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.

Mary’s X Files, December 2016

Using Photos on macOS Sierra for People Recognizing
~iCreate
When you’re not using the Photos app, leave it open so that it has time to scan all your images for recognizable people.

Set up and use Magnifier on iOS 10
~iCreate
Read anything by pressing the Home button three times. There will be times when the fine print in a document or on a product is hard to read, and this is a particular problem for those with less than ideal eyesight. Fortunately, Apple has come up with a solution that is not only very quick to use, but which will render any difficult object or text in a magnified fashion that can be read instantly. The process for setting it up is very easy and it is even easier to use, with the option being available any time you find yourself struggling to see or read something. You may find yourself using it every day.

1. Find the settings – Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and look for the Magnifier option. As with many settings in iOS, it is not easy to find unless you are specifically looking for it.
2. Set it up – Tap the button next to Magnifier at the top to enable the feature and then do the same for Auto-Brightness if you want the camera to sense the ambient light conditions.
3. Nothing changes – The feature can be enabled and you will see no change at all until you triple-press the Home button. In day to day use, it is there waiting for you until you need to use it.
4. Magnify something – You can now magnify any object with a Home button triple-click and you will also be able to take a photo of it. The image can be blurred unless captured for referencing after.

Copy & Paste between Devices with Universal Clipboard
~iCreate
You can send text and images anywhere using Universal Clipboard. Provided your iOS device and Mac are signed in to the same iCloud account, you will be able to take advantage of the new Universal Clipboard feature to copy and paste across devices. You must have macOS Sierra installed on your Mac, and iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, and provided Bluetooth is enabled on both devices it should just start working with no problems. Simply copy something on one device in the usual way and then past it on the other. it really could not be more straightforward.

To use Universal Clipboard, the two devices must be within local range of each other, but they can be connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

iOS – Activate Larger Dynamic Type
~iCreate
It’s a fact of life that our eyes deteriorate over time. Looking at small computer screens all day does us no favors at all. Did you know that you can increase the font size in iOS to stop you straining? Here’s how to activate it.

1. Larger text – In the Settings app, tap on General and then Accessibility. Navigate to Larger Text and tap on that option.
2. Activate feature – Before you do anything else, you need to flick the Larger Accessibility Sizes switch to green. This lets you adjust the text size via the slider.
3. Drag the slider – Now it’s up to you how big you want the system font to go. Drag the slider until you’re happy – the text on the page will update as a live preview.

macOS Sierra – Undo Closure of Tabs in Safari
~MacFormat
I like some of the simplest tricks in Safari, such as the ability to undo the closure of more than just one tab by pressing command+z multiple times.

macOS Sierra -Annotate a Photo in Photos App
~MacFormat
Double-click a photo so it fills the app’s window. Then, click the “Edit Photo” button (its icon is one of the three sliders) at the top, right of the window. Click Extensions at the bottom of the list of tools down the right of the photo. Then, click “Markup”.

You can write text, add shapes or symbols, draw freehand, or even add a magnifying glass effect to draw attention to an area. Click “Save Changes” when you’re done. To remove annotations, edit the photo and click “Revert to Original”.

iOS Uses for Siri
~iCreate
1. Use the speaker – When making a call using Siri, you can enable the speaker to make the experience truly hands-free. Saying “Call Jo on speaker” will initiate the call through the speaker.
2. Deal with settings – Many people do not realize that Siri can access most iOS settings. For example, if you say “Open Mail settings”, you will be taken straight to the area you need.
3. Take a chance – When you want luck to play a part in a decision, you can say “roll dice” or “flip a coin” to Siri and he/she will offer a random result.
4. Correctly pronounce names – If Siri pronounces a name incorrectly, you can say “that’s not how you pronounce…” You can then say it again and Siri will offer alternative options for you to choose.
5. Deal with dates – Asking Siri when a public holiday is will bring up the date you need, but you can also say some like “How many days until…” followed by a date.

Mary’s X Files, November 2016

How to use and customize Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad
~iMore
How do I use the Shake to Undo feature on my iPhone and iPad? It’s enabled by default, but you can always turn it off in your settings!

Have you ever tried to delete a giant paragraph of text you just typed on your iPhone or iPad? Good news: You don’t have to hold backspace and watch all the letters and words disappear, one by one. You can simply shake your iPhone. Shake to Undo can save precious time and simply gets rid of what you just wrote, so you can start fresh with a blank slate.

Check a Folder’s Location in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
Turning on the path bar (View > Show Path Bar) shows the current folder’s location across the bottom of its window. Double-click a folder in the bar to jump to it, command-click to open it in a new window, or drag and drop items onto one to move them there.

