Mary’s X Files, February 2016

Get Easy Access to Favorites in Photos
Staying organised in Photos is very important. One simple tip is to add images to your Favorites Album by tapping the heart symbol or hitting the full stop key.

Send and Receive Messages on Your Mac
You can send text messages to friends in OS X no matter what device they use, meaning you can leave your phone in your pocket at all times. The OS X app, Messages, also let you record voice messages.

How to Send International Text Messages
If you travel or do business internationally, you know how costly roaming charges are. Unless your mobile carrier is Sprint or T-mobile (both limited to 2 G data speed), you need an additional service plan to be able to text while abroad. Luckily, with iMessage, you can text from anywhere in the world for free, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection.

The drawback of iMessage is that the person you’re texting must also have an iPhone. If that’s a deal breaker, I highly recommend using a messaging app like WhatsApp (free for your first year and only a dollar per year thereafter).

To text internationally via iMessage, first turn off your Cellular Data. Next, check that your iMessage app is enabled.

Return to Settings; tap Wi-Fi. Check that Wi-Fi is on and connected, and you’re ready to use iMessage from anywhere in the world.

Request a Desktop Site in Mobile Safari
When you’re on an iDevice (iPhone, iPad or iPod) in Safari, most sites will open up the mobile version by default, but there’s a clever workaround if you’d prefer the full site instead. Open the site and press on the URL bar before dragging downwards on your screen. A small menu will now appear with the “Request Desktop Site” option provided. The full website will load, ready for you to use.

How to Receive AirDrop Files on your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
With AirDrop, you can wirelessly send and receive photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with nearby devices running on iOS 7 or later. You can also share with Macs running on Yosemite or later if your iPhone runs on iOS 8 or later. For AirDrop to work, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be turned on and you must be signed into your iCloud account.

To receive a file over AirDrop, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Select AirDrop. You can receive AirDrops from Everyone, Contacts Only, or turn if Off. I chose Everyone.

Show hidden URLs in Safari
~MacOSX El Capitan Genius Guide
Since upgrading to El Capitan, web browsing in Safari is terrible! Now I can’t see full URLs in the address bar!

- 1 Bring up Safari’s Preferences, either by heading to Safari>Preferences in the menu bar or by hitting Cmd+, (comma) on your Mac’s keyboard.

- 2 There’s a lot on offer inside Safari’s Preferences, but you’ll want to skip most of it and head to the Advanced tab at the far end.
- 3 To complete the process, click the checkbox next to ‘Show full website address’. You should see your change take place.

Split View of One App in El Capitan
Although Apple describes Split View as being a way to put two apps side by side with an appearance similar to full-screen mode, this new feature doesn’t restrict you to showing two different apps; you can put two windows from the same app side by side. This is useful with Finder when archiving contents from your Mac’s internal storage to another drive, to look at two revisions of a Pages document together, or to refer to a copy of a Numbers spreadsheet to look up and type cell references in the master.

How to Create a New Home Screen on your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
As we accumulate more apps, we need more screen space to organize them all. You can create multiple Home Screens, allowing you to swipe through Home Screen pages and have access to as many apps as you want. At the bottom of your Home screen, above your stationary Dock apps, are dots indicating how many Home Screen pages you have. If you find you’re running out of space or want to step-up your organization game, here’s how to create a new Home Screen.

To create a new Home Screen, go to the last available Home Screen page you created. Tap and hold an app until it starts wobbling. Drag the app to the right edge of the last Home screen. This will create a new Home Screen.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2016
It’s wintertime and you now have a good excuse to start a project. Here is everything you need to know to begin a scanning project. Digitize those photos that are saved in a box and enjoy them digitally. Make slide shows; send them to friends and family; reminisce. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).
Whether you have multiple Apple TVs or you just have a new one that you want to rename. Here’s lots of information about going about that task.
If you are interested in learning about Instagram – watch this short tutorial by David A. Cox.
Here’s a beginner’s tutorial on Twitter by David A. Cox.
Okay – let’s learn about Snapchat so you can have fun with your friends and impress your grandchildren.
Stop! Don’t do it! Don’t just yank that flash drive out of your USB port! Learn how to eject a flash drive the correct way.
Here’s a how-to to help you if your Mac laptop’s headphone jack is not behaving.
More and more club members have installed El Capitan. If you haven’t be assured that it’s great and everything will be okay. Learn about El Capitan here with a tutorial. And learn some tips, tricks and shortcuts here:

Mary’s X Files, January 2016

How to Select Text in Trackpad Mode on your iPad in iOS 9
You can also use the virtual trackpad to select text. To select specific lengths of text:
- Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
- Touch two fingers down on the keyboard to switch to the trackpad. – Tap two fingers once to select the word.
- Tap two fingers twice to select the sentence.
- Tap two fingers thrice to select the paragraph.

