How to Use Mac Help from an Application
- Select Help from the Menu bar.
- Type the subject you’re trying to find help about in the Search field.
- 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.
- Click on the menu.
- Select Force Quit. (Alternately, you can press the command, option and escape keys on your keyboard.)
- 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.)
- Select the name of the app you’d like to quit.
- Click the Force Quit button.
- 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.