Siri, find my car (in iOS 10)
~iMore
If your car has Bluetooth or CarPlay, Maps can automatically display it on a map, along with when you last turned the car off and space for notes and a photo of your garage level, if you’re the kind who forgets such things. (I am.)

You can also ask Siri “Where’s my car?” if you want a quick and precise location, and even get directions to it.

How Can I Check Installed Apple Security Updates
~MacFormat
Choose Command+”About This Mac” and click “System Report”. In the left pane, under Software, select “Installations”, then click the “Install Date” header twice to order updates with the most recent first. Security updates include Gatekeeper Configuration Data.

How Do I Restart my Mac in Safe Mode?
~MacFormat
Shut down, wait 10 seconds, then press the Power button to start up. At the startup sound, hold down the shift key until you see the Apple logo and progress bar. Check in System information that Boot Mode says ‘Safe’.

What Happens to your Music if you Cancel your Subscription to iTunes Match?
~iCreate
Before canceling your iTunes Match subscription, ensure you’ve downloaded all music stored in the cloud to your Mac. One of the biggest benefits of iTunes Match is the opportunity to convert your music to a higher bitrate of 256kbps; everything matched in the cloud is available to redownload at this bitrate. It does not automatically redownload though, which is why it’s important to download all music stored in the cloud.

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.

Mary’s X Files, October 2016

Set a Default View in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
Finder can present the contents of your Mac’s storage in four ways – Icon, List, Column and Cover Flow views. Switch between them using command+1 through to command+4. Each view offers a degree of customization: press command+J to change how the current view displays the folder you’re in, now and in future. To apply your choices to all folders, press Use as Defaults at the bottom of that window.

Combo Curative
~MacFormat
If you’re left with strange issues after an OS X update that can’t be fixed by other means, such as changing preferences, download that version’s Combo updater from Apple’s support site and install it over your current installation: you may find your problems suddenly vanish. This can also restore normal function to a Mac App Store app that refuses to offer updates. It’s not a universal cure, but worth trying when other ideas fail.

How to Back Up Your iPhone to iTunes on Your Computer
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
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, and Windows users can download iTunes here.

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.

How to Easily Unsubscribe from Email Lists in iOS 10
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
iOS 10 introduced a lot of smaller tweaks and features that make a big difference. One of my favorites is the one-step email list unsubscribe. This is especially useful if you signed up for something only to receive loads of spam emails with no obvious unsubscribe button at the bottom. This happened to me recently when signing up for a contest. I realized after the fact that I had also signed up to receive loads of emails from

all different kinds of websites promoting something. Inbox overwhelm set in. But then I saw that beautiful unsubscribe box at the top of the page. Thank you, iOS 10. Here’s how to easily unsubscribe from email lists in Mail with iOS 10 or later.

This solution for unsubscribing to email lists could not be any easier. Here’s how to do it: – Open the Mail app on iPhone or iPad.
- Open the email from the website or company you no longer want to receive emails from.
- At the top of the email, you’ll see blue text that says unsubscribe. Tap unsubscribe.
- Confirm Unsubscribe, and you’re free!

Fast Navigation in System Preferences on Mac
~MacFormat
While in a preferences pane, you don’t need to return to the full list to access another. Click and hold the toolbar’s grid button for a list of all panes, or go to the View menu (any item in which can be given a shortcut in Keyboard preferences), or press ccommand+F and type in the search field. When you’re at the top level of the app, the last method highlights relevant panes as you type.

Spring Open a Folder in Finder on a Mac
~MacFormat
When you drag items over a folder (or another tab or window in Finder), it springs open. If the delay in doing so is too long, press the Spacebar to instantly open the folder. The delay is adjustable in System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad.

Mary’s X Files, September 2016

Saving power with Face-down detection for iPhone
~iLounge Tips
If you get a lot of notifications during the day, you can actually save a bit of battery life by leaving your iPhone face down on a table or other surface. Face-down detection is a subtle feature that Apple snuck into iOS 9 last fall to save a bit of power on modern iPhones by not lighting up the screen whenever text message notifications come in — after all, the screen is one of the biggest power consumers on the iPhone, and since you can’t see the screen anyway when the iPhone is face down, what’s the point in turning it on?

To enable the feature, simply place your iPhone face down on a table when you’re not using it — notifications will still sound or vibrate, according to your settings, but the screen will remain dark unless you pick up the iPhone within a few seconds of receiving the notification. Since the feature uses the M7/M8/M9 motion coprocessors, you’ll need an iPhone 5s or later to take advantage of it, and you’ll need to make sure you haven’t disabled Fitness Tracking under Privacy, Motion & Fitness in the iOS Settings app.

