Mary’s X Files, July 2016

Return to Owner
~MacFormat
Even if you have no need for any other iCloud services, it’s worth setting up an account just to use “Find My Mac”, which lets you track your Mac when it’s online using Wi-Fi, and play a sound, lock or erase the Mac when online over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Also consider putting your contact details on the login window in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General > Set Lock Message.

Eject a Stuck Disc on a Mac
~MacFormat
If your Mac has an optical drive and you can’t get Finder to eject a disc from it, there are a couple of workarounds. With a USB-connected optical drive, disconnect and then reconnect it, which should reset the connection and allow Finder to eject the disc. Otherwise, restart your Mac and hold the “eject” key, the “F12” key or the mouse or trackpad button when you hear the startup sound to eject the disc.

How to See When a Text Was Sent
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Timestamps used to appear at the top of each text message on your iPhone. However, the old timestamps haven’t disappeared; they’re just hidden now. This is nice since you don’t always need to read the timestamp; and for those occasions when you do need to know when a message was received, here’s how to uncover the hidden timestamps behind each message.

To do this, you’ll have the Messages app open to a particular message. To see the timestamp, simply tap and hold any text message, then drag it to the left from the edge of the screen. Like a shy kitten, the timestamp will slowly peek in from the side.

When you let go, the timestamp will retreat into its hiding spot once again. That’s all there is to it!

Work smarter in Finder on the Mac
~MacFormat
Check a folder’s location 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.

Show Full address in Safari on Mac
~MacFormat
Presumably in an attempt to be minimal and tidy, Safari no longer by default displays a web page’s full address in the Smart Search Field. Click around apple.com, say, and the field’s contents will stay unchanged throughout your visit. If that’s unnerving or annoying, tick ‘Show full website address’ in Safari’s Advanced preferences. The field then shows addresses in full. (Even with this setting off, the full address is shown when you click in the field.)

How to Merge Duplicate Contacts
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
It’s inevitable that you will occasionally find yourself with duplicate entries for the same contact. Fortunately, merging the information into a single entry is relatively simple. Here’s how to merge duplicate contacts.

Open your Phone app and tap “Contacts” at the bottom of the screen. Locate the duplicate contact and tap “Edit” in the upper right corner. Scroll down to the very bottom and select “Link Contacts”.
Your contacts will pop up; locate the duplicate you want to merge into a single contact and open it. Tap “Link” in the upper right corner.
If you have more duplicate entries, select “Link Contacts” and repeat.

Tap “Done” once you have linked all duplicate contacts.

To unlink contacts, simply tap the red minus sign next to the contact you wish to unlink.

Manage downloads in Safari on Mac
~MacFormat
In Safari’s General preferences, you can choose where file downloads are sent. If you don’t want them to go to your Downloads folder, select “Other” in the pop-up menu. Should you want Safari to ask where to save each one, you can specify that. There’s also a checkbox regarding opening safe files. Clear it if you don’t want your Mac to open docs, distracting you from what you’re doing.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2016

opensourcemac.org
Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best free Mac software that we know of. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://www.imore.com/watchos
A first look at watchOS 3. It’s great now and will be greater. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tidbits.com/article/16571
More on watchOS 3.

http://tidbits.com/e/16552
Great information on using Copy and Paste. So much more here than you already know. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/07/01/my-activity-a-tool-to-see-what-google-knows-about-you/
Just so you know what Google knows about you.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3087001/macs/how-to-transfer-a-video-from-os-x-to-ios.html
Here’s a How-to! Find out how to transfer a video from OS X to iOS.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3090159/photography/10-ways-to-make-your-summer-photos-amazing.html
It’s summer and your iPhone camera will be doing double duty. Here are some tips and tricks to help you take amazing photos.

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/macos-sierra-release-date-news-and-features-1324197
Here’s what will excite you about macOS Sierra which is scheduled for a Fall 2016 release. Can’t wait!!!

Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2016

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-transfer-photos-iphone-to-computer-5-methods-downloading
Here’s information I know you’ll appreciate. Lots to learn here about transferring photos from your iPhone to computer.

http://bit.ly/1UpAsoD
Learn how to boost your Apple ID protection.

http://cnet.co/1XsKA7s
Here’s a list of all you can say to Siri! It’s a comprehensive list – so spend some time on this and then save some time.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3052874/iphone-ipad/how-to-transfer-files-between-a-mac-and-iphone.html
Here you will learn methods of transferring files from your Mac to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3051633/macs/9-ways-to-share-files-between-macs.html
Need to transfer files from one Mac to another? Learn the many ways to do it here.

http://bit.ly/1PvsaQi
Sometimes your iPhone doesn’t work the way you expect it to work. Here’s a troubleshooting guide to help you with some most common iPhone problems.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3077986/os-x/your-top-questions-to-mac-911-and-some-answers.html
Macworld posted some top questions (iOS 9, iCloud, El Capitan) to Mac 911 – and some answers. This is a valuable resource.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q46KZnoc5T8
When the weather is hot this summer and the AC is on high – take a break and organize your photos within Apple’s Photo app. Watch the youtube video by David A. Cox to get inspired.

