Mary’s X Files, November 2015

How to Use the Slideshow Feature in Photos
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
There’s a little know feature of Photos called Slideshow. You can visit any album in Photos and play the Slideshow. There are different picture display options, you can assign your own music, and change Slideshow speed. You can even Airplay your slideshow to a device such as Apple TV.

  1. To use the Slideshow feature, open Photos.
  2. I recommend selecting the individual Photos when using Slideshow, but it will also work with any album.
  3. Select a photo to begin. Tap the Share button and select Slideshow.
  4. It will immediately begin to play. If you’d like to change the display of pictures, music accompaniment, or speed tap Options. Tap Done once you’ve made your choice.

If you’d like to Airplay the slideshow on your Apple TV, tap the Airplay icon in the upper right corner and select Apple TV.

Quickly Locate Pointer in El Capitan
You can quickly locate the pointer just by shaking it. This enlarges it temporarily to help you spot it on a busy or large desktop. If you find it annoying, perhaps because you fidget with your mouse or trackpad, the behaviour can be disabled by turning off ‘Shake mouse pointer to locate’ in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.

Set Up contextual Reminders with Siri in iOS 9
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Setting reminders for yourself on your iPhone has never been easier. With iOS 9, Siri has received a major intelligence boost and is capable of understanding terms such as “it” or “this,” which means you can now ask Siri to set a contextual reminder based on what you are looking at on your iPhone screen.

For example, If a friend invites you to dinner via text message and you want to make sure you don’t forget to reply when you get home from work, while viewing the message, ask Siri to “create a reminder for this.”

Text Insertion on iPad in iOS 9 Just Got Easier
Hold two fingers on the on-screen keyboard and the keys become greyed out. A blue vertical bar appears at the insertion point’s current location, and you can move it like you would with a mouse or trackpad on a computer by sliding both fingers around the screen; the insertion point will follow. Lift your fingers to finish.

Hide the Menu Bar in El Capitan
In El Capitan, you can hide and unhide the menu bar, just like you can with the Dock. Go to System Preferences>General and tick ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’. Now, hover over it to see it.

Perform Calculations in iOS 9 Search Bar
You needn’t dig around for the iPhone’s Calculator app to perform basic arithmetic because you can run numbers in Spotlight Search, just like in OS X. An added bonus is that it works on iPad too, even though that device lacks the Calculator app. Type a calculation into the search bar, using * for multiply and / for divide. Try using common functions too – for example, sqrt(144).

How to enable the three-finger drag gesture in OS X El Capitan
One of the first things that I do on a new OS X install is adjust the trackpad and mouse settings to my liking. I absolutely love using things like tap to click and the three finger drag gesture.

Imagine my horror when I could no longer find the three finger drag gesture as an option in System Preferences. It’s simply no longer in the place where it usually is: System Preferences > Trackpad. Well as it turns out, things aren’t so grim as they at first seemed.

Apple moved the three finger drag gesture option to another location, although the move doesn’t make a lot of sense if you ask me. In this post, I’ll show you how to enable the three finger drag gesture on OS X El Capitan.

How to enable the three finger drag on OS X 10.11
Step 1: Open System Preferences
Step 2: Click Accessibility
Step 3: Click Mouse & Trackpad
Step 4: Click Trackpad Options…
Step 5: Click Enable dragging
Step 6: Select “three finger drag” in the drop down box

Not only does the three finger drag gesture allow you to move around windows and other desktop items, it also allows you to select text. It’s an absolutely instrumental gesture for trackpad users and I honestly have no idea why Apple would have buried the option so deep in its settings.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2015
After you install El Capitan you no longer have the task of verify/repair permissions. Yea!
Learn more about iOS 9.1 tips and tricks. Submitted by Mary Nesset (SMUG & MIAMUG).
Do you think that an old iPhone is useless? Wrong! Use it as an iPod touch.
Good info on Apple’s OS X security.
Here’s where you can learn how to use slide over (new in iOS 9) on your iPad.
The fourth-gen Apple TV is here! And Christmas is coming! Hint hint! Learn how to set up your Apple TV here.
iPad Pro, Smart keyboard and Apple Pen will be available soon. Learn about these new products here.
Time for some housecleaning! Find out how to clean up messy Contacts here.
Here’s a tip to regain some space on your computer. Old backups from your devices may still be living on your computer taking up valuable space.

