Mary’s X Files, June 2018

Instantly Update on iOS
~iCreate
If you only have a modest number of apps installed on your iOS device, then you may want updates to be installed automatically as soon as they become available. This is done easily by going to your Settings app…

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then scroll down through the various sections. You will see a category called ‘iTunes & App Store’ – tap it to adjust the options within.

2. Enable Updates – Under the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section, turn on ‘Updates’ and then they will download and install without you having to lift a finger as soon as they are released.

3. Don’t Use your Data – If you enable the Updates option, then make sure you also check that the ‘Use Mobile Data’ option is turned off so that auto downloads don’t eat into your data plan.

Updating All of your Mac Apps
~iCreate
The principles of updating apps remains the same on Mac, although the way to do so is slightly different. Here we show you how to manually update your apps or get it done behing the scenes automatically.

1. The Manual Way – Launch the App Store app and then click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top of the interface. Any app updates will be listed here, so click on the ‘Update’ button next to any app you want.

2. Do it Automatically – To automatically update your apps, go to System Preferences>App Store, click on the padlock in the lower- left corner and then enter your administrator’s password.

3. Tick the Right Boxes – You can now tick the boxes, as required, that relate to the updates. For example, ticking “install App Updates’ will ensure that updates will be installed as soon as they come out.

Important Mac Shortcuts
~iCreate
1.Quit Applications (Cmd+Q) – It’s not good to have too many apps open at once as they may cause your Mac to run sluggishly as they compete for system resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in the top-left corner of an app window won’t work either as it won’t completely close down the app. The only way to be sure that an app is closed is by clicking on the app menu and choose ‘Quit’ – or by using this shortcut: “Cmd+Q”

2. Copy & Paste (Cmd+C, Cmd+V) – Probably the most-used duo of shortcuts on the Mac! These shortcuts work in any app and allow you to instantly copy content to your Mac’s clipboard and paste it into other apps. You can also toss in the ‘cut’ command too (Cmd+X) to give yourself the Holy Trinity of Apple shortcuts. We honestly don’t think that a day goes by without us using these ones – they will serve you well.
3. Force-quit (Cmd+Opt+Esc) – Occasionally your Mac apps may stop responding and attempting the ‘quit applications’ shortcut proves fruitless. If this is the case, then you can try force-quitting apps by using this shortcut. When pressed, a small window will appear listing all of the currently active apps – simply select the unresponsive one and then click on the ‘Force Quit’ button to close it down completely.

Get Instant Word Suggestions on Mac
~iCreate
Apps such as Text Edit and Notes have a clever built-in feature that is rather akin to iOS in that they can try to predict the next word that you want to write to save you the time of actually writing it. To implement this feature on your Mac, simply start writing a word and then press Opt+Esc. A list of possible words will now be presented and you can just click on the intended word to save you having to write out the rest of it.

Sure, in the time it takes to press the keyboard shortcut and pick the word, you could have probably finsihsed typing it yourself, but if you are unsure of the spelling, then this feature can be a big help.

Going Private on Mac
~iCreate
There may be times when you don’t want to leave footprints of your web activity, especially if other people use your Mac. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to cover your tracks.

You can open a new private window in Safari by going to File>New Private Window or using the Shift+Cmd+t keyboard shortcut. Any tabs that you open in this window will be private and leave no record in your history when closed.

Mary’s X Files, May 2018

Make Full Use of your Spotlight on Mac
~iCreate
1. Check Weather – If you want a quick weather report for your local area, then just type ‘weather’ intoSpotlight and you’ll get a ten-day forecast.

2. Check Flights – For holidays, if you want the latest flight information, then type in your flight number. It can also handle currency conversions.

3. Define Words – Rather than going to websites like dictionary.com, you can type in any word preceded by ‘define’ to get a definition.

Finding Local Businesses
~iCreate
What’s impressive about Spotlight on iOS is that it is linked with other apps, such as Maps, so that when you search for a specific place, like a local business, you can get essential info and even directions instantly.
1. Start Searching – Swipe to access Spotlight and then enter the name of a local business into the search field and press ‘Search’.

