Mary’s X Files, April 2015

iOS 8 How-To: Use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks
~9to5Mac.com
Sometimes searching the App Store can be an overwhelming task. You might already know what you want to download, or other times you might get distracted when you open the store and forget why you were there, and typing in what you want to download is old fashioned now. With iOS 8, you can use Siri to search the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, and more for you. It’s all a matter of asking Siri with the right commands.

Press down and hold on the home button for two seconds for Siri to appear.

For example you can say something like, “Search the App Store for sports apps,” and Siri will open up the App Store and bring you to the search results of sports.

You can also say things like, “Download MyFitnessPal,” or “Search for The Beatles in iTunes,” and Siri will open up the App Store to MyFitnessPal, or Siri will open up iTunes and search for The Beatles. The same commands for search, or even downloading, work on the iBook Store for finding books to read and add to your iOS device. For more examples like this, hold down your home button and activate Siri, then tap the “?” icon on the bottom left corner to see what else Siri can do.

How to Show a Paper Tape in Calculator App for Mac
~OSXDaily.com
If you find yourself adding up many numbers or just performing a continuous string of math that is critical to keep track of, you should know that the Mac Calculator app includes a paper tape feature. For those who aren’t familiar, a paper tape keeps a running trail of each item entered into a calculator, making it easy to follow and audit anything in the calculation. Obviously useful for many occasions, the deceptively simple Calculator app in OS X includes this ability, and you can also save and print the generated number tape if desired.

There’s not much complexity to using this handy Calculator feature, but it’s so useful that you’ll wonder how you functioned without it, and if you’ve been relying on the Spotlight Calculator you should make the switch to this.

  1. Open Calculator app from /Applications/
  2. Pull down the “Window” menu and choose “Show Paper Tape” (or hit Command+T)
  3. Perform calculations as usual, the paper tape will now keep track of each number entered.

When you complete a set of calculations that you want to keep a record of or save for whatever reason, you can then choose to print the paper tape, or save the paper tape as a file.

Silence an annoying group thread in Messages
~Macworld
Want to shush an annoying group thread? Open the message thread, tap Details, then flip the Do Not Disturb switch.

Ever get stuck on a group text-messaging thread that just won’t stop? If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, there’s an easy way to shush the chatter.

Open the group thread that’s bugging you, tap the Details button in the top corner, scroll down and flip the Do Not Disturb switch.

Ah, the sound of silence.

Working with the Mac’s menu bar
~Macworld
If you don’t care for the way icons are arranged in the menu bar—you want the clock to appear all the way to the left, for example—just hold down the Command key and drag the item in question to a new position. Be careful to not drag it outside the menu bar, however, as doing so can cause it to evaporate. This trick doesn’t work with the Spotlight or Notification menus.

Using the Option Key in the Mac’s Menu Bar
~Macworld
The Option key is helpful when using the Sound menu. When you click on this menu without holding down Option, you find a volume control. But hold down Option and all your audio input and output devices appear. I use this all the time when I want to quickly switch from my desktop speakers—attached, in this case, to an AudioQuest DragonFly USB audio interface—to the headphones jacked into my Focusrite Scarlett audio interface.

You’ll also find the Option key useful with the Wi-Fi menu. Without Option held down you see something like this—a list of local Wi-Fi networks. But if you hold down the Option key and click the menu you learn some important things about your network (some of which I’ve obscured for my protection). You also have easier access to the Wireless Diagnostic app, where you can gather information about how your Wi-Fi network is behaving. The resulting information is dense, but if you’re of a geekish bent you may find it helpful.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2015

http://www.macrumors.com/guide/icloud-photo-library/
Use this guide to help you be ready and to understand Photos. It’s coming to Prime Time soon! Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/01/the-diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/06/the-diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-2/#tmhmdj:8uIs
http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/20/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-3-using-an-over-the-air-dvr/#tmhmdj:QrTH
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/13/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-4-favorite-apps-and-resources/
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/20/diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015-part-5-upgrading-to-the-tivo-roamio-ota-dvr/
Here’s a 5-part Diary of a Cord Cutter. There’s a lot here so stick with it. Learn from this series so that you are informed before making the decision or not. Make sure you don’t miss info on Apple TV below.

