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Mary’s X Files, October 2015

Compare with the Original in Photos on Mac
When you’re making complex edits, it’s always good to refer back to the original file. Hold down M on your keyboard to move back and forward between versions.

Don’t be Afraid to Experiment when Editing in Photos on Mac
Editing in Photos on the Mac is non-destructive, which means you can undo anything you don’t like the look of. The Revert to Original and Reset Adjustments options are always there to fall back on.

Share your Mac Screen Easily
Got a family member struggling to grasp some technical issues on their Mac? Well, you can use Messages to quickly initiate Screen Sharing mode with anyone using OS X 10.10 and above. Once activated, you can use your mouse to control their Mac’s screen and highlight the necessary areas. Messages also automatically loads up audio chat to help the proceedings, too.

Easily Start Screen Sharing in OS X Using Messages
- Open the Messages app in OS X if you haven’t done so yet
- From any conversation window in messages, click on the “Details” button in the upper right corner
- Click on the two overlapping boxes to see the screen sharing options – if it’s dark blue, you can start a screen sharing session, if it’s light blue, the option will not be clickable because the user does not have a proper version of Messages setup on their Mac
- Choose “Invite to share my screen” to share your own Mac screen with the message recipient, or “Ask to share screen” to request access to the other users display through screen sharing

When the screen sharing session begins, their desktop will open in a new window over your current desktop, it will resize to fit if your screen or their resolution are different:

Additionally, a screen sharing icon will appear in the Mac menu bar indicating a session is open.

If you’re sharing your own desktop this way, no additional window will open, but the menu baricon will demonstrate that screen sharing is active.

You can terminate the screen sharing session at any time through the menu bar item, by closing the screen sharing window, or by closing the active Messages window.

As already mentioned, screen sharing is possible in all versions of Mac OS X that are even somewhat modern, it’s just this specific means of initiating a screen share through the Messages app that is new and limited to Macs with OS X 10.10 and newer.

Recalibrate Your Watch
If you’re using your Apple Watch as a fitness companion, you’ll want accurate readings. In Location Services>System Services on your iPhone, check the Motion Calibration option.

Jump into Editing in Photos on Mac
To access the editing view, normally you click the Edit button when viewing an image, but there’s a better way: simply press the Return key. This shortcut also works in the Moments view when a photo is selected.

Keep Siri from Mixing Up Events and Reminders
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
It can be really handy to use Siri to create events and reminders — so much faster than opening the app and doing it manually. However, you need to be careful how you word your request, because Siri will sometimes mix things up: creating an event when you wanted a reminder, and vice versa.

To ensure that you get a Calendar event, begin your request by using the verb “schedule,” such as “Schedule my haircut for Monday at 11 a.m.” Siri will reply, “OK, I set up your event for Monday. Shall I schedule it?” And then you’re presented with your Calendar appointment and have the opportunity to confirm or cancel.

To ensure that you get a Reminder, begin your request by using the verb “remind,” such as “Remind me at 10:30 on Monday to go to my haricut.” Siri will reply, “OK, I’ll remind you” and will show you your reminder.

Note that the Calendar app does allow you to set an alert prior to an event, but you can’t create Calendar alerts with Siri.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2015
It’s here – iOS 9! You must install because updates are good for your device and they really mean it this time. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have. There’s a lot to read and digest so plan some large time blocks.
iOS 9 is here and El Capitan may be released before you read this (probably 9/30). So let’s get up-to-date on what’s new in security using Two-Factor Authentication. This is important for you to use and understand. More on the subject here /
If you follow Bookmarks each month you know I’ve mentioned a website called and suggested you use and remember it. David has changed the name of the site. Still good and still lots to learn from him – just go to Also follow his YouTube channel.
Catch Dana’s Home Automation presentation at October meetings, both SMUG and MIAMUG. And remember to talk to Dana Haynes about a club discount for his tutorial site and start learning!
Another site for tutorials.
Here are some sites to learn about the 4th gen Apple TV. Compare to present Apple TV and the competition.
Read about News here. It came with iOS 9. Personalize the app and you’ll have your news you follow at your fingertips.

