess of troubleshooting steps, including doing factory resets on your connected Apple devices either all at once or one at a time. Melissa Holt's gonna talk about that in today's Quick Tip.

OS X: 4 Easy Ways to Use Emoji Shortcuts

11:15 AM, Jan. 1st, 2016 · · Mac OS

4 ways to quickly use emoji characters on your Mac

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!

OS X: Cleaning Up Your Finder’s Sidebar

9:05 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · Mac OS

How to clean up OS X's Finder side bar

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!

15 Startup Key Combinations for Mac

7:53 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Mac OS

Apple Command Key

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. 

How to Use the /me Command in Messages for Mac

8:21 PM, Dec. 28th, 2015 · · Mac OS

/me Command in Messages for Mac

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.

Safari 9: Using Responsive Design Mode

9:10 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · Mac OS

How to enable Responsive Mode in OS X Safari

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!

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Projects

4:40 PM, Dec. 9th, 2015 · · Mac OS

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts by Lesa Snider

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. 

OS X Wi-Fi: Disentangling Yourself from the “Xfinitywifi” Network

9:05 AM, Dec. 4th, 2015 · · Mac OS

How to make OS X forget Wi-Fi networks

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.