OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

8:45 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

10:29 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

8:45 AM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like "the bee's knees," though, so don't hold your breath for that. 

OS X: Moving Bookmarks between Web Browsers

8:50 AM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Have you ever wondered how you could get your Safari bookmarks into Firefox and Chrome (or vice versa)? Well, that's the subject of today's Quick Tip, so wonder no more! Or wonder no more after you come in and read the article, anyway.

OS X Maps: Right-Click for Fast Directions

8:50 AM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

With the Maps program on the Mac, you can get fast directions to any location you want. But what are the easiest ways to get that info if you don't know the address of your destination? That's the subject of today's Quick Tip.

Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How to Turn that Off

10:48 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.

Pages: Rearranging Layered Objects

8:35 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt will be discussing how to manipulate layered objects in Pages, so if you'd like to change whether one item is behind or in front of another, she'll tell you how. This method is an easy way to move objects to the background or create interesting, multilevel graphics. (Note: Melissa reports that no interesting graphics actually appear in this article, so don't get your hopes up.)

Reminders: Printing Out Your Lists

8:46 AM, Aug. 6th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

You may have noticed that the Reminders app in OS X doesn't offer a way to print out your lists, which is a strange and curious oversight. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about what we think is the easiest way to overcome this weird problem.

OS X: Configuring FileVault

8:45 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac—FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

3:45 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

OS X Yosemite Quick Tip

OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.