Mary’s X Files, December 2016

Using Photos on macOS Sierra for People Recognizing
~iCreate
When you’re not using the Photos app, leave it open so that it has time to scan all your images for recognizable people.

Set up and use Magnifier on iOS 10
~iCreate
Read anything by pressing the Home button three times. There will be times when the fine print in a document or on a product is hard to read, and this is a particular problem for those with less than ideal eyesight. Fortunately, Apple has come up with a solution that is not only very quick to use, but which will render any difficult object or text in a magnified fashion that can be read instantly. The process for setting it up is very easy and it is even easier to use, with the option being available any time you find yourself struggling to see or read something. You may find yourself using it every day.

1. Find the settings – Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and look for the Magnifier option. As with many settings in iOS, it is not easy to find unless you are specifically looking for it.
2. Set it up – Tap the button next to Magnifier at the top to enable the feature and then do the same for Auto-Brightness if you want the camera to sense the ambient light conditions.
3. Nothing changes – The feature can be enabled and you will see no change at all until you triple-press the Home button. In day to day use, it is there waiting for you until you need to use it.
4. Magnify something – You can now magnify any object with a Home button triple-click and you will also be able to take a photo of it. The image can be blurred unless captured for referencing after.

Copy & Paste between Devices with Universal Clipboard
~iCreate
You can send text and images anywhere using Universal Clipboard. Provided your iOS device and Mac are signed in to the same iCloud account, you will be able to take advantage of the new Universal Clipboard feature to copy and paste across devices. You must have macOS Sierra installed on your Mac, and iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and provided Bluetooth is enabled on both devices it should just start working with no problems. Simply copy something on one device in the usual way and then past it on the other. it really could not be more straightforward.

To use Universal Clipboard, the two devices must be within local range of each other, but they can be connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

iOS – Activate Larger Dynamic Type
~iCreate
It’s a fact of life that our eyes deteriorate over time. Looking at small computer screens all day does us no favors at all. Did you know that you can increase the font size in iOS to stop you straining? Here’s how to activate it.

1. Larger text – In the Settings app, tap on General and then Accessibility. Navigate to Larger Text and tap on that option.
2. Activate feature – Before you do anything else, you need to flick the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch to green. This lets you adjust the text size via the slider.
3. Drag the slider – Now it’s up to you how big you want the system font to go. Drag the slider until you’re happy – the text on the page will update as a live preview.

macOS Sierra – Undo Closure of Tabs in Safari
~MacFormat
I like some of the simplest tricks in Safari, such as the ability to undo the closure of more than just one tab by pressing command+z multiple times.

macOS Sierra -Annotate a Photo in Photos App
~MacFormat
Double-click a photo so it fills the app’s window. Then, click the “Edit Photo” button (its icon is one of the three sliders) at the top, right of the window. Click Extensions at the bottom of the list of tools down the right of the photo. Then, click “Markup”.

You can write text, add shapes or symbols, draw freehand, or even add a magnifying glass effect to draw attention to an area. Click “Save Changes” when you’re done. To remove annotations, edit the photo and click “Revert to Original”.

iOS Uses for Siri
~iCreate
1. Use the speaker – When making a call using Siri, you can enable the speaker to make the experience truly hands-free. Saying “Call Jo on speaker” will initiate the call through the speaker.
2. Deal with settings – Many people do not realize that Siri can access most iOS settings. For example, if you say “Open Mail settings”, you will be taken straight to the area you need.
3. Take a chance – When you want luck to play a part in a decision, you can say “roll dice” or “flip a coin” to Siri and he/she will offer a random result.
4. Correctly pronounce names – If Siri pronounces a name incorrectly, you can say “that’s not how you pronounce…” You can then say it again and Siri will offer alternative options for you to choose.
5. Deal with dates – Asking Siri when a public holiday is will bring up the date you need, but you can also say some like “How many days until…” followed by a date.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2016

http://nyti.ms/2gzyQNb
Here’s a great link providing directions for burning a DVD from a movie made on an iPad. Contributed by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/apple-tv-ultimate-guide
An Apple TV may be under your tree soon. That is if you’ve been good. You’ll need this great guide to set it up and use it like a master.