Shake to undo on iPhone
~Macworld
This one can be a little awkward at times but it can be a bit of a life saver. If you’ve just typed a long sentence and accidentally deleted it, or made some other catastrophic error, you can give your iPhone a shake to bring up the undo/redo dialogue box. Just make sure you’re holding on to your iPhone tightly before you shake it!

Since implementing this feature Apple has added an undo button to the system keyboard, thankfully, but this only appears when the iPhone is in landscape mode. If you can’t be bothered to type like that, get shaking.

Mute Noisy Conversations in Messages on Mac
~MacFormat
If a conversation in Messages distracts you with a swarm of notifications at the corner of the desktop, rather than turning on the Do Not Disturb feature of Notification Centre, which mutes all notifications, open the conversation, click Details at its top-right corner, and put a check mark next to Do Not Disturb here to mute only this conversation.

Startup Key Combinations for El Capitan
~MacFormat
The most commonly useful startup key combos are: “Shift Key” to enter Safe Mode; “Option Key” to select an alternative startup disk; “D” to start a hardware diagnostics test, if available, or hold “Option Key” as well to start it over the internet; “Command Key”+r to enter OS X Recovery, or hold “Option Key” too for the online version; “Command+Option+p+r” to reset NVRAM (see bit.ly/ mf-nvram); “Command+s” or “Command+v” for single-user or verbose mode (bit.ly/mfsuverb); and “t” for target disk mode.

“Gatekeeper” Security on Mac in System Preferences
~MacFormat
This feature restricts what apps can run according to their source, to reduce the likelihood of installing malware. It offers three options in the Security & Privacy pane, under General: “Anywhere” gives total freedom, essentially turning off Gatekeeper; “Mac App Store only” lets apps from there run; and the middle item also allows apps from other places that are signed by identified developers.

Silent Updates on Mac
~MacFormat
Yosemite and El Capitan now undergo silent updates to security files, which may have odd effects. An update to the XProtect security blacklist, say, might disable an old version of Flash or Java. Updates which affect SIP can disable hardware such as network ports when your Mac is next started up. If you think a silent update has altered your Mac, check /Library/Receipts/InstallHistory. plist to see what has occurred.

Speedy Access to System Preferences on Mac
~MacFormat
Rather than clicking a pane’s icon in System Preferences, try opening the pane using Spotlight. Type the first few characters of a pane’s name and it’ll likely be the top result. Alternatively, if you keep System Preferences in the Dock, you can control+click its icon there and then select the pane you want it to show immediately upon opening from an alphabetically ordered list.

Mary’s X Files, August 2016

How to access drafts in the Mail app for iPhone and iPad
~iMore
- Launch the Mail app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

- Tap and hold the Compose button in the lower right corner. This will bring up the drafted emails. – Tap on the email draft you’d like to edit.

You can fire away the email as soon as you’re done. That’s all there is to it.

Time a Reminder in El Capitan
~MacFormat
Place the pointer over a to-do you’ve created in Reminders and click the ‘i’ that appears to the right. In the box that pops up, put a check mark next to ‘On a Day’, then click the date for a mini-calendar. Simply choose the date to be alerted about the item, or choose ‘At a Location’ and then type an address or place name to be reminded when you’re there – or set both!

Sign Documents in Mail in El Capitan
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First, you must have an image displayed in a new mail window. Next, when you roll your cursor over the image, a small downward pointing arrow will appear. Click on that arrow and then click on “Markup”. Click the Sign button in the Markup toolbar and you’ll be asked if you want to write your signature by hand, using your trackpad. The tool can also use your Mac’s camera to take a photo of your signature on paper.

How to Add Emoticons to Text Messages in iOS
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Emoticons are the little icons created from punctuation and symbol keys and are inserted into text to indicate your mood or intention. Most desktop computer programs automatically convert symbols to graphical emoticons. For example, if you type in :-) most programs will automatically convert it to a smily face. iPhone keyboards automatically have a stock of emoticons, but you can also download free emoji apps from the App Store.

First, make sure your Emoji keyboard is enabled. Open Settings. Tap General. Select Keyboard. Tap Keyboards.
If Emoji isn’t already on the list, tap it.

To add emoticons to your text messages, open Messages. Either start a new message or open a current one. Tap the text field. Tap on the globe icon on the lower left of the screen. Tap on the different menus along the bottom of the screen for lots of emoticon choices. Tap on the emoticon of your choice to insert it into the text field. Tap Send.