Mary’s X Files, September 2015

Diagnose Problems with Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor may look complicated at first glance, but it’s a utility app that is worth getting to know. The app shows the processes, often hidden in the background, that are running on your Mac, so you can see how they affect your Mac’s performance. Activity Monitor should therefore always be your first port of call when your Mac isn’t behaving the way it should. Open Activity Monitor and you’ll be able to see apps that are using the most CPU, memory or battery.

Make Recurring Events in Calendar
Instead of having to manually enter a new entry into your calendar for repeated events, let the app do the work for you. Create an entry, select the Repeat option and choose how often you want it to repeat.

Save an Attachment in Messages
When you receive an attachment that you’d like to save to your device, you’ll first need to long-press on it. A new Save option will now appear for you to finish the process.

How to Use iPad-Only Gestures
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
We’re all familiar with the one-finger swipe and the two-finger pinch, but if you have an iPad, you may want to consider using all five fingers. Since iOS 5, Apple has added new gestures that make multitasking and navigating between apps more seamless than ever before. These gestures make it easy to see which apps are active, swipe between them, and quickly return to the Home screen.

First, make sure the function Multitasking Gestures is enabled. Go to Settings.

Select General and find Multitasking Gestures; turn on.

Five-finger Pinch: As though to gather a sheet with an open hand, place all five fingers on the iPad screen and ‘”grab” away. Doing this at any point will immediately take you to the Home screen.

Four-finger Swipe Up: If you haven’t already discovered your multitasking bar (also accessible by two clicks of the home button), I highly recommend you do. Holding four fingers to the screen, swipe up to display the multitasking bar. From here you can swipe left and right to view currently active or recent applications (pro-tip: from the multitask bar, quickly swipe up to close an app.) Swipe four fingers down to hide the bar.

Four-finger swipe left/right: My favorite addition is the four-finger swipe left/right. This allows you to slide between active applications without opening the multitasking bar. Place four fingers on the screen and “turn the page.” I love this because it allows me to shuffle between email, writing documents, open browsers, and more.

Remove “Sent from my iPhone” from Your Email Signature
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
The default signature in iOS Mail is “Sent from my iPad” or “Sent from my iPhone.” But while some people may be happy to declare what device they are using at the bottom of every email they send, others prefer to provide other information, such as the name of the sender and additional contact information.

To edit your iPhone’s default email signature, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature. Tapping on All Accounts will allow you to set one signature for all your email accounts. Tapping on Per Accounts will allow you to set different signatures for each individual account—which is handy if you use your iDevice for work and personal emails.

Tap on the default signature to edit it, and then delete the default text and type in the information you want to appear at the bottom of your emails instead.

Extend Edit Ranges in Photos for Mac
A funny thing happened one day when I accidentally pressed the Option key while editing a photo: The tick marks on several of the adjustment controls moved.

Many of the controls use a scale that ranges from –1.00 to +1.00, with the image’s original value sitting in the middle at zero. The Exposure control, for example, darkens the image significantly at –1.00, but doesn’t turn it black. When you hold Option, that range changes to between –2.00 and +2.00, letting you darken the photo even more (or go the other direction and brighten a dark photo).

This feature is also useful when you’re looking for more pop or an extreme treatment for a drab photo. With the Option key held, however, one can push that higher and get a more dramatic effect.


Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2015
Good stuff to learn about here even though it’s a bit dated. BUT poke around on this site and you’ll find some free tutorials as well as some at a small cost.
Meet Dana Haynes, our new SMUG member, who recently moved to mid-Michigan from Florida. He is a certified Apple consultant and has this wonderful site for tutorials and help with your Mac and Apple devices. I’m sure he’ll be spotted at MIAMUG also. Welcome Dana!
Learn here just how to be safe on public Wi-Fi networks.
Here’s a site to help you use your iPhone for photography more effectively and creatively. Here’s a good place to begin –
Learn more about Photos for OS X and its editing power.
Do you know these hacks for your iPhone? I bet you can find at least a couple that will make you say – “I didn’t know that!”
MacKeeper – avoid at all costs! Read about class-action law suit.
Looking to protect your valuable data? Then primary in your consideration should be that you backup offsite. Read this article by Joe Kissell who teamed up with the review site (The Wirecutter). Spend some time reading the CrashPlan review and so much more.
It’s terribly time consuming to drag a cd or dvd to the trash to eject. Joke! Put Disk Eject in your menu bar and save time. Find out how to do that.
Here’s Keychain 101 (Apple’s Password Manager). I admit I use Keychain and 1Password and I’m happy with the convenience.
The Apple Event is next week on Wednesday September 9. You should not miss the Apple Event keynote. It’s fun to see the new announcements and the excitement. Watch it live on your computer at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Mary’s X Files, August 2015