To select custom lengths of text:
- Touch two fingers down on the keyboard to switch to the trackpad. – Wait a moment for the cursor to switch to the text selector.
- Swipe your finger around to move the text selection point.

How to Assign Different Ringtones to Specific People on Your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
It’s always fun to set a new ringtone, but what if you want different ringtones for specific people? Here’s how to set that up.

Open Contacts. Find the Contact you want to assign a ringtone to and tap Edit.

Scroll down and select Ringtone. Choose the song you want assign to that person. Tap Done.

How to delete items instantly or selectively from Trash
Reader Len writes:

I frequently use flash drives for backup and to transfer files from one computer to another. I often want to delete one or two files from a flash drive without emptying the trash. Is there any way to do this?

Starting in El Capitan, you’ve got an option for precisely this purpose. While I don’t use the Trash as a temporary repository—a kind of purgatory between an active file and the final bit bucket in the sky— but rather only for items I want to get rid of, many people I know stow stuff in Trash they think they might delete later.

Control-click an item or items in the Trash, and the Delete Immediately menu item appears.

Before El Capitan, you would have had to drag items out of the Trash to delete only those that remain. However, OS X 10.11 adds Delete Immediately. You can select any item or set of items in the Finder, hold down Option, and click the File menu to see Delete Immediately. (You can also press Command-Option-Delete for the same effect.)
This is also useful in the Trash, as you can select items in the Trash and Control-click to get Delete Immediately as a contextual menu item.

However you invoke it, Delete Immediately first prompts you to confirm the action and then erases the filesystem’s knowledge of the item or items selected right away, rather than pushing it through the Move to Trash and Empty Trash cycle. (As previously described, though, deleting files doesn’t securely erase them without extra effort.)

How to Change your Mac’s Default Web Browser and Email App
Back in the early days of OS X, Apple’s desktop operating system shipped with an Internet preference pane that let you change, among other things, your default Web browser and email app. At some point, Apple decided to put these settings in Safari and Mail, respectively, but with OS X Yosemite and later, the option to change your default Web browser returned to its rightful home in System Preferences.

If you’d like to change your Mac’s default browser, open System Preferences (look in the Apple menu if you don’t know where to find it), then click General. Next, find the pop-up menu labelled “Default web browser:” Click it, then choose whichever browser you’d like to use as your default.

The default browser picker. Not every app that appears here is a proper Web browser, however.

There are a couple other things you’ll want to be aware of. First, the Default web browser menu lists any app on your computer that can open Web pages, even if they aren’t necessarily a Web browser, per se. On my computer, for example, Evernote, Cyberduck (an FTP player), and Flip Player (which brings Windows Media compatibility to QuickTime) appear in the pop-up menu, but none of those are browsers.

If you want to change your default email app, you still need to go through Mail.

Second, if you want to change your email client, you still need to do so through Apple’s Mail app. Open Mail, then choose Preferences… from the Mail menu. Click General, then select a new email app from the Default email reader pop-up menu

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2016
Here’s help for a great project! Learn how to share slideshows created in Photos for Mac. Now get busy! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
This information is crucial if unwanted texts and phone calls have been annoying you. Learn here how to block them. Now be happy!
Bento was a great database and I loved it. However, it’s gone. RIP, Bento. Tap Forms Organizer stepped up to the plate. The app is great, support is superb, your data is available on all your devices, and there is iCloud and Dropbox integration. Free trial available on website. It’s also available to buy in the App Store.
Both SMUG and MIAMUG have so many new members. I must repeat this site to help relieve frustration. If you’re trying to get to a website and it just won’t come up on your screen – try this site. Paste the url into the box and find out if the site is down or the problem is with you.
Here’s information for you regarding TWIT TV programming schedule changes. If you don’t already follow the shows available – give them a try! Watch live or as podcasts or on YouTube.
Here are some tips to organize your Photos in Apple Photos. I need this and perhaps you do also. Skip the annoying ad.
Dr. Mac (aka Bob LeVitus) has posted an informative article for us. He leads us through the easy fix for his Time Machine disk. His process was performing a Safe Boot – which is something we all should know about. Tuck this help article away, you may need it.
This is for AT&T customers. Say goodbye to two-year contracts. Mac Observer calls it a good thing for customers.