Accularian is the business website of our newest member, Dana Haynes


Mary’s X Files, October 2015

Compare with the Original in Photos on Mac
When you’re making complex edits, it’s always good to refer back to the original file. Hold down M on your keyboard to move back and forward between versions.

Don’t be Afraid to Experiment when Editing in Photos on Mac
Editing in Photos on the Mac is non-destructive, which means you can undo anything you don’t like the look of. The Revert to Original and Reset Adjustments options are always there to fall back on.

Share your Mac Screen Easily
Got a family member struggling to grasp some technical issues on their Mac? Well, you can use Messages to quickly initiate Screen Sharing mode with anyone using OS X 10.10 and above. Once activated, you can use your mouse to control their Mac’s screen and highlight the necessary areas. Messages also automatically loads up audio chat to help the proceedings, too.

Easily Start Screen Sharing in OS X Using Messages
- Open the Messages app in OS X if you haven’t done so yet
- From any conversation window in messages, click on the “Details” button in the upper right corner
- Click on the two overlapping boxes to see the screen sharing options – if it’s dark blue, you can start a screen sharing session, if it’s light blue, the option will not be clickable because the user does not have a proper version of Messages setup on their Mac
- Choose “Invite to share my screen” to share your own Mac screen with the message recipient, or “Ask to share screen” to request access to the other users display through screen sharing

When the screen sharing session begins, their desktop will open in a new window over your current desktop, it will resize to fit if your screen or their resolution are different:

Additionally, a screen sharing icon will appear in the Mac menu bar indicating a session is open.

If you’re sharing your own desktop this way, no additional window will open, but the menu baricon will demonstrate that screen sharing is active.

You can terminate the screen sharing session at any time through the menu bar item, by closing the screen sharing window, or by closing the active Messages window.

As already mentioned, screen sharing is possible in all versions of Mac OS X that are even somewhat modern, it’s just this specific means of initiating a screen share through the Messages app that is new and limited to Macs with OS X 10.10 and newer.

Recalibrate Your Watch
If you’re using your Apple Watch as a fitness companion, you’ll want accurate readings. In Location Services>System Services on your iPhone, check the Motion Calibration option.

Jump into Editing in Photos on Mac
To access the editing view, normally you click the Edit button when viewing an image, but there’s a better way: simply press the Return key. This shortcut also works in the Moments view when a photo is selected.

Keep Siri from Mixing Up Events and Reminders
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
It can be really handy to use Siri to create events and reminders — so much faster than opening the app and doing it manually. However, you need to be careful how you word your request, because Siri will sometimes mix things up: creating an event when you wanted a reminder, and vice versa.

To ensure that you get a Calendar event, begin your request by using the verb “schedule,” such as “Schedule my haircut for Monday at 11 a.m.” Siri will reply, “OK, I set up your event for Monday. Shall I schedule it?” And then you’re presented with your Calendar appointment and have the opportunity to confirm or cancel.

To ensure that you get a Reminder, begin your request by using the verb “remind,” such as “Remind me at 10:30 on Monday to go to my haricut.” Siri will reply, “OK, I’ll remind you” and will show you your reminder.

Note that the Calendar app does allow you to set an alert prior to an event, but you can’t create Calendar alerts with Siri.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2015
It’s here – iOS 9! You must install because updates are good for your device and they really mean it this time. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have. There’s a lot to read and digest so plan some large time blocks.
iOS 9 is here and El Capitan may be released before you read this (probably 9/30). So let’s get up-to-date on what’s new in security using Two-Factor Authentication. This is important for you to use and understand. More on the subject here /
If you follow Bookmarks each month you know I’ve mentioned a website called and suggested you use and remember it. David has changed the name of the site. Still good and still lots to learn from him – just go to Also follow his YouTube channel.
Catch Dana’s Home Automation presentation at October meetings, both SMUG and MIAMUG. And remember to talk to Dana Haynes about a club discount for his tutorial site and start learning!
Another site for tutorials.
Here are some sites to learn about the 4th gen Apple TV. Compare to present Apple TV and the competition.
Read about News here. It came with iOS 9. Personalize the app and you’ll have your news you follow at your fingertips.