Mary’s X Files, June 2016

How to remove recent contacts in the Mail app for iPhone & iPad
~iMore
When sending an email, the Mail app uses autofill to suggest a contact based on the name you enter. Sometimes, outdated email addresses show up in the suggestion list, even though you’ve updated the person’s information in your Contacts app. There is a way to remove email addresses from these autofill suggestions so you don’t accidentally send something to an unused mail box. Here’s how.

If you have removed an email address from your Contacts app, but it still appears when you are sending a message, get it off the list before you accidentally use it.

- Open the Mail app.
- Tap the Write mail icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Start typing a name.
- Find the old contact when the list of suggested emails appear.
- Tap the info icon next to the name.
- Tap Remove from Recents.
The contact will no longer appear as a suggested email in autofill in the Mail app.

How to Recover Deleted Photos on iOS
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
If you like to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad, one of the features you’ll appreciate is the ability to recover deleted photos. When you delete a photo, it remains available in the Recently Deleted album on your device for 30 days. If you decide that in fact you want to save a photo you deleted, you can easily recover it. Here’s how to recover deleted photos.

- Navigate to the Albums view in the Photos app. In addition to any albums you’ve added, you’ll see the default album, Recently Deleted.

- Tap on the Recently Deleted album to view the photos you’ve deleted.

- Tap Select to choose the photos you want to recover.

Reset User Password on Mac
~MacFormat
If you can’t get past the login window because you’ve forgotten your account password, you can reset it by starting up in OS X Recovery by holding command+r when you hear the startup sound. Choose Utilities > Terminal, then enter resetpassword, select the account to reset and provide a new password. (Note that this won’t change FileVault’s password If you’ve encrypted your disk.)

Mission Control Closer Look
~MacFormat
In El Capitan, Apple has switched Mission Control’s presentation to spread out all of your windows instead of stacking them up. If you have many windows open in the same workspace, their previews in Mission Control can get pretty small. To take a closer look at one, put the pointer over it and then press the Spacebar to pull it forward of the others.

Switch Audio Devices on a Mac
~MacFormat
Your Mac remembers volume levels for speakers and headphones individually, and makes adjustments as you connect or disconnect them. However, you may not want to unplug your headphones just to demo something to another person. Rather than opening the Sound preferences pane, hold down the option key and click the volume icon in the menu bar to switch to a different input or output device. If that icon isn’t present, turn on ‘Show volume in menu bar’ at the bottom of the Sound preferences’ pane.

Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac
~MacFormat
If a menu item you use often doesn’t list a keyboard shortcut, you can assign it one in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts. Click the + button, select the app in which the item appears, then enter the item’s name exactly as it appears, right down to capitalisation and any ellipsis at its end. Click in the bottom box, then press the key combo you want to trigger the item.

A Hidden Gesture on the Mac
~MacFormat
If your Mac has a trackpad, there’s an extra gesture for it tucked away in the Accessibility preferences pane, under Mouse & Trackpad > Trackpad Options. Put a check mark next to ‘Enable dragging’ and select three-finger drag from the adjacent pop-up menu. This

gesture may feel more comfortable for you than clicking and dragging things due to its relative lack of friction.

Mary’s X Files, May 2016

Why does Apple’s App Store use ‘Get’ for free apps?
~Macworld
Paul A. writes in with an App Store question: “I am a little confused by the terms used by the App Store when deciding to download and buy an app. What is the difference between “open” and “get”?”

Apple used to tag apps that cost nothing to download as “Free”, while it displayed the price for all others. However, it changed this label from “Free” to “Get” in November 2014, possibly as a result of settlements in 2013 and 2014 related to in-app purchases. Free-to-download apps can have in-app purchases, which muddied the water, although Apple puts a plus sign inside the Get button’s border if the app has such purchases. “Get” isn’t the best term—Paul isn’t the only one who scratched his head about it—but it’s more accurate than “free.”

Tap “Get” and the label changes to “Install”; tap that, and the app is marked in your account as something you purchased, despite not paying a cent to download it. Tap the price on a paid app, and it changes to “Buy”; tap that, and the transaction completes (often with the added necessity of entering your account password) and it’s also now in your account as a purchase.

