If you want to lock your Mac’s screen quickly when you’re walking away from it, there are lots of ways you could do so. In this Quick Tip, we’ll give you a few suggestions, but we’ll also show you how to add a shortcut to your screen saver to your Dock, which’ll mean a one-click way to lock your Mac when combined with certain security settings. We’ve got you covered!
If your machine shipped with Yosemite, for example—and you’d like to wipe its drive and reinstall that version of the Mac’s operating system—there’s a keyboard shortcut for that! In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do so, along with giving you some other neat startup tricks.
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at some cool alternatives to Apple’s Terminal app, plus they share some handy command line tools.
Today’s Quick Tip is about pausing printing—and then having your printer resume on a specific page! No, you don’t have to cancel your print job if you forgot to tell your Mac to print only a range of pages, and we’ll tell you how to get around doing that.
Apple’s Terminal app on the Mac is a great tool for diving into the command line, but it isn’t the only option available. The Mac Observer rounded up several alternatives to Terminal you can use to flex your macOS command line muscles.
There are a few simple text-replacement features you can turn on (or off, if you prefer) for your Mac, which’ll correct your spelling, add a period when you tap the spacebar twice, or capitalize words automatically. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover where those settings live—and how you can override them in individual apps!
Time Machine is the built-in backup solution in macOS.
Today’s Quick Tip is all about those grey suggestions in Calendar and Contacts that may be coming from other apps around your Mac. If you’ve made a flight reservation and see that event show up automatically on your calendar, that may be handy! But if you’d rather someone’s business phone number not get added to her contact card, for example, you may find the feature less helpful. We’ll tell you how to stop this from happening in either program!
We sometimes forget there are myriad options we can set for our Macs. Starting with his first book (Dr. Macintosh) and countless times thereafter, our own Dr. Mac has implored readers to poke around and try various settings, explaining that it’s quite difficult to break a Mac by merely changing a Control Panel (old-school) or System Preferences (modern) setting.
Watch out though, this shortcut can be dangerous.
Finding AirDrop on the Mac is easy. The default Finder setting has it appear in the sidebar to the left.
Andrew Orr shows us how to tame the beast called Slack.
There’s a little-known feature of most printer models that’ll let you reset any network configurations to their defaults, which can solve all kinds of communication problems and flakiness in those oh-so-frustrating devices. We’ll talk about it in today’s Quick Tip!
Just what exactly is an intelligent speaker? It’s a companion robot that just sits, without mobility. Who wants that?
I spent a couple of days trying out different ones. Here are my thoughts.
Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what may happen next now that AirPlay 2 has been pulled from iOS 11.3 developer beta 3, plus they have some ideas on how to improve Apple’s software update notifications in macOS.
One of the most annoying features of macOS is the persistent notification of available software updates. John shows how to get back in control.
There are multiple ways to find and launch Mac apps, and we’re here to tell you about 5 of them.
Photos has a nifty little feature that’ll let you edit an image in Photoshop, say, and have the changes reflected in its library, no importing or exporting required! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover all of the details—including a big ol’ caveat that you’ve gotta know.
Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain the Telugu text bug in iOS 11, and they also look at what we’d miss out on if Apple took us back to the good old days of OS X Snow Leopard.