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/ways-new-apple-tv-dominate-living-room/
Before you cut the cord make sure you consider Apple TV. Learn more about the future Apple TV here. The new Apple TV could very well play a part in your cord cutting decision.

http://tidbits.com/e/15504
More about Apple Pay – but this this time some background on security and how the banks must step up their practices. Interesting and valuable information.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2057221/how-to-view-the-library-folder-in-mavericks.html
Learn how to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite. Be warned – deleting or moving files inside this folder could cause problems with an application.

Mary’s X Files, March 2015

Forward a message on iPhone or iPad
~Macworld
To forward a message, tap and hold it, then select More, and tap the forward arrow in the bottom- right.

Sounds simple, but forwarding a text or picture message to someone else on an iOS device isn’t easy if you’ve never done it before.

In the name of creating the flattest, most Spartan interface possible, the forward controls are hidden behind a few touch gestures.

Tap and hold the message you’d like to forward; when you do, a pop-up with a few different buttons (such as “Copy” and “Speak”) will appear. Tap the More button, then tap the little forward-arrow in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

Save any picture from the web to your iPhone or iPad
~iMore
Whether you’re looking for a good iPhone wallpaper or want to share a gif you found online, there are lots of great reasons to save images to your iPhone or iPad.

Doing so is easy, but I’m still amazed how many people don’t actually know how to go about it (my mother included). So, in case you’re lost: Here’s a quick tutorial on saving images to your device — even the ones that won’t let you save them through normal means.

To save an image sent to you in Mail or Safari, it’s as easy as tapping and holding on the image in question.

When the share sheet pops up, just tap the Save Image button to send the photo to your Camera Roll.

In other apps, like Tweetbot, you may have to first tap the picture to enlarge it fullscreen, then tap and hold to save.

Finally, there are some sites on Safari that don’t allow picture saving, due to copyright reasons or the way the website is built. If it’s for copyright purposes — such as a pro photographer who wants to be paid for high-resolution versions of their images — I’d ask that you please respect the owner of those pictures and purchase anything you legitimately want to download.

If you need a low-resolution version, however, or the image you need isn’t downloadable, you can take a screenshot of it by pressing the Home button and On/Off button at the same time, then opening the screenshot in the Photos app and cropping accordingly.

How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite
~iMore
Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It’s my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I’ve discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.

  1. Open a new window in the Finder.
  2. Organize the view by column by clicking the third button from the left above the word View (or, alternately, by typing command 3).
  1. Hold down the option key on the keyboard.
  2. Position the cursor over the edge of a column. It will change from the regular cursor to a column width cursor.
  3. Click the mouse and drag the column to its new width. All the other columns in that window should move with it.
  4. Let go of the mouse button to set the width, and let go of the option key.
  5. If you don’t hold down the option key, only the column you’ve selected will resize.

Password-protect a PDF or image in Apple Preview
~Macworld
To prevent a PDF or image from being opened, copied from, or printed, try password-protecting it. Open the file and choose File > Export, and in the resulting dialog box choose PDF from the Format menu. Next, enable the Encrypt checkbox, enter a password into the resulting field, and click Save. Be sure to rename or change the location of your newly protected PDF to keep from overwriting your original!

Crop a PDF in Apple Preview
~Macworld
If a page in your PDF has extra stuff around it—say, registration or crop marks—you can use the Rectangular Selection tool to crop it. Open the Markup toolbar, click the Rectangular Selection tool, and draw a selection around the area you want to keep. Next, choose Tools > Crop (or press Command-K to commit the crop). To crop multiple pages, choose View > Thumbnails and Command or Shift-click to select multiple thumbnails before committing the crop. To crop all pages, press Command-A to select them before committing the crop. To draw a more accurate selection for cropping, choose Tools > Show Inspector to open the Inspector window, click the Crop icon (it looks like an angled comb), and enter the location and size of the desired crop.