Mary’s X Files, December 2015

iOS 9 Anticipates Which Audio App You Want to Use
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
One of the interesting new features of iOS 9 is its “proactive” smarts. Apple wants your device to anticipate what you want to do depending on the context. A good example of that is how your iPhone or iPad now responds when you plug in earbuds or headphones. Your device figures that you want to listen to something, and a small icon appears in the lower left corner of your lock screen that shows the most recent audio app you’ve been using, whether that’s Apple Music, Spotify, Podcasts, or any other app.

To use this new proactive feature of iOS 9, simply plug in a headset and the icon will appear at lower left in the lock screen.

If the icon that appears is indeed the app that you want to use, simply swipe up on it, and the app will open.

How to Mute Someone Who’s Pestering You in Messages
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Sometimes particular conversations or individuals can become a bit of a nuisance in Messages — so much so that you’d like to stop receiving notifications for that conversation. Maybe you are part of a group conversation run amok or a family member likes to text you during work hours? Fortunately, you can turn on Do Not Disturb for any particular conversation.

To mute notifications for a conversation, open Messages and select the conversation that you’d like to mute. Then tap on details at upper right.

In the window that appears, toggle on the Do Not Disturb button.

You’ll then no longer receive notifications related to this conversation, but will continue to receive your other notifications. This works for both SMS texts and iMessages.

How to See if a Location in Maps Accepts Apple Pay
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Apple Pay is slowly being adopted by different retail businesses and banks. To easily find out if Apple Pay is available at a location you plan to visit, you can check in Maps before visiting a store.

To see if a location accepts Apple Pay, open Maps. Search for your location and tap the arrow on the location’s bar.
The page for that location will pop up. Look next to Category and Price, if you see the Apple Pay logo, that store accepts it.

Muting Audio in Safari in El Capitan
Probably the most welcome addition is the ability to mute the audio content from a website. Sites are increasingly auto-playing video and having the accompanying audio (usually an advert) blasting out from your Mac is excruciatingly annoying. Any tab that is playing audio displays a blue speaker icon in the Smart Search field – filled in when the audio is coming from the current tab, and an outline when it’s from another tab. Click this blue icon and the sound from the current tab will be muted. Hold the option key when clicking it to mute all other tabs. Be aware that muting audio does not stop the video portion playing. If you have multiple tabs open, a small black audio icon appears on the right-hand side of any that’s playing audio. Clicking one of these mutes that specific tab, or you can hold the option key while clicking to mute all other tabs. Hold the control key and click a tab’s speaker icon to see the same options to mute that tab/others, and the titles of all tabs that are playing audio; you can click one of these titles to jump straight to that tab.

Move and Resize Spotlight Window in El Capitan
Spotlight’s window is no longer a fixed in size or position. First press çommand+[Spacebar] to open Spotlight, then enter your request. With some results shown, you can click and drag from the areas either side of the search field to reposition the window. The window can be resized from its top or bottom edge (remember that you can hold down the option key while dragging to resize in both directions at once).

New Photos’ Editing with Extensions in El Capitan
Photos’ editing capabilities take a big step forward with support for extensions, which enable third-party developers to make image-editing tools from their own apps available inside Photos (much like on iOS). This saves you exporting an image, editing it elsewhere, and bringing it back into Photos. Open a photo and click Edit > Extensions > More to view those available on your Mac. Extensions are bundled with apps from the Mac App Store.

Spotlight Keyboard Navigation in El Capitan
With so many different kinds of result shown in Spotlight, keyboard navigation can be more important than ever before. So, remember that holding the command key when pressing the up or down arrow keys jumps to the first result in the next category in the corresponding direction.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2015
After the holidays how about putting your downtime to good use. Take a look at the projects your could accomplish using Slate. Get inspiration from the many examples.
Good advice here! Make sure you read this before you trust software originating sites not being Apple or the developer’s own website. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Now for the more experienced among us – a site offering a new approach to finding good software. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).
Here learn how to search your iPhone and iPad efficiently. There are 4 smarter ways to search. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here’s a valuable article written by Lesa Snider. Read it before you order prints, a book, a calendar, etc. Make sure your photo’s colors are correct and look their best.
I vote for iCloud! However, you may not – or you’re not sure how to use it. Anyway, here are 5 easy ways to get your iPhone photos onto your Mac.
If you find an Apple Watch under your tree soon – or just admit it, you plan to gift yourself. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to set up and use your Apple Watch.
This is a fun and informative show that I’m sure you would enjoy. Megan Morrone offers up a top five list of best iPhone apps as well as helpful tricks. Suggestion: subscribe to the show’s  podcast through iTunes.