2. Tap Result – Results will appear as you type. Tap on the results under the ‘Maps’ category for a pop-up information box.

3. Get Directions – As well as opening hours and the address, you can also tap ‘Directions’ to be taken straight to the business.

Fix Bluetooth Connections on Mac
~iCreate
Bluetooth can be a fickle technology and from time to time, you may experience connection problems. With so many wireless technologies floating around near you Mac, it is understandable that problems may occur, but there is an easy fix that will cure almost all connectivity problems every single time and it only takes a few seconds of your time to complete, as we will not demonstrate.
1. Find the Offender – Go to System Preferences and click the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to see every previously connected device listed. Find the one that is failing to connect an click the ‘x’.

2. Forget the Device – Click “Forget Device’ and it will be removed from the list which should resolve whatever the software problem was that was causing the failed connections in the past.

3. Time to Pair – You can now go through the process of paing the device again and the problem should be resolved. If it isn’t, there may be a hardware problem in the device, itself.

Why Won’t My Mac Start Up?
~iCreate
There are few things more concerning than not being able to start your Mac properly. You may see a blue screen which is legendary in the fear it invokes or you may see error messages, but either way you will want to do what you can to bring back a smooth startup process in the future. The first thing to try is starting up in Safe Mode which will strip down the processes used to the bare minimum and which is more likely to put you in a position where you can begin to fix the problems.

With your Mac powered down, turn on your Mac as normal and then press and hold the Shift key. Release Shift when the Apple logo appears and wait for macOS to boot in the new Safe Mode. You may need to log in as normal, but when done you will now be in Safe Mode for the duration of the session. If you use the ‘Restart’ option you will return to normal mode when it restarts again which gives you the chance to fix the problem first.

Mary’s X Files, April 2018

Quit Apps on Mac to Save System Resources
~iCreate
It’s not good to have too many apps open at once as they may cause your Mac to run sluggishly as they compete for system resources. Simply clicking on the red dot in the top-left corner of an app window won’t work either as it won’t completely close down the app. The only way to be sure that an app is closed is by clicking on the app menu and choosing ‘Quit’ – or by using the “Command+Q” shortcut.

Close Windows on Mac to Clean up
~iCreate
Your Mac desktop can be a hellish place if you have lots of apps open as the resulting windows will be strewn acrss your screen, making it hard to find what you want. By using the “Command+W” shortcut you will instantly close whatever active window you are using. If you want to go one better, you can press “Alt+Command+W” to close all of the windows relating to the currently active app (including Finder).

Discover New Siri Commands on the Mac
~iCreate
1. Open Siri – Click on the Siri icon in the top-right corner of your Mac display to open the small Siri console that will instantly start listening out for commands (only on MacOS Sierra, and later).

2. Delay or Click – Now you can either say nothing and wait for a second or two, or you can click on the ‘?’ icon to bring up a menu of typical things that you can ask Siri.

3. Pick a Topic – Click on an app category, such as ‘System Preferences’ and you will then be presented with a selection of things that you can ask Siri relating to them.

Instantly Update on iOS
~iCreate
If you only have a modest number of apps installed on your iOS device, then you may want updates to be installed automatically as soon as they become available. This is done easily by going to you Settings app…

1. Go to Settings – Launch your Settings app and then scroll down through the various sections. You will see a category called ‘iTunes & App Store’ – tap it to adjust the options within.

2. Enable Updates – Under the ‘Automatic Downloads’ section, turn on ‘Updates’ and then they will download and install without you having to lift a finger as soon as they are released.

3. Don’t Use your Data – If you enable the Updates option, then make sure you also check that the ‘Use Mobile Data’ option is turned off so that auto downloads don’t eat into your phone’s data plan.

Updating All of your Mac Apps
~iCreate
The principles of updating apps remains the same on Mac, although the way to do so is slightly different. Here we show you how to manually update your apps or get it done behind the scenes automatically.

