Mary’s X Files, December 2017

Green Button Action in Current MacOS’s
~MacLife
Clicking on the green button in the top-left corner of any window will now make it full-screen, but holding Alt/Opt and clicking it will bring back the old maximize option.

Shared iCloud Storage in MacOS High Sierra
~iCreate
Got cloud storage to spare? Then share it with your family. As many of us will have discovered, the free 5GB iCloud space allocation doesn’t go very far, but if you pay extra for additional space then you may find that you hardly make a dent in it. However, in the High Sierra update you can put spare iCloud space to good use by sharing it with family members. Here’s how.

1. Manage Family — Provided you have already set up Family Sharing on your Mac, go to System Preferences>iCloud and then click on the ‘Manage Family’ option underneath your profile picture.

2. Apps and services — You can add family members by clicking the ‘+’ icon in the left column, but for now, click on ‘My Apps & Services’ at the top and you will see sections including ‘Purchase Sharing’, ‘Apple Music’ and ‘iCloud Storage’.

3. State sharing — Click on the ‘iCloud Storage’ option and you will see the option to ‘Start Sharing’. Click on this and all of your connected family members will be able to share your iCloud storage plan.

How to share contacts with iMessage on iPhone or iPad
~iMore
Sharing contact information with friends has never been easier than with iMessage.

Launch the Contacts app. On the iPhone you can alternately use the Phone app if you’d prefer. Find and tap the Contact you’d like to share. Now tap on Share Contact towards the bottom.

Tap on Messages.Type the name of the person you’d like to share it with and select them. Now tap Send.

You’ve successfully sent a contact with iMessage! Way more efficient than copying and pasting a phone number, eh?

How to share Location with iMessage on iPhone or iPad
~iMore
If a friend or family member is coming to meet you, you might want to send your current location so they can quickly and easily get to exactly where you are.

Launch the Messages app. Tap on the conversation in which you’d like to send your location. Tap on the Information button in the upper right hand corner. Tap on Send My Current Location.

The person on the other end will be able to see where you are and even tap to get directions.

How to create a Reminder in a specific List with Siri
~iMore
If you have multiple lists in Reminders, like a packing list, a party list, etc. you can tell Siri to create a to-do item specifically for one of those lists.

1. Say “Hey, Siri” or press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

2. Say aloud what you want to be reminded about and in which List you want it to go. For example: “Add milk to grocery shopping list.”

3. Tap Remove to cancel the Reminder.

The Reminder will then be placed in the List you specified.

How to create a time-based reminder with Siri
~iMore
One of the easiest things to do with Siri is have it set up a quick Reminder. Siri is so quick, in fact, it’s almost always faster to use Siri than to tap your way through the Reminders app.

1. Say “Hey, Siri”" or press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

2. Say aloud what you want to be reminded about, and when. For example: “Remind me to call Leanna at 9pm.”

3. Tap Remove to cancel the reminder.

The Reminder will go into the default Reminders list. This will be “Reminders” or whichever list you set as the default list in Settings.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2017

https://www.imore.com/how-get-siri-spell-word-you
Don’t reach for your dictionary or even your dictionary app. Ask Siri…to spell…
Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

https://macmost.com/a-beginners-guide-to-the-mac-downloads-folder.html
Watch this video tutorial and never let your Downloads folder get the best of you again.

http://bit.ly/2ABdP24
You may indeed have some iPhone bad habits. Read this article and see what changes you need to make. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://nyti.ms/2iyWLTM
Learn how to add more keyboards and use them efficiently on your iPhone. Submitted by Dale Stephan (MIAMUG).

https://www.youtube.com/user/screencastsonline/featured
Take a look at the youtube.com channel of ScreencastsOnline. Lots to learn here.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3P7rQhBUGO1EeiyYsqrAXg
Watch entire meetings of MacGroup Detroit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1YWwBD9HB8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IcsBQfpNlU
Here are 2 tutorials for Fantastical 2 (part 1 & 2). This is a terrific app for your Mac and your iPhone and iPad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfdTXoCxaB0&t=376s
David A. Cox recently posted this tutorial on youtube.com to help you learn and use 1Password.

http://www.accularian.com/Subjects/Macintosh/
Learn local! Here’s a member’s website that you need to look at. Lots to learn from Dana Haynes.