Show full URL in Safari
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
By default, Safari’s address bar, or Smart Search bar to give it its full title, only shows the first part of a URL (web address). This is fine most of the time, but not great if you like to use the URL as a reference in order to identify exactly where you are on a site. To change this setting, go to Preferences in Safari and then click on Advanced. Now click the check box next to ‘Show full website address’. The address bar will now display the full URL of each webpage.

Share your screen in Messages
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
There are occasions when allowing other people to see your screen, or being able to see the screen of the person you’re chatting to, is very useful. If you’re training someone, for example, or providing technical support, seeing the same screen helps a great deal. When you’re in the application “Messages” on your Mac, click on “Details” and then click the leftmost icon next to your contact’s name. Choose whose screen to share: yours or theirs. They’ll get a notification request. If they accept, you will both see the screen until you end either the conversation or the screen-sharing session.

Take Vertical Panoramic Photos
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Panoramic photos are great for capturing an expanded view of a beautiful landscape. Typically, this is done by moving your iPhone from left to right or right to left as you take the photo in Pano mode. But what about when you want to capture a shot of something really tall, like a tree, for example, or even the Eiffel Tower? Well, you’ll be excited to hear that you can take vertically oriented panoramic photos with your iPhone too!

Taking a vertical panoramic photo is simple. Just hold your phone horizontally and tap on the yellow line to choose whether you will move your phone up or down as you take the picture.

With any luck, you’ll now be able to get your entire subject into your shot.

See the Exact Battery Power Percentage Your iPhone Has Left
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Do you always measure ingredients exactly when following a recipe? Do you say things like, “According to my pedometer app, I’ve walked 3.8 miles today.”? Do you use decimals when filling out your weight on medical forms?

If you do, you’ll be happy to know you can also quantify exactly how much battery power your iPhone has left.

Simply go to Settings > General > Usage and toggle Battery Percentage on. The battery percentage will now appear to the left of your battery icon.

And just like that, the nagging discomfort of not knowing exactly how much battery power your iPhone has will be eliminated.

Now you can go around saying things like, “My iPhone’s battery charge is down to 22 percent; time to plug it in.”

Customise your System Preferences
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
System Preferences is home to all of the inner workings of your Mac, but if you don’t use all of the panes on offer, why display them? By clicking on the View menu, you can choose the Customize option, which will place tick boxes next to all of the panes, so simply deselect the ones you don’t need. From the same menu, you can also choose to view your System Preferences panes alphabetically.

Access your System Preferences options quickly
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
If you know the pane you need, then this trick will save you time It takes a few seconds to launch System Preferences, plus a couple more to locate the pane you need, but you can save time simply by right-clicking on the System Preferences icon in your Dock. Doing so will make a pop-up menu appear, displaying all of your preferences as a list – so simply select the one you want and it will launch System Preferences and simultaneously open the pane that you need.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2015
iOS 9 should arrive in mid-September. Read about it now and be ready.
El Capitan is your next operating system. Find out here what’s new, what’s different and be ready for it’s release in the fall.
We’ve talking a lot about security recently. Read the article to understand your Mac’s firewall.
Siri is working with Apple Music. Here are 12 secret Siri commands for Apple Music. Try them out!
MacKeeper for your Mac. What a deal! Not! Check out the information in the links above. Remove MacKeeper!
More to read on security.
Learn more about staying safe on public wifi.
This is a VPN I’ve used when we travel. Try it free for 30 days. After that check out subscriptions and passes.
Here read about some measures and privacy settings that Apple device owners should know.
Use Siri to call Emergency Services. Read this and be aware of this.
Good video that will walk you through the process you need to take if a Safari pop-up is appearing on your Mac.

