Mary’s X Files, February 2018

How to Close All of Your Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone or iPad
~MacRumors
There are some iOS gestures and tricks that have been around forever, but remain relatively hidden because they’re hard to find unless you know about them. Closing all of the tabs in your Safari browser on an iOS device is one such trick — it’s simple if you know how to do it, but it’s a gesture you might not know exists. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Here’s how to do it:

Open up Safari.

Long press on the “Tabs” icon denoted by two squares. On iPhones, it’s at the bottom of the browser in portrait mode or at the top in landscape mode. On the iPad, it’s at the top.

Select Close All Tabs.

Alternatively, you can single tap on the Tabs icon to bring up the browser window view, and then long press on “Done” to bring up the same “Close All Tabs” interface.

That’s all there is to it. Safari will let you know how many tabs are currently open, and it will close each and every one after the Close All Tabs option is tapped.

Because it’s so easy to open a new tab when browsing without meaning to on an iOS device, the Close All Tabs option is super handy for getting rid of all those open browser windows in one quick go.

Search a Web Page in iOS
~MacRumors
In Safari on iOS, there are two ways to search a web page for a specific word or phrase. One method is quicker than the other, although neither is necessarily immediately obvious.

The first way involves tapping the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it), sliding your finger left along the bottom column, and tapping the Find on Page button, indicated by a magnifying glass. Start typing what you’re looking for, and your search results will be returned automatically.

The second, faster method is to type your search term straight into Safari’s address bar and then tap the On This Page option at the bottom of the suggestion list, after which you’ll be able to tap through each occurrence of the term on the current page.

Rename Multiple Files
~iCreate
I have heard that it is possible to rename multiple files in batches on my Mac. How is this done?

1. Highlight and select Select multiple files in a Finder window and then right-click to see further options. Click ‘Rename x items’ and a smaller panel will appear with options to select from.

2. Experiment a little: You can now replace specific text in each file name to make them searchable or even change the format so that they can be processed as a single batch.

3. File management: Once you have changed the file names as a batch you can now right-click and select ‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully renamed batch of files to work on.

Manage Storage in High Sierra
~iCreate
From the macOS desktop, click on the Apple menu (the logo in the top-left) and choose ‘About This Mac’.

When the Overview window appears, click on the ‘Storage’ tab and you will be able to see exactly how much storage space you have on your Mac.

Click on ‘Manage’ button and you will see a further range of options to help you free up space and maximise your Mac’s storage space, such as moving all of your photos into iCloud.

Merging Windows in MacOS
~iCreate
I often keep far too many windows open on my Mac desktop. Is there a way to keep it relatively uncluttered while still having access to all of my numerous open windows?

There is a very clever, very hidden tip for doing just that! If your desktop becomes horrendously congested with open windows, click on the ‘Windows’ option in the Finder menu bar and then you will see an option called ‘Merge Windows’. Select this and all of
your open windows will be merged into one.

You can still access the windows that you need from the remaining open one simply by clicking on the tabs at the top of the window. It’s a great way to free up some much- needed desktop space to continue working.

Betty’s Bookmarks, February 2018

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ybQiqUN-0
Complete guide to the iPhone X. This tutorial was used by Doug Leng in his presentation at the January MIAMUG meeting.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCYFQ33UIPERYx8-ZHucZbDA/videos
You’ll find plenty of short video tutorials here for you. Some may be new and others may be review.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XHaRl-1_HA&feature=share
Learn how to use Emergency SOS on your iPhone. Very important for everyone to be very familiar with this feature.

http://bit.ly/2DVQy9P
This information is more than helpful. Find out how to remotely help someone or receive help for your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

http://bit.ly/2GIIWJC
This is mega helpful! View App Store and iTunes Purchase History from your iPhone or iPad. Step by step directions here. Easy to keep track of your subscriptions also.

http://bit.ly/2nwxKHR
How about a learning project this winter? How about creating of Keynote Presentation? Learn how to export it to Powerpoint (if you still have a Windows friend) or PDF or HTML. Have fun showing off your expertise to your friends and family.

https://www.igeeksblog.com/best-apple-watch-travel-apps/
Have Apple Watch. Must Travel. Here are the best Apple Watch Travel Apps. Bon Voyage!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3250084/home-tech/how-to-use-airpods-with-apple-tv.html
Air Pods and Apple TV! What a great combo. Find out how to pair them here. Then watch away!

http://bit.ly/2BOVuLG
Here is a valuable procedure you may have the need to use at some point. Example: you have a new phone and want the contents of old phone transferred. Do it yourself!