Mary’s X Files, November 2017

How to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad
~iMore
You can save an email as a PDF without 3D Touch. It’s just as easy and you can use it with iPhone and iPad!

If your iPhone has 3D Touch, you may already know that you can save an email as a PDF file using 3D Touch in the built-in Mail app. It’s really nice when you’ve got an email you want to save outside of your Mail app. You know, in case something happens to the email like it gets lost in your messy, messy inbox.

But what if your iPhone doesn’t have 3D Touch, or want to save an email as a PDF on your iPad? You can’t just firmly press on the email and have it magically turn into a PDF. You can, however, magically turn it into a PDF with a slightly different gesture. It’s both non-obvious and easy to so do. Here’s how.

Open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPadTap an email message that you want to save as a PDF. Tap the action button. The action button looks like a reply arrow (it’s also used to reply to or forward email messages). Tap Print to open the printer options.

Pinch open the thumbnail image of the first page of your email. If your email runs for more than a page, you can pinch open any of the pages. The Printer Options will be replaced with the PDF version of your email message. Tap the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen. Select the app you want to save or share your PDF-converted email to.

Thanks to the in-app sharing feature in the Mail app, you can do a number of things with your new PDF. You can send it to a nearby person using DropBox, save it to your Notes app, copy it to iBooks, and more. A lot of third-party apps support sharing and storing of PDF emails, too, like DropBox, Messenger, and Slack. The world is your oyster. Now go out there and turn some emails into PDFs.

Switch Apps using the Keyboard in iOS 11
~Cult of Mac
The app switcher single-handedly turns the iPad into a Mac replacement.

The iPad uses the same Command-Tab app switcher as the Mac. That is, hitting the tab key together with the Command key on a connected keyboard will bring up the app-switcher strip across the center of the screen.

It look a lot like the Dock, but it is, in fact, an icon-based list of your most recently-used apps, in order of most recent use. Keep the Command key held down while you tap Tab, and you will cycle through the list. Let go to launch the app.

You can also hit the tilde key to reverse the switcher’s direction, or even use the left and right arrow keys once the app switcher is up on screen (you still need to keep the Command key held down). You can even touch one of the icons to launch the app.

Siri Sets the System
~MacLife
Siri in macOS Sierra can do plenty of cool tricks, but undoubtedly the most useful is its ability to control common system settings.

You can ask Siri to turn down your display’s brightness, increase the volume and perform a number of other similar tasks.
It’s bound to save you a few click and will save you from switching tasks if you’re right in the middle of working on something important.

Create Text Shortcuts in macOS
~MacLife
When you’re in System PreferencesShow , if you go to the Keyboard pane and then click on the Text tab, you will be able to create your own text shortcuts. This means that if you regularly type the same words or phrases, you could save yourself a great deal of time by setting up a shortcut.

Simply click on the ’+’ icon to add a new shortcut, then type in the chosen shortcut (a much shorter version of what you intend to type) followed by the actual text you want to type. This is also a useful feature for saving time filling in application forms that require you name, title and address.

Show the Status Bar in macOS
~MacLife
While in Finder, select ‘View’ from the menu at the top and then click ‘Show Status Bar’. This will pop up a small bar at the bottom of the Finder window which details important information such as the number of files in the current folder and the amount of free memory available to you.

It’s a very simple feature, but one that you will likely glance at whenever you use Finder, because it can highlight potential memory problems. A handy shortcut for selecting this feature is to press “Command’ and the backslash ‘/’ button.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2017

https://macmost.com/adding-custom-ringtones-to-your-iphone.html
Here’s a macmost.com video to get you started with some free ringtones offered on the site.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-make-ringtones-for-iphone/
Here’s a site that will give you a great fun experience. Make your own ringtones from your music or even a sweet message from a grandchild.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/10/06/ios-11-how-to-turn-off-iphone-without-power-button/
Here’s a tip for you to tuck away. Say your sleep/wake (power) button malfunctions for some reason. Find out how you turn your phone off without the button.

http://bit.ly/2zRIvsd
This is an updated article regarding Apply Pay on your iPhone, iPad Apple Watch and Mac. Coming soon (through an iOS 11 update) will be peer-to-peer payment. Won’t that be great!

http://bit.ly/2A1CyJZ
Good article will help you understand what iCloud does and how you can manage it to suit your needs.

http://bit.ly/2z0LcIp
A ransomeware attack! Learn what to do in this article.

http://bit.ly/2iPiFl6
Find out how to delete mobile apps from your Mac to save space. Apps will still remain on your devices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUjbJZJHjjY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOXe50VERFk
iOS 11 for iPhone & iPad tutorials by David A. Cox and Terry White.

