Return to Owner
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
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
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
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
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.