Mary’s X Files, April 2018

Quit Apps on Mac to Save System Resources
It’s not good to have too many apps open at once as they may cause your Mac to run sluggishly as they compete for system resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in the top-left corner of an app window won’t work either as it won’t completely close down the app. The only way to be sure that an app is closed is by clicking on the app menu and choosing ‘Quit’ – or by using the “Command+Q” shortcut.

Close Windows on Mac to Clean up
Your Mac desktop can be a hellish place if you have lots of apps open as the resulting windows will be strewn acrss your screen, making it hard to find what you want. By using the “Command+W” shortcut you will instantly close whatever active window you are using. If you want to go one better, you can press “Alt+Command+W” to close all of the windows relating to the currently active app (including Finder).

Discover New Siri Commands on the Mac
1. Open Siri – Click on the Siri icon in the top-right corner of your Mac display to open the small Siri console that will instantly start listening out for commands (only on MacOS Sierra, and later).

2. Delay or Click – Now you can either say nothing and wait for a second or two, or you can click on the ‘?’ icon to bring up a menu of typical things that you can ask Siri.

3. Pick a Topic – Click on an app category, such as ‘System Preferences’ and you will then be presented with a selection of things that you can ask Siri relating to them.

Instantly Update on iOS
If you only have a modest number of apps installed on your iOS device, then you may want updates to be installed automatically as soon as they become available. This is done easily by going to you Settings app…

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then scroll down through the various sections. You will see a category called ‘iTunes & App Store’ – tap it to adjust the options within.

2. Enable Updates – Under the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section, turn on ‘Updates’ and then they will download and install without you having to lift a finger as soon as they are released.

3. Don’t Use your Data – If you enable the Updates option, then make sure you also check that the ‘Use Mobile Data’ option is turned off so that auto downloads don’t eat into your phone’s data plan.

Updating All of your Mac Apps
The principles of updating apps remains the same on Mac, although the way to do so is slightly different. Here we show you how to manually update your apps or get it done behind the scenes automatically.

1. The Manual Way – Launch the App Store app and then click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top of the interface. Any app updates will be listed here so click on the ‘Update’ button next to any app you want.

2. Do it Automatically – To automatically update your apps, go to System Preferences>App Store, click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and then enter your administator’s password.

3. Tick the Right Boxes – You can now tick the boxes, as required, that relate to the updates. For example, ticking ‘Install App Updates’ will ensure that updates will be installed as soon as they come out.