Mary’s X Files, October 2017

Send Items to Trash Instantly on Mac OS
~iCreate
When moving files to the Trash we always manually drag and drop the items. Why? Because we didn’t know that if you simply highlight the files and then press Cmd + Delete, then they will be instantly warped to the rubbish bin.

Make use of the flashlight in iOS 11
~iCreate
Whether you’re walking home alone at night, trying to find your tent at a festival or you need to use your device as an emergency beacon, your iPhone’s built-in flashlight can be a huge help.

To activate it, swipe up to access your Control Center on iOS 11 and then tap the flashlight icon. If you have an iPhone 6S or higher you can also press down on this icon to determine the brightness of the light.

Configure your Mouse in macOS
~MacLife
Ensure that your mouse works in exactly the way you want it to.

To control your Mac, you will either use a trackpad or a mouse. However, everyone likes their mouse to perform differently with varying tracking speeds, scrolling speeds and more. The “Mouse” pane in System Preferences allows you to not only personalize how your mouse performs, but also assign key tasks to the buttons. For example, you can use the secondary button to bring up Mission Control, Spotlight or your Dashboard. You can also set up a Bluetooth mouse here.

Show the Status Bar in Finder on macOS
~MacLife
While in Finder, select ‘View’ from the menu at the top and then click ‘Show Status Bar’. This will pop up a small bar at the bottom of all Finder windows, which details important information, such as the number of files in the current folder and the amount of free storage available to you.

It’s a very simple feature, but one that you will likely glance at whenever you use Finder, because it can highlight potential storage problems. A handy shortcut for selecting this feature is to press ‘Command’ and the backslash ‘/’ button.

Make FaceTime calls anywhere in macOS
~MacLife
You don’t actually need to be in the FaceTime app to activate video calls, thanks to the seamless integration with the rest of macOS. All you need to look for is a little video camcorder icon in various apps and click on it to spring a FaceTime call into life. A prime example would be from within the Contacts app. If a contact has a compatible device, the camcorder icon will be present and you can call them at any time. Likewise, an entry in Maps or Safari will show if a business or company can be contacted via FaceTime. This is a very handy feature.

Give Siri a hand
~MacLife
With a little bit of help, Siri can be a very useful personal assistant. Two fields in Contact cards worth spending some time with are Nickname and Related Name. if you add entries into these fields, you’ll be able to use Siri more effectively. For example, add nicknames like ‘dentist’ or ‘doctor’ and you can use Siri to say “Hey Siri, call my dentist.” It’s worth doing this now that the digital assistant has made an entrance in macOS Sierra. This would be very useful as it could potentially speed up and manage your workflow and busy schedule.

Create Quick Events in Calendar
~MacLife
While there are plenty of ways to create a new event in Calendar, the quickest and most natural is to simply click the + button in the top toolbar. You’ll see a text box appear, where you can simply type, in natural language, the name, time and date of the event you want to create. Calendar will translate what you’ve typed and add an event to the calendar instantly. You’ll also get suggestions for similar events, so you can repeat them if needed without having to type it all in again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Mary’s X Files, January 2017

How to Send an Email Using Siri on iPhone
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Need to send a quick email or email reply? You can use Siri to do that. Sending an email with Siri makes the whole process faster and you can do it hands-free. Siri has improved over the years, so it’s finally at a point where sending an email using Siri is smooth and accurate, instead of riddled with errors and frustrating. Here’s how to send an email using Siri on iPhone.
1. Press the Home button to activate Siri.
2. Tell Siri to send an email and to whom. For example, “Send an email to Donna.”
3. If a contact has more than one email, Siri will ask which one to use. (You can also tell Siri to send an email to multiple recipients: “Send an email to Donna and Sarah.”)

Photos on Mac — Find and print keyboard shortcuts
~Macworld
Photos is riddled with useful keyboard shortcuts. To see a full list, choose Help > Keyboard Shortcuts, and then in the Photos Help window that appears, click Keyboard shortcuts. You may want to print the list and keep it on your desk.

When you’re finished, just click the red circle at the window’s upper left to close Photos Help.

Photos for Mac — Comparing before and after versions
~Macworld
Photos for Mac has a secret keyboard shortcut that helps you assess your edits by with a Before and After view of your image—that way you can see how much the picture has (hopefully) improved.

However, even if you root around through Photos’ menus, you won’t find it. The trick is to use the M key on your keyboard (iPhoto used the Shift key instead).

To see the before version of an edited photo, press and hold down the M key; release the M key to see the after version. Be sure to memorize this keystroke, because you’ll use it a lot.

How to Quickly Close All Tabs in Safari on iPhone
~iPhone life tip of the day
I don’t know about you but I am a master of having far too many tabs open on my iPhone. Before I know it, Safari is overrun with my web pages from the past month and all I can do is tap X a hundred times to get rid of them all. But now there’s an awesome trick in Safari on iPhone that allows you to quickly close all tabs or easily open a new one in Safari. Here’s how to quickly close all tabs in Safari on iPhone.

1. Open Safari.
2. Tap and hold the open-new-tab icon in the bottom right corner. 3. Your options will pop up: New Tab & Close (#) Tabs.
4. To close all tabs in Safari, tap Close (#) Tabs.
5. To easily open a new tab, tap New Tab.

Quickly Access System Preferences
~9to5Mac (submitted by Mike PJ)
Tip: How to quickly access System Preferences using the Option key and Touch Bar / function row: from Mike PJ “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a tip this cool. This works on non- Touch Bar Macs as well (just tried on my desktop).” https://9to5mac.com/2016/12/13/how-to-macbook-pro-touch-bar-option-key-system-preferences/#more-458318

Power up your Mac
~iCreate
Compared to most laptops, Macs have fantastic batteries, but that doesn’t mean they always last the 12 hours we hope for. If you find that you’ve dipped below 50 per cent before midday, here are some tricks to try.

1. Turn it all off:
Decreasing the screen brightness,
turning off Bluetooth, muting your audio and even turning off Wi-Fi if you’re not using it will hugely boost your battery.

2. Disconnect:
If you have any devices connected to
your Mac, disconnect them! USB drives, SD cards and CDs can all eat away at your Mac’s battery.

3. Mail limits:
For a longer-term fix, open Mail’s
Preferences window and open the General tab. Change the ‘Check for new messages’ option to Manually.

Controlling Accuracy of Touch ID Settings in iOS
~Macworld
You can add up to five fingers, but they could all theoretically be the same finger if you wished. It would hugely improve the scanning accuracy for that single finger, but you wouldn’t be able to add any others.