Mary’s X Files, October 2014

How to set messages to automatically delete themselves in iOS 8
One of the largest culprits when it comes to chewing through the storage on your iPhone or iPad is the Messages app. From regular text messages to iMessages to photos, videos, and audio notes, they all take up space. In some cases, several gigabytes. However, iOS 8 brings with it an awesome feature that lets you set messages to delete automatically after a set amount of time. That means more storage space freed up regularly without you actually having to think about it!

How to set messages to delete after a period of time on iPhone and iPad

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or higher.
2. Tap on Messages.
3. Tap on Keep Messages under the Message History section.
4. Tap on either 1 year or 30 days, whichever you’d like.
5. Tap Delete in the popup menu to confirm you’d like iOS to delete any messages older than the specified time period. You can not undo this action.

That’s it! iOS will now automatically delete all messages that are older than the specified time. For anyone who has a 16GB device, give this a try and see if it helps you keep your storage more under control when it comes to Messages.

Get to know iOS 8:  a convenient new trick in Safari
Get a website’s desktop version
Sometimes you don’t want the stripped-down mobile version of a website. Google’s Chrome has long had a “request desktop version” option, and now Safari does also.

This is especially helpful for sites that insist on serving the mobile version to your iPhone 6 Plus or iPad.

To access this, give a gentle pull down on the menubar to see two new choices: Add to Favorites and Request Desktop Site. Tap the latter and the page will reformat, usually presenting itself in desktop glory.

How to find your iTunes purchase history on your Mac or PC
Can’t remember what apps, movies, TV shows, or music you bought on iTunes, when you bought it, or how much you paid? Maybe you need to reconcile your bills, keep track of the kids, or even get a refund for something that went wrong? The advantage to buying online is that it’s easy to find a list of what you bought. Unlike most online stores, however, Apple doesn’t make your purchase history available on the web. To find it, you have to go to iTunes on Mac or Windows!

How to access your purchase history on iTunes for Mac or Windows

1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC.
2. Click on the Store tab in the top menu and select View Account.
3. Sign in with your Apple ID if you are prompted to do so.
4. Under the Purchase History section, click on See All.
5. On the next screen, just click on any order to expand it and view its contents

How to find out what apps are eating the battery life on your Mac running OS X Mavericks
If you’ve got a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or other kind of portable Mac that contains a battery, OS X Mavericks has made it easier than ever to figure out and keep track of exactly what’s using your battery life. So if you find your battery draining quickly, one click can help you determine what the cause is. Here’s how:

1. In the upper system tray in your Mac, there is a battery icon that shows how much battery you have remaining. Click on it.
2. There’s a new section labeled Apps Using Significant Energy. If there are any apps listed here, these are the ones that could potentially be draining your battery faster.
3. Close down any apps that are in this list in order to save battery life.

Re-enable the Library Folder (Mavericks)
With OS X Lion, Apple discontinued the ability for users to show the Library folder inside of their Home folder. Professional Mac users (especially developers) were disappointed by this move. Fortunately, Apple has now added the ability to un-hide this folder. To do so, navigate to your Home folder, then press Command + J (to show Finder’s View Options). Here, a checkbox labeled “Show Library Folder” will do just that.

Mary’s X Files, September 2014

Do Not Disturb
This next one’s for people who like to read in bed. In this scenario your bed-mate has turned off the lights and is ready for sleep but your glaring iPad is keeping them awake. No problem. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and tap Accessibility Shortcut. Tap where it says Invert Colors. Now return to your book and when the lights go out, triple-click the Home button. The screen turns black and the text, white; producing far less glare.

Image Previews on iPad
Let’s take a look at the Photos app. Here, within albums, you can see thumbnails of your images. But sometimes these thumbnails may not provide enough detail. There’s a quick way to preview them. Just tap on an image with two fingers and stretch. The image will grow larger. You can twist and turn it if you like. To return to the album, just pinch until the other thumbnails appear and take your fingers off the screen.

Facebook’s auto-play videos eating up all your data? Here’s the fix!
The Facebook app for iPhone and iPad features an auto-play feature for videos that seems to be causing a lot of users some data usage grief. It seems to be mysteriously eating through loads of data for some folks. Luckily, there’s an easy way to turn off auto-play with just a few taps. It’s something we’d highly recommend doing if you don’t have an unlimited data plan or live with restricted Wi-Fi. And as an added bonus, it may save you a bit of battery life too!