Mary’s X Files, October 2017

Send Items to Trash Instantly on Mac OS
~iCreate
When moving files to the Trash we always manually drag and drop the items. Why? Because we didn’t know that if you simply highlight the files and then press Cmd + Delete, then they will be instantly warped to the rubbish bin.

Make use of the flashlight in iOS 11
~iCreate
Whether you’re walking home alone at night, trying to find your tent at a festival or you need to use your device as an emergency beacon, your iPhone’s built-in flashlight can be a huge help.

To activate it, swipe up to access your Control Center on iOS 11 and then tap the flashlight icon. If you have an iPhone 6S or higher you can also press down on this icon to determine the brightness of the light.

Configure your Mouse in macOS
~MacLife
Ensure that your mouse works in exactly the way you want it to.

To control your Mac, you will either use a trackpad or a mouse. However, everyone likes their mouse to perform differently with varying tracking speeds, scrolling speeds and more. The “Mouse” pane in System Preferences allows you to not only personalize how your mouse performs, but also assign key tasks to the buttons. For example, you can use the secondary button to bring up Mission Control, Spotlight or your Dashboard. You can also set up a Bluetooth mouse here.

Show the Status Bar in Finder on macOS
~MacLife
While in Finder, select ‘View’ from the menu at the top and then click ‘Show Status Bar’. This will pop up a small bar at the bottom of all Finder windows, which details important information, such as the number of files in the current folder and the amount of free storage available to you.

It’s a very simple feature, but one that you will likely glance at whenever you use Finder, because it can highlight potential storage problems. A handy shortcut for selecting this feature is to press ‘Command’ and the backslash ‘/’ button.

Make FaceTime calls anywhere in macOS
~MacLife
You don’t actually need to be in the FaceTime app to activate video calls, thanks to the seamless integration with the rest of macOS. All you need to look for is a little video camcorder icon in various apps and click on it to spring a FaceTime call into life. A prime example would be from within the Contacts app. If a contact has a compatible device, the camcorder icon will be present and you can call them at any time. Likewise, an entry in Maps or Safari will show if a business or company can be contacted via FaceTime. This is a very handy feature.

Give Siri a hand
~MacLife
With a little bit of help, Siri can be a very useful personal assistant. Two fields in Contact cards worth spending some time with are Nickname and Related Name. if you add entries into these fields, you’ll be able to use Siri more effectively. For example, add nicknames like ‘dentist’ or ‘doctor’ and you can use Siri to say “Hey Siri, call my dentist.” It’s worth doing this now that the digital assistant has made an entrance in macOS Sierra. This would be very useful as it could potentially speed up and manage your workflow and busy schedule.

Create Quick Events in Calendar
~MacLife
While there are plenty of ways to create a new event in Calendar, the quickest and most natural is to simply click the + button in the top toolbar. You’ll see a text box appear, where you can simply type, in natural language, the name, time and date of the event you want to create. Calendar will translate what you’ve typed and add an event to the calendar instantly. You’ll also get suggestions for similar events, so you can repeat them if needed without having to type it all in again.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2017

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236
Keyboard shortcuts save time. Select the ones that would work for you.

https://www.imore.com/how-to-fix-apple-watch-battery-life-problems
Good article on fixing Apple Watch battery life problems.

https://www.imore.com/how-do-clean-install-macos
If your plan is to install High Sierra – you may feel you need a fresh start with a clean install.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3228148/macs/how-to-install-macos-high-sierra.html
Here are instructions for installing macOS High Sierra.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3204672/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-high-sierra-installer-drive.html
Create a bootable macOS High Sierra installer if you plan to install on several Macs.

http://tidbits.com/article/17490
Another must read for your security.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3225873/data-center-cloud/why-apple-shows-a-strange-location-for-a-two-factor-login-confirmation.html
https://www.macworld.com/article/3072564/security/should-two-factor-authentication-let-me-verify-via-a-single-device.html
Good reading on two-factor verification.

http://terrywhite.com
Terry White’s Tech Blog always has something new and interesting. Check back often. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

https://haveibeenpwned.com
Check here – verify that your account(s) have not been compromised in a data breach. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://tidbits.com/article/17538
Okay – time to learn some new capabilities in Notes in iOS 11. They’re good!