http://www.imore.com/calendar
Here’s where you learn to use the Calendar app like a master.

http://www.imore.com/best-apple-watch
http://www.imore.com/watchos
http://www.imore.com/how-set-and-start-using-your-apple-watch
Gift yourself an Apple Watch. You can do it! You won’t be sorry! There’s lots to get you ready for the experience of a lifetime right here.

http://www.imore.com/ipad-users-guide
Excellent guide for new owners of an iPad. If you need to brush up as a former owner – this is the place for you also.

http://bit.ly/2gGQgre
Here’s a way to use Siri! When guests visit during the holidays, Siri can help you find the photos you want to show them in a slide show. Read about the easy procedure here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2gDBfKm
You’ve used various bluetooth pieces of equipment on your Mac. Here’s how to remove unwanted items from the macOS Bluetooth menu.

http://bit.ly/2gDFUfq
There’s a bit of a change in Sierra regarding using software from an ‘unsigned’ developer. Read about the procedure here. BUT be aware! Don’t accept and run randomly provided or discovered unsigned macOS apps.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2016

http://www.macworld.com/article/3130804/ios/how-to-undelete-and-re-delete-mail-in-ios.html
Undo Trash? In iOS? Yes you can, read about it here.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3127355/ios/6-more-ways-to-make-the-most-of-mail-for-ios.html
Make Mail for iOS 10 work for you. Here are 6 ways you must know about.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3126056/security/use-app-specific-passwords-with-two-factor-authentication.html
More information for you regarding two-factor authentication. Specifically helpful for those who use calendar, contact, and email software that isn’t set up through iCloud.

http://tidbits.com/article/16844
Cheaper isn’t better in most cases. Watch what you’re buying. Good reading here.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3132980/photography/how-to-merge-iphoto-and-photo-libraries-on-a-mac.html
More to learn about iPhoto and Photos. The more you know the more power you have.

http://www.imore.com/how-set-your-new-mac
Hoping to find a new Mac under your Christmas tree? Here’s an excellent step-by-step guide for setting up your new Mac.

http://www.imore.com/10-things-every-new-mac-owner-should-know
More information for a new Mac owner or a review for old timers.

http://www.imore.com/how-troubleshoot-your-mac
Read the information on this website and then save it. Everyone needs help – so here are some places and procedures to obtain help. AND don’t forget your SMUG/MIAMUG Help forum. Sign up on your club’s website.

http://macmost.com/printable-mac-keyboard-shortcut-page-for-macos-sierra.html
Download (follow the link) and print this Mac Keyboard Shortcut Page for macOS Sierra. Do a search on the page (type – keyboard shortcuts) to find same page for earlier mac OS systems. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://www.imore.com/awesome-keyboard-shortcuts-every-mac-owner-should-know
Great learning site for keyboard shortcuts for every Mac user. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, November 2016

How to use and customize Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad
~iMore
How do I use the Shake to Undo feature on my iPhone and iPad? It’s enabled by default, but you can always turn it off in your settings!

Have you ever tried to delete a giant paragraph of text you just typed on your iPhone or iPad? Good news: You don’t have to hold backspace and watch all the letters and words disappear, one by one. You can simply shake your iPhone. Shake to Undo can save precious time and simply gets rid of what you just wrote, so you can start fresh with a blank slate.

Check a Folder’s Location in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
Turning on the path bar (View > Show Path Bar) shows the current folder’s location across the bottom of its window. Double-click a folder in the bar to jump to it, command-click to open it in a new window, or drag and drop items onto one to move them there.

