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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, May 2017

http://tcrn.ch/2p5KJmO
I tried it and I like it. Informed delivery is a new service from USPS. Take a look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgXFWZ0uaCk&feature=em-subs_digest
David A Cox discusses the subject of VPN (Virtual Private Network). Watch his video and start learning about it.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-complete-list-of-siri-commands/
Almost everything you can say to Siri!

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/apple-tv-siri-commands-list/
Use Siri to control your Apple TV.

http://bit.ly/2q8NXWL
FREE! Now GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Pages and Numbers are now free for Mac and iOS.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3190190/network-router/best-wireless-router.html
Learn what Macworld has to say about wireless routers here.

http://bit.ly/2qBgeEY
Read this and learn about how to fix a ‘can’t be moved’ permissions problem on your Mac.

http://www.imore.com/how-access-icloud-photo-library-web
Master the iCloud Photo Library. Lots to learn here.

https://www.securemac.com/checklist/youve-lost-macs-password
What? You’ve lost or forgotten your Mac’s password. Read on!

https://www.securemac.com/checklist
Here’s the origin of the previous bookmark – what you do when you’ve lost your Mac’s password. Every Thursday a new topic is released. Read it or listen to it. OR subscribe to the podcast (The Checklist by SecureMac) and receive it automatically in iTunes.

Betty’s Bookmarks, April 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhdmHg6NJQ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgD2rLCJ5FQ
Jerry Brasseur sent these two youtube links out to SMUG members. MIAMUG members probably would like to learn from these two meeting videos from MacGroup Detroit.

http://appleinsider.com
A good site for you to keep up on timely Apple information. You’ll find reviews, deals, price guides, a podcast and more.

http://tidbits.com/article/17109
Take a look at nine accessories for charging Apple devices.

https://appadvice.com/post/apple-address/744124
Learn about the process to change the email address associated with your iCloud account.

https://appadvice.com/post/speak-screen-audiobook/741764
Wouldn’t you like to just sit back, close your eyes, relax and have your iOS device read to you. Well, you can and here’s how you do it.

http://www.imore.com/backup
You do have a back up plan, don’t you? Here’s the ultimate guide and valuable information for you to back up all your Apple products. It is a comprehensive guide, so spend some time with it. Better yet save it to your Reading List for future reference.

http://www.imore.com/how-use-safaris-reading-list-feature-your-mac
If you’re not familiar with Safari Reading list – here’s all you need to know to use it. It’s a lifesaver!

http://bit.ly/2nsil9p
New system updates were released this week. So get busy and update your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV. Here’s a notice about making calls on your iPhone after the update. I haven’t been able to duplicate the problem but be aware.

http://bit.ly/2mX1Oye
It is in your best interest to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account. Here are the easy easy easy directions.

Mary’s X Files, April 2017

Speed up your Web Browser on the Mac
~iCreate
Is Safari unresponsive? There are some simple techniques to speed it up. Reduce the amount of work Safari has to do and you’ll be able to browse faster. Installing an ad blocker can help, as can removing unnecessary extensions.

1. Block web ads — Click Safari>Extensions to open the catalogue. Install an ad blocker like AdBlock, AdBlock Plus or Ghostery to block ads. When ads are not displayed, web pages load faster.

2. Uninstall extensions — Few extensions speed up Safari and ad blockers are an exception. Some slow it down, so go to Safari>Preferences>Extensions. Select unnecessary extensions and uninstall.

3. Remove shared links — Select View>Show Shared Links Sidebar. items here add to the work Safari must do and removing them boosts performance.Click Subscriptions and delete away.

Use Hot Corners in MacOS
~iCreate
MacOS has an unfair reputation for not being customizable, but sometimes you just need a gentle nudge to realize that you can make your Mac work exactly how you want it to. Failing that, a trip to System Preferences is always well recommended. Take Hot Corners as an example. You might have heard of this macOS feature, but are you actually using it? Probably not. Hot Corners enables you to perform a multitude of functions when you move your mouse’s cursor into one of the four corners of your screen. The Hot Corners feature is hidden in System Preferences. To find it on MacOS Sierra, go to System Preferences>Mission Control and click on the “Hot Corners” button in the lower, left corner.

Our Favorite Hot Corners:
1. Desktop — If you’re a Mac user that keeps files on their desktop, having the ability to wipe away all other windows and access your desktop instantly is going to save you closing down every other window you might have open.

2. Notification Center — Your Mac’s Notification Centre contains a plethora of information about what needs your attention and what you’ve got coming up. Use it as a Hot Corner to get that info without clicking anything.

3. Application Windows — Having the Application Windows action activated will give you access to all open windows from the app you’re currently using. Great if you’re working on multiple Numbers spreadsheets, for example.