Mary’s X Files, July 2015

How to Use Mac Help from an Application

  1. Select Help from the Menu bar.
  2. Type the subject you’re trying to find help about in the Search field.
  3. The contents will change per application. Some apps provide complete user manuals and reference guides; others show you shortcut lists or provide links to helpful web resources.

Jump directly to your drafts
If you’ve ever saved an unfinished message as a draft in the iOS Mail app, you’ll know what a pain it is to dig it back up. You need to back out of the universal All Inboxes screen, select an account, then tap the Drafts folder—and if you choose the wrong account, you’ll have to back up and try again.

There’s an easier way of finding your Mail drafts than poking around the Drafts folders of your various email accounts.

Instead of poking around the folders of your various mail accounts, try this: tap and hold the Compose button (the square with the little pencil in the bottom corner of the screen).

When you do, a list of all your draft message across all your Mail accounts will appear.

How to force quit a stuck app on your Mac
Ordinarily, Mac apps are very well behaved, but everyone once in a while something can go wrong — horribly wrong — and the app will stop responding to any input. Sometimes if you give the Mac a few moments to recover, you’ll get back cursor or input control and you’ll be able to quit. But if you can’t, there’s a built-in feature in OS X to help — it’s called Force Quit, and it’s only a click away.

  1. Click on the  menu.
  2. Select Force Quit. (Alternately, you can press the command, option and escape keys on your keyboard.)
  3. The Force Quit Applications dialogue will appear and show all open applications. (Typically if one has stopped working, you’ll see “Not responding” appear next to the application name.)
  4. Select the name of the app you’d like to quit.
  5. Click the Force Quit button.
  6. The Mac will ask you to confirm that you want to quit the application, with a reminder that you may lose any unsaved changes in any open documents in that app. Click Force Quit to quit or Cancel to resume.

Turn Off Cellular Data to Avoid Charges when Traveling
~iPhone Tip of the Day
Say you’re taking a trip abroad or somewhere else outside your carrier’s service area. You can turn on your phone and use Wi-fi when you’re near a connection, but what if you leave your phone on when you leave the hotel? There’s a simple way to avoid roaming charges when you’re traveling, and it lives in your iPhone settings (this tip also applies to cellular models of iPads).

Go to Settings > Cellular.

In the Cellular menu, you can prevent your iPhone from using any cellular data at all by toggling Cellular Data off. This is ideal for international traveling. For domestic travel, you can also toggle Data Roaming off for those times when you go out of your service area without realizing it. It’s that simple.

Place Calls Directly from Call Reminder Notifications
~iPhone Tip of the Day
If you need to call someone, but it’s not convenient to place the call right now, you can use the Reminders app to help you remember to make the call later. If you use Siri to create the call reminder, you’ll be able to call the person directly from the reminder notification.

To create a call reminder, activate Siri by holding down the Home button and saying something like, “Remind me to call my husband at 11:45 a.m.”

When you receive the reminder to call your husband, slide the notification to the left and tap Call. Siri will dial his number without you having to open the phone app. It’s just like having a personal assistant to dial the phone for you.

Dictate your Mail message
If you’re behind the wheel or otherwise have your hands tied, you can still compose and send Mail messages from your iPhone or iPad. How? Just ask Siri.

Press and hold the Home key to launch Siri (or, if you’re using your headset, press and hold the center button on the in-line remote), then say something like “Compose an email to Michael Scott” (or just “to my boss,” if you’ve taught Siri your relationship to your contacts).

If you ask nicely, Siri will compose and send a mail message for you.

Siri will step you through the process of composing a Mail message, everything from verifying the right email address (if a contact has multiple addresses listed in their contact card) to writing a subject line and dictating the body of the message.