Siri, find my car (in iOS 10)
~iMore
If your car has Bluetooth or CarPlay, Maps can automatically display it on a map, along with when you last turned the car off and space for notes and a photo of your garage level, if you’re the kind who forgets such things. (I am.)

You can also ask Siri “Where’s my car?” if you want a quick and precise location, and even get directions to it.

How Can I Check Installed Apple Security Updates
~MacFormat
Choose Command+”About This Mac” and click “System Report”. In the left pane, under Software, select “Installations”, then click the “Install Date” header twice to order updates with the most recent first. Security updates include Gatekeeper Configuration Data.

How Do I Restart my Mac in Safe Mode?
~MacFormat
Shut down, wait 10 seconds, then press the Power button to start up. At the startup sound, hold down the shift key until you see the Apple logo and progress bar. Check in System information that Boot Mode says ‘Safe’.

What Happens to your Music if you Cancel your Subscription to iTunes Match?
~iCreate
Before canceling your iTunes Match subscription, ensure you’ve downloaded all music stored in the cloud to your Mac. One of the biggest benefits of iTunes Match is the opportunity to convert your music to a higher bitrate of 256kbps; everything matched in the cloud is available to redownload at this bitrate. It does not automatically redownload though, which is why it’s important to download all music stored in the cloud.

How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Can text messages be forwarded? Why, yes, they can! If you’ve ever accidentally sent a message to the wrong person or wanted to pass a message you received from one person on to someone else, you can easily forward texts from the Messages app. When you forward a text message on iPhone, you can also add your own comments before sending it on. This is a great way to forward pictures you receive in messages that you want to share with friends. Here’s how to forward a text message on iPhone.

To forward a text:
- Open the conversation in Messages containing the text you want to pass on.

- Double tap or press and hold on the the body of the message.

- Tap More and all the messages will shift to the right. Small circles will appear to the left of each text, with the message you’ve tapped on already selected. Tap on the circle next to any additional messages you want to forward.

Mary’s X Files, October 2016

Set a Default View in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
Finder can present the contents of your Mac’s storage in four ways – Icon, List, Column and Cover Flow views. Switch between them using command+1 through to command+4. Each view offers a degree of customization: press command+J to change how the current view displays the folder you’re in, now and in future. To apply your choices to all folders, press Use as Defaults at the bottom of that window.

Combo Curative
~MacFormat
If you’re left with strange issues after an OS X update that can’t be fixed by other means, such as changing preferences, download that version’s Combo updater from Apple’s support site and install it over your current installation: you may find your problems suddenly vanish. This can also restore normal function to a Mac App Store app that refuses to offer updates. It’s not a universal cure, but worth trying when other ideas fail.

How to Back Up Your iPhone to iTunes on Your Computer
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
There are two ways to back up your iPhone. You can back up your iPhone to iCloud or back up your iPhone to iTunes. I like to have copies of both. An iCloud backup is kept in the cloud, while an iTunes backup is kept on your computer. You don’t need an internet connection to back up your iPhone to iTunes. Apple recommends having both an iCloud and a local backup. Here’s how to back up your iPhone to iTunes on your computer.

To back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes on your computer, you first need to have the iTunes software installed. It comes installed on Mac computers, and Windows users can download iTunes here.

To back up your device to iTunes:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB charging cord. iTunes will launch automatically; if it doesn’t, open iTunes.
- In iTunes, locate the icon for your iPhone or iPad, found in the upper left section of iTunes. Click the icon.

How to Easily Unsubscribe from Email Lists in iOS 10
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
iOS 10 introduced a lot of smaller tweaks and features that make a big difference. One of my favorites is the one-step email list unsubscribe. This is especially useful if you signed up for something only to receive loads of spam emails with no obvious unsubscribe button at the bottom. This happened to me recently when signing up for a contest. I realized after the fact that I had also signed up to receive loads of emails from

all different kinds of websites promoting something. Inbox overwhelm set in. But then I saw that beautiful unsubscribe box at the top of the page. Thank you, iOS 10. Here’s how to easily unsubscribe from email lists in Mail with iOS 10 or later.