Mary’s X Files, September 2017

Record your iOS Device with your Mac
~iCreate
Your Mac’s QuickTime Player app is a versatile beast with the ability to record your Mac’s screen, or the screen of any connected device, such as your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how to set it up…

Step 1 – New Recording
In the QuickTime Player app, go to File>New Movie Recording and a blank recording window will appear on your desktop. Now, move your cursor over it to display a small control window.

Step 2 – Choose Device
While the control window is displayed, click on the arrow icon next to the red Record button and then choose your device from the list of options. The screen of your connected device will now appear.

Step 3 – Start Recording
Now simply click on the red Record button and whatever you do on your connected device will be recorded on your Mac. This is particularly useful for taking screenshots of fast-moving games.

Decide What Loads at Startup on MacOS
~iCreate
You have full freedom to decide which apps and services automatically load when you start up your Mac. Some apps even take the liberty to add themselves to your startup list when they are installed and used.

You can add and remove things from the startup list at any time by going to System Preferences>Users & Groups and then clicking on ‘Login items’. Here, you will be able to check and uncheck items as required.

Faster Charging in iOS
~iCreate
If you need to charge your iPhone but only have a limited amount of time in which to do so then it is worth remembering that your device will charge much faster in Airplane mode. Swipe up to a access the Control Center and then you can enable it from there.

Get Instant Spotlight Access in MacOS
~iCreate
Instead of moving your mouse to the top-right corner of your display and clicking on the magnifying glass icon, you can speed things up by hitting Cmd+Space to instantly open a new Spotlight window in which to start typing keywords.

How to Get Mail Notifications in iOS
~iCreate
When you are using the Mail app in iOS, if you are in the middle of an important email conversation, perhaps with multiple participants, then you can choose to get notified whenever anyone replies to the message thread. Enable this by tapping on the flag icon at the top of the window and then simply choosing the ‘Notify Me…’ option from the menu.

How to call it a quote in an email in iOS
~iMore
1. Launch the Mail app from your iPhone or iPad’s Home screen or app drawer.
2. Tap on the Compose button in the bottom right corner.
3. Fill out the sender info, subject, and body just as you would for a normal email.
4. Tap and hold the text you would like to use Quote Level with. A bubble will appear over the text you would want to select.
5. Tap select to highlight the text you would like to use Quote Level with.
6. Tap the arrow to the right of the menu to view more options once the text is highlighted.
7. Tap the arrow again.
8. Tap on Quote Level.
9. Tap on increase to expand the quote level, or decrease to shrink it.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2017

http://bit.ly/2gAPEbJ
We talk about passwords and rules for using and choosing them. Read here about the importance of using the best security questions and answers.

http://bit.ly/2x0H90z
ScreenCastsOnline is an excellent site for video tutorials and training. Here you are offered a 10 day free trial. Take advantage of it. You may find a membership is in your future.

http://ip-lookup.net
Here’s a site suggested by Dana Haynes (SMUG & MIAMUG). We’ll get him to talk about this site and how and when to use it at a future meeting.

https://theappfactor.com/share-reminders-list/
Here’s a HOW-TO you may find helpful. It’s about sharing a reminders list.

http://tidbits.com/article/17403
DO NOT DISTURB will be enabled by default in iOS 11. It will activate automatically when you’re driving a car. iOS 11 will be available sometime this month.

http://tidbits.com/article/17434
Apple Special Event on September 12! Always fun and exciting to watch. So much is predicted to be announced.

http://bit.ly/2gt2Lbc
More on what to expect at Apple Special Event.

