Backup and Restore OS X Text Substitutions on Your Mac

9:38 AM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

OS X provides a great feature that allows you to create shortcuts for longer text substitutions. These are synced to iCloud and accessible from your iPhone, too, and now there’s a way to backup and restore them, as well! Watch this quick video to find out how.

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

9:05 AM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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!

Test Your Router’s Ability to Handle Full Speeds and Avoid Buffer Bloat

11:30 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.

Using EtreCheck to Diagnose Your Mac Problems

9:10 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · · 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 · · 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.

iOS: Block People from Calling or Texting You

9:10 AM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

How to block people from calling or texting in iOS

Solicitation calls and texts can be incredibly annoying and intrusive, but your iPhone's got your back. In this Quick Tip, we'll describe how to block people from contacting you and how to unblock them if you've done so accidentally. 

Info to Pass On in Case You…Pass On

9:10 AM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · 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.

iOS 9: Interact with Notifications on Your iPhone and iPad

9:05 AM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · TMO Quick Tip

How to interact with Notifications on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to learn about different ways you could use Notification Center, then this article's for you! We find that a lot of people only see this iOS feature when they accidentally swipe to bring it down, but we actually find interacting with our notifications to be a real time-saver. Melissa Holt's got the details in today's Quick Tip.