This solution for unsubscribing to email lists could not be any easier. Here’s how to do it: – Open the Mail app on iPhone or iPad.
- Open the email from the website or company you no longer want to receive emails from.
- At the top of the email, you’ll see blue text that says unsubscribe. Tap unsubscribe.
- Confirm Unsubscribe, and you’re free!

Fast Navigation in System Preferences on Mac
~MacFormat
While in a preferences pane, you don’t need to return to the full list to access another. Click and hold the toolbar’s grid button for a list of all panes, or go to the View menu (any item in which can be given a shortcut in Keyboard preferences), or press ccommand+F and type in the search field. When you’re at the top level of the app, the last method highlights relevant panes as you type.

Spring Open a Folder in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
When you drag items over a folder (or another tab or window in Finder), it springs open. If the delay in doing so is too long, press the Spacebar to instantly open the folder. The delay is adjustable in System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2016

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/ios-10-tips/
Spend some time here – you’ll see what I mean.

http://tidbits.com/article/16748
More for you on iOS 10. Good info here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9fQ8YgUf8Y
Watch a video on iOS 10 favorite features.

http://bit.ly/2d5ihHE
Selling your phone? Here are the top 4 things you do first!

http://bit.ly/2cKlBH9
Here is a podcast discussing macOS Sierra. Hope you enjoy listening. Make sure you subscribe to the future Macworld podcasts.

http://bit.ly/2dxLNFT
Macworld provides you with information on 6 Photos features here. It sure is worth the upgrade to Sierra.

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/safari-10-hide-flash/
Read about how Safari 10 handles Flash.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/20/12987476/apple-macos-sierra-review
And finally a macOS review. Lots here to absorb.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2016

http://www.imore.com/clock
Dig into learning all the ins and outs of using your clock on your phone.

http://www.techradar.com/us/how-to/computing/mac-help-and-support-1325117
Here’s a Mac help and support guide. You’ll find some advanced tips and tricks, as well as some help with common problems you can fix on your own. Don’t miss any of the four pages.

https://www.apple.com/support/mail-settings-lookup/
Here’s a handy site. Verify your mail settings here, so when you’re setting up your mail account you have all the info you need.

http://tidbits.com/article/16695
Find My iPhone isn’t limited to the iPhone – it’s also available for the iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Mac. Learn all about it. Make sure you click on all the links in the article – so much information provided.

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/apple-issues-critical-ios-update-after-governments-caught-spying-1327174
If you haven’t updated to iOS 9.3.5 DO IT NOW!

http://www.macworld.com/article/3104192/macs/how-to-turn-off-icloud-photo-library-when-you-dont-have-enough-local-storage.html
Not enough local storage on your phone? – read about solutions and work-arounds here.

http://techtalkamerica.com/scheduling-apple-time-machine-backups/
Watch this video and be in charge of your Time Machine backups. You are backing up, aren’t you???

http://techtalkamerica.com/update-firmware-airport-extreme-time-capsule/
Here’s a video with instructions for updating firmware on your router (Airport Extreme or Time Capsule).

Mary’s X Files, September 2016

Saving power with Face-down detection for iPhone
~iLounge Tips
If you get a lot of notifications during the day, you can actually save a bit of battery life by leaving your iPhone face down on a table or other surface. Face-down detection is a subtle feature that Apple snuck into iOS 9 last fall to save a bit of power on modern iPhones by not lighting up the screen whenever text message notifications come in — after all, the screen is one of the biggest power consumers on the iPhone, and since you can’t see the screen anyway when the iPhone is face down, what’s the point in turning it on?

