Mary’s X Files, May 2018

Make Full Use of your Spotlight on Mac
1. Check Weather – If you want a quick weather report for your local area, then just type ‘weather’ intoSpotlight and you’ll get a ten-day forecast.

2. Check Flights – For holidays, if you want the latest flight information, then type in your flight number. It can also handle currency conversions.

3. Define Words – Rather than going to websites like, you can type in any word preceded by ‘define’ to get a definition.

Finding Local Businesses
What’s impressive about Spotlight on iOS is that it is linked with other apps, such as Maps, so that when you search for a specific place, like a local business, you can get essential info and even directions instantly.
1. Start Searching – Swipe to access Spotlight and then enter the name of a local business into the search field and press ‘Search’.

2. Tap Result – Results will appear as you type. Tap on the results under the ‘Maps’ category for a pop-up information box.

3. Get Directions – As well as opening hours and the address, you can also tap ‘Directions’ to be taken straight to the business.

Fix Bluetooth Connections on Mac
Bluetooth can be a fickle technology and from time to time, you may experience connection problems. With so many wireless technologies floating around near you Mac, it is understandable that problems may occur, but there is an easy fix that will cure almost all connectivity problems every single time and it only takes a few seconds of your time to complete, as we will not demonstrate.
1. Find the Offender – Go to System Preferences and click the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to see every previously connected device listed. Find the one that is failing to connect an click the ‘x’.

2. Forget the Device – Click “Forget Device’ and it will be removed from the list which should resolve whatever the software problem was that was causing the failed connections in the past.

3. Time to Pair – You can now go through the process of paing the device again and the problem should be resolved. If it isn’t, there may be a hardware problem in the device, itself.

Why Won’t My Mac Start Up?
There are few things more concerning than not being able to start your Mac properly. You may see a blue screen which is legendary in the fear it invokes or you may see error messages, but either way you will want to do what you can to bring back a smooth startup process in the future. The first thing to try is starting up in Safe Mode which will strip down the processes used to the bare minimum and which is more likely to put you in a position where you can begin to fix the problems.

With your Mac powered down, turn on your Mac as normal and then press and hold the Shift key. Release Shift when the Apple logo appears and wait for macOS to boot in the new Safe Mode. You may need to log in as normal, but when done you will now be in Safe Mode for the duration of the session. If you use the ‘Restart’ option you will return to normal mode when it restarts again which gives you the chance to fix the problem first.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2018
Lots here to read – but do it and learn about VPN networking (Virtual Private Network).
Attention! Gmail users! Here’s the how and most definitely the why you should set up two-factor authentication for your Gmail account. Do your Gmail account a favor and make it secure.
All about adware! Lots of info for you on the Malwarebytes site about that nasty adware.
Apple has made the decision to end the Airport line of wireless routers. That’s a fact we must live with now. Start learning about what we do next without our beloved Apple routers. Then watch the youtube video and see Steve Jobs introduced them in July 1999. Rene Ritchie then goes on to discuss what might do in the future.
It’s always fun to look forward to WWDC. On the first day (June 4) the keynote will definitely include major Apple announcements, a look at upcoming products and first details on new operating systems. SAVE the date – and watch the keynote online.
Here’s our friend David A. Cox with a video featuring software called Clean Your Mac and some good direction about cleaning your Mac without using the software. I’m am not endorsing the software although I did download it to try. So watch and learn from David’s tips at least. He takes you to places on your Mac I’m sure you’ve never visited.

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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2018
Here’s some interesting information if you’re a Chrome user and maybe even if you’re not. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).–mac-45367
Excellent information on caring for your Mac’s battery. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).
David A Cox video – Clean & Protect Your Mac.
David A Cox video – Clean Up Your iPhone or iPad IN UNDER 10 MINUTES.
New iPad on your wish list? Watch this video.
New Apple updates for you and MUST READ articles to update your knowledge.
Do you have this question – how much storage space do I have on my hard drive? Here’s how you find out.