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ph5l3hu
This was Chris Breen’s first article on Photos. Maybe you missed it in February Bookmarks.

http://tinyurl.com/lcj5h57
More on the new Photos app that will be replacing iPhoto soon.

http://tinyurl.com/ncdg24g
Here’s some typing tips to use on your iPhone and iPad.

http://tinyurl.com/qjfjqmn
http://tinyurl.com/qbo6stq
If you’re concerned with privacy and security, both articles will help you understand FileVault 2.

http://tinyurl.com/mzbp8mc
New FCC rules on unlocking your phone may be something you’re interested in doing.

http://tinyurl.com/kf2ucu9
If you only learn to use a few of these Mac keyboard shortcuts you’ll look like a genuine power user.

http://tinyurl.com/n9k7nhj
Sign up for FREE Tips & Tricks delivered to you by email. That means everyday of the week you’ll receive a tip to save you time and use your iDevice more productively. Submitted by Jerry Brasseur (SMUG).

http://sixcolors.com/post/2015/02/apple-watch-what-we-know/
It’s getting closer! In fact there’s an Apple Event scheduled for March 9. Rumor has it that the Apple Watch will be discussed. Learn all about the Apple Watch here. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/iphone-slow-heres-how-speed-it
For iPhone Users: Follow this list (Steps 1-6 or easiest to more involved) to get more speed out of your iPhone. There’s so much information here – don’t miss the main points and the sub-points.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204268
AOL users: Mary Nesset and Jerry Brasseur sent this information to both clubs’ members. If you missed it – it’s here again.

Mary’s X Files, February 2015

How to recover deleted photos on your iPhone or iPad
~iMore
If you’re running iOS 8, and it’s been under 30 days since you deleted the photo, you can easily get it back. Here’s how!

  • Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later.
  • Tap on the Albums tab in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on the album titled Recently Deleted.
  • Tap on the photo you’d like to recover and tap on Recover in the bottom navigation.
  • Tap on Recover Photo in the popup menu.

How to recover multiple deleted photos on your iPhone or iPad
~iMore

  1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or later.
  2. Tap on the Albums tab in the bottom navigation.
  3. Tap on the album titled Recently Deleted.
  4. Tap on Select in the top navigation.
  5. Tap on all the photos you’d like to recover — or tap on Recover All at the bottom to recover all deleted photos.
  6. Tap on Recover in the bottom right hand navigation.
  7. Tap on Recover Photos in the popup menu.

How to turn on and edit the Bookmarks bar in Safari
~iMore
A few weeks ago, I received a panicked call from my sister. “My Favorites are gone! I don’t know where they went and I don’t know how to get them back.” The favorites in question weren’t Instagram likes or Twitter stars — no, her new work Mac had come with its Bookmarks favorites bar disabled.

It’s not uncommon to see this in new OS X Yosemite Macs; Safari’s default view sports as few buttons and switches as possible, so as to immerse yourself in the Web browsing experience. But it’s an easy fix to reenable the Favorites bar and even edit it.

Turning the Bookmarks or Favorites bar on is a relatively simple process.

  • Open Safari.
  • Select the View menu
  • Find Show Favorites Bar
  • Enable it.
  • (If you like keyboard shortcuts, you can also use Command-Shift-B to show or hide the bar.)

Something You Can Do in Yosemite that You Couldn’t Do in Mavericks
~Gizmodo
Another new feature previously seen on iOS 8, OS X Yosemite brings the Today view to the Notification Center and opens the floor to any third-party app extensions that want a piece of the action too. Wunderlist, 1Password, Pocket and Monity are some of the non-Apple apps that have already added support.

The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview app
~Macworld

Sign documents
Adding your signature to documents is easy. Open the Markup toolbar by clicking the toolbox icon at the upper right, and then click the Signature tool (it looks like a tiny signature). Either draw your signature using your trackpad or mouse or use your Mac’s iSight camera to photograph a signature you’ve scribed onto white paper. Either way, Preview captures your signature with transparency, so you can gracefully plop it atop any document or image (say, for a quick watermark).