To enable the feature, simply place your iPhone face down on a table when you’re not using it — notifications will still sound or vibrate, according to your settings, but the screen will remain dark unless you pick up the iPhone within a few seconds of receiving the notification. Since the feature uses the M7/M8/M9 motion coprocessors, you’ll need an iPhone 5s or later to take advantage of it, and you’ll need to make sure you haven’t disabled Fitness Tracking under Privacy, Motion & Fitness in the iOS Settings app.

Shake to undo on iPhone
~Macworld
This one can be a little awkward at times but it can be a bit of a life saver. If you’ve just typed a long sentence and accidentally deleted it, or made some other catastrophic error, you can give your iPhone a shake to bring up the undo/redo dialogue box. Just make sure you’re holding on to your iPhone tightly before you shake it!

Since implementing this feature Apple has added an undo button to the system keyboard, thankfully, but this only appears when the iPhone is in landscape mode. If you can’t be bothered to type like that, get shaking.

Mute Noisy Conversations in Messages on Mac
~MacFormat
If a conversation in Messages distracts you with a swarm of notifications at the corner of the desktop, rather than turning on the Do Not Disturb feature of Notification Centre, which mutes all notifications, open the conversation, click Details at its top-right corner, and put a check mark next to Do Not Disturb here to mute only this conversation.

Startup Key Combinations for El Capitan
~MacFormat
The most commonly useful startup key combos are: “Shift Key” to enter Safe Mode; “Option Key” to select an alternative startup disk; “D” to start a hardware diagnostics test, if available, or hold “Option Key” as well to start it over the internet; “Command Key”+r to enter OS X Recovery, or hold “Option Key” too for the online version; “Command+Option+p+r” to reset NVRAM (see bit.ly/ mf-nvram); “Command+s” or “Command+v” for single-user or verbose mode (bit.ly/mfsuverb); and “t” for target disk mode.

“Gatekeeper” Security on Mac in System Preferences
~MacFormat
This feature restricts what apps can run according to their source, to reduce the likelihood of installing malware. It offers three options in the Security & Privacy pane, under General: “Anywhere” gives total freedom, essentially turning off Gatekeeper; “Mac App Store only” lets apps from there run; and the middle item also allows apps from other places that are signed by identified developers.

Silent Updates on Mac
~MacFormat
Yosemite and El Capitan now undergo silent updates to security files, which may have odd effects. An update to the XProtect security blacklist, say, might disable an old version of Flash or Java. Updates which affect SIP can disable hardware such as network ports when your Mac is next started up. If you think a silent update has altered your Mac, check /Library/Receipts/InstallHistory. plist to see what has occurred.

Speedy Access to System Preferences on Mac
~MacFormat
Rather than clicking a pane’s icon in System Preferences, try opening the pane using Spotlight. Type the first few characters of a pane’s name and it’ll likely be the top result. Alternatively, if you keep System Preferences in the Dock, you can control+click its icon there and then select the pane you want it to show immediately upon opening from an alphabetically ordered list.

Mary’s X Files, August 2016

How to access drafts in the Mail app for iPhone and iPad
~iMore
- Launch the Mail app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

- Tap and hold the Compose button in the lower right corner. This will bring up the drafted emails. – Tap on the email draft you’d like to edit.

You can fire away the email as soon as you’re done. That’s all there is to it.

Time a Reminder in El Capitan
~MacFormat
Place the pointer over a to-do you’ve created in Reminders and click the ‘i’ that appears to the right. In the box that pops up, put a check mark next to ‘On a Day’, then click the date for a mini-calendar. Simply choose the date to be alerted about the item, or choose ‘At a Location’ and then type an address or place name to be reminded when you’re there – or set both!

Sign Documents in Mail in El Capitan
~MacFormat
First, you must have an image displayed in a new mail window. Next, when you roll your cursor over the image, a small downward pointing arrow will appear. Click on that arrow and then click on “Markup”. Click the Sign button in the Markup toolbar and you’ll be asked if you want to write your signature by hand, using your trackpad. The tool can also use your Mac’s camera to take a photo of your signature on paper.

