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.

Mary’s X Files, July 2017

Use Siri to Change Settings
~iCreate
The addition of Siri to macOS can greatly speed up the time it takes to change certain basic settings of your Mac. Launch Siri and start asking for various System Preferences to be changed to save you the hassle of launching the main settings in the first place.

1. Activate Siri: Call up Siri on your Mac by pressing Cmd+Spacebar. You can change this shortcut by going to System Preferences>Siri.

2. Adjust the brightness: Now you can say things like, “Turnup the brightness” and Siri will automatically make your screen brighter. It’s a handy time saver.

3. Other functions: You can also say things like, “Turn onBluetooth” and Siri will oblige. Once you get into the habit of asking, Siri can save you a lot of time here and there.

Manage your iCloud storage
~iCreate
If you are sticking fast with the free 5GB of iCloud storage allocation for every user then it won’t take long to fill up with backups and documents. However, you can manually manage what is stored in your cloud and free up space, if needs be.

1. Go to Settings: Launch your iPad’s Settings app and then tap on General>Storage & iCloud Usage. This will give you an overview of the storage on your device and iCloud.

2. Manage storage: Now, in the iCloud section, tap on the ‘Manage Storage’ option and everything that eats into your iCloud storage will be listed, from backups to emails.

3. Delete data: You can now delete old backups thatyou don’t need and tap on individual apps that upload documents and data and manually remove content.

Back up iPhone
~MacFormat
There are two ways to back up your iPhone. You can back up your iPhone to iCloud or back up your iPhone to iTunes. I like to have copies of both. An iCloud backup is kept in the cloud, while an iTunes backup is kept on your computer. You don’t need an internet connection to back up your iPhone to iTunes. Apple recommends having both an iCloud and a local backup. Here’s how to back up your iPhone to iTunes on your computer.

To back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes on your computer, you first need to have the iTunes software installed. It comes installed on Mac computers. To back up your device to iTunes:
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB charging cord. iTunes will launch automatically; if it doesn’t, open iTunes.
- In iTunes, locate the icon for your iPhone or iPad, found in the upper left section of iTunes. Click the icon.

Delete digits in Calculator
~iCreate
It’s always good to have a calculator on hand, and your iPhone supplies the goods. However, the app lacks a button on the compact keyboard to delete numbers if you make a mistake. Is pressing ‘C’ the only option? No, as it happens…

1. Launch the app: You can launch the Calculator app on your iPhone by tapping the app icon on your home screen or swiping up and accessing it from the Control Center.

2. Enter numbers: Start typing numbers into Calculator and you should notice that there isn’t a button to delete digits, only the clear-all ‘C’ button. But it is possible…

3. Swipe left or right: That’s right, a good old swipe! Simply swipe left or right across the top of the screen and digits will be removed one at a time until there are none left. Easy.

Get rid of all your Notification Center alerts in iOS 10
~iMore
Trash five days’ worth of Instagram notifications by force pressing (or long pressing) on the X on your notifications screen to bring up an alert to clear all notifications.

Create Reminders in iOS 10
~MacFormat
While in an app, you can tell Siri to “Remind me about this” and it will create a reminder named after whatever you’re currently looking at in the app. You can also send things to Reminders from apps such as Safari by tapping the Share button, then Reminders. Here, you can add text and, by tapping the Options button, set a time or location to be reminded. In Safari’s case, when you access that reminder, it will take you straight to the linked web page.

Betty’s Bookmarks, July 2017

https://www.google.com/landing/2step/
Here’s where you begin – with 2-Step Veri cation for your Google Account.

