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.
- To use the Slideshow feature, open Photos.
- I recommend selecting the individual Photos when using Slideshow, but it will also work with any album.
- Select a photo to begin. Tap the Share button and select Slideshow.
- 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.