Prevent accidental actions: If you have activated all four corners of your Mac’s screen with actions, you will find that you action tasks accidentally throughout the day. This is frustrating, but there is a workaround using modifier keys. This means you have to hold down a key of your choice (like Command, Shift or Alt/ Option) when you head to a corner to activate a task. Without this key

pressed, nothing will happen. Here’s how it works.

How to Get the Flag Icon Back in Mail on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Apple ditched the flag icon in Mail. When you flag an email, an orange dot appears next to the flagged message, instead of the good ol’ flag icon. If you’d prefer to get the flag icon back, you can easily do so in Settings. Likewise, if you later decide you preferred the dot, you can use this top to switch back. Here’s how to get the flag icon back in Mail on iPhone:

* Open the Settings app. * Tap Mail.
* Select Flag Style.

That’s all there is to it. Now you’ll see a flag icon next to mail you’ve flagged. Personally, I find it easier to spot the flag icon when scrolling through mail, but you’ll figure out what your preference is.

How to Disable Press Home to Open with iOS 10 on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
With iOS 10, press Home to open means you have to click the Home button to actually navigate to your Home screen. You’ll see at the top of Lock screen, when you use Touch ID, it will say Unlocked but it won’t open to Home until you press your Home button. And if you have Raise to Wake disabled, unlocking your iPhone takes two presses of the Home button. Press Home to open can be disabled in Settings by turning on Rest Finger to Open. Here’s how to disable press Home to open with iOS 10 on iPhone.

* Open Settings.
* Tap General.
* Select Accessibility.

If you have Raise to Wake on, you won’t need to press Home button to open Home screen at all. Simply place your finger on Home and Touch ID will open your iPhone. If you don’t have Raise to Wake on, a single press will open your iPhone just as it did before iOS 10 was introduced.

Mary’s X Files, March 2017

Dictate Rather than Type
~MacLife
We’re great fans of Nuance Dragon (nuance.com), but don’t forget macOS has dictation built in, which you can enable in the Keyboard preferences pane. Invoke it by pressing the function key twice.

By default, voice recordings are sent to Apple’s server for transcription, which returns written words to your app; enable Enhanced Dictation if you prefer it to be done on your Mac.

Cross-device Clipboard
~MacLife
In Sierra and iOS 10, you can copy something on one device and paste it on another; each must have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on, be signed in to the same iCloud account, and have Handoff enabled (in System Prefs > General and Settings > General > Handoff ). This can take a few seconds to sync, so if your first attempt to paste fails, wait a moment and then repeat.

Tweak the Menu Bar
~MacLife
Previously you could move only some of the icons at the right end of the menu bar.

In Sierra, by holding the command key, you can drag almost all of them into whatever order you want. This includes Spotlight, which used to be fixed in place. Notification Center remains the exception; it’s pinned at the far right, though this makes sense given the feature slides in from the right.

To remove an item provided by Apple, hold the command key, drag the icon downwards and let go when a cross appears. For third-party items, look in their menu or their app’s preferences.

Control Passwords in iCloud Keychain on Mac
~iCreate
How can I control which passwords are shared in iCloud Keychain? You can manage your passwords using Safari on your Mac. Open Safari’s Preferences and choose the AutoFill tab. You might have to input your Mac’s administrator password, but once you’re in you’ll see every website with an associate password. Click one to see the login details for the website – you can then get rid of any that you don’t want to sync by clicking “Remove” in the bottom right. A few minutes later they should be removed from your other device.

Quickly close all tabs in Safari in iOS 10
~iMore
Want to clear everything currently open in your browser in a hurry? Tap and hold on the Pages button in Safari, and you’ll get an option to close all your tabs at once. (Note that this won’t clear your history — you’ll have to go into the Bookmarks section for that.)

How to Get Siri to Announce Incoming Calls with iOS 10
~iMore
With iOS 10, Siri can announce incoming calls. When the iPhone has an incoming call, Siri will let you know who is calling out loud. This iOS 10 feature is an accessibility feature but it’s also helpful when you’re running, biking, or keeping your iPhone in your pocket. Luckily, unlike some other iOS 10 features, Siri announcing incoming calls isn’t limited to newer iPhones. Here’s how to get Siri to announce incoming callers with iOS 10.

You can choose to have Siri announce incoming calls always, with headphones and in the car, with headphones only, or never. It’s a fairly easy change in Settings that will make sure you don’t miss important calls when you aren’t looking at your phone. To get Siri to announce incoming calls with iOS 10:

  •  Open the Settings app.
  •   Tap Phone.
  •   Select Announce Calls.
    Choose the setting that works best for you: Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only, or Never.

iPhone keyboard tips 1: Quickly add symbols
~Macworld
You’ve probably been using your iPhone’s keyboard for ages without realising that it’s actually easier than you thought to add symbols to your messages.Instead of tapping once on the 123 button, once on your chosen symbol and then once again on the ABC button to go back to the conventional keyboard layout, you can do the whole thing in one gesture.

