macOS: Accented Letters Are Surprisingly Easy to Type

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Learn how to type accented letters quickly and easily

If you’re typing in French, German, Latin, or another language, you need to know how to type accented letters. You could always use the Keyboard Viewer, but Jeff Butts has found there’s actually an easier way. Follow along to learn yet another handy macOS tip.

Customizing the Services Menu Helps You Optimize macOS

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

A teddy bear with a toolbox, introducing the idea of changing the Services Menu on macOS

Hidden within macOS is an often-ignored item that can really speed things up. In this Quick Tip, Jeff Butts explores the Services menu and how it can help you really optimize macOS.

macOS: How to Change the Default Email Client

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

changing default email clients on macOS

There are plenty of options for email software on macOS, and it’s easy to start using a new one. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change your default email client. Follow along with Jeff Butts as he shows how to change this, so you never have to worry about a mail link opening up the wrong app again.

How to Check Out Your Printer's Webpage (And Why You Might Want To!)

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Ah, printers. How we hate them; how we sometimes need them. In this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s going to wade into the printing morass with a great troubleshooting tip for misbehaving devices. You’ll learn how to visit your printer’s local webpage, and this just might get you out of a (paper) jam. Har har har.

You Can Get Auto Insurance Quotes From Facebook Messenger

· Jeff Butts · How-To

A car crash - hope the driver had auto insurance

Few people would equate shopping for auto insurance with the words “easy” or “fun.” A tech startup is looking to change that with a new Facebook Messenger chatbot. Jeff Butts took the new service for a spin, and gives you all of the nitty gritty details.

Tip: Easily Change Your iOS DNS Settings

· Andrew Orr · How-To

By default, your device automatically uses the DNS settings provided by your ISP. But you don’t have to use it, especially if you want something geared towards privacy. You may have known that it’s possible to change your DNS on a Mac, but did you know you can also change your iOS DNS? Andrew Orr shows us how it’s done.

iCloud: Turning Off Desktop and Documents Syncing

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Have you turned on iCloud’s Desktop and Documents syncing feature? Do you like it? If the answer is a resounding “no,” then we’ll tell you how to turn it off and get your files back where they belong—just come read today’s Quick Tip!

Encrypting Email With iOS Mail - A How-To

· Jeff Butts · How-To

encrypting email with iOS Mail

One of the most frustrating tasks for iPhone and iPad users is figuring out how to get it to play nicely with encrypted email with iOS Mail. Jeff Butts decided to brave the frustration, scoured the Internet for tips, and developed a method that should solve your woes.

macOS: Basic Tricks for Fast Text Selection

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra Logo

For this Quick Tip, Melissa Holt’s got some tricks for us on how to do text selection within a document, email, or webpage. So if you’re unfamiliar with ways to select text without clicking and dragging, come read this one! It’ll save you tons of time.

How Can I Share My Location From iOS Maps?

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Share My Location world map

It’s easy to use “Share My Location” in Messages, but there are plenty of times when you might want to send a saved marker straight from Maps. Maybe you’re planning a family vacation and have found a cool point of interest to visit, or perhaps you want to scout out new coffee shops to visit with your friends. Jeff Butts walks you through saving a map location and then sharing it, step by step.

How to Enable Two-factor Authentication for Your Twitter Account

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Lock down your Twitter account with two-factor authentication

Waking up to find out your Twitter account has been hijacked to post antisemitic messages is a pretty crappy way to start your day. That’s why enabling two-factor authentication for your Twitter account is so important. It takes several steps, so follow along to learn how.

Take Back Control Over Email Notifications on iOS

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Customize your email notifications to take back control of your digital life

If you’re like most of us, you have multiple email accounts set up on your iPhone and iPad. This can mean a flurry of notifications vying for your time, but Jeff Butts is here to show you how you can take control over that. It’s surprisingly easy to configure which email accounts do and do not give you notifications, and Jeff shows you how to set that up.

View Your Calendar in Fantastical 2 for iOS While Adding an Event

· Jeff Butts · Tips

Viewing your calendar while you add to it is easy on paper, but it's also easy in Fantastical 2 for iOS

Don’t you wish you could view your calendar while you add an event in Fantastical 2 for iOS? Jeff Butts did, and found a way to make it so. Read along through this quick tip, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming a Fantastical 2 guru.

macOS: Using "Automatically Select Best Account" in Mail

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about composing in Apple Mail and a feature that’ll let you have the program pick which email account you’ll send from. Whether you think that’s an awesome idea or a terrible one, we’ll tell you where to find that setting!

Emptying Stubborn Files from macOS Trash

· John F. Braun · MGG Answers

Full Trash Can

Mac Geek Gab listener Michael needs help with a stubborn file he can’t delete from his macOS Trash. John F. Braun walks him through several options for dealing with recalcitrant files, including Terminal commands and utilities.

Overriding iCloud SSID Selection

· John F. Braun · MGG Answers

SSID in a field of binary numbers

Mac Geek Gab listener Nick asked how to override iCloud SSID selection on his network. John F. Braun explains how to do so, and how to automate it so you no longer have to do it by hand.

MacOS: Using Email Encryption in Apple's Mail

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

email encryption

You’ve heard how easy it is to send and receive encrypted emails using Apple Mail. This is pretty important to set up, if you send sensitive data through email. In this article, Jeff Butts walks you through that configuration from beginning to end.

Use a 4K Monitor in Retina Mode on Your Mac

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

macOS System Preferences Displays Low Resolution options

In the old days when you purchased a monitor you had to decide between higher resolution and larger text. If your monitor’s native resolution was too high, you were plagued with either living with small text or running the screen at a lower resolution. People buying a 4K monitor today see the same issue, but there is an easy way to get that running in Retina mode. Apple’s solution to this issue was to introduce what they call “Retina displays” on Macs, and macOS allows you to achieve the same effect with your third-party, 4K monitor, as well. We’ll show you how.

macOS: Create Apple Notes Subfolders With Ease

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Did you know it’s possible to create Apple Notes subfolders? Andrew didn’t, until he stumbled upon this by accident. Creating subfolders lets you organize your notes in more detailed ways that make sense to you. Here’s how to do it on macOS.

Four Quick Tips for Mastering Messages on Your iPhone

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

In this article, we’re going to cover four fun and interesting things you can do within Messages on your iPhone and iPad, including how you can draw on videos you’re sending and how to share your location with a recipient. There’s useful and fun stuff in today’s Quick Tip!