Mary’s X Files, March 2018

Instantly See your History in Safari on iPhone
To drill down to see all of the pages that you accessed to get to the current tab, simply hold down the back (<) button. Your history up to that point will then be displayed.

Quickly Add a Bookmark in Safari on iPhone
Long gone are the days of having to tap the Share button in order to add a new bookmark. Now you can simply long-press on the bookmarks button for this option.

Rename Multiple Files in Batches on the Mac
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.

Customize your Dock in Mac OS
Unlike your iOS devices, your Mac Dock has its own dedicated settings in System Preferences. By going there, you will be able to adjust the size, the magnification of the app icons and much more to make it your own.

1. Open System Preferences
Go to System Preferences>Dock and then click and hold on the Size slider to adjust the size of the Dock as it appears on your desktop. You can also click to magnify the app icons.

2. Dock Positioning
You can actually position the Dock where you want on your desktop, such as the side — simply click ‘Left’, ‘Bottom’ or ‘Right’ and the dock will be placed accordingly.

3. Special Effects
Other options apply to the effects that occur when you minimise windows to the Dock ‘Scale’ or ‘Genie’) or open apps from the Dock. You can also hide the Dock when not in use.

Speed up your Mac
1. Update your Apps
Outdated apps in newer operating systems can prove to be glitchy and sluggish, so launch the App Store, click on ‘Updates’ and update every app that you can.

2. Check Activity Monitor
Launch Activity Monitor, select View>Windowed Processes and click on ‘CPU’ to check the biggest drainers on your Mac and consider quitting anything you don’t need.

3. Check Energy
If you are using a laptop, while in Activity Monitor, click on ‘Energy’ to see which apps drain the most energy from your battery. If power is getting short, close unused apps.

4. Turn Off Startup Items
Your Mac may be sluggish due to an array of open apps that booted up at startup. Got to System Preferences>Users & Groups, click on your name and click on ‘Login Items’.

5. Disable Apps
Within the same ‘Users & Groups’ preference, if you see apps that don’t need to be open, click on the padlock icon and enter your administrator’s password, click on the app name and then click on ‘-’ underneath.

6. Disable Visual Effects
The MacOS has visual effects that slow down older Macs when running the latest operating systems. Go to System Preferences>Dock and uncheck boxes such as ‘Magnification’.

Manage your Mac Using Siri on MacOS
Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2018
Bad Apple column on TidBITS initiated after an iCloud Photo Library problem. This column is meant to alert Apple to a problem/situation that Apple should change. Watch for more from this Watchdog in the future.
Here’s a tip you will appreciate. Learn how to switch bluetooth devices in Control Center with iOS 11. Submitted by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).
Safari’s Reading List is the BEST! Make sure your settings allow you to read offline.
Interested in setting up a Gmail account? Here are step-by-step directions that will direct you through the process.
Merging a PDF document has changed with High Sierra and it’s better. Take a look at how easy it is.
Be alert and be aware of the possibility that just because you receive an email from Apple – that email may not actually be from Apple. Make sure you read this information.
I attended an OLLI class and came away with good information about scams etc. that invade our lives. Above are some websites I collected at the meeting.
Ever wonder how you get phone calls from a local number and it’s really NOT!

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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2018
Complete guide to the iPhone X. This tutorial was used by Doug Leng in his presentation at the January MIAMUG meeting.
You’ll find plenty of short video tutorials here for you. Some may be new and others may be review.
Learn how to use Emergency SOS on your iPhone. Very important for everyone to be very familiar with this feature.
This information is more than helpful. Find out how to remotely help someone or receive help for your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
This is mega helpful! View App Store and iTunes Purchase History from your iPhone or iPad. Step by step directions here. Easy to keep track of your subscriptions also.
How about a learning project this winter? How about creating of Keynote Presentation? Learn how to export it to Powerpoint (if you still have a Windows friend) or PDF or HTML. Have fun showing off your expertise to your friends and family.
Have Apple Watch. Must Travel. Here are the best Apple Watch Travel Apps. Bon Voyage!
Air Pods and Apple TV! What a great combo. Find out how to pair them here. Then watch away!
Here is a valuable procedure you may have the need to use at some point. Example: you have a new phone and want the contents of old phone transferred. Do it yourself!

