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macOS: Quickly Add a Multi-Day Event in Calendar

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s got a really quick one that really saves some time. If you’re tired of checking the “all-day” box in Calendar to block off days, she’ll tell you how to do it faster!

macOS Mojave: How to Disable All Automatic Updates

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

One of the changes Apple made in macOS Mojave is that software updates work a bit differently. If you want to disable automatic updating for either your App Store apps or your system, you can do that from two different sets of preferences if you want to! Melissa Holt has the scoop in today’s Quick Tip.

macOS Mojave: Disabling the Screenshot Thumbnail

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Have you taken a screenshot yet under Mojave? If you have, then you may have noticed a funny little floating thumbnail appear after you did. If you don’t like this behavior, come read today’s Quick Tip!

macOS Mojave: Turn Off Recent Apps in the Dock

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If you installed macOS Mojave and are very confused about what’s going on with your Dock, come read this Quick Tip! We’ll tell you what’s going on…and how to switch its behavior back.

How to Use iOS 12's Measure App

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 12 is out, and there’s a new app that gets installed with it—Measure. This’ll let you use augmented reality to get measurements on pretty much anything you can point your camera at, and we think it’s awesome!

iOS 11: How to Use Smart Invert

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The iPhone and iPad’s accessibility features offer a sort of “dark mode” that’ll invert the colors on your screen without messing with images and other media. It’s awesome for those who have trouble viewing iOS devices using the default color scheme, but it’s also handy to make your screen less bright in the dark!

How to Reset Google Chrome Back to Its Defaults

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Google Chrome has a nifty way to reset a lot of its options to their defaults, from what your startup page is to your enabled extensions. This is incredibly helpful if you’ve managed to get some adware installed within that browser! We’ve got the cleanup details in today’s Quick Tip.

How to Delete Your Private Data from Apple's Servers

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Reaching for Apple Security

Apple’s got a relatively new way that you can scrub your data from their servers, which includes all of your iTunes purchases, your iCloud info, and so on, and Melissa Holt will show you how.

How to Delete Comments from iCloud Photo Sharing Streams

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’ve got shared albums within iCloud Photo Sharing, then you may have wished you could take back a comment or two on someone else’s image. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over just how you can save yourself some embarrassment!

How to Empty the Trash in Outlook for Mac

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you use Outlook on your Mac instead of Apple Mail, then it’s important for you to know that the program doesn’t empty its trash automatically. If you’d like to clear out old stuff within Outlook, then, come read this Quick Tip! We’ll give you plenty of options on how to do so.

How to Send a Starbucks Gift Card Through Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over how to use Messages to send your pal a Starbucks gift card (if you’re into that sort of thing). This uses Apple Pay to charge you, too, so you don’t have to pass your payment info through Starbucks. Neat!

How to Use Siri to Get Betting Odds

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This is a bit weird. Okay, very weird. Siri can actually get you the odds on sports matchups, and though we’ve got the details in this Quick Tip, we’re still shaking our heads a bit at this strange feature.

Reclaim iCloud Storage Space by Deleting Old Backups

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Running out of iCloud space? Check your device backups! Depending on how you migrated to any new devices, you may have old info stuck on Apple’s servers, and cleaning it out could save you money from not having to upgrade your storage plan.

iOS 11: How to Wake Up to Your Own Music

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over how to set your own music on an alarm…so if waking up to the joyous sounds of heavy metal is your thing, we’ve got you covered.

How to Use 1Password's Demo Mode

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going over a little-known feature of AgileBits’ 1Password—the so-called demo vault that you can use to show off the iOS app without revealing your own data. We love 1Password for features like this one!

macOS: Creating Templates in Pages and Word

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Both Apple’s Pages program and Microsoft Word have a way to create and save a custom template, so if you need a letterhead for your business, for example, you can do that without having to use “Save As” every time (and without the risk of overwriting your original file). Today’s Quick Tip has all of the details!

macOS: Changing How Mail Saves Attachments

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple’s Mail program has a nifty way of handling certain attachment types, so if your Mac’s storage is at a premium, you can change how this works to save space. We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip!

macOS: Show All of the Passwords for an AirPort Base Station

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

CIA's Cherry Blossom WiFi router hack list doesn't include AirPort Basestation

If you’re using a Time Capsule or an AirPort Express or Extreme, then you should know that there’s a way to pull together all of the passwords associated with one of those devices for easy safekeeping. Screenshot this and put it in your password manager or print it out and throw it in your safe, and you’ll have all of your network info secured!

How to Fix the "Date and Time" macOS High Sierra Bug

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15-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro owners say there's a weird clicking sound coming from their laptop

Over the last couple of weeks, Melissa Holt has come across a weird date and time bug that’s affecting users after updating to macOS High Sierra (or migrating to a new machine). In this Quick Tip, she’s got the details on how to squash this bug (and what you might look for if your problem persists).