1. The Manual Way – Launch the App Store app and then click on the ‘Updates’ option at the top of the interface. Any app updates will be listed here so click on the ‘Update’ button next to any app you want.

2. Do it Automatically – To automatically update your apps, go to System Preferences>App Store, click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and then enter your administator’s password.

3. Tick the Right Boxes – You can now tick the boxes, as required, that relate to the updates. For example, ticking ‘Install App Updates’ will ensure that updates will be installed as soon as they come out.

Mary’s X Files, March 2018

Instantly See your History in Safari on iPhone
~iCreate
To drill down to see all of the pages that you accessed to get to the current tab, simply hold down the back (<) button. Your history up to that point will then be displayed.

Quickly Add a Bookmark in Safari on iPhone
~iCreate
Long gone are the days of having to tap the Share button in order to add a new bookmark. Now you can simply long-press on the bookmarks button for this option.

Rename Multiple Files in Batches on the Mac
~iCreate
1. Highlight and Select
Select multiple files in a Finder window and then right-click to see further options. Click ‘Rename x items’ and a smaller panel will appear with options to select from.

2. Experiment a Little
You can now replace specific text in each file name to make them searchable or even change the format so that they can be processed as a single batch.

3. File Management
Once you have changed the file names as a batch, you can now right-click and select ‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully renamed batch of files to work on.

Customize your Dock in Mac OS
~iCreate
Unlike your iOS devices, your Mac Dock has its own dedicated settings in System Preferences. By going there, you will be able to adjust the size, the magnification of the app icons and much more to make it your own.

1. Open System Preferences
Go to System Preferences>Dock and then click and hold on the Size slider to adjust the size of the Dock as it appears on your desktop. You can also click to magnify the app icons.

2. Dock Positioning
You can actually position the Dock where you want on your desktop, such as the side — simply click ‘Left’, ‘Bottom’ or ‘Right’ and the dock will be placed accordingly.

3. Special Effects
Other options apply to the effects that occur when you minimise windows to the Dock ‘Scale’ or ‘Genie’) or open apps from the Dock. You can also hide the Dock when not in use.

Speed up your Mac
~iCreate
1. Update your Apps
Outdated apps in newer operating systems can prove to be glitchy and sluggish, so launch the App Store, click on ‘Updates’ and update every app that you can.

2. Check Activity Monitor
Launch Activity Monitor, select View>Windowed Processes and click on ‘CPU’ to check the biggest drainers on your Mac and consider quitting anything you don’t need.

3. Check Energy
If you are using a laptop, while in Activity Monitor, click on ‘Energy’ to see which apps drain the most energy from your battery. If power is getting short, close unused apps.

4. Turn Off Startup Items
Your Mac may be sluggish due to an array of open apps that booted up at startup. Got to System Preferences>Users & Groups, click on your name and click on ‘Login Items’.

5. Disable Apps
Within the same ‘Users & Groups’ preference, if you see apps that don’t need to be open, click on the padlock icon and enter your administrator’s password, click on the app name and then click on ‘-’ underneath.

6. Disable Visual Effects
The MacOS has visual effects that slow down older Macs when running the latest operating systems. Go to System Preferences>Dock and uncheck boxes such as ‘Magnification’.

Manage your Mac Using Siri on MacOS
~iCreate
Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

Mary’s X Files, February 2018

How to Close All of Your Safari Tabs at Once on iPhone or iPad
~MacRumors
There are some iOS gestures and tricks that have been around forever, but remain relatively hidden because they’re hard to find unless you know about them. Closing all of the tabs in your Safari browser on an iOS device is one such trick — it’s simple if you know how to do it, but it’s a gesture you might not know exists. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Here’s how to do it:

Open up Safari.

Long press on the “Tabs” icon denoted by two squares. On iPhones, it’s at the bottom of the browser in portrait mode or at the top in landscape mode. On the iPad, it’s at the top.

Select Close All Tabs.

Alternatively, you can single tap on the Tabs icon to bring up the browser window view, and then long press on “Done” to bring up the same “Close All Tabs” interface.

