macOS Sierra: Fast Sound Settings from the Menu Bar

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra makes switching sound output easier with an updated menu bar item

Apple gets that we’re always looking for ways to make the routine things we do on our Macs easier and some of the subtle changes in macOS Sierra really show that off. The Sound menu bar item is a perfect example because now switching audio input and output sources is even simpler.

How to Make macOS Sierra Empty Your Mac's Trash for You

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Auto-delete Trash items after 30 days in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra is loaded with cool new features, but sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, like not needing to remember to empty your Mac’s trash. You can set the Trash to auto-delete after 30 days, and it’s easy to do. Read on to learn how.

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Universal Clipboard sharing text from iOS 10 to macOS Sierra

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste—assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re set up to use Universal Clipboard.

macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about how to use those funny little Tapback icons from iOS 10 within the Messages app in Sierra, too. So if you’ve just gotta give someone a thumbs up or a heart, you can do that, and we’ll tell you how.

macOS Sierra: Using Picture-in-Picture

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about the new macOS Sierra picture-in-picture feature, which’ll let you pop out a player in which to watch your iTunes media or supported Web content. It’s new and it’s neat, so come check it out!

Read This Before You Install Any Point Zero OS

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

macOS Sierra

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install iOS 10 or Sierra, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Any Point Zero OS.

macOS Sierra: How to Use Tabbed Windows

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

macOS Sierra tabbed windows

Now that macOS Sierra is out, you can use the tabbed window goodness you’re familiar with in Safari and the Finder in pretty much any app. Tabbed app windows are a system-level thing, so there’s a good chance the apps you use every day already support the feature. Read on to see how it works.

macOS Sierra: Configuring Siri

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Sierra Siri

With the upcoming release of macOS Sierra, Siri’s finally available on our computers! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how to use it and tell you what you’ll do if you need to make changes to how it works (such as switching which keyboard shortcut invokes it).

Mail: Using "Erase Deleted Items"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Mail on the Mac is the subject of this Quick Tip, and we’re gonna discuss how to clear out your trash in moments. We’ll also go over setting how long each of your accounts waits before it empties its own trash automatically. That’ll help you keep stuff neat and clean, too!

macOS Sierra Coming September 20

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra website

Apple’s big focus today is the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, but that doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any love—or more precisely, macOS Sierra. Apple quietly updated the Sierra website on Wednesday to say the replacement for Mac OS X El Capitan will ship on September 20th.

Apple Patches 2 Critical Security Flaws in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

The KRACK hack is being patched

Apple released separate security updates for OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan on Thursday. Both updates patch the same two critical security flaws. One flaw potentially exposed kernel memory, and the other allowed a maliciously crafted app to take over your system.

OS X: Use a Keyboard Shortcut for Display Mirroring

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Mirror Mac display

Using multiple monitors on your Mac? We’ve got a neat keyboard shortcut for you that’ll let you temporarily turn mirroring on and off again, so if you need to swap your Dock to a different display, you can! Check it out in today’s Quick Tip.

OS X: Renaming a Bluetooth Device

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If one of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic Keyboard or Magic Mouse) has a name you aren’t fond of, how do you change it? The process is a bit different than it used to be, so we’re going to go over what you’ll do!

OS X: Installing the Older Version of Microsoft Office

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

On September 22, Microsoft is going stop allowing its Office 365 customers to download Office 2011. So if you need to take advantage of the time remaining to grab the older version of the popular Office suite, there’s no better time to do so! We’ll show you how.

Don't Install Point Zero Releases

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Man with a gavel

Dr. Mac always advises his friends and family not to install the first release of ANY new operating system, contending that it’s safer to wait for the inevitable “point-one” release (or even the point-two release), before pulling the trigger.

OS X Mail: Dealing with Attachments

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about manipulating attachments in Mail on your Mac. We’ll talk about the different menus, your right-click options, and even dragging things around to make ’em do your bidding!

Make Your Mac Clipboard Work Smarter

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Mac on a clipboard

If you use a Mac you’ve surely used the clipboard many times. But do you understand what the clipboard is and how it works? More importantly, do you know the simple tricks — like keyboard shortcuts utilities that offer multiple clipboards — that make it work smarter? Dr. Mac has you covered.