How to Add Emoticons to Text Messages in iOS
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Emoticons are the little icons created from punctuation and symbol keys and are inserted into text to indicate your mood or intention. Most desktop computer programs automatically convert symbols to graphical emoticons. For example, if you type in :-) most programs will automatically convert it to a smily face. iPhone keyboards automatically have a stock of emoticons, but you can also download free emoji apps from the App Store.

First, make sure your Emoji keyboard is enabled. Open Settings. Tap General. Select Keyboard. Tap Keyboards.
If Emoji isn’t already on the list, tap it.

To add emoticons to your text messages, open Messages. Either start a new message or open a current one. Tap the text field. Tap on the globe icon on the lower left of the screen. Tap on the different menus along the bottom of the screen for lots of emoticon choices. Tap on the emoticon of your choice to insert it into the text field. Tap Send.

Use Mail Drop to Send Large Files in El Capitan
~MacFormat
Mail Drop lets you send large attachments between 20MB and 5GB in size, even if the recipient’s server would normally reject them. In Mail’s preferences, click Accounts, select an account, click Advanced to the right, and turn on ‘Send large attachments with Mail Drop’. Recipients not using Mail will see the attachment as a download link.

Test Time Machine Backup
~MacFormat
Never just assume that Time Machine backups are working okay. Every few weeks, enter Time Machine, browse through your backups and restore an old document and folder to check. Ensure you don’t overwrite any current work in the process.

How to Unfollow Facebook Friends
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
In the world of Facebook, unfriending someone is a big deal. And if you actually know the person, they’ll likely figure out you’ve unfriended them at some point and want to know why. Perhaps it’s not that serious and you would like to stay friends, but you don’t want to see what they post. Luckily, Facebook has the option to unfollow someone while remaining friends. Here’s how to do it.

There are two different ways to unfollow someone. Open the Facebook app. Locate a post by the person you want to unfollow. Tap the arrow next to their name.

Select Unfollow [Name]. You’ll immediately stop seeing posts by that person but continue to be friends. You can also unfollow someone by visiting their profile.

Search for the person you want to unfollow and visit their profile. Locate the Following icon. Tap it. Here you can choose Default, See First, or Unfollow. Select Unfollow.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2016

http://www.imore.com/imessage
Here is iMessage: The ultimate guide. It certainly is and can be a hot weather project to work your way through the guide. Get started and good luck! Included is lots you’ll find in iOS 10, but you must wait for that.

http://bit.ly/2aAQNrX
This is a site you’ll want to review now for content and save for a time when you’ll need it. It covers all the ways you can start up your Mac.

http://www.techgrapple.com/right-click-on-a-mac/
You’ve heard the term – ‘just right click’. What? How do I do that? Here’s the instructions.

http://m.imore.com/calendar
Let me say how shocked I am when I hear you’re not using Calendar. Here the ultimate guide to get you started to a more organized life.

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/07/06/promote-demote-os-x-user-accounts/
This is an important tutorial. Here you learn how to give a user of your Mac more or fewer rights and still maintain your security.

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/07/11/combine-two-pdf-files-into-one-preview-mac/
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/06/09/create-pdf-file-os-x-print-menu/
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/04/30/password-protect-pdf-files-on-mac/
Preview is capable of doing so much. Here’s a few things you can do with Preview. You’ll be a believer!

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/02/24/how-to-use-markup-mac/
Markup is a feature that is bundled uno your OS X operating system that lets you draw on, write on, and annotate attachments that you send out in the Mail app. You can also use Markup in iOS. http://www.idownloadblog.com/2016/02/02/how-to-annotate-email-attachments-in-ios-with-markup/

http://bit.ly/2ayRwwR
Always good to be at the top of your game to avoid malware. Good article for you to read.

http://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/icloud-shared-album/
You have a ton of summer photos piling up? Share them with family and friends. Learn how to set up a iCloud Shared Album.