That’s all there is to it. Safari will let you know how many tabs are currently open, and it will close each and every one after the Close All Tabs option is tapped.

Because it’s so easy to open a new tab when browsing without meaning to on an iOS device, the Close All Tabs option is super handy for getting rid of all those open browser windows in one quick go.

Search a Web Page in iOS
~MacRumors
In Safari on iOS, there are two ways to search a web page for a specific word or phrase. One method is quicker than the other, although neither is necessarily immediately obvious.

The first way involves tapping the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it), sliding your finger left along the bottom column, and tapping the Find on Page button, indicated by a magnifying glass. Start typing what you’re looking for, and your search results will be returned automatically.

The second, faster method is to type your search term straight into Safari’s address bar and then tap the On This Page option at the bottom of the suggestion list, after which you’ll be able to tap through each occurrence of the term on the current page.

Rename Multiple Files
~iCreate
I have heard that it is possible to rename multiple files in batches on my Mac. How is this done?

1. Highlight and select Select multiple files in a Finder window and then right-click to see further options. Click ‘Rename x items’ and a smaller panel will appear with options to select from.

2. Experiment a little: You can now replace specific text in each file name to make them searchable or even change the format so that they can be processed as a single batch.

3. File management: Once you have changed the file names as a batch you can now right-click and select ‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully renamed batch of files to work on.

Manage Storage in High Sierra
~iCreate
From the macOS desktop, click on the Apple menu (the logo in the top-left) and choose ‘About This Mac’.

When the Overview window appears, click on the ‘Storage’ tab and you will be able to see exactly how much storage space you have on your Mac.

Click on ‘Manage’ button and you will see a further range of options to help you free up space and maximise your Mac’s storage space, such as moving all of your photos into iCloud.

Merging Windows in MacOS
~iCreate
I often keep far too many windows open on my Mac desktop. Is there a way to keep it relatively uncluttered while still having access to all of my numerous open windows?

There is a very clever, very hidden tip for doing just that! If your desktop becomes horrendously congested with open windows, click on the ‘Windows’ option in the Finder menu bar and then you will see an option called ‘Merge Windows’. Select this and all of
your open windows will be merged into one.

You can still access the windows that you need from the remaining open one simply by clicking on the tabs at the top of the window. It’s a great way to free up some much- needed desktop space to continue working.

Mary’s X Files, January 2018

Using Split View on iPad
~iCreate
The iPad was the device that benefited most from the iOS 11 update as advancements were made to the touchscreen interface to make it more akin to a laptop. Here we show you how to use Split View from the Dock.

1. Drag and drop — Press and hold on an app icon in your Dock and then drag it up to the far-left on the main home screen. A black area will appear for you to drop it into, after which it will fill half the screen.

2. Drag a second app icon — Keeping the first open app in place with one finger, you can then drag a second app up to fill the vacant space on the right, after which both apps can be viewed side by side.

3. Make adjustments — If you want to adjust how much space each app gets on your screen, simply press and hold on the screen divider and then drag it left or right. It’s a fabulously intuitive system.

Lesser Known SIRI Tricks on the Mac
~iCreate
Siri on the Mac can be a hugely advantageous feature if you use your Mac a lot. It enables you to quickly check for answers to questions and to effectively have access to all of the information the internet has to offer. Here are a few examples:

1. Access system information — Siri is also embedded in a Mac in a way which means that it has access to the system data you need. You can ask how much storage you have left on your Mac and even how much iCloud space you have available. The results are presented in an instant.

2. Manage your Mac — Diving into Settings and clicking a few options is not a huge hardship, but it may seem so after you have used Siri to perform the same actions. You can ask Siri to interact with many parts of your Mac and the results are quite surprising when you first try to use them.

3. What’s that song? — Siri can offer the same benefits as Shazam on a Mac without the need to even have
the app installed. If a song is playing in the background you can ask Siri, “What is this song?” and your Mac microphone will listen and then magically present all of the details you need.