Mary’s X Files, September 2015

Diagnose Problems with Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor may look complicated at first glance, but it’s a utility app that is worth getting to know. The app shows the processes, often hidden in the background, that are running on your Mac, so you can see how they affect your Mac’s performance. Activity Monitor should therefore always be your first port of call when your Mac isn’t behaving the way it should. Open Activity Monitor and you’ll be able to see apps that are using the most CPU, memory or battery.

Make Recurring Events in Calendar
Instead of having to manually enter a new entry into your calendar for repeated events, let the app do the work for you. Create an entry, select the Repeat option and choose how often you want it to repeat.

Save an Attachment in Messages
When you receive an attachment that you’d like to save to your device, you’ll first need to long-press on it. A new Save option will now appear for you to finish the process.

How to Use iPad-Only Gestures
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
We’re all familiar with the one-finger swipe and the two-finger pinch, but if you have an iPad, you may want to consider using all five fingers. Since iOS 5, Apple has added new gestures that make multitasking and navigating between apps more seamless than ever before. These gestures make it easy to see which apps are active, swipe between them, and quickly return to the Home screen.

First, make sure the function Multitasking Gestures is enabled. Go to Settings.

Select General and find Multitasking Gestures; turn on.

Five-finger Pinch: As though to gather a sheet with an open hand, place all five fingers on the iPad screen and ‘”grab” away. Doing this at any point will immediately take you to the Home screen.

Four-finger Swipe Up: If you haven’t already discovered your multitasking bar (also accessible by two clicks of the home button), I highly recommend you do. Holding four fingers to the screen, swipe up to display the multitasking bar. From here you can swipe left and right to view currently active or recent applications (pro-tip: from the multitask bar, quickly swipe up to close an app.) Swipe four fingers down to hide the bar.

Four-finger swipe left/right: My favorite addition is the four-finger swipe left/right. This allows you to slide between active applications without opening the multitasking bar. Place four fingers on the screen and “turn the page.” I love this because it allows me to shuffle between email, writing documents, open browsers, and more.

Remove “Sent from my iPhone” from Your Email Signature
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
The default signature in iOS Mail is “Sent from my iPad” or “Sent from my iPhone.” But while some people may be happy to declare what device they are using at the bottom of every email they send, others prefer to provide other information, such as the name of the sender and additional contact information.

To edit your iPhone’s default email signature, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature. Tapping on All Accounts will allow you to set one signature for all your email accounts. Tapping on Per Accounts will allow you to set different signatures for each individual account—which is handy if you use your iDevice for work and personal emails.

Tap on the default signature to edit it, and then delete the default text and type in the information you want to appear at the bottom of your emails instead.

Extend Edit Ranges in Photos for Mac
A funny thing happened one day when I accidentally pressed the Option key while editing a photo: The tick marks on several of the adjustment controls moved.

Many of the controls use a scale that ranges from –1.00 to +1.00, with the image’s original value sitting in the middle at zero. The Exposure control, for example, darkens the image significantly at –1.00, but doesn’t turn it black. When you hold Option, that range changes to between –2.00 and +2.00, letting you darken the photo even more (or go the other direction and brighten a dark photo).

This feature is also useful when you’re looking for more pop or an extreme treatment for a drab photo. With the Option key held, however, one can push that higher and get a more dramatic effect.


Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2015
Good stuff to learn about here even though it’s a bit dated. BUT poke around on this site and you’ll find some free tutorials as well as some at a small cost.
Meet Dana Haynes, our new SMUG member, who recently moved to mid-Michigan from Florida. He is a certified Apple consultant and has this wonderful site for tutorials and help with your Mac and Apple devices. I’m sure he’ll be spotted at MIAMUG also. Welcome Dana!
Learn here just how to be safe on public Wi-Fi networks.
Here’s a site to help you use your iPhone for photography more effectively and creatively. Here’s a good place to begin –
Learn more about Photos for OS X and its editing power.
Do you know these hacks for your iPhone? I bet you can find at least a couple that will make you say – “I didn’t know that!”
MacKeeper – avoid at all costs! Read about class-action law suit.
Looking to protect your valuable data? Then primary in your consideration should be that you backup offsite. Read this article by Joe Kissell who teamed up with the review site (The Wirecutter). Spend some time reading the CrashPlan review and so much more.
It’s terribly time consuming to drag a cd or dvd to the trash to eject. Joke! Put Disk Eject in your menu bar and save time. Find out how to do that.
Here’s Keychain 101 (Apple’s Password Manager). I admit I use Keychain and 1Password and I’m happy with the convenience.
The Apple Event is next week on Wednesday September 9. You should not miss the Apple Event keynote. It’s fun to see the new announcements and the excitement. Watch it live on your computer at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Mary’s X Files, August 2015

Show full URL in Safari
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
By default, Safari’s address bar, or Smart Search bar to give it its full title, only shows the first part of a URL (web address). This is fine most of the time, but not great if you like to use the URL as a reference in order to identify exactly where you are on a site. To change this setting, go to Preferences in Safari and then click on Advanced. Now click the check box next to ‘Show full website address’. The address bar will now display the full URL of each webpage.

Share your screen in Messages
~ Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
There are occasions when allowing other people to see your screen, or being able to see the screen of the person you’re chatting to, is very useful. If you’re training someone, for example, or providing technical support, seeing the same screen helps a great deal. When you’re in the application “Messages” on your Mac, click on “Details” and then click the leftmost icon next to your contact’s name. Choose whose screen to share: yours or theirs. They’ll get a notification request. If they accept, you will both see the screen until you end either the conversation or the screen-sharing session.

Take Vertical Panoramic Photos
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Panoramic photos are great for capturing an expanded view of a beautiful landscape. Typically, this is done by moving your iPhone from left to right or right to left as you take the photo in Pano mode. But what about when you want to capture a shot of something really tall, like a tree, for example, or even the Eiffel Tower? Well, you’ll be excited to hear that you can take vertically oriented panoramic photos with your iPhone too!

Taking a vertical panoramic photo is simple. Just hold your phone horizontally and tap on the yellow line to choose whether you will move your phone up or down as you take the picture.

With any luck, you’ll now be able to get your entire subject into your shot.

See the Exact Battery Power Percentage Your iPhone Has Left
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Do you always measure ingredients exactly when following a recipe? Do you say things like, “According to my pedometer app, I’ve walked 3.8 miles today.”? Do you use decimals when filling out your weight on medical forms?

If you do, you’ll be happy to know you can also quantify exactly how much battery power your iPhone has left.

Simply go to Settings > General > Usage and toggle Battery Percentage on. The battery percentage will now appear to the left of your battery icon.

And just like that, the nagging discomfort of not knowing exactly how much battery power your iPhone has will be eliminated.

Now you can go around saying things like, “My iPhone’s battery charge is down to 22 percent; time to plug it in.”

Customise your System Preferences
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
System Preferences is home to all of the inner workings of your Mac, but if you don’t use all of the panes on offer, why display them? By clicking on the View menu, you can choose the Customize option, which will place tick boxes next to all of the panes, so simply deselect the ones you don’t need. From the same menu, you can also choose to view your System Preferences panes alphabetically.

Access your System Preferences options quickly
~Mac Tips, Tricks & Hacks
If you know the pane you need, then this trick will save you time It takes a few seconds to launch System Preferences, plus a couple more to locate the pane you need, but you can save time simply by right-clicking on the System Preferences icon in your Dock. Doing so will make a pop-up menu appear, displaying all of your preferences as a list – so simply select the one you want and it will launch System Preferences and simultaneously open the pane that you need.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2015
iOS 9 should arrive in mid-September. Read about it now and be ready.
El Capitan is your next operating system. Find out here what’s new, what’s different and be ready for it’s release in the fall.
We’ve talking a lot about security recently. Read the article to understand your Mac’s firewall.
Siri is working with Apple Music. Here are 12 secret Siri commands for Apple Music. Try them out!
MacKeeper for your Mac. What a deal! Not! Check out the information in the links above. Remove MacKeeper!
More to read on security.
Learn more about staying safe on public wifi.
This is a VPN I’ve used when we travel. Try it free for 30 days. After that check out subscriptions and passes.
Here read about some measures and privacy settings that Apple device owners should know.
Use Siri to call Emergency Services. Read this and be aware of this.
Good video that will walk you through the process you need to take if a Safari pop-up is appearing on your Mac.