Once the message is all set, Siri can send it out herself once you give her the go-ahead.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2015
Your Apple ID lets you access and store content in iCloud, make FaceTime calls, send iMessages, use Apple Pay, and purchase items from the App Store and iTunes Store. You’ve forgotten your Apple ID password? Oh, NO! Here’s the process for you to reset your password.
Getting your first iPhone or possibly a new one? Follow these steps to begin on the path of becoming an iPhone pro.
Get ready – El Capitan and iOS 9 are on the way. These links should spark your interest.
Using Gmail? Then you should be aware that you now can Undo Send. Follow the directions here and try it out. You’ll enable it and love it.
Shared albums in Photos for Mac and iOS is the best and very easy way to share your photos with friends and family.
Here are 9 slides containing the steps to format a startup drive for your Mac.
Learn about iBooks for your Mac and iOS devices. Your reading will be available on your Mac and devices and so will your bookmarks and notes.
By the time you read this Apple Music will have arrived with the iOS 8.4 update. Learn about it here and give it a try.

Mary’s X Files, June 2015

How to view your purchased apps from the Mac App Store

  1. Open the Mac App Store.
  2. Click on the Purchases tab.
  3. All of the apps you’ve purchased or downloaded using the Apple ID you’re signed in with will appear in this list. The Mac App Store organizes that list by the date the app was purchased. The most recent apps you bought will appear at the top. All apps you currently have installed will show an Open button. If you’ve deleted apps you purchased, or if you are using a different Mac than the one you purchased the app from, the button will say Install instead.

How to Correct Siri With Typing Instead of Voice
~iPhone Tip of the Day
As anyone who has used to Siri to make calls, search the web, or send messages knows, Siri doesn’t always understand what you say. This can be followed by increasing frustration levels if Siri fails over and over to understand your voice corrections. But when Siri gets it wrong, you don’t have to repeat yourself. Instead, you can edit your query via typing.

Under the query text, tap on “tap to edit”.

This will bring up a keyboard and allow you to edit your request by typing instead of voice. When you are finished typing, tap “Done” and Siri will respond to the corrected request.

How To Make Speakerphone Calls Using Siri
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
I have several hours of commute time every week and I don’t always have my phone’s Bluetooth headset with me. If I want to make a call that means one hand holding the phone and only one hand on the wheel while going 70 miles per hour down the highway. Um, I mean 65 miles per hour, which is the legal speed limit in Colorado.

That’s why I appreciate that with the new iOS 8.3 update you can now make speakerphone calls using Siri.

Simply tell Siri to call one of your contacts “using speakerphone” and Siri will initiate the call via speakerphone.

You can also use the “Hey, Siri” feature to wake Siri when your iPhone is plugged into a charger and start a phone call on speaker completely hands free. Just say “Hey, Siri, call (name of contact) using speakerphone.”

Extract an application icon in Preview
Preview can extract several sizes of an application’s icon as images. First, select the application wherever it lives in the Finder (say, in your Applications or Downloads folder) and then press Command-C to copy it to your clipboard. Next, press Command-N to create a new document in Preview and all the sizes of the application’s icon instantly appear as individual pages with transparency. To save a specific size as a new file, select the appropriate thumbnail and choose File > Export. To preserve the icon’s transparent background, choose PNG or TIFF for the file format in the resulting dialog box.

To extract an app’s icon, just select the app and press Command-C (top). When you create a new document in Preview, the icon instantly appears at multiple sizes with transparency (bottom).

How to Email More than 5 Photos at a Time
~iPhone Tip of the Day
You’re likely in the habit of sharing photos that you take with your iPhone or iPad. And you may have noticed that if you choose to share photos via email, you’re limited to selecting five photos at a time. However, you can use a clever trick to get around that limit.

To conveniently email more than five pictures at a time, open the Photos app, select All Photos or another album, and tap Select.

Then tap each photo you want to send.

Tap the Share icon.

Then choose Copy.

It will take a moment while your device prepares the photos for pasting.

Next, in the body of the email you’re composing, press and hold where you want to insert the photos to bring up the formatting menu and then tap Paste to insert the photos.

An optional approach is to simply insert each photo one at a time, though it’s a bit more tedious. Just press and hold in a blank space in the body of the email to bring up the formatting menu, tap the arrow, and then tap Insert Photo or Video to select the photos one at a time.

Keep in mind that some email service providers have a maximum attachment size that may limit the number of photos your recipient can receive. In this case, as you can see, the six photos I selected total 23.9 MB. My local Internet provider has a 20 MB limit.