You can capture a signature with your trackpad or iSight camera (top). Once your signature is captured, it appears as a menu item of the Sign tool for easy access (bottom).

Reduce PDF file size
To slim the file size of any PDF (by reducing image quality), choose File > Export. In the resulting dialog box, choose PDF from the Format menu and then choose Reduce File Size from the Quartz Filter menu. Click Save and call it done.

Merge multiple files into one PDF

Preview can easily merge multiple files into a single PDF (say, to combine scanned documents or to combine a PDF with an image). To do it, open the first PDF or image, choose View > Thumbnails, and then drag other files—single or multiple pages of any dimensions—from the desktop onto the thumbnail sidebar. Drag thumbnails to reorder pages within your newly combined PDF and then save the file.

Rotate pages in a PDF

To rotate a single page within a multi-page PDF (handy for scanned receipts), choose View > Thumbnails and then select the thumbnails of the pages you want to rotate. Next, click the Rotate button in the toolbar or choose Tools > Rotate Left or Tools > Rotate Right.

 

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2015

http://www.imore.com/secret-siri-commands-ten-ways-amp-your-digital-assistant
Get to know Siri (she’s improving). Here are 12 secret commands you may not know about. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/siri-ultimate-guide
Here’s a Siri guide for you to review.

http://www.macworld.com/article/2874170/how-to-cull-your-iphoto-library.html#tk.rss_all
Here’s a good wintertime activity. Learn how to eliminate duplicate and poor photos from your iPhoto library and then do it. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/avoid-mackeeper
MacKeeper – read about it here and AVOID it! Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://www.imore.com/how-set-your-new-mac
Is a new Mac in your future? This site provides the step-by-step process you need to follow to set up your new Mac. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/m968edu
This is Part 2 of the article used in Bookmarks last month. You’ll learn more of the power of Apple’s free Preview app. If you missed Part 1 – here’s the link. http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://tinyurl.com/nk8es5k
Here’s an update on Apple Pay. Try it – you’ll like it!

http://tinyurl.com/lougcb4
It won’t be long before the launch of OS X 10.10.3 and Photos for OS X. Read about Photos here and be ready for the transition.

http://www.imore.com/what-you-need-know-about-photos-os-x
More information on Photos for OS X, as well as a launch date projection of April 2015. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204152
One more thing! How about setting up two-step verification for your Apple ID. Your Apple ID is key to many things you do with Apple. Only you should have access to your account details, be able to update your password, access the data you store with iCloud, make purchases in iTunes and the App Store. Add another layer of security with two-step verification.

Mary’s X Files, January 2015

iOS 8 – Hey Siri
~DanFrakes.com
Finally, a feature I didn’t think I’d use much, but I’ve come to like, is the new “Hey Siri” option. Hidden inside Settings > General > Siri, enabling this option lets you activate Siri by saying—wait for it—”Hey Siri” instead of holding down the Home button. The catch is that this works only when the device is connected to a power source (i.e., charging). I initially assumed that this restriction would reduce the usefulness of Hey Siri, but then I realized that the place I’m most likely to use Hey Siri is also the one place my phone is always charging during use: in the car.

iOS 8 – Live dictation
~DanFrakes.com
Perhaps my favorite new Siri trick is live dictation. Siri used to work by listening to you talk, then sending a recording of your dictation to the cloud, then (a few seconds later) returning results. Under iOS 8, Siri shows you its interpretation of your speech on the fly—there’s just an ever-so-short delay for each word.

Not only does this improvement make Siri faster and more responsive, but it means you see immediately if Siri has made a mistake in transcription. Instead of speaking a long text message, for example, and waiting to see if the results are what you intended, you see, as you’re talking, if the message is correct.

Yosemite -Make phone calls
~Gizmodo.com
You can send texts and make calls from your Mac through your iPhone, as long as they’re using the same iCloud account. From the Messages app on your Mac, open Preferences then the Accounts tab—make sure your phone number is ticked and selected in the Start new conversations from drop-down list.

