Mary’s X Files, January 2017

How to Send an Email Using Siri on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Need to send a quick email or email reply? You can use Siri to do that. Sending an email with Siri makes the whole process faster and you can do it hands-free. Siri has improved over the years, so it’s finally at a point where sending an email using Siri is smooth and accurate, instead of riddled with errors and frustrating. Here’s how to send an email using Siri on iPhone.
1. Press the Home button to activate Siri.
2. Tell Siri to send an email and to whom. For example, “Send an email to Donna.”
3. If a contact has more than one email, Siri will ask which one to use. (You can also tell Siri to send an email to multiple recipients: “Send an email to Donna and Sarah.”)

Photos on Mac — Find and print keyboard shortcuts
~Macworld
Photos is riddled with useful keyboard shortcuts. To see a full list, choose Help > Keyboard Shortcuts, and then in the Photos Help window that appears, click Keyboard shortcuts. You may want to print the list and keep it on your desk.

When you’re finished, just click the red circle at the window’s upper left to close Photos Help.

Photos for Mac — Comparing before and after versions
~Macworld
Photos for Mac has a secret keyboard shortcut that helps you assess your edits by with a Before and After view of your image—that way you can see how much the picture has (hopefully) improved.

However, even if you root around through Photos’ menus, you won’t find it. The trick is to use the M key on your keyboard (iPhoto used the Shift key instead).

To see the before version of an edited photo, press and hold down the M key; release the M key to see the after version. Be sure to memorize this keystroke, because you’ll use it a lot.

How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone
~iPhone life tip of the day
I don’t know about you but I am a master of having far too many tabs open on my iPhone. Before I know it, Safari is overrun with my web pages from the past month and all I can do is tap X a hundred times to get rid of them all. But now there’s an awesome trick in Safari on iPhone that allows you to quickly close all tabs or easily open a new one in Safari. Here’s how to quickly close all tabs in Safari on iPhone.

1. Open Safari.
2. Tap and hold the open-new-tab icon in the bottom right corner. 3. Your options will pop up: New Tab & Close (#) Tabs.
4. To close all tabs in Safari, tap Close (#) Tabs.
5. To easily open a new tab, tap New Tab.

Quickly Access System Preferences
~9to5Mac (submitted by Mike PJ)
Tip: How to quickly access System Preferences using the Option key and Touch Bar / function row: from Mike PJ “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a tip this cool. This works on non- Touch Bar Macs as well (just tried on my desktop).” https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/13/how-to-macbook-pro-touch-bar-option-key-system-preferences/#more-458318

Power up your Mac
~iCreate
Compared to most laptops, Macs have fantastic batteries, but that doesn’t mean they always last the 12 hours we hope for. If you find that you’ve dipped below 50 per cent before midday, here are some tricks to try.

1. Turn it all off:
Decreasing the screen brightness,
turning off Bluetooth, muting your audio and even turning off Wi-Fi if you’re not using it will hugely boost your battery.

2. Disconnect:
If you have any devices connected to
your Mac, disconnect them! USB drives, SD cards and CDs can all eat away at your Mac’s battery.

3. Mail limits:
For a longer-term fix, open Mail’s
Preferences window and open the General tab. Change the ‘Check for new messages’ option to Manually.

Controlling Accuracy of Touch ID Settings in iOS
~Macworld
You can add up to five fingers, but they could all theoretically be the same finger if you wished. It would hugely improve the scanning accuracy for that single finger, but you wouldn’t be able to add any others.