Mary’s X Files, October 2017

Send Items to Trash Instantly on Mac OS
~iCreate
When moving files to the Trash we always manually drag and drop the items. Why? Because we didn’t know that if you simply highlight the files and then press Cmd + Delete, then they will be instantly warped to the rubbish bin.

Make use of the flashlight in iOS 11
~iCreate
Whether you’re walking home alone at night, trying to find your tent at a festival or you need to use your device as an emergency beacon, your iPhone’s built-in flashlight can be a huge help.

To activate it, swipe up to access your Control Center on iOS 11 and then tap the flashlight icon. If you have an iPhone 6S or higher you can also press down on this icon to determine the brightness of the light.

Configure your Mouse in macOS
~MacLife
Ensure that your mouse works in exactly the way you want it to.

To control your Mac, you will either use a trackpad or a mouse. However, everyone likes their mouse to perform differently with varying tracking speeds, scrolling speeds and more. The “Mouse” pane in System Preferences allows you to not only personalize how your mouse performs, but also assign key tasks to the buttons. For example, you can use the secondary button to bring up Mission Control, Spotlight or your Dashboard. You can also set up a Bluetooth mouse here.

Show the Status Bar in Finder on macOS
~MacLife
While in Finder, select ‘View’ from the menu at the top and then click ‘Show Status Bar’. This will pop up a small bar at the bottom of all Finder windows, which details important information, such as the number of files in the current folder and the amount of free storage available to you.

It’s a very simple feature, but one that you will likely glance at whenever you use Finder, because it can highlight potential storage problems. A handy shortcut for selecting this feature is to press ‘Command’ and the backslash ‘/’ button.

Make FaceTime calls anywhere in macOS
~MacLife
You don’t actually need to be in the FaceTime app to activate video calls, thanks to the seamless integration with the rest of macOS. All you need to look for is a little video camcorder icon in various apps and click on it to spring a FaceTime call into life. A prime example would be from within the Contacts app. If a contact has a compatible device, the camcorder icon will be present and you can call them at any time. Likewise, an entry in Maps or Safari will show if a business or company can be contacted via FaceTime. This is a very handy feature.

Give Siri a hand
~MacLife
With a little bit of help, Siri can be a very useful personal assistant. Two fields in Contact cards worth spending some time with are Nickname and Related Name. if you add entries into these fields, you’ll be able to use Siri more effectively. For example, add nicknames like ‘dentist’ or ‘doctor’ and you can use Siri to say “Hey Siri, call my dentist.” It’s worth doing this now that the digital assistant has made an entrance in macOS Sierra. This would be very useful as it could potentially speed up and manage your workflow and busy schedule.

Create Quick Events in Calendar
~MacLife
While there are plenty of ways to create a new event in Calendar, the quickest and most natural is to simply click the + button in the top toolbar. You’ll see a text box appear, where you can simply type, in natural language, the name, time and date of the event you want to create. Calendar will translate what you’ve typed and add an event to the calendar instantly. You’ll also get suggestions for similar events, so you can repeat them if needed without having to type it all in again.