How to stop Facebook from automatically playing videos and eating your data:

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on Facebook.
3. Tap on Settings at the top.
4. Tap on Auto-play under the Video section.
5. Tap on Off.

That’s all there is to it! Facebook will no longer automatically start playing videos. Instead you’ll have to tap on them in order for them to start playing, just like you used to have to! Give it a try and let us know if this helps decrease the amount of data Facebook consumes!

Reveal files with Spotlight
While Spotlight is the primary search option for OS X, you might find yourself using it only to find and open files directly in their default applications; many users forget that they can also use it to reveal files in the Finder. To do so, run your search, then use the arrow keys to highlight your desired file. Next, instead of pressing Return key alone, hold down Command key as you press Return. This will open a Finder window containing the file, and allow you to delete it, move it, open it in a non-default application, or otherwise manage the file directly.

The copy of the U.S. Constitution that’s installed on every Mac
Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention to this document that outlines the supreme law of the land. Why? Well, there’s a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app.

To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications folder. Once it’s up and running, go up to the menu bar and select Go > Front/Back Matter. There you’ll not only find such exciting information as who was on the editorial staff and advisory board for the Dictionary, but also a bunch of useful references.

In addition to the aforementioned Constitution of the United States of America, there’s also a complete Language Guide, a history of the English language, a list of the fifty states and each state capital, a list of every President of the U.S. from George Washington to George W. Bush (not sure what happened to the current incumbent…), the Declaration of Independence, a list of countries of the world, a list of chemical elements from hydrogen to meitnerium, a cross-reference of standard to metric measure conversions, and the Arabic, Hebrew, Greek and Russian alphabets.

Sure, it’s not exactly Wikipedia, but it’s sure nice to know that if you’re offline and just happen to need to know what the 21st Amendment to the Constitution did (it repealed Prohibition), you’ve got it at your fingertips.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2014
Here you’ll find some good and practical tips for using Safari on your iOS device.
This is an audio link – so click on Continue to article on the first screen you see. Then click on the play arrow to listen. You’ll hear that Google Maps is tracking us. Take a look at the Google Support page for instructions seeing where you’ve been.
Follow the directions above to listen to this audio link. You’ll learn that those pictures, etc. you’ve burned to CDs won’t be around forever.
Learn some tips on managing your email. While you’re on this page – check out other articles in this Automate your Mac series. Look at top of page > More stories in this series. Lots of good stuff.
Whether you’ve installed iOS 8 or not, you’ll find some interesting reading here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).
Family sharing is included in iOS 8. Learn all about it here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).
Is it REALLY such a bad idea to use a password twice? You’d better answer YES!!! Shame on you if you said ‘No’. Go directly to this article and read!
Step up your security with Apple also. Read this support article from Apple on two-factor verification for Apple ID. Now here’s a MacWorld article on the same subject. It’s important!

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2014
We’re all getting ready for iOS 8. Here’s information to prepare you for it. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Here you can listen OR read about Mailbox for Mac. If you choose the first link to listen – click on continue to article, then click on the arrow. I’m testing it and hope to show results at SMUG at September meeting.
More kids have iPads – so direct them to some truly educational apps. Here are some of the best titles for children in the elementary school-age group.
iPhone 5 owners! Check out this battery replacement program if you’re having a failing battery issue. Word to the wise! Before you drive to an Apple Store – check to see that they have the battery in stock!
For Packrats! Good tips on freeing up hard drive space.
Older phone becoming sluggish? – find out why here.
Did you know you can view a list of all your Apple products, check warranty coverage and more. Click on your own personal Support Profile page in the article. This is very cool!
iMessage is great for sending and receiving photos – but after you save a photo(s) to your Camera Roll, delete photos from iMessage and free up some valuable space on your phone.
Slices of Apple is introduced here – an inside look at what makes Apple great. It’s sort of a documentary, a series of video episodes for you to watch. As I’m writing this – Episode 4 has been posted. Watch for more.