4. Save media results — If you ask Siri to display images of an object or an animal, you will be given a set of results derived from a standard internet search. You can then click on any image and drag it to the Notes app or many other apps and use it for your own purposes. Very clever integration.

5. Search for tweets — Provided you have a Twitter account linked in macOS you will be able to ask Siri to search for tweets by a user name or look for those related to a particular subject. It is much more efficient than using Twitter directly. An excellent feature.

Using the Cloud — Optimize Mac Storage
~MacFormat
The days of new Macs having way more storage than their predecessors are over – a problem if you have a lot of media. iCloud Drive provides a solution: in System Preferences>iCloud, click on iCloud Drive’s Options button and turn on Optimise Mac Storage. Older documents are offloaded to iCloud when storage space is needed.

Optimize Your Mac Input Devices
~MacFormat
1. Use Spotlight — Sure, you can launch apps on your Mac by clicking icons in the Applications folder or Dock. But it’s often faster to press Command+Space to fire up Spotlight, type a few letters, and use the arrow keys to open what’s selected.

2. Understand your trackpad — The Trackpad pane in System Preferences offers three tabs full of options. Tracking speed is worth increasing, but also turn on ‘Tap to click’, so you tap lightly to select items on your Mac, rather than having to press.

3. Adjust your keyboard — In System Preferences, the Keyboard pane has options for fine-tuning how your keyboard works with your Mac, including defining new keyboard shortcuts, and creating text replacements.

4. Explore your mouse options — Whatever mouse you’re currently using, the Mouse pane of the System Preferences provides settings to change how it works. Tracking speed is perhaps the most important. Ramp it up to the maximum you feel comfortable with.

Mary’s X Files, December 2017

Green Button Action in Current MacOS’s
~MacLife
Clicking on the green button in the top-left corner of any window will now make it full-screen, but holding Alt/Opt and clicking it will bring back the old maximize option.

Shared iCloud Storage in MacOS High Sierra
~iCreate
Got cloud storage to spare? Then share it with your family. As many of us will have discovered, the free 5GB iCloud space allocation doesn’t go very far, but if you pay extra for additional space then you may find that you hardly make a dent in it. However, in the High Sierra update you can put spare iCloud space to good use by sharing it with family members. Here’s how.

1. Manage Family — Provided you have already set up Family Sharing on your Mac, go to System Preferences>iCloud and then click on the ‘Manage Family’ option underneath your profile picture.

2. Apps and services — You can add family members by clicking the ‘+’ icon in the left column, but for now, click on ‘My Apps & Services’ at the top and you will see sections including ‘Purchase Sharing’, ‘Apple Music’ and ‘iCloud Storage’.

3. State sharing — Click on the ‘iCloud Storage’ option and you will see the option to ‘Start Sharing’. Click on this and all of your connected family members will be able to share your iCloud storage plan.

How to share contacts with iMessage on iPhone or iPad
~iMore
Sharing contact information with friends has never been easier than with iMessage.

Launch the Contacts app. On the iPhone you can alternately use the Phone app if you’d prefer. Find and tap the Contact you’d like to share. Now tap on Share Contact towards the bottom.

Tap on Messages.Type the name of the person you’d like to share it with and select them. Now tap Send.

You’ve successfully sent a contact with iMessage! Way more efficient than copying and pasting a phone number, eh?

How to share Location with iMessage on iPhone or iPad
~iMore
If a friend or family member is coming to meet you, you might want to send your current location so they can quickly and easily get to exactly where you are.

Launch the Messages app. Tap on the conversation in which you’d like to send your location. Tap on the Information button in the upper right hand corner. Tap on Send My Current Location.

The person on the other end will be able to see where you are and even tap to get directions.

How to create a Reminder in a specific List with Siri
~iMore
If you have multiple lists in Reminders, like a packing list, a party list, etc. you can tell Siri to create a to-do item specifically for one of those lists.

1. Say “Hey, Siri” or press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

2. Say aloud what you want to be reminded about and in which List you want it to go. For example: “Add milk to grocery shopping list.”