You’ll see a cloud icon with a downward-pointing arrow if you’ve purchased or downloaded the app already and it’s not installed on the device you’re using; if it’s installed, the label reads “Open”, and tapping it simply opens the app on your device.

How to share your location and directions in Maps for iPhone and iPad
~iMore
- Launch the Maps app from your Home screen.
- Tap the arrow in the bottom left corner of your screen. This will take you to your location on the map, marked by a pulsating blue dot. – Tap the Share button on the top right of the screen. It’s a box with an upward arrow.
- Tap the method you’d like to use to share your location.
- Share as you would normally in your chosen method.

You can easily share your location via group chat or into a Facebook event if you fancy.

How to Quickly Scroll to the Top of Your iPhone Screen While Sparing Your Thumb
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Maybe you have thousands of songs stored on your phone or hundreds of emails in your inbox, maybe you just read a really long article online, or maybe you’re really important and popular and you have an endless list of contacts. Your thumb can sure get a workout scrolling back to the top of those lists. But did you know there’s an easy way to quickly scroll back the top of any page? There is! Here’s how to scroll to the top quickly while sparing your thumb.

The solution couldn’t be easier. To end the infinite thumbing your way to the top of the page, all you need to is tap the clock at the top, and you’ll be instantly taken back to the beginning of the list. This works on nearly any page where you’ve scrolled down whether it be email, a page in Safari, music, etc.

How to Redial a Phone Number on your iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
When you need to redial a number or call the person you previously talked to, there’s a really fast shortcut you can make from the Phone app. Instead of going to your Recents or searching through your contacts, if you’re calling the previous person you spoke to, you can do it with two quick taps.

To do this, open the Phone app. Tap on Keypad at the bottom of the menu. Tap the green call button and the previous number with contact name will fill-in at the top. Tap the green call button again to make the call.

Reset Spotlight after Repositioning in El Capitan
~Mac|LIfe
After doing a Spotlight search, reposition the window to the size and location you desire. After you have repositioned it, the box will appear in the same place the next time you press çommand+[Spacebar]. To reset the window’s size and position to its default settings, click and hold on Spotlight’s icon in the menu bar.

Edit a Photo in Preview in OSX
~iCreate
Double-clicking on the photo will automatically load it in the Preview app on a Mac by default. Select “View>Show Markup Toolbar” and you’re given a range of options, from rotating to complex saturation edits.

Import with Image Capture on Mac
~iCreate
You don’t need to load up the Photos app every time you want to do some image editing on your Mac. Connect whatever device your images are on and open the Image Capture app. Drag a picture to your desktop and choose whatever image editing application you desire to edit the image.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2016

http://www.imore.com/how-set-and-restore-time-machine-backup
Time to review Time Machine – how it works, how to set it up, how to restore and more.

http://bit.ly/1U6KHmg
Here are step-by-step directions for pairing an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard with your Apple TV.

http://bit.ly/1VCmshw
Okay – your iPhone is missing. Use your Apple Watch to locate your iPhone. You don’t have an Apple Watch??? Better get one quick – you need it!

http://bit.ly/241btzi
Learn about the new iPhone SE. That phone may just suit your needs.

http://bit.ly/26fmJKz
Get the most out of Apple’s Messages app. IMO it’s the quickest form of communication around. Give it a try – you won’t go back!

http://bit.ly/1r08FUR
I enjoyed this article about the future of Apple Watch and health apps. I hope you will also.

http://www.ugnn.com/2016/04/flash_alert/
Read about the Adobe Flash alert here. Follow all the links in the article to read more. Once you’re fully informed you won’t fall for FAKE Adobe Flash updates.

http://www.imore.com/how-limit-ad-tracking-iphone-and-ipad
This is a great step-by-step guide for limiting those pesky ads on your iPhone and iPad.

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/5-easy-ways-to-free-storage-space-your-iphone
Here’s some easy solutions to an annoying space problems on your iPhone.

http://www.imore.com/operas-browser-now-comes-free-vpn-service
This is worth looking at – a browser with an integrated VPN service. That’s good and saves $$$. Check out the security VPN adds to your browsing. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG

Mary’s X Files, April 2016

Use Emoji Shortcuts Instead of Switching Keyboards in iOS
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Previously, we covered creating keyboard shortcuts to help you quickly type commonly used phrases. Did you know you can also create shortcuts for emoji characters (those cute emoticons that go way beyond your average smiley face)? This is handy if you use a lot of emoji characters and don’t want to switch back and forth between keyboards all the time.

