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.

OS X Preview: Clipping Out Backgrounds Using Instant Alpha

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is on how to use Preview’s Instant Alpha tool, so if you’ve got an image on a colored background, for example, you can clip that baby right out. Better-looking graphics with no Photoshop required? We love it.

How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the Command Line

· John Martellaro · Tips

There may be occasions when one wants to verify what OS X version is running on a Mac. We all know how to do it from the GUI with “About This Mac,” but John shows us how to do it from the UNIX command line when necessary.

New Security Threat Targets OS X, iOS through Graphics

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new security threat for OS X and iOS that could let attackers remotely control your device or install malware by sending you an image file. The threat is fairly serious, although so far it’s still just a proof of concept, and Apple patched the flaw in OS X 10.11.6 and iOS 9.3.3.

WebP Comes to iOS 10, macOS Sierra Betas: What You Need to Know

· Jeff Gamet · News

WebP in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple added support for Google’s WebP image format to Safari in the beta versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, which could make websites load faster. “Could,” in this case, assumes Apple keeps WebP support in the shipping versions of its operating systems, and Web developers adopt the format for their site images.

Apple Rolls Out Bug Fix and Security Updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac and MacBook Pro

Apple rolled out updates for OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS on Monday. The updates are all free and fairly easy to install, and they haven’t caused any problems on The Mac Observer’s test devices so far. Read on to learn about the updates and how you can get them installed.

OS X: Using Safari’s "Open Page With" Feature

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Safari’s got a hidden way to help you open a page in another browser you’ve got installed, and this feature’s really helpful for troubleshooting problems with websites. Melissa Holt’s gonna give us the rundown in today’s Quick Tip.

Apple Launches iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Public Betas

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra

Apple delivered on its promise of public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday. The betas were previously available only to developers, but now everyone can get in on the pre-release action.

Dropbox: Using Selective Sync

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you use Dropbox, you’ve gotta check out how to use its Selective Sync feature. This’ll let you remove folders from your Mac (but not from Dropbox’s website or any other computers you’re syncing with!), so if you need to reclaim some space on one of your machines, you can easily do so. We’ll give you the scoop in this Quick Tip.

OS X: Create a One-Click Dock Folder Alias

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about folder shortcuts you can put in the Dock; there’s actually a really easy way to use them to open folders in Finder. Since Melissa Holt’s not the biggest fan of navigating through files from the Dock, she’s going to walk us through this productivity trick!

Apple's Change From OS X to macOS Hardly 'Muddies the Waters'

· John Martellaro · Editorial

macOS Sierra

On June 30, an article was published at Computerworld claiming that Apple’s change from “OS X” to “macOS” will “do nothing for the Mac except accelerate its downward spiral as a fringe hardware product… and muddy the waters.” John Martellaro takes a look at this article with a critical eye and sets the record straight.

OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Pages Icon

Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!

OS X: Safari's "Close Other Tabs" Option

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a nifty little Safari feature that’ll let you close all of the tabs you’re not using, in a flash! We’ve got the details on the different ways you can do this, so come read all about it.

OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens

· Melissa Holt · News

iMac with custom message screen

You may know that you can set a custom message on your Mac’s lock screen, so if someone takes or finds your computer, he’ll have an easy way to contact you. However, if you’re an administrator who manages multiple machines, there’s also a built-in way to add a policy banner, which’ll make anyone who logs in click an “Accept” button to continue.