Yosemite – Handoff to other devices
~Gizmodo.com
Another major new feature is Handoff, the ability to start tasks on a computer then send them to a mobile device (or vice versa). You’ll need to activate it on both your Mac and your iPhone/iPad, then a prompt appears whenever you’re using a compatible app (like Mail or Safari).

Easy Flashlight Off in iOS8
~iOS8 ATC Crash Course (Take Control Book)
To turn off the flashlight without returning to Control Center, swipe the Camera icon up on the iPhone’s lock screen.”

Re-enable the Library Folder (Mavericks & Yosemite)
~Macworld
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.

Sliding to Unlock in iOS Devices
~iOS8 ATC Crash Course (Take Control Book)
To unlock your device, place your finger on the screen anywhere outside of a notification and slide from left to right. If you’ve set a passcode, you are prompted for it. (If you’ve set up Touch ID on a compatible device, you can touch your finger to the Home button briefly instead of sliding to unlock.)

Tip: You don’t have to slide the “slide to unlock” text (E) to unlock the screen. Sliding anywhere on the screen works.

Quickly Find .plist Files
~MacOSXHints
Finding the .plist preference file for given app isn’t always easy, because the name of the .plist file may not be remotely similar to the app’s name. But there’s an easy way to make such files reveal themselves.

First, open the app, itself, and make a change to its preferences. (You can undo that alteration later.)

Next, open your user account’s /Library/Preferences folder in the Finder. (In Lion or later, if you haven’t set that folder to be permanently visible, hold down the <Option> key, and select Go – Library.)

Set the Finder window to “List” view, and click the top of the “date Modified” column so the most recently modified files appear highest in the list.

The .plist file for the app whose preferences you just adjusted should appear at the top of that column. Note that this may not work with sandboxed applications. For them, you should also search your library’s/Containers folder.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2015

http://tinyurl.com/ndamxhh
Take a look at this site for FREE Photography classes taught by university professor and professionals. Explore the site and find even more.

http://tinyurl.com/l2erfnx
This is Part 1 of a terrific article written by Lesa Snider. Read about her fame at the end of article. You’ll learn about the superpowers of Apple’s Preview. Preview comes with your Mac and is the most useful app you don’t know about. Bookmark this site and come back for Part 2. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203106
http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/29/how-to-share-files-mac-ios-airdrop/
Here are two sites to help you learn to use Airdrop. Very cool!

http://tinyurl.com/nymexeg
If you’re still haven’t installed Yosemite – learn 17 things you can do in Yosemite that you couldn’t do in Mavericks. Now install!

http://tinyurl.com/p99takx
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-vs-google-wallet/
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-pay-and-mobile-payments/
You’re about to lose your wallet to Apple Pay. That may sound scary. Read and learn about Apple Pay and you’ll gain confidence.

http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201060
http://tinyurl.com/pzogdbf
I did it – what was I waiting for! Family Sharing is great – try it. Also good for young families – gives parents necessary controls. Download the Family Sharing Reference Guide on the second site.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2014

http://tinyurl.com/navpct4
Check this site out if you’re having trouble with transparency feature in Yosemite. You’ll learn how to save your eyes and adjust it.

http://tinyurl.com/phc7ucv
Tips for making Siri work for you. You have her – better use her!

http://tinyurl.com/kgxp7oa
Read this! Don’t bite on a phishing scam that can turn around and bite you.

https://howsecureismypassword.net
Another attempt to get club members to strengthen their passwords. Check passwords here. The site advertises RoboForm (yearly charge). Make sure you check 1Password or others first.

http://tinyurl.com/lv9h25h
Yosemite users: Here’s the process for changing your administrative password on your Mac.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ6AZMk2cy0
Here’s how you change your administrative password if you’ve forgotten it. Heaven forbid!!!

http://www.maclife.com/article/features/50-ios-8-tips-and-tricks
This is homework for you on iOS 8 tips.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/50-os-x-yosemite-tips-tricks
This is also homework for you on Yosemite tips.

http://tinyurl.com/pj86kae
Facebook users – this is a must read!

http://www.tuaw.com/category/Slices-of-Apple/
This documentary series was mentioned months ago. Now it has 12 installments. This is a reminder so you can catch up.