Mary’s X Files, November 2015

How to Use the Slideshow Feature in Photos
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
There’s a little know feature of Photos called Slideshow. You can visit any album in Photos and play the Slideshow. There are different picture display options, you can assign your own music, and change Slideshow speed. You can even Airplay your slideshow to a device such as Apple TV.

  1. To use the Slideshow feature, open Photos.
  2. I recommend selecting the individual Photos when using Slideshow, but it will also work with any album.
  3. Select a photo to begin. Tap the Share button and select Slideshow.
  4. It will immediately begin to play. If you’d like to change the display of pictures, music accompaniment, or speed tap Options. Tap Done once you’ve made your choice.

If you’d like to Airplay the slideshow on your Apple TV, tap the Airplay icon in the upper right corner and select Apple TV.

Quickly Locate Pointer in El Capitan
You can quickly locate the pointer just by shaking it. This enlarges it temporarily to help you spot it on a busy or large desktop. If you find it annoying, perhaps because you fidget with your mouse or trackpad, the behaviour can be disabled by turning off ‘Shake mouse pointer to locate’ in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.

Set Up contextual Reminders with Siri in iOS 9
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Setting reminders for yourself on your iPhone has never been easier. With iOS 9, Siri has received a major intelligence boost and is capable of understanding terms such as “it” or “this,” which means you can now ask Siri to set a contextual reminder based on what you are looking at on your iPhone screen.

For example, If a friend invites you to dinner via text message and you want to make sure you don’t forget to reply when you get home from work, while viewing the message, ask Siri to “create a reminder for this.”

Text Insertion on iPad in iOS 9 Just Got Easier
Hold two fingers on the on-screen keyboard and the keys become greyed out. A blue vertical bar appears at the insertion point’s current location, and you can move it like you would with a mouse or trackpad on a computer by sliding both fingers around the screen; the insertion point will follow. Lift your fingers to finish.

Hide the Menu Bar in El Capitan
In El Capitan, you can hide and unhide the menu bar, just like you can with the Dock. Go to System Preferences>General and tick ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’. Now, hover over it to see it.

Perform Calculations in iOS 9 Search Bar
You needn’t dig around for the iPhone’s Calculator app to perform basic arithmetic because you can run numbers in Spotlight Search, just like in OS X. An added bonus is that it works on iPad too, even though that device lacks the Calculator app. Type a calculation into the search bar, using * for multiply and / for divide. Try using common functions too – for example, sqrt(144).

How to enable the three-finger drag gesture in OS X El Capitan
One of the first things that I do on a new OS X install is adjust the trackpad and mouse settings to my liking. I absolutely love using things like tap to click and the three finger drag gesture.

Imagine my horror when I could no longer find the three finger drag gesture as an option in System Preferences. It’s simply no longer in the place where it usually is: System Preferences > Trackpad. Well as it turns out, things aren’t so grim as they at first seemed.

Apple moved the three finger drag gesture option to another location, although the move doesn’t make a lot of sense if you ask me. In this post, I’ll show you how to enable the three finger drag gesture on OS X El Capitan.

How to enable the three finger drag on OS X 10.11
Step 1: Open System Preferences
Step 2: Click Accessibility
Step 3: Click Mouse & Trackpad
Step 4: Click Trackpad Options…
Step 5: Click Enable dragging
Step 6: Select “three finger drag” in the drop down box

Not only does the three finger drag gesture allow you to move around windows and other desktop items, it also allows you to select text. It’s an absolutely instrumental gesture for trackpad users and I honestly have no idea why Apple would have buried the option so deep in its settings.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2015
After you install El Capitan you no longer have the task of verify/repair permissions. Yea!
Learn more about iOS 9.1 tips and tricks. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Do you think that an old iPhone is useless? Wrong! Use it as an iPod touch.
Good info on Apple’s OS X security.
Here’s where you can learn how to use slide over (new in iOS 9) on your iPad.
The fourth-gen Apple TV is here! And Christmas is coming! Hint hint! Learn how to set up your Apple TV here.
iPad Pro, Smart keyboard and Apple Pen will be available soon. Learn about these new products here.
Time for some housecleaning! Find out how to clean up messy Contacts here.
Here’s a tip to regain some space on your computer. Old backups from your devices may still be living on your computer taking up valuable space.

Accularian is the business website of our newest member, Dana Haynes


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.