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/185839?hl=en&ref_topic=7189195
Here on the support page you’ll nd these topics:
Turn on 2-Step Veri cation
Turn off 2-Step Veri cation
Signing in with 2-Step Veri cation
Security Key
Install Google Authenticator
Add or remove trusted computers
Remove App Passwords
Using a new phone to receive 2-Step Veri cation Change how you get veri cation codes
Passwords and codes used with 2-Step Veri cation Common issues with 2-Step Veri cation
My account(s) disappeared from Google Authenticator

https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/19/apple-music-annual-subscription-option/
Save a bit of $$$ on Apple Music with a new annual subscription option now available.

http://bit.ly/2sc4ju7
Updated information on the Apple Watch and it’s health features.

http://bit.ly/2sRihU9
If/when your Mac starts acting up you probably have some troubleshooting procedure that you use or do you just yell HELP! Save this article for some additional procedures to use.

https://macmost.com/one-person-one-apple-id.html
One person, One Apple ID! THAT’S THE RULE. Read why here.

http://bit.ly/2t7GI24
However, some people have two Apple IDs. Read on.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3175448/ios/apple-safari-ios-tips-and-tricks.html#tk.rss_all
Safari for iOS has some features that you should know about. Learn about them here. Contributed by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).

Mary’s X Files, June 2017

How to check your iPhone’s battery percentage on your Mac
~iMore
Even if your iPhone is in the other room, you can see how much juice it has left with a neat little Option + Click trick.

9to5Mac’s Zac Hall discovered a neat little trick you can do on your Mac. You can check the battery life of your iPhone (and not just the battery indicator icon) right from the Menu bar. You don’t need a third-party app. Your iPhone doesn’t need to be connected to your computer. You just need to hold Option + Click from the Wi-Fi menu.

Normally, when you click the Wi-Fi icon in your Menu bar, you can turn Wi-Fi on or off, enable your personal hotspot from a supported iPhone or another cellular device, see all Wi-Fi networks nearby, and access more network preferences.

When you hold down the Option key while clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the Menu bar, you’ll get a little more detailed information, like your IP address and other internet data.

Under Personal Hotspot, you can see your iPhone, it’s cellular connection, and a battery indicator icon showing a rough estimate of your remaining juice. This has been available in the Wi-Fi menu for years.

If you hover over your iPhone in the Personal Hotspot section, however, a submenu will appear next to it, showing your device’s unique identifier number and the actual percent of your remaining battery power.

How to export images at full image resolution from macOS Photos
~Ask 911
The default export option in Photos hides that you might be reducing resolution.

In Photos, choosing File > Export > Export [x] Photo(s), the export option is collapsed by default, showing just Photo Kind. I don’t have a default installation, but when you click the downward-pointing area to expand the Photos section of that dialog box, the Size menu isn’t set to Full Size.

If you use the default options in collapsed or expanded view, you’re thus exporting a downsampled/lower resolution version of your original. Full Size incorporates any changes you made into a photo (or video), although it’s still doing some processing.

For media you’ve just imported into Photos and haven’t modified at all, choosing File > Export > Export Unmodified Original for [x] Photo(s) copies exactly what was imported into Photos.

How to Forward a Text Message on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Can text messages be forwarded? Why, yes, they can! If you’ve ever accidentally sent a message to the wrong person or wanted to pass a message you received from one person on to someone else, you can easily forward texts from the Messages app. When you forward a text message on iPhone, you can also add your own comments before sending it on. This is a great way to forward pictures you receive in messages that you want to share with friends. Here’s how to forward a text message on iPhone.

To forward a text:

Open the conversation in Messages containing the text you want to pass on.

Double tap or press and hold on the the body of the message.

Tap “More” and all the messages will shift to the right. Small circles will appear to the left of each text, with the message you’ve tapped on already selected. Tap on the circle next to any additional messages you want to forward.

How to call it a quote in an email in iOS
~iMore

  • Launch the Mail app from your iPhone or iPad’s Home screen or app drawer.
  • Tap on the Compose button in the bottom right corner.
  • Fill out the sender info, subject, and body just as you would for a normal email.
  • 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.
  • Tap select to highlight the text you would like to use Quote Level with.
  • Tap the arrow to the right of the menu to view more options once the text is highlighted.
  • Tap the arrow again.
  • Tap on Quote Level.
  • Tap on increase to expand the quote level, or decrease to shrink it.