Before you can do this, you’ll have to enable the emoji keyboard if you haven’t already: Go to Settings > General > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.

After you’ve enabled the emoji keyboard, go back to Keyboard and tap Shortcuts. Tap on the + in the upper right corner to create a new shortcut.

Next, tap on the smiley face or globe icon in the lower left between the number and mic icons.

This will take you to the emoji keyboard. In the Phrase field enter the emoji you are creating a shortcut for. Tap the ABC icon to switch back to the English keyboard and then enter a word in the Shortcut field and tap Save in the upper right corner.

Now every time you type this word the emoji character will automatically be substituted.

Shortcuts when Editing in Photos on Mac
~Macworld
Shortcuts in Photos also go directly to specific tools, even if you’re not yet in the editing view. Press C to open the Crop tool, F for filters, A for the Adjust tool, R for the Retouch tool, and E for the Red-eye tool. While you’re editing, press the arrow keys to switch to the previous or next photo without leaving the editing view.

To compare your edits to the original version of the photo, press the M key for a quick before-and- after.

How to Turn Off Government Alerts in iOS
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
There have been a couple of times now that I’ve been startled out of a deep sleep by my iPhone emitting a high pitched screeching sound. The sound was to make me aware of an AMBER (child abduction) Alert.

I think AMBER Alerts are a great thing and help save lives, but what annoyed me was that the alert

was from a city almost 300 miles away from me. Was it really relevant to me?

Most of the time the alerts are pinged off of cell towers and are specific to the area. I’m not sure why I received this particular alert, but it made me consider turning it off.

This is quite easy to do. Just go to Settings > Notifications > then scroll all the way down to the bottom and toggle AMBER Alerts Off. If you don’t see any Government Alerts options, this means your carrier does not offer this service and this tip does not apply to you.

Speed up startup times on Mac
~iCreate
If you are the only user of the Mac you can skip the login screen and go straight to the desktop.

To do this, simply go to your machine’s System Preferences>Users & Groups and then click “Login Options”. Click the padlock in the bottom-left corner and enter your password. Select your name next to Automatic Login.

A word of warning – this removes password security and should not be used on a Mac that other people, however infrequently, can access. It is super fast, but anyone can turn on your Mac and see your files, so use with caution.

Boost Wi-Fi network speeds on Mac
~iCreate
Wireless routers broadcast on what are called channels, and if two, such as you and a neighbour, use the same

channel, then performance suffers. Use Spotlight to find and run Wireless Diagnostics. Click Scan on the Windows menu and all networks and channels are listed. If yours clashes with a neighbour’s, enter your router’s IP address into Safari (eg 192.168.2.1) and you can select another channel in the settings.

Shut down option on Mac
~iCreate
When you shut down, there is an option to Reopen windows when logging back in. Clear the tick box to prevent OS X wasting time opening the apps and windows you used last

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2016

http://www.macattorney.com/sd.html
Here is a site you’ll want to save for whenever you need it! Randy Singer gives you 10 OS X slowdown solutions. Lots to learn here.

http://pop2imap.com
https://unroll.me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ENWaNS3oV8
https://temp-mail.org/en/
Here are four sites (related to eMail presentation) introduced to SMUG members by Zachary Moreno at the March meet- ing.

http://tidbits.com/article/16298
More members are using Dropbox – so take a minute to read all you can about Dropbox. You can begin right here.

http://tidbits.com/article/16302
The issue of expired expired certi cates for OS X installers was discussed at the March SMUG meeting. Read about OS X installers that will no longer work for you and what you can do about it.

http://tidbits.com/article/16284
http://tidbits.com/article/16323
http://tidbits.com/article/16339
Do you know you have an app called Preview on your Mac? If not, you aren’t using it. Spend some time with this series of articles. You’ll be rewarded because Preview is a powerhouse app.

http://tidbits.com/article/16337
Read about “typosquatters” and be aware of the warning not to be tricked by them. An example is to install or not install Adobe Flash. If you missed the precautions and directions about installing Adobe Flash – ask during Q&A at a meeting or in the Help Group.

http://tidbits.com/article/16360
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204416
http://www.apple.com/safari/
These three site are all related to the recent Safari update. Stay current with your Apple updates. It’s very important for your Mac’s wellbeing.

Mary’s X Files, March 2016

Import from Camera to OSX App, Preview
~TidBITS
**Import from Cameras** — Here’s something you probably didn’t know:

Preview can import images directly from cameras and scanners. Better yet, in Preview’s eyes, your iPhone or iPad counts as a camera.

To import pictures from a camera, connect it to your Mac via a USB cable, open Preview, and choose Import from _CameraName_ (for instance, Import from iPhone).