Mary’s X Files, July 2015

How to Use Mac Help from an Application

  1. Select Help from the Menu bar.
  2. Type the subject you’re trying to find help about in the Search field.
  3. The contents will change per application. Some apps provide complete user manuals and reference guides; others show you shortcut lists or provide links to helpful web resources.

Jump directly to your drafts
If you’ve ever saved an unfinished message as a draft in the iOS Mail app, you’ll know what a pain it is to dig it back up. You need to back out of the universal All Inboxes screen, select an account, then tap the Drafts folder—and if you choose the wrong account, you’ll have to back up and try again.

There’s an easier way of finding your Mail drafts than poking around the Drafts folders of your various email accounts.

Instead of poking around the folders of your various mail accounts, try this: tap and hold the Compose button (the square with the little pencil in the bottom corner of the screen).

When you do, a list of all your draft message across all your Mail accounts will appear.

How to force quit a stuck app on your Mac
Ordinarily, Mac apps are very well behaved, but everyone once in a while something can go wrong — horribly wrong — and the app will stop responding to any input. Sometimes if you give the Mac a few moments to recover, you’ll get back cursor or input control and you’ll be able to quit. But if you can’t, there’s a built-in feature in OS X to help — it’s called Force Quit, and it’s only a click away.

  1. Click on the  menu.
  2. Select Force Quit. (Alternately, you can press the command, option and escape keys on your keyboard.)
  3. The Force Quit Applications dialogue will appear and show all open applications. (Typically if one has stopped working, you’ll see “Not responding” appear next to the application name.)
  4. Select the name of the app you’d like to quit.
  5. Click the Force Quit button.
  6. The Mac will ask you to confirm that you want to quit the application, with a reminder that you may lose any unsaved changes in any open documents in that app. Click Force Quit to quit or Cancel to resume.

Turn Off Cellular Data to Avoid Charges when Traveling
~iPhone Tip of the Day
Say you’re taking a trip abroad or somewhere else outside your carrier’s service area. You can turn on your phone and use Wi-fi when you’re near a connection, but what if you leave your phone on when you leave the hotel? There’s a simple way to avoid roaming charges when you’re traveling, and it lives in your iPhone settings (this tip also applies to cellular models of iPads).

Go to Settings > Cellular.

In the Cellular menu, you can prevent your iPhone from using any cellular data at all by toggling Cellular Data off. This is ideal for international traveling. For domestic travel, you can also toggle Data Roaming off for those times when you go out of your service area without realizing it. It’s that simple.

Place Calls Directly from Call Reminder Notifications
~iPhone Tip of the Day
If you need to call someone, but it’s not convenient to place the call right now, you can use the Reminders app to help you remember to make the call later. If you use Siri to create the call reminder, you’ll be able to call the person directly from the reminder notification.

To create a call reminder, activate Siri by holding down the Home button and saying something like, “Remind me to call my husband at 11:45 a.m.”

When you receive the reminder to call your husband, slide the notification to the left and tap Call. Siri will dial his number without you having to open the phone app. It’s just like having a personal assistant to dial the phone for you.

Dictate your Mail message
If you’re behind the wheel or otherwise have your hands tied, you can still compose and send Mail messages from your iPhone or iPad. How? Just ask Siri.

Press and hold the Home key to launch Siri (or, if you’re using your headset, press and hold the center button on the in-line remote), then say something like “Compose an email to Michael Scott” (or just “to my boss,” if you’ve taught Siri your relationship to your contacts).

If you ask nicely, Siri will compose and send a mail message for you.

Siri will step you through the process of composing a Mail message, everything from verifying the right email address (if a contact has multiple addresses listed in their contact card) to writing a subject line and dictating the body of the message.

Once the message is all set, Siri can send it out herself once you give her the go-ahead.