Use Mail Drop to Send Large Files in El Capitan
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Mail Drop lets you send large attachments between 20MB and 5GB in size, even if the recipient’s server would normally reject them. In Mail’s preferences, click Accounts, select an account, click Advanced to the right, and turn on ‘Send large attachments with Mail Drop’. Recipients not using Mail will see the attachment as a download link.

Test Time Machine Backup
~MacFormat
Never just assume that Time Machine backups are working okay. Every few weeks, enter Time Machine, browse through your backups and restore an old document and folder to check. Ensure you don’t overwrite any current work in the process.

How to Unfollow Facebook Friends
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
In the world of Facebook, unfriending someone is a big deal. And if you actually know the person, they’ll likely figure out you’ve unfriended them at some point and want to know why. Perhaps it’s not that serious and you would like to stay friends, but you don’t want to see what they post. Luckily, Facebook has the option to unfollow someone while remaining friends. Here’s how to do it.

There are two different ways to unfollow someone. Open the Facebook app. Locate a post by the person you want to unfollow. Tap the arrow next to their name.

Select Unfollow [Name]. You’ll immediately stop seeing posts by that person but continue to be friends. You can also unfollow someone by visiting their profile.

Search for the person you want to unfollow and visit their profile. Locate the Following icon. Tap it. Here you can choose Default, See First, or Unfollow. Select Unfollow.

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Return to Owner
~MacFormat
Even if you have no need for any other iCloud services, it’s worth setting up an account just to use “Find My Mac”, which lets you track your Mac when it’s online using Wi-Fi, and play a sound, lock or erase the Mac when online over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Also consider putting your contact details on the login window in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General > Set Lock Message.

Eject a Stuck Disc on a Mac
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If your Mac has an optical drive and you can’t get Finder to eject a disc from it, there are a couple of workarounds. With a USB-connected optical drive, disconnect and then reconnect it, which should reset the connection and allow Finder to eject the disc. Otherwise, restart your Mac and hold the “eject” key, the “F12” key or the mouse or trackpad button when you hear the startup sound to eject the disc.

How to See When a Text Was Sent
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
Timestamps used to appear at the top of each text message on your iPhone. However, the old timestamps haven’t disappeared; they’re just hidden now. This is nice since you don’t always need to read the timestamp; and for those occasions when you do need to know when a message was received, here’s how to uncover the hidden timestamps behind each message.

To do this, you’ll have the Messages app open to a particular message. To see the timestamp, simply tap and hold any text message, then drag it to the left from the edge of the screen. Like a shy kitten, the timestamp will slowly peek in from the side.

When you let go, the timestamp will retreat into its hiding spot once again. That’s all there is to it!

Work smarter in Finder on the Mac
~MacFormat
Check a folder’s location Turning on the path bar (View > Show Path Bar) shows the current folder’s location across the bottom of its window. Double-click a folder in the bar to jump to it, command-click to open it in a new window, or drag and drop items onto one to move them there.

Show Full address in Safari on Mac
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Presumably in an attempt to be minimal and tidy, Safari no longer by default displays a web page’s full address in the Smart Search Field. Click around apple.com, say, and the field’s contents will stay unchanged throughout your visit. If that’s unnerving or annoying, tick ‘Show full website address’ in Safari’s Advanced preferences. The field then shows addresses in full. (Even with this setting off, the full address is shown when you click in the field.)

How to Merge Duplicate Contacts
~iPhone Life Tip of the Day
It’s inevitable that you will occasionally find yourself with duplicate entries for the same contact. Fortunately, merging the information into a single entry is relatively simple. Here’s how to merge duplicate contacts.

Open your Phone app and tap “Contacts” at the bottom of the screen. Locate the duplicate contact and tap “Edit” in the upper right corner. Scroll down to the very bottom and select “Link Contacts”.
Your contacts will pop up; locate the duplicate you want to merge into a single contact and open it. Tap “Link” in the upper right corner.
If you have more duplicate entries, select “Link Contacts” and repeat.

Tap “Done” once you have linked all duplicate contacts.

To unlink contacts, simply tap the red minus sign next to the contact you wish to unlink.

Manage downloads in Safari on Mac
~MacFormat
In Safari’s General preferences, you can choose where file downloads are sent. If you don’t want them to go to your Downloads folder, select “Other” in the pop-up menu. Should you want Safari to ask where to save each one, you can specify that. There’s also a checkbox regarding opening safe files. Clear it if you don’t want your Mac to open docs, distracting you from what you’re doing.