How to share your location using Apple Maps
If you need to tell someone where you are located and they are not familiar with local landmarks, you don’t have to fuss with a third-party app. There’s an easy way to share your coordinates using Apple’s built-in Maps application. Here’s how:
1. Open up Apple Maps on your iOS device.
2. Select the blue icon in the bottom-left corner. This will pinpoint your current location within Maps.
3. Tap on the red pushpin to bring up additional details on your location.
4. Tap on “Share” in the upper-right-hand corner.
5. Select your preferred method of sharing. You can choose from Messages, Mail, Twitter and Facebook.
How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac
When we first set up our Macs we tweak and adjust settings to suit our own personal preferences. The worst thing in the world is when someone comes along and doesn’t respect our Mac. We’ve all experienced it from time to time. They pop into System Preferences like they own the place and start changing things like trackpad speed, display resolution, and who knows what else. We are left appalled when they’re done. Luckily, OS X has a neat little trick to keep people from doing all these terrible things. Here’s how:
1. Click on the logo in the top left corner of your Mac and click on System Preferences.
2. In the same top menu, now click on View and then Customize.
3. The System Preferences window now should have checkmark boxes next to each item in System Preferences. Simply uncheck the ones you want to hide and click Done.
That’s all there is to it. While there isn’t any password protection for System Preferences in OS X (even though there should be), this is a neat trick that should keep anyone out that is on your computer for only a limited amount of time, unless they also know about this trick. In that case, you’re out of luck and would be better off just creating a Guest account. And remember, for some of us changing our System Preferences is just as bad as rearranging our living room furniture. Don’t do it!
The stupid power button
It used to be that if you pressed the power button your Mac, OS X would ask you if you wanted to shut down, restart or go to sleep. The default action in Mavericks changed, though, so touching the power button now causes the Mac to go to sleep right away. It’s only if you hold down the power button for several seconds that you’ll get the option to shut down, restart or sleep. Our own Ally Kazmucha explains that Apple has aligned the Mac’s power button to act more like the power button on iOS devices, but it’s a change that I find more disruptive than beneficial.
How to print captions with your iPhoto images
Import your images into iPhoto. Select the first one you wish to add a caption to and press Command-I. This produces the Info pane on the right side of the iPhoto window. Click where it reads “Add a description”… and do exactly as it asks—enter your caption. Repeat this process for each image you want to eventually print.
Enable the Desciption (caption) option.
Now select all those images and choose File > Print (Command-P). You’ll spy printer settings in the pane that appears on the right of the resulting window. In this area choose “Contact Sheet”. Adjust the Columns slider so that you see two columns. This should accommodate four images on the page.
Click on the Captions button at the bottom of the pane and in the Contact Sheet Captions window that appears enabled the Description option and disable any other options. You’ll see that the descriptions you added to your pictures now appear below each image. Click “OK” and then click the Print button at the bottom of the window. In the sheet that scrolls down, click on Print again and that’s exactly what should happen.
In-line Address Book (Mavericks)
Mail now includes a built-in address book lookup feature in Mavericks. Simply open the New Message window as you normally would, and notice the new plus button in the “To” field. Clicking it will open your contacts, ready for you to populate the field. Clicking on any of your contacts in this list will add that contact as a recipient.