How to Change the Accent Color in macOS Mojave

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about a little feature of Mojave that’ll let you change the color scheme of buttons and menus, so if you want your Mac to be pink rather than blue, you totally can do that!

How to Download the High Sierra Installer Under Mojave

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Mojave

If you need a High Sierra installer and you try to download it on your Mac running Mojave, it may seem like you’re out of luck if you search the App Store or look through your purchases there. But we’ve got the trick on how to do it in today’s Quick Tip!

macOS: How to Check a Printer's Supply Levels

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple Printer Icon

Within macOS, you can actually check the ink or toner levels in your printer without having to get up and walk across the room to the device (perish the thought!). We’ll tell you how in this Quick Tip.

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: Turn Off Recent Apps in the Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS Mojave

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 Fix the "Date and Time" macOS High Sierra Bug

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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).

Turning Off Significant Locations on Your Mac

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Share My Location world map

Guess what? Your iPhone isn’t the only device you have that monitors where you go in order to make suggestions in Maps and Calendar—your Mac does it too. If that doesn’t give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, come read this Quick Tip! We’ll tell you how to disable it or remove old saved locations.

How to Stop Your Mac from Showing Up on a Network

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Reaching for Apple Security

If you don’t want your Mac to advertise its existence on any network you join, then there’s a simple option you’ll turn off to prevent that. Depending on your settings, this could stop unauthorized guests from connecting to your computer—or it could just keep people from seeing what silly name you’ve given your Mac. Both outcomes are good!

macOS: How to Add a Screen Saver Icon to Your Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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!

macOS: Enabling Text Auto-Correction

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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!

Working Smarter with macOS Preferences

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

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.

 

macOS: Prevent Settings Changes by Hiding System Preferences

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you don’t want anyone messing with certain System Preferences options, hide ’em! In this Quick Tip, we’re going to tell you how to do this on your own Mac—or even on someone else’s. If you have to do tech support for your family members, this could be sanity-saving.

Can't Print? Try Resetting Your Printer's Network Configuration

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Apple Printer Icon

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!

macOS: Configuring Time Limits for Your Kid's Mac

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re a parent who doesn’t want your child on his Mac at all hours of the night, then Parental Controls are your friend. With this built-in feature, you can set daily time limits or a bedtime and lock your kid out of his own computer after the time has elapsed! We’re sorry for this Quick Tip, kids.

macOS: Installing Flash Updates (The Safe Way)

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Melissa Holt explains why you shouldn’t trust pop-up windows for Flash updaters and shows how to safely install Adobe’s multimedia player on your Mac if you really need it.

macOS: Setting Your Default Printer

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

macOS always looks for the last printer you used, but it’s easy to change that to a specific printer.

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.