Mary’s X Files, August 2014

How to lock focus in the Camera app for iPhone and iPad
Sometimes when taking a photo, the Camera app can continue to re-focus itself which can add some lag between captures. Luckily, if your focal point isn’t constantly moving or changing, you can lock the focus to minimize lag and ensure that the focus is locked on what you want it to be.

How the lock the focus in the iPhone and iPad Camera app:

1. Launch the Camera app like you normally would to take a photo.
2. Press and hold on your focal point until you see an AE/AF Lock banner appear at the top of the screen.
3. Remove your finger from the screen and tap the shutter button when you’re ready to take your photo.
4. Unlock the focus and exposure again at any time by tapping anywhere on the screen.

10.9: Smart folders on the Dock
In OS X 10.9 Mavericks a smart folder (or a saved search) dragged to the Dock behaves like a folder (smart folders by default are saved under ~/Library/Saved Searches). Right click gives sorting, display and viewing options similar to ordinary folders dragged to the Dock. A drawer icon is shown if Display as Folder option is selected. In grid view Quick Look works, too.

How to take a photo while simultaneously shooting video with your iPhone or iPad
Sometimes you’re shooting a video with the built-in iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad Camera app and you find yourself wanting to take a still photo at the same time. Whether it’s an amazing moment amid the action, or just a great composition you want to capture in its won right, there are times when you’ll want to have your video and photo too! Luckily, Apple makes it easy to do.

How to shoot a still photo while simultaneously capturing video on your iPhone or iPad:

1. Launch the Camera app from your iPhone or iPad Home screen
2. Switch to video mode and start recording. (See: How to record a video with your iPhone or iPad)
3. Tap the take picture button to the left of the stop/start button.

The screen will flash white to indicate you’ve taken the photo. Every time you tap the take picture button, another photo will be saved to your Camera Roll, while at the same time your video will just keep recording.

Note: The pictures taken using this method are substantially lower quality than regular pictures. They’re 1280×720 (1.2mp/720p/16:9). Most modern iPhones shoot in 3264 x 2448 (8mp/4:3). What you gain in flexibility you lose in image size. (Though it’s still better than taking a screenshot of the video later, which results in 1136×640 (0.7mp/16:9).

Drag and drop the proxy
~ David Leon Leazenby. “Mavericks 101.” 
Let’s say I’m viewing an image in Preview and decide I want to edit it in Photoshop. I could open Finder and navigate to the file, before dragging it to the Photoshop icon in the Dock, but here’s a quicker way: just drag and drop the proxy icon onto the Photoshop icon in the Dock, which will then instantly open the file in the new app. The proxy icon is the little icon to the left of the filename in the document.

Mac 101: Using the keyboard viewer in OS X Mavericks
The keyboard viewer in OS X has been serving as a useful tool for a long time, allowing users to view keyboard characters with a few clicks of their mouse. Though Apple continues to include the utility in OS X, it has changed its location in the system preferences, moving it from “Language & Text” in Mountain Lion and earlier to the “Keyboard” preference pane.

To add the keyboard viewer to the menu bar in OS X Mavericks, you must enable this option in the system preferences as follows:

1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click the Keyboard preference pane.
2. Click on the Keyboard tab and then select “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar” as shown above.

Once the Input menu appears in your menu bar as a flag-like character, click on this icon and then click “Show Keyboard Viewer” to display a virtual keyboard on your screen.

By default, you see the default keyboard characters, but you can easily view alternative characters by holding down the Option key, the Shift key or the Option-Shift key. When you see the alternative character you want to enter into a document, just click on it in the virtual keyboard or tap on the appropriate keys on your Mac keyboard, such as Option-Shift-K for the Apple “” icon.

Quickly close all tabs in iOS 7
As satisfying as the swipe to close feature in mobile Safari is, it becomes a bit of a chore to close more than a few tabs.