https://www.macworld.com/article/2018990/macs/buying-guide-2012-macs.html
Here’s an update of a topic discussed often – Which Mac should you buy? It’s a long article, 2 pages. Don’t miss a bit!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3214636/ios/how-to-block-all-calls-except-those-from-your-contacts.html
Block calls on your iPhone or don’t. You may instead install and try one of the two apps mentioned in the article and let an app do the work for you.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2017

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172
It’s too late for spring cleaning but this information about how to clean all your devices is necessary all the time.

http://tidbits.com/article/17318
Can your iPhone replace your wallet? Yes it can!

https://www.imore.com/macos-high-sierra
Read about what we’ll soon be seeing in High Sierra.

http://bit.ly/2vyPFjB
http://tidbits.com/article/17352
Apple’s iOS update to 10.3.3 is out and IMPORTANT. Update now!

http://bit.ly/2unLmJq
An article about how and why you should use a VPN. Good information for you to read.

http://bit.ly/2uWtMO1
Brush up on using Pages with these tips.

http://bit.ly/2gVmeoD
I hate it when this happens! Have you ever plugged in an external or flash drive and your Mac doesn’t see it? That means you can’t access the data on that drive. Here’s what to do.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/snapchat-tutorial,news-21216.html
Amaze your children and grandchildren when you show up on Snapchat.

Mary’s X Files, August 2017

How to Reset your Apple ID Password by Email
~MacLife
1. Apple maintains a dedicated website, iforgot.apple.com, to help with forgotten Apple ID Passwords. Go there in your web browser, enter the email address linked to your Apple ID and then click “Continue”.

2. Choose to reset it: choose “I need to reset my password” and click “Continue”. Next, you’ll be asked how you want to reset your password. If your Apple ID is linked to a working email address, choose “Get an Email”. Then, click “Continue”.

3. Pick a new password: in your inbox, find the email with the subject “How to reset your Apple ID password”. Click “Reset Now” in that email to go to the Apple ID website. Enter your new password twice in the corresponding fields. Then, click “Reset Password”.

iCloud Keychain
~MacLife
Once you’re singed in to iCloud in System Preferences on your Mac, you can set up iCloud Keychain. This stores an encrypted copy of website account details and bank cards that you enter in Safai to save you having to re-enter them.

If you don’t already use this feature and want to, follow the steps at bit.ly/ickeychain to set it up. During setup, you’ll be asked to create a six-digit security code, which you can enter on additional devices to grant them access to your keychain. (Note that with two-factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID, it takes the security code’s place in protecting your keychain.)

You’ll also be asked for a cell phone number to verify your identity by sending a verification code in a text message. To update your number or if you forget your code, click “Options” next to Keychain in iCloud’s prefs.

If you choose to reset the code, the keychain’s current contents are lost. to do so, chick “Keychain”. Then, click “Forgot Code”.

Quick Navigation: Jump to a Higher Folder on Mac
~MacLife
There are quick routes to get from the folder you’re viewing to higher levels of your Mac’s storage. Control-click a Finder window’s title to see a list of parent folders all the way up to the top of your Mac. Then, click one to jump to it.

Alternatively, choose “View>Show Path Bar”. This adds a bar across the bottom of Finder windows; double-click a folder to jump to it, or hold the Option key and double- click a folder to open it in a new tab. you can also drag items from the main view to a folder in the bar to move them.

How to view recently closed tabs in Safari on your iPhone or iPad
~iMore
Did you accidentally close a tab in Safari on your iPhone or iPad? Here’s how to get it back!

Whether you accidentally closed a tab you were viewing or are trying to remember something from an article you just read, you should know that getting back to a closed tab in Safari is pretty simple. With just a couple of taps, you can jump right back to where you were instead of having to dig through your history.

Here’s how!

How to view your recently closed tabs in Safari for iPhone
1. Launch Safari from your Home screen.
2. Tap the tab button (looks like two stacked squares).
3. Tap and hold on the new tab button (looks like a ‘+’).
4. Tap on one of your recently closed tabs if you want to open it again.

How to view your recently closed tabs in Safari for iPad
1. Open Safari on your Home screen.
2. Tap and hold on the new tab button (looks like a ‘+’).
3. Tap on one of your recently closed tabs if you want to open it again.