Betty’s Bookmarks, June 2017

https://9to5mac.com/2017/04/18/how-to-restore-iphone-from-icloud-backup/
Hope you remember this site when you need to restore your iPhone from your iCloud backup. You do backup your iPhone, don’t you?

http://www.cultofmac.com/480949/how-to-get-iphone-alerts-replies-super-important-email/
Waiting for an important email? Set up an alert on your iPhone. Here’s the procedure.

http://bit.ly/2sAy20q
Try these solutions if your Touch ID not working as it should.

http://bit.ly/2spd5X7
Is your iPad Pro replacing your laptop? Here are some keyboard shortcuts to use on your iPad Pro.

http://bit.ly/2spdysl
Wow! You will appreciate this tip! Learn here how to bulk delete images from your iPhone.

http://bit.ly/2rvbcrI
http://bit.ly/2mX1Oye
http://bit.ly/2qKVMP9
Here’s a MUST read! Apple has new iCloud security requirements beginning June 15.

https://watchaware.com/best-apple-watch-bands/color
Haven’t purchased from this site but prices look good. Take a look, Place your order. Report your findings.

https://www.imore.com/how-setup-your-own-vpn-macos-server
Here are directions to setup your own VPN with macOS Server. I hope someone experiments with this and reports results. It looks like a fun project.

Fruit Cake by Betty Larsen

Ingredients

1 pound dates
1 cup marachino cherries, drained
3 cups walnuts or pecans
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, beaten

Directions

Put the fruit into a large bowl. Combine the dry ingredients and sift over the fruit. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Mix by hand. Put into greased large loaf pan or 3 small loaf pans. Bake at 275° for 2 ½ hours.

Mary’s X Files, May 2017

Adding Signatures
~iCreate
There are tools built in to the Mac OS system software that will let you add a personal touch to emails and documents. In some instances, the ability to add you real signature to a document or email can make all the difference in whether it is classed as acceptable or not, and all you need to do is capture it through you Mac’s camera.

To start, open a PDF file in the Preview app and then click the toolbox at the top. Now click the signature icon and then hold up your written signature on a piece of paper to your Mac’s camera. When you are happy with what you see, click to accept it and you can now position it anywhere in your PDF file.

Now, save it and you have a real signature that you can use in any other app. In Mail, for example, you can insert the image into your standard signature for use in every email you send.

Change Default Finder View
~iCreate
Finder is obviously the best solution for managing and making edits to all of the files on your Mac, but the temptation to just accept the way it works is great. You can, however, change the default Finder view for any folder that is in view using a very simple technique. Right-click on a folder and then click ‘Show View options’. If you want to default to a set view, make sure that it is active first and you will then be able to select ‘Always open in xxx view’.

The options to arrange an sort icons are also present so a little bit of time spent customizing the folder views to your needs will pay dividends in the future.

It is also worth remembering that you may want to use different views for different folders depending on the content they hold. For example, thumbnails makes sense for folders containing images and you can also right-click the view icons at the top to access more options that are otherwise hidden. In theory, Finder can work in any way you like and you have the ability to truly make it perfect for your needs.

How to Search Nearby Maps Locations from Widgets Screen in iOS 10
iPhone Life Tip of the Day
iOS 10 on iPhone added a fresh Widgets screen, available with a right swipe from Lock Screen or Home Screen. On this Widgets screen, you can choose what information is displayed. If you allow Maps Nearby to be active, you can easily search for nearby locations with Lunch, Coffee, Shopping, Gas, and more. Searching for nearby maps locations from the Widgets screen in iOS 10 jumps right to the information you need once you’ve unlocked your iPhone. Here’s how to search nearby locations from Widgets screen in iOS 10.

First, let’s make sure you’ve enable nearby locations with maps on the Widgets screen. To do this:

  • From Lock Screen, swipe right. This opens the Widgets screen.
  • Scroll to the very bottom and tap Edit.
  • Unlock your iPhone.
  • Now, you’re on the Add Widgets page. If you see Maps Nearby in the list near the top, it’s already enabled. If not, find Maps Nearby and tap the green circle to add it.

How to Search Nearby Maps Locations from Widgets Screen

Now that you’re all set up:

Open the Widgets screen.

  • Find the block named Maps Nearby. You’ll have four options that will vary depending on the time of day and your habits.
  • For example, I currently see Lunch, Coffee, Shopping, and Gas. Tap on the item you want to search for nearby locations in Maps.
  • If you’re phone is locked, unlock it.
  • Your iPhone will open with Maps open and searching for that item nearby.

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.