Mary’s X Files, February 2018

How to Close All of Your Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone or iPad
There are some iOS gestures and tricks that have been around forever, but remain relatively hidden because they’re hard to find unless you know about them. Closing all of the tabs in your Safari browser on an iOS device is one such trick — it’s simple if you know how to do it, but it’s a gesture you might not know exists. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Here’s how to do it:

Open up Safari.

Long press on the “Tabs” icon denoted by two squares. On iPhones, it’s at the bottom of the browser in portrait mode or at the top in landscape mode. On the iPad, it’s at the top.

Select Close All Tabs.

Alternatively, you can single tap on the Tabs icon to bring up the browser window view, and then long press on “Done” to bring up the same “Close All Tabs” interface.

That’s all there is to it. Safari will let you know how many tabs are currently open, and it will close each and every one after the Close All Tabs option is tapped.

Because it’s so easy to open a new tab when browsing without meaning to on an iOS device, the Close All Tabs option is super handy for getting rid of all those open browser windows in one quick go.

Search a Web Page in iOS
In Safari on iOS, there are two ways to search a web page for a specific word or phrase. One method is quicker than the other, although neither is necessarily immediately obvious.

The first way involves tapping the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it), sliding your finger left along the bottom column, and tapping the Find on Page button, indicated by a magnifying glass. Start typing what you’re looking for, and your search results will be returned automatically.

The second, faster method is to type your search term straight into Safari’s address bar and then tap the On This Page option at the bottom of the suggestion list, after which you’ll be able to tap through each occurrence of the term on the current page.

Rename Multiple Files
I have heard that it is possible to rename multiple files in batches on my Mac. How is this done?

1. Highlight and select Select multiple files in a Finder window and then right-click to see further options. Click ‘Rename x items’ and a smaller panel will appear with options to select from.

2. Experiment a little: You can now replace specific text in each file name to make them searchable or even change the format so that they can be processed as a single batch.

3. File management: Once you have changed the file names as a batch you can now right-click and select ‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully renamed batch of files to work on.

Manage Storage in High Sierra
From the macOS desktop, click on the Apple menu (the logo in the top-left) and choose ‘About This Mac’.

When the Overview window appears, click on the ‘Storage’ tab and you will be able to see exactly how much storage space you have on your Mac.

Click on ‘Manage’ button and you will see a further range of options to help you free up space and maximise your Mac’s storage space, such as moving all of your photos into iCloud.

Merging Windows in MacOS
I often keep far too many windows open on my Mac desktop. Is there a way to keep it relatively uncluttered while still having access to all of my numerous open windows?

There is a very clever, very hidden tip for doing just that! If your desktop becomes horrendously congested with open windows, click on the ‘Windows’ option in the Finder menu bar and then you will see an option called ‘Merge Windows’. Select this and all of
your open windows will be merged into one.

You can still access the windows that you need from the remaining open one simply by clicking on the tabs at the top of the window. It’s a great way to free up some much- needed desktop space to continue working.