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/three-holiday-gift-ideas-for-older-techies
We can all use a little help. Check out these gift ideas and get them on your list. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, December 2014

Easily Turn Off Flashlight in iOS
~Take Control via Twitter
To turn off the flashlight without returning to Control Center, swipe the Camera icon up on the iPhone’s lock screen.

Dock Icons Contextual Menus on the Mac
~Take Control via Twitter
Dock icons have contextual menus. To open one, click and hold briefly on the icon, without the Control key.

Check Settings after Upgrading to Yosemite
~Take Control via Twitter
Tip! Check settings—particularly Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—after installing iOS 8. The upgrade sometimes changes things.

Easily Open Finder Window
~Take Control via Twitter
If you don’t have any Finder windows open on your Mac, you can open one by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock.

Minimize in-progress email
~DanFrakes.com
Here is one of my favorite iOS 8 features. How many times have you been composing an email message on your iPhone or iPad and wished you could browse another message for some info? It happens to me all the time.

There’s now a way to do so: Just swipe the in-progress message’s title bar down to the bottom of the screen, and there it stays until you tap it again. While the message is minimized, you can browse messages, mailboxes, and accounts; and you can compose new messages and replies—you can even minimize multiple messages and get back to each later. (When multiple messages are minimized, tapping the bottom of the screen lets you choose which minimized message to edit, as shown in the image here.)

More swipe actions
~DanFrakes.com
Here is another one of my favorite iOS 8 features. When viewing a mailbox’s message list, you can now perform many more actions on a message without having to view it first.

Swipe a message preview to the right, and you get the option to mark the message as read/unread. Swipe slightly to the left, and you get buttons to trash the message, flag/unflag it, or More; tapping More displays a list of additional options, including Reply/Reply All, Forward, Flag/Unflag, Mark as Read/Unread, Move to Junk, Move Message, and Notify Me (for enabling the aforementioned per-thread notifications).

One complaint I have here is that if you swipe too far to the left, you immediately delete the message—I do this accidentally All. The. Time. (I’ve never been so happy to have the shake-to-undo feature.) In Settings > Mail > Swipe Options, you can choose which swipe direction provides which options.

How to set a default To address in Mavericks’ Mail
~DanFrakes.com
A reader, Fran Drakes, has an issue with autofill and Mavericks’ Mail app. She writes: My husband has three email addresses. I almost always want to send to his Mac.com address, and for years, that’s what Mail automatically used when I typed his name. But when I upgraded to Mavericks (at least that’s what appears to have been the trigger), Mail decided that I really wanted to send to his Yahoo address. So every time I add him to an email, I have to manually change the auto-filled address to his Mac.com address. Is there a way to force Mail to always use the same address?

I sympathise. With Mavericks’ Mail, auto-fill will choose the first alphabetical address, regardless of the order it appears in a contact’s card. For example, in the case of bubba1@example.com, bubba2@example.com, and bubba3@example.com, bubba1 will be auto-fill’s choice. So let’s take it out of auto-fill’s hands and tell Contacts and Mail exactly what we’d like to have happen.

Launch the Contacts app, select your husband’s name in your list of contacts, and choose File > New Group From Selection. This will create a new untitled group with a highlighted name. Rename that group something like “hubby.”

Now choose Edit > Edit Distribution List and in the sheet that appears select your “hubby” group. You’ll see your husband’s name along with the email addresses that appear on his contact card. Select his Mac.com address so that it turns black and click OK. What you’ve essentially told Contacts is that within this group (of one) the Mac.com address is the default.

Choose the preferred email address in the distribution list sheet. Return to Mail, create a new message, and in the To field enter “hubby.” When you press the Return key, that address should change to his name and use his Mac.com address. At a later time, should you wish to send to a different email address, enter his name rather than “hubby” and then choose the address you wish to send to from the auto-fill list that appears.