Tap and hold the 123 button, slide your finger to select the symbol you want to insert, then release. Once it’s been added, your keyboard will automatically revert back to the letters keyboard. One tap instead of three: that’s some serious time savings right there.

Oh, and while we’re talking symbols: hold your finger on the symbol for a second or two and you’ll see any alternative (usually related) symbols that the button can offer instead. The dollar key also offers pound, euro and yen symbols, for example.

There are many additional symbols hidden within your keyboard that you may never have discovered. Experiment!

Betty’s Bookmarks, March 2017

http://bit.ly/2mmspAz
Read about Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters. Soon to open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4gDfP3aTy0
Here’s the answer to a question you may be wondering about: Which format is better is better to use on the iPad? PDF or ePub?

https://unroll.me
Are you overwhelmed with subscription emails that you requested or not. Use this free service to unsubscribe.

https://9to5mac.com/2017/01/17/airpods-on-a-plane/
Learn more about AirPods here. They’re great and you’ll see why.

http://bit.ly/2lEL3DS
This might be a good deal if you’re a baseball fan and own an Apple TV.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3172540/home-tech/best-surge-protector.html
Good information regarding surge protectors. Much to learn about important protection here.

http://bit.ly/2lDVmJW
http://bit.ly/2muhmEI
You’ve installed MacKeeper.Yikes! Now you can remove it and learn more about stuff that plagues your Mac.

http://tidbits.com/article/17065
Learn more about iCloud here. Easy to follow directions to restore data from iCloud.

Mary’s X Files, February 2017

How to Search a Safari Page on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Have you ever used the Find feature on your computer? In short, it allows you to locate words and phrases on a page. It’s incredibly useful when looking for something specific amongst a lot of text. Luckily, there’s a version of this in Safari on iPhone that’s called Find on Page. You can use Find on Page to search a web page for the information you’re looking for. Here’s how to search a Safari Page on iPhone.

  • From the Safari page you want to search, tap the Share icon.
  • Select Find on Page.
  • Search for the words or phrase you’re trying to locate.
  • Tap the arrows next to the search bar to navigate to the next or previous place the words you’re searching for appear. The words will be highlighted
  • yellow where found.
  • Tap Done to finish searching a web page in Safari.

What to Do if You Delete a Photo by Accident on Mac or iOS
~iCreate
I deleted a photo by accident! What do I do!? Is it gone forever? Don’t panic – open up the Albums tab and find Recently Deleted. Here, all your deleted photos are kept for 30 days, so if you accidentally scrap something you can get it back almost instantly.

I Forgot My Password on My iPhone
~iCreate
Don’t panic! You’ll need to go to iforgot.apple. com. If you’ve set up two-factor authentication you can put in your number to get access, or alternatively you can answer the security questions you set up to unlock your account.

How to speed up a slow Mac
~iMore
macOS Sierra now includes Optimize Storage, a tool that lets you see what’s eating up your space and ditch it if you no longer need it. You can also right/ctrl- click through the apps in your Dock and remove the Option > Open at Login to help speed up your boot up.

How to list Folders first when sorting a Finder window in macOS Sierra
~Macworld
Of all the new features in macOS Sierra, one of my favorites is this really simple one that changes the way files and folders are displayed in the Finder. (Hat tip to former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland for pointing this out.)

When you open a Finder window and then sort or arrange the window based on name, everything is listed alphabetically, and folders are mixed in with files. This is the default in Sierra, and has been the default in the Mac operating system for as long as I can remember. My preference, however is to have the folders appear in the list first, so I used to name my folders with a blank space as the first character in the name (for example, “ Stuff” instead of “Stuff”).

By default macOS Sierra, there’s no separation between folders and files when sorting by name.

In macOS Sierra, you don’t really need to use a blank space or a character to make folders list first. There’s actually a new option in the Finder preferences to let you do this.

1. In the Finder, click on the Finder menu and select Preferences, or press Command+,.
2. Click on Advanced.
3. In the list of checkbox items, the last one is “Keep folders on top when sorting by name.” Check the box if you want to do this.
4. Close the Finder preferences window.

With this setting active, folders will appear first in the list, regardless of what view you are in. If you are in list view and you sort by Name, folders are listed first, followed by your files. If you use the Arrange function, folders will list first depending on the Arrange option you choose, such as Name.

How to Scrub in iOS Photos
~iMore
Because of the volume of photos in Collections or Years view, the thumbnails are small and can be hard to see. Luckily, there’s a scrubbing gesture that not only lets you get a better look, but also lets you jump immediately to that picture or video so you don’t have to tap your way through Moments first.

1. Launch the Photos app from your Home screen
2. Tap and hold on the Year or Collection view screen.
3. Slide your finger back and forth across the collection. This will give you a larger thumbnail view of each photo.
4. Release when you’re on the photo you want to view.