Mary’s X Files, January 2018

Using Split View on iPad
The iPad was the device that benefited most from the iOS 11 update as advancements were made to the touchscreen interface to make it more akin to a laptop. Here we show you how to use Split View from the Dock.

1. Drag and drop — Press and hold on an app icon in your Dock and then drag it up to the far-left on the main home screen. A black area will appear for you to drop it into, after which it will fill half the screen.

2. Drag a second app icon — Keeping the first open app in place with one finger, you can then drag a second app up to fill the vacant space on the right, after which both apps can be viewed side by side.

3. Make adjustments — If you want to adjust how much space each app gets on your screen, simply press and hold on the screen divider and then drag it left or right. It’s a fabulously intuitive system.

Lesser Known SIRI Tricks on the Mac
Siri on the Mac can be a hugely advantageous feature if you use your Mac a lot. It enables you to quickly check for answers to questions and to effectively have access to all of the information the internet has to offer. Here are a few examples:

1. Access system information — Siri is also embedded in a Mac in a way which means that it has access to the system data you need. You can ask how much storage you have left on your Mac and even how much iCloud space you have available. The results are presented in an instant.

2. Manage your Mac — Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

3. What’s that song? — Siri can offer the same benefits as Shazam on a Mac without the need to even have
the app installed. If a song is playing in the background you can ask Siri, “What is this song?” and your Mac microphone will listen and then magically present all of the details you need.

4. Save media results — If you ask Siri to display images of an object or an animal, you will be given a set of results derived from a standard internet search. You can then click on any image and drag it to the Notes app or many other apps and use it for your own purposes. Very clever integration.

5. Search for tweets — Provided you have a Twitter account linked in macOS you will be able to ask Siri to search for tweets by a user name or look for those related to a particular subject. It is much more efficient than using Twitter directly. An excellent feature.

Using the Cloud — Optimize Mac Storage
The days of new Macs having way more storage than their predecessors are over – a problem if you have a lot of media. iCloud Drive provides a solution: in System Preferences>iCloud, click on iCloud Drive’s Options button and turn on Optimise Mac Storage. Older documents are offloaded to iCloud when storage space is needed.

Optimize Your Mac Input Devices
1. Use Spotlight — Sure, you can launch apps on your Mac by clicking icons in the Applications folder or Dock. But it’s often faster to press Command+Space to fire up Spotlight, type a few letters, and use the arrow keys to open what’s selected.

2. Understand your trackpad — The Trackpad pane in System Preferences offers three tabs full of options. Tracking speed is worth increasing, but also turn on ‘Tap to click’, so you tap lightly to select items on your Mac, rather than having to press.

3. Adjust your keyboard — In System Preferences, the Keyboard pane has options for fine-tuning how your keyboard works with your Mac, including defining new keyboard shortcuts, and creating text replacements.

4. Explore your mouse options — Whatever mouse you’re currently using, the Mouse pane of the System Preferences provides settings to change how it works. Tracking speed is perhaps the most important. Ramp it up to the maximum you feel comfortable with.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2018
Heads up everyone! Read about the Apple offer to replace the battery of iPhone 6 or later. So if you’re experiencing battery capacity problems this will help you out. Normally a battery replacement costs $79. The offer will cost you $29.
Here’s some good information for you. This article will provide you all you need to know about exchanging or repairing your Apple product.
Lots of iOS 11 information here and then even more.
Learn about iTunes Match and what happens if you cancel your subscription.
Keep learning more about Time Machine here.
Wintertime is a good time for delving into a topic. Here’s iCloud: The ultimate guide. Knock yourself out!
Take some time to watch this iCloud tutorial.
This is a short tutorial featuring Mac OS High Sierra. If you’re waiting to install, watch this first.