Mary’s X Files, January 2018

Using Split View on iPad
~iCreate
The iPad was the device that benefited most from the iOS 11 update as advancements were made to the touchscreen interface to make it more akin to a laptop. Here we show you how to use Split View from the Dock.

1. Drag and drop — Press and hold on an app icon in your Dock and then drag it up to the far-left on the main home screen. A black area will appear for you to drop it into, after which it will fill half the screen.

2. Drag a second app icon — Keeping the first open app in place with one finger, you can then drag a second app up to fill the vacant space on the right, after which both apps can be viewed side by side.

3. Make adjustments — If you want to adjust how much space each app gets on your screen, simply press and hold on the screen divider and then drag it left or right. It’s a fabulously intuitive system.

Lesser Known SIRI Tricks on the Mac
~iCreate
Siri on the Mac can be a hugely advantageous feature if you use your Mac a lot. It enables you to quickly check for answers to questions and to effectively have access to all of the information the internet has to offer. Here are a few examples:

1. Access system information — Siri is also embedded in a Mac in a way which means that it has access to the system data you need. You can ask how much storage you have left on your Mac and even how much iCloud space you have available. The results are presented in an instant.

2. Manage your Mac — Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

3. What’s that song? — Siri can offer the same benefits as Shazam on a Mac without the need to even have
the app installed. If a song is playing in the background you can ask Siri, “What is this song?” and your Mac microphone will listen and then magically present all of the details you need.

4. Save media results — If you ask Siri to display images of an object or an animal, you will be given a set of results derived from a standard internet search. You can then click on any image and drag it to the Notes app or many other apps and use it for your own purposes. Very clever integration.

5. Search for tweets — Provided you have a Twitter account linked in macOS you will be able to ask Siri to search for tweets by a user name or look for those related to a particular subject. It is much more efficient than using Twitter directly. An excellent feature.

Using the Cloud — Optimize Mac Storage
~MacFormat
The days of new Macs having way more storage than their predecessors are over – a problem if you have a lot of media. iCloud Drive provides a solution: in System Preferences>iCloud, click on iCloud Drive’s Options button and turn on Optimise Mac Storage. Older documents are offloaded to iCloud when storage space is needed.

Optimize Your Mac Input Devices
~MacFormat
1. Use Spotlight — Sure, you can launch apps on your Mac by clicking icons in the Applications folder or Dock. But it’s often faster to press Command+Space to fire up Spotlight, type a few letters, and use the arrow keys to open what’s selected.

2. Understand your trackpad — The Trackpad pane in System Preferences offers three tabs full of options. Tracking speed is worth increasing, but also turn on ‘Tap to click’, so you tap lightly to select items on your Mac, rather than having to press.

3. Adjust your keyboard — In System Preferences, the Keyboard pane has options for fine-tuning how your keyboard works with your Mac, including defining new keyboard shortcuts, and creating text replacements.

4. Explore your mouse options — Whatever mouse you’re currently using, the Mouse pane of the System Preferences provides settings to change how it works. Tracking speed is perhaps the most important. Ramp it up to the maximum you feel comfortable with.

Betty’s Bookmarks, January 2018

http://bit.ly/2EYPzGK
Heads up everyone! Read about the Apple offer to replace the battery of iPhone 6 or later. So if you’re experiencing battery capacity problems this will help you out. Normally a battery replacement costs $79. The offer will cost you $29.

http://bit.ly/2Arg8k8
Here’s some good information for you. This article will provide you all you need to know about exchanging or repairing your Apple product.

https://www.imore.com/ios-11
Lots of iOS 11 information here and then even more.

http://bit.ly/2CVfRZC
Learn about iTunes Match and what happens if you cancel your subscription.

http://bit.ly/2CFmZf4
Keep learning more about Time Machine here.

https://www.imore.com/icloud
Wintertime is a good time for delving into a topic. Here’s iCloud: The ultimate guide. Knock yourself out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTbtXQU_P3Y
Take some time to watch this iCloud tutorial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmZiUuvDhtw
This is a short tutorial featuring Mac OS High Sierra. If you’re waiting to install, watch this first.

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!