Mary’s X Files, June 2019

Turn Your iPhone into a Magnifier
~iCreate Magazine
Have you ever squinted while trying to view some small print on a page or wondered what that tiny mark on the carpet could be? Unless you have very good eyesight or a magnifying glass to hand, you’re likely to struggle, but, with a few taps in the Settings app of your iPhone, help is at hand.

That’s because, tucked away within the Accessibility settings, iOS has a hidden magnifying feature which makes use of your device’s camera. While it was designed primarily for people who have problems with their vision, it can certainly be useful for everybody at one time or another. Even better, it comes with a host of features that let you shine a light on the object you’re magnifying, temporarily freeze what you’re looking at and even alter the colors. What’s more, once you’ve activated it, it can be at your service within seconds.

1. Launch Settings
The Magnifier option must be turned on within the settings before you can use it. You will find the option in the Settings app by navigating to General>Accessibility.

2. Select Magnifier
Under the section marked Vision, you will find an option called Magnifier which will be turned off by default. Simply tap and you’ll be taken to a page with slider buttons.

3. Turn options on
Ensure the slider next to Magnifier is green by sliding your finger on it and then decide if you also want the feature to adjust the brightness and contrast automatically.

4. Activate the Magnifier
Add Magnifier to Control Center for easy access. Now, when you’re looking at something which you’d like to enlarge – perhaps words in a newspaper – select the Magnifier icon in the Control Panel.

5. Use the slider
You’ll see a slider at the bottom of the screen. Moving it left and right will allow you to zoom in and out while tapping the padlock will allow you to lock the focus.

Reading QR codes on iPhone
~Essential Apple User Magazine
1. You can read a QR code with the Camera app. A QR code is a machine-readable pattern made up of black and white squares that typically opens a URL. To scan one, hover the camera over the code.

2. There’s no need to press the shutter button. This process is easier in iOS 12 as Apple has added a frame around the code, making it easier to scan. When you get a notification, tap it to activate the QR code.

Tips for Using Apple Pencil
~Essential Apple User Magazine
1. Trace Paper
You might not have thought about it but it’s entirely possible to trace through a sheet of paper and onto the iPad Pro screen; as long as you push down firmly, you can draw through the paper and onto the screen. It’s best to use reasonably thin paper and not card.

2. Annotate in Mail
It’s also possible to draw directly onto attachments (images and PDF documents) in Mail using the Apple Pencil. Tap on an attachment and choose Markup. Now you can draw directly onto the attachment using the Markup tools.

3. Signatures
Another great trick in Markup is to add your signature to documents. Tap an attachment in Mail and select Markup. Then tap the Signature icon. Tap Add or Remove Signature and sketch your signature with the Apple Pencil; you can then add it to PDF documents in Mail.

4. It’s possible to use Apple Pencil with the latest releases of Apple’s iWork productivity suite, that is, the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. With the Apple Pencil, you can quickly add drawings and sketches to your word processor documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Find document location on a Mac
~MacFormat Magazine
Put the pointer over a document’s name in its window’s title bar. Click the arrow that appears and you’ll see the document’s location displayed in the Where pop-up menu; select an alternative location from that menu to move the doc.

Free up Space on Your Mac
~MacFormat Magazine
If your Mac’s getting full, choose > About This Mac > Storage > Manage. In the window that appears, you’ll see macOS’s recommendations for ways you can recover space. Do back up important content to an external drive first, though.

Take an app full-screen on Mac
~MacFormat Magazine
Assuming an app supports full- screen mode, you can make one of its windows take over the display. Hit the green button on the window’s upper, left corner.