OS X: Cleaning Up Your Finder’s Sidebar

9:05 AM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

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 · · TMO Quick Tip

/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.

Replace AppleCare for Your iPhone With These Credit Cards

8:27 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

Broken iPhone

Here's an interesting idea for thinking differently about AppleCare for your iPhone. It turns out that several banks have a credit card feature called Cellular Telephone Protection that will cover you in the event of a damaged or lost iPhone between $200 and $600, depending on the bank.

How To Limit Facebook’s iPhone Background Battery Usage

12:59 PM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

Facebook’s iOS app is a notorious background battery eater and, despite some attention and updates aimed at solving this problem, it remains so to this day. While it’s simple enough to just remove the Facebook app and access the site in Safari, this leads to missing out on Notifications, Live Photos and other features. Good news: it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with a little bit of understanding and effort.

Safari 9: Using Responsive Design Mode

9:10 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

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!

Getting iPhone Texts Onto Your Mac with PhoneView

9:10 AM, Dec. 17th, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

How to save iPhone text messages on your Mac

There's a piece of third-party software that Melissa Holt has found very useful when she's needed to export text messages into PDFs. PhoneView (from Ecamm) makes that process very simple, and it does a ton of other handy stuff too. In this Quick Tip, she'll walk us through how to do it!

iOS 9.2: Using Mail Drop to Share Large Files

9:05 AM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

How to share large files from your iPhone with Mail Drop

Today's article by Melissa Holt is about iOS 9.2's new Mail Drop ability. Since Yosemite, we've been able to use this fine feature on the Mac, but with the latest version of iOS, we can now send large attachments through email quickly and simply from our mobile devices, too. Come find out how in this Quick Tip.