3. Tap Remove to cancel the Reminder.

The Reminder will then be placed in the List you specified.

How to create a time-based reminder with Siri
~iMore
One of the easiest things to do with Siri is have it set up a quick Reminder. Siri is so quick, in fact, it’s almost always faster to use Siri than to tap your way through the Reminders app.

1. Say “Hey, Siri”" or press and hold down the Home button to activate Siri.

2. Say aloud what you want to be reminded about, and when. For example: “Remind me to call Leanna at 9pm.”

3. Tap Remove to cancel the reminder.

The Reminder will go into the default Reminders list. This will be “Reminders” or whichever list you set as the default list in Settings.

Mary’s X Files, November 2017

How to save an email as a PDF on iPhone and iPad
~iMore
You can save an email as a PDF without 3D Touch. It’s just as easy and you can use it with iPhone and iPad!

If your iPhone has 3D Touch, you may already know that you can save an email as a PDF file using 3D Touch in the built-in Mail app. It’s really nice when you’ve got an email you want to save outside of your Mail app. You know, in case something happens to the email like it gets lost in your messy, messy inbox.

But what if your iPhone doesn’t have 3D Touch, or want to save an email as a PDF on your iPad? You can’t just firmly press on the email and have it magically turn into a PDF. You can, however, magically turn it into a PDF with a slightly different gesture. It’s both non-obvious and easy to so do. Here’s how.

Open the Mail app on your iPhone or iPadTap an email message that you want to save as a PDF. Tap the action button. The action button looks like a reply arrow (it’s also used to reply to or forward email messages). Tap Print to open the printer options.

Pinch open the thumbnail image of the first page of your email. If your email runs for more than a page, you can pinch open any of the pages. The Printer Options will be replaced with the PDF version of your email message. Tap the Share button in the upper right corner of the screen. Select the app you want to save or share your PDF-converted email to.

Thanks to the in-app sharing feature in the Mail app, you can do a number of things with your new PDF. You can send it to a nearby person using DropBox, save it to your Notes app, copy it to iBooks, and more. A lot of third-party apps support sharing and storing of PDF emails, too, like DropBox, Messenger, and Slack. The world is your oyster. Now go out there and turn some emails into PDFs.

Switch Apps using the Keyboard in iOS 11
~Cult of Mac
The app switcher single-handedly turns the iPad into a Mac replacement.

The iPad uses the same Command-Tab app switcher as the Mac. That is, hitting the tab key together with the Command key on a connected keyboard will bring up the app-switcher strip across the center of the screen.

It look a lot like the Dock, but it is, in fact, an icon-based list of your most recently-used apps, in order of most recent use. Keep the Command key held down while you tap Tab, and you will cycle through the list. Let go to launch the app.

You can also hit the tilde key to reverse the switcher’s direction, or even use the left and right arrow keys once the app switcher is up on screen (you still need to keep the Command key held down). You can even touch one of the icons to launch the app.

Siri Sets the System
~MacLife
Siri in macOS Sierra can do plenty of cool tricks, but undoubtedly the most useful is its ability to control common system settings.

You can ask Siri to turn down your display’s brightness, increase the volume and perform a number of other similar tasks.
It’s bound to save you a few click and will save you from switching tasks if you’re right in the middle of working on something important.

Create Text Shortcuts in macOS
~MacLife
When you’re in System PreferencesShow , if you go to the Keyboard pane and then click on the Text tab, you will be able to create your own text shortcuts. This means that if you regularly type the same words or phrases, you could save yourself a great deal of time by setting up a shortcut.

Simply click on the ’+’ icon to add a new shortcut, then type in the chosen shortcut (a much shorter version of what you intend to type) followed by the actual text you want to type. This is also a useful feature for saving time filling in application forms that require you name, title and address.

Show the Status Bar in 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 the Finder window which details important information such as the number of files in the current folder and the amount of free memory 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 memory problems. A handy shortcut for selecting this feature is to press “Command’ and the backslash ‘/’ button.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.