To close all tabs at once, tap the new tab icon (two overlapping squares), tap Private, and then Close All. Repeat the first two steps and tap ‘+’ (or the screen) to get back to an empty Safari in your preferred browsing state.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2014
Have fun learning about using colors on your Mac.
iPhone users concerned about privacy must read this.
Mac 911 comes to the rescue if you use Notes on your Mac and devices. If an important note gets deleted and you want it back – read this for a solution.
Learn how to be prepared with your iPhone to get those serendipitous moments. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).
Follow this link and learn the best ways to share a web page (via Mail) in Safari.
This is a great article to use while learning to use Reminders on your Mac and device.
Wi-Fi problems happen to all of us. Learn how to troubleshoot the problem here.
We’re all waiting anxiously for Yosemite to arrive in the fall. Read what MacRumors has to say about our new operating system.

Mary’s X Files, July 2014

How to create a shopping list in the Reminders app and add items with Siri
1. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap the plus sign by New List at the top.
3. Title it Shopping.
4. Pick a different label color if you’d like and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner.
5. Now press and hold the Home but- ton on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri.
6. Say something like “Add bread to my shopping list.” — you can obviously replace bread with whatever item you’d like.
7. Tap Confirm to add your item.

How to get Siri to add reminders to specific lists
1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri.
2. Say something like “”Add bread to my shopping list.”
3. Siri will show you a summary of the reminder and confirm the list it’ll be added to. If something looks wrong, tap the text to edit it, or start over.
4. Once everything looks right, tap Confirm and Siri will add the reminder to the list specified.

Remember too that if you have already created a reminder and confirmed it, just say “Move it to my shopping list.” or something similar and Siri can then move a confirmed reminder you just created to another list.

How to share your shopping list with iCloud
Sharing your shopping list with others in your house makes it incredibly easy to make sure nothing gets forgotten at the store. Just remind them to add anything they need before you head out to do your shopping. After you share your list, iCloud will sync all changes between both of your iPhones and iPads so you see what each other adds and ticks off in real time.

Unfortunately Reminders lists can’t yet be shared right from your iPhone or iPad, so for this step, you’ll need to open a web browser.

1. Go to from any web browser.
2. Log in to your iCloud account that contains the list you want to share.
3. Click on the Reminders icon once you’re logged in.
4. In the left hand navigation, click on the share icon next to the reminders list you’d like to share — in this case, the Shopping list.
5. Type in the iCloud email of the person you’d like to share the shopping list with and click Done.

That’s it! The person on the receiving end will receive a notification that you’ve shared a list with them and they’ll be able to accept it right on their iPhone or iPad. Once they do, both of you will have easy access to adding and checking off items in your shopping list! You can repeat this process any time you want to share a list with anyone.

Use Quick Look to create an instant slideshow from your photos
Did you know that OS X has a handy feature for easily previewing a bunch photos in a slideshow format? It’s a basic slideshow with no option to add music, but it is perfect if you want to quickly show a handful of your photos to your friends or family.

1. To use Quick Look to create a slideshow, you must first open Finder and select the photos you want to add to a slideshow.
2. Press the space bar on your keyboard to open all the photos in Quick Look with the first image displayed in the window.
3. Use the arrows in the Quick Look window or use your keyboard’s left and right arrow keys to navigate between the photos.
4. Switch between an index view of the photos and a slideshow view by clicking the button to the right of the arrows, or pressing Command-Return.

How to use Reader mode in Safari to simplify web pages for reading
It doesn’t take long to get annoyed by ads and images that clutter your reading space when you are trying to digest a long-form article on your iPhone or iPad. To clear your reading space and bring focus to the words on the page, you can activate Reader mode in mobile Safari in a single tap. When browsing a compatible web page, you can easily remove this distracting content by tapping the line- style icon in the left corner of the URL bar. This will enable Safari Reader, which removes all advertisements and extra images in the article’s content. You will be left with a single column of easy-to-read words. If you want to go back to the original webpage, just tap the icon again.

The biggest drawback to this Reader feature is that it is not available on all web pages.


Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2014
Review some information from Apple on batteries.
Beware! Read this and avoid being scammed by search engine ranking. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG). rss_all
Learn about what’s coming with iCloud. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG). html#tk.rss_all
Read about what we’ll enjoy in iOS 8. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG and MIAMUG).
Here are 20+ iOS 8 features they didn’t talk about at WWDC.
You’ll love what Siri can do in iOS 8. source=macobserver&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_everything
Here’s a simple method to reset your administrator password in Mavericks. medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_everything
Here’s a good tutorial to help you clean up your Calendar app.
Good article for all Mac users contains 5 tips for better Mac security. medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss_everything
Problem syncing documents using iCloud between your Mac and devices? Here’s a simple resetting solution.

