OS X: Turning Off “All My Files”

8:25 AM, Jan. 29th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Hate the "All My Files" feature? We're here to help. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to disable it, so you'll no longer have to deal with finding your stuff within its odd interface. And we'll also show you how to remove its icon from Finder's sidebar, so if you really, REALLY don't want to see it again, you don't have to.

Using iTunes 11.1.4 Library Wish List Feature

9:28 AM, Jan. 27th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

When Apple released iTunes 11.1.4, one of the new features touted was the ability to view your iTunes Store Wish List in your music library. The problem was that the feature wasn't actually there, but it is finally showing up now. The trick is knowing where to look.

OS X: Changing Printers’ Names

8:35 AM, Jan. 24th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt doesn't like long printer names with lots of unhelpful random numbers and letters, so she always changes those to be more descriptive. Melissa Holt pities the fool who leaves his devices with their default names. Melissa Holt apparently lapses into Mr. T–speak when she writes about herself in the third person. She promises she won't do that throughout this article.

Are We There Yet: Navigating With Siri

8:20 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

There are many great turn-by-turn apps out there, but the one provided by Apple's Maps is the one Michael Johnston uses most often because it's integrated into iOS so tightly -- even with Siri. Read on to see how he uses Siri to get him whereever he wants to go.

iOS 7: Using Siri with Voicemail

8:15 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

With iOS 7, you can have Siri read you your voicemail messages—or even just those from a specific person or on a particular date. If you want, you can even call back the folks who left you messages after you've heard what they have to say. In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how to make Siri do your voicemail bidding.

Bring Back Older “Filter-Style” Search in iTunes 11

8:39 AM, Jan. 17th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

One of the more significant changes to iTunes 11 is how one searches an iTunes library. In the latest version, typing a search query reveals a truncated list of results below the search field from which to choose. However, many preferred the way it worked previously, filtering all items in the selected media category. Thankfully there's still a way to do this, and Michael Johnston shows you how.

OS X: Solving Mail Searching Problems

8:35 AM, Jan. 16th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

So you’re looking through Mail for messages from a certain person or about a subject, and you’re not finding anything, even when you’re searching for stuff you know is there. Well, that’s frustrating, isn’t it? In this tip, we’ll give you some suggestions for how to force that naughty Mail program to behave. 

Mavericks: Search by Mail Attachment Type

8:25 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Under Mavericks, we can now search by attachment type in Mail—and it's handy as all get-out. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will tell us several different ways to use this trick to find emailed PDFs, Numbers spreadsheets, Word documents, and pretty much any other kinds of files you can think of.

iOS 7 Maps: Using the Distance Scale

12:19 PM, Jan. 11th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

When you’re zooming around in Apple Maps, you may have noticed a small distance scale appear in the upper left. But as soon as you stop zooming, it disappears. What the heck? Well, we’re gonna tell you how to make it stay—it’s a great thing to use to be able to estimate small distances.

OS X: Web Filtering with OpenDNS

10:33 AM, Jan. 8th, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Concerned parents who'd like to control what their children see online have a great option in OpenDNS. Offering both free and paid services to block potentially problematic sites, the service is reliable and incredibly easy to set up (and it works better than the Mac's built-in parental controls, too). In this Quick Tip, we'll cover how it works and how to configure it.