Recent Articles By Melissa Holt [RSS]

macOS: Taking Timed Screenshots

· · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about using the underappreciated Grab program to take timed screenshots on your Mac, so if you want to set up a shot without having to use keyboard shortcuts, you can do so. It’s handy, especially for sending instructions to other people, so let’s learn how!

iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

· · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

This Quick Tip is about turning off Safari Suggestions, those top results that’ll appear within Safari on your iPad or iPhone to offer you, say, App Store content based on your search. Find those as irritating as Melissa Holt does? Then let’s stop them!

Apple Watch and iPhone: Filtering Your Activity Data

· · Quick Tip

Apple Watch fitness tracking recalibration how to

The iPhone’s Activity app, which connects to your Apple Watch and stores all kinds of data on what workouts you do, has a pretty neat set of filters and views you can check out to really get an idea of how you’re progressing. In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how you can filter that data and what it looks like when you do!

macOS: Turning Off Time Machine Space Notifications

· · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about those pop-ups that you’ll get to notify you that your Time Machine backup disk is full. Sometimes you just want your software to do what it’s supposed to without your input, right? So we’ll tell you how to turn those off (and give you a few other Time Machine pointers)!

iOS 10: Three Tips on Notes!

· · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

Today’s Quick Tip gives us a few nifty tricks to use in the Notes app under iOS 10. Wanna save some items only on one device or another? Would you like to add any pictures you take within the app to your photo library? We’ll tell you how to do that stuff and more!

iOS 10: How to Prioritize Downloads

· · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

If you’ve ever been stuck waiting for an important app to download when you’re doing a bunch at once, then you need to know about iOS 10’s “Prioritize Download” feature. It’ll let you tell your iPhone or iPad to push the one you need to the front of the line, pronto!

macOS: Merging Calendars

· · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a simple way to merge your Calendar data, so if you need to get your list all cleaned up, you can take care of it in just a few minutes. No more will you have to deal with 19 “Untitled” calendars showing up in your sidebar!

How to Stop iCloud Drive’s “Deleting Files” Warnings

· · Quick Tip

Your Mac prompts you to confirm a lot of stuff. Are you sure you want to empty the trash? Positive you want that picture deleted? Is now a good time to restart? But there’s a relatively new confirmation that you may be getting sick of that comes up when you try to delete a file from your Desktop or Documents folder with iCloud Drive syncing on. We’ll tell you how to stop your Mac from asking that!

Time for a Mac Security Checkup!

· · Quick Tip

The end of the year is a good time to think through your security practices and especially what types of passwords you use (and how you store them). In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will walk us through a few of her favorite ways you can stay safe, both online and at home.

Preview: How to Create Encrypted PDFs

· · Quick Tip

If you need to send a PDF with sensitive information on it through email, then encrypt it first! Please? OK, so calling someone to give him a password isn’t the most convenient thing on earth, but it’s better than having your data compromised. Especially if said data is your social security number. Come on in to read Melissa Holt’s Quick Tip on how to protect your PDFs!

Apple Watch: Editing Your Workout Screen

· · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about working out with your Apple Watch. You can make your workout view look any way you’d like, so whether you’re a statistics person or a “one thing at a time” type, you’ll get what you want. We’ll also show you how to customize each kind of workout!

macOS: Archiving a Time Capsule

· · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about making a backup…of your backup. So if you’re super-paranoid about your file archives, you can make sure that your Time Capsule’s historical data is saved in multiple locations. Hey, where backups are concerned, we think paranoia is good, so come read all about it!

macOS: Saving Out Messages Conversations

· · Quick Tip

Got some incriminating text messages you’d like to save? Or maybe you don’t want to blackmail your friends and would just like to keep a certain conversation forever and ever? This Quick Tip is for you in either case. We’ll discuss how to save out a single Messages conversation on your Mac!

macOS: Four Quick Ways to Find and Open Files

· · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip will give you tricks on finding and opening files within macOS. If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest ways are to do that, then this article’s for you! (Or heck, if you just want to tell us in the comments that we forgot your favorite method, then that’s fine too.)