Mary’s X Files, June 2014

Mac 101: How to scroll quickly through a web page or long document
When you are reading a long document that does not have a text entry field, you can use the space bar to scroll quickly down the document. The space bar will jump you down the page in large increments and is a much faster method of scrolling than the page-down arrow, which moves you in smaller increments. When you reach the bottom of a document, you can use the shift-space bar combination to move back up the document in an equally quick manner.

The only caveat is the space bar option does not work when the document has a text entry field as you need the space bar to add spaces between your words. As a result, you cannot use this trick when you are writing a long blog post in a web page editor or using a desktop text editor to modify a long document. It works perfectly, though, when you are reading a long webpage or browsing a PDF in Preview.

How to edit Siri questions and commands on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch Siri by on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Dictate a request.
3. Scroll up to view the text you’ve spoken if it isn’t on the screen already.
4. Tap on the text you spoke in order to edit it.
5. Change anything you’d like and then hit Done on the bottom right of the keyboard.

Siri will re-process your request and give you new answers or results. In some cases, certain names and places can be frustrating and it’s much easier to correct one word than manually search for something in Safari or through your device. Just simply correct what Siri doesn’t understand.

How to pan and zoom in the Quick Look app on your Mac
1. Click on the file you’d like to use Quick Look on to highlight it and hit the space bar to trigger Quick Look.
2. Once the Quick Look Window opens, hold down the alt – option key on your Mac’s keyboard.
3. While holding down the alt – option key scroll around or zoom in and out.

That’s all there is to it. It’s somewhat of a hidden feature in Quick Look and one that one of our writers stumbled upon a while back on accident.

Paste an address and Contacts will parse it
I’m not sure how long this has been the case, but if you copy an address, say from a web site, and paste it into the first address field (street) in Contacts, Contacts will parse appropriately.

For example, try:
1234 Easy St
Pleasantville, CA 43402

When pasted into Contacts it will correctly place the City, State and Zip into the appropriate fields.

How to redeem a gift card with the App Store app on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on the Featured tab in the bottom navigation if you aren’t there already.
3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Featured page.
4. Tap on the Redeem button.
5. You may be asked to sign into your iTunes ID, do that now.
6. Tap on Use Camera.
7. Align the code on the back of the card so the camera can see it. It should automatically grab it. 8. That’s it, your balance should now reflect the gift card.

How to redeem a gift card with the iTunes app on iPhone and iPad
1. Launch the iTunes app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of any page except the search page.
3. Tap on the Redeem button.
4. You may be asked to sign into your iTunes ID, do that now.
5. Tap on Use Camera.
6. Align the code on the back of the card so the camera can see it. It should automatically grab it.
7. That’s it, your balance should now reflect the gift card.

Get 53+ High Quality Mac & Apple Hardware Icons Right in OS X
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Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2014
Learn to make your Mail messages look just the way you want them.
Don’t you just hate it when you go to a website and automatically you are subjected to distracting videos. Read this article and see what you can do to quiet them.
Get into your Contacts on your iOS device and your Mac. Make your contact cards more user-friendly by following the tips at this site.
Here’s a great tutorial for Pages users. You’ll learn how to find and replace invisible characters.
This is all about the update and new feature (Watchtower Service) in 1Password 4.4. Check out the MIAMUG and SMUG websites – Mary Nesset will be doing a 1Password demo at both club meetings in June. Don’t miss it!!!
Remember not to use or distribute others’ copyrighted photos without permission. With that being said, here are instructions for working with pictures in your web browser.
Here’s an extremely helpful lesson – it’s how to add a signature to a PDF. You’ll do in in Preview using the FaceTime camera. It’s fun and ever so handy. Do it now and your signature will be saved and ready for the next time you need to send a signed document electronically.
Some Mac users have been using Stickies forever. However, some haven’t. Check out this link and you may be sold on Stickies. Use it to keep those important notes. Those notes that you scribble on a scrap of paper and lose!