A window appears displaying thumbnails of the photos on that camera, largely mirroring the look and features of Apple’s Image Capture utility (which lives in the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder). By default, Preview displays the photos in a list, with EXIF information like the date and time the picture was taken, file size, resolution, GPS coordinates, aperture size, whether the flash was fired, and more. Even if you don’t want to use Preview to import your photos, it’s a handy way to view all that data.

Neat Trick via OSX App, Preview
~TidBITS
Here’s another neat trick: if you select a file in the Finder, choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C), and then invoke Preview’s “New from Clipboard” command. It creates a new document containing all sizes and resolutions of that file’s icon. It’s a great way to snag

an application or document icon!

Archive your Contacts
~iCreate

  1. Load up Contact — Open your Contacts app on your Mac by clicking its icon in the Dock or heading to your Applications folder and searching for it.
  2. Export menu — Now go up to File in the menubar and scroll down to the Export menu. From the options that slide out right, select Contact Achieve to continue.
  3. Safe place — All that’s left to do is save your Contacts archive to a safe destination. Hit “Save” when ready. your contact information is now safely backed up.

Share Huge files over Email
~iCreate
Fed up of using WeTransfer or Dropbox to transfer large file sizes over email? We were too, until we started using iCloud’s brilliant Mail Drop feature. As long as you have the ‘Send large attachments with Mail Drop’ setting ticked in the Advanced section of Mail>Preferences>Accounts, you can send files up to 5GB in size over email. The recipient will be sent a link to access the contents, which stays active for 30 days.

Using iCloud Drive
~iCreate
If you’re reading this and you haven’t set up iCloud yet, don’t worry — you’re not alone. Plenty of Apple users have resisted ‘the cloud’ for many reasons. We firmly believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. Thankfully, Apple makes setting up an iCloud account simple. All you need is an Apple ID and the following instructions…

- Set up on Mac — Go to system Preferences and select iCloud. Activating iCloud is now as simple as entering your Apple ID and enabling which features you want synced.
- Set up on iOS — On your iOS device, head to your Settings menu and tap iCloud. Type in your apple ID credentials, tap Sign In and choose what you want to sync to iCloud.

How to Answer a Call with a Text Message
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to answer the phone. Especially if you’re driving, it’s often safer to send an iPhone automated message to let the person know you’ll call them back later. This function is accessible right from the call screen with different messages prepared for quick sending. Here’s how to answer a call with a text message if you happen to be busy.

When your phone is ringing, tap Message over Slide to Answer.

You will get a menu of responses and a Custom option. Tap “Can I call you later?”, “Sorry, I can’t talk right now.” or “I’m on my way.” Your phone will automatically send a text for you.

If you tap the Custom option, a text conversation with that person will appear. Type whatever you like! (But please don’t choose this option if you’re driving!). Tap Send, and you’re done.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2016

http://tidbits.com/article/16241
Here’s a spelling lesson. Not really, but a lesson to help your computer unlearn misspellings, add words you use often or technical, medical and scientific words, and also sync dictionaries across your multiple macs.

https://insider.iphonelife.com/video-tip/how-use-find-my-iphone-ping-your-misplaced-ipad
You know your iPad (or iPhone) is here somewhere!!! Let your iPhone (or iPad) come to your rescue. You need the Find My iPhone app. This works for all your Apple computers and devices. So just in case you’ve misplaced your iMac, this process has you covered.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how-to-add-eject-to-the-menu-bar
Wouldn’t you like to add Disc Eject to your Mac’s Menu Bar? Now you can! You’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. No more dragging that disk to the trash. Yea!

http://krebsonsecurity.com
While looking for information and understanding of the Apple-FBI issue, I came upon this site. Some good reading here.

http://www.joachim-scholz.com/academipad/2013/05/08/speed-up-slow-ipad/
Suffering from a slow iPad. Here you’ll find some tricks to help boost the speed. Contributed by Onita Oles (MIAMUG).

http://www.macrumors.com/2016/02/24/facebook-offer-six-different-reactions/
Something’s new on Facebook. Look for the new options built into the LIKE button. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/1TEp3on
What a great lesson here on making sure your prints always look their best. This article is by Lesa Snider, you’ll find her website here with much more to read and learn. http://photolesa.com

http://bit.ly/1TEpyik
Glenn Fleishman, Senior Contributor at MacWorld and also the author of A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy and Security in iOS 9, (good book) has written this excellent article regarding boosting your Wi-Fi signal.

http://bit.ly/1RucWs4
Here’s the scoop! Rumor Has It that the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will hit store shelves on March 18. Read about the new products here.