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  • Can I Access My Mac mini At Home From My MacBook Air While I Am Traveling?

    11:58am By forum
    While I am traveling, I would like to access my downloads, recents, and documents folder on my Mac Mini hard drive, and my desktop if that is possible. I am a bookkeeper and I have an external hard drive with sensitive data that I physically take with me. But…
  • Mac Lock Screen Settings

    11:00am By Gary Rosenzweig
    A new System Settings panel in macOS Ventura gives you control over when your Mac locks and what appears on the Lock Screen. It is important to review these settings and set them up to be as secure as possible for your situation.…
  • How To Modify a iCloud Drive Text File On Both Mac and iPhone?

    Mon 9:37am By forum
    I use iCloud “FILES” folder on both MBP and iPhone. In this Files folder I have a text.txt file that I can see on both MBP and iPhone The problem is I can just READ it when I’m on my phone (I cannot WRITE or modify the txt.txt file) If I make a…
  • How Can I Archive a Single Text Message Thread From My iPhone or Mac?

    Sat 2:23pm By forum
    I would like to archive/export/save one very long text message thread for safekeeping. It can be from my iphone or my mac – both have access to the same thread. Currently all of my messages are saved into iCloud but I do not trust that methodology long term.…
  • Cropping Photos on Your Mac in the Photos App

    Fri 11:00am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Learn how to use the cropping tools in the Photos app. You can crop to any part of the photo, or stick with specific aspect ratios. You can also rotate and adjust the perspective of a photo.…
  • How Do I Highlight All Matching Names In Both the Master and Absentee Lists?

    Thu 7:12pm By forum
    I have a table with a master list of names. In another table there is a list of absentees. When someone in the master list notifies us they will be absent we put their name is in the absentee list. So, the absentee list is a subset of the master list. I want…
  • How Do I Change a Default Email Address?

    Thu 6:32pm By forum
    When there is a blank space in a few different browsers in which an e-mail address is required, I get a pop-up to auto-fill with an email address that is not mine, instead of showing my email, it shows my wife’s email address. She does not have access to my…
  • Using the Terminal For a Better Mac Calculator

    Thu 11:00am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Another choice for doing calculations on your Mac is to use the Basic Calculator app inside the Terminal. It has some features that neither the Calculator app, Spotlight nor Siri have like variables, history, customization and more.…
  • Reminders Adding a Link?

    Thu 9:59am By forum
    I have a reminder set up for the 1st of every month to update my budget which is on Numbers. Does anyone know please how I can add a file link in the notes section so that I can open the file directly from within Reminders? —– John Becker
  • How To Separate 2 Data Points From One Column Counting Digits?

    Thu 8:38am By forum
    Hi, I have the entire column B, of a document that has a combined phone number and name as such: 786-555-1212angiemore@fir.com I would like to be able to extract the Phone number to column C, and the portion of the email only to column D. All Phone numbers are…
  • How Do I Open Two Documents Side By Side In the Pages App On an iPad?

    Wed 11:18am By forum
    Is there any way to open 2 Pages documents side by side on my iPad? Please note this question is about the Pages app, not about how to open two word document pages. I can find lots of similar questions online but they’ve all been answered as if the question…
  • Getting the Most From Hot Corners On Your Mac

    Wed 11:00am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Hot Corners allow you to assign functions to the four corners of your Mac's screen. Just move your mouse pointer to one of those corners to activate Mission Control, Notification Center, lock the screen and more.…
  • 10 Variations On How To Take Screenshots On a Mac

    Jan 24, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    If you take a lot of screenshots, check out these productivity tips to make your captures go to the folder you want, save to a different location each time, go straight to the clipboard, go into the Photos app, and more.…
  • How To Download iCloud Photos To My Devices?

    Jan 23, 2023, 6:42 pm By forum
    I have turned off iCloud Photos and now have 30 days to download these. However, I cannot find any way to download them to my iPad. It is more than 5000 images. There is no option to download when I go to my iCloud on my iPad. I took most of the photos with my…
  • How Should You Format An External Drive For a Mac?

    Jan 20, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    When you buy a new external drive for your Mac, it is not going to be formatted for your Mac. You should use Disk Utility to set the drive up right before using it.…
  • A New Free Mac Utility App: ClipTools

    Jan 19, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    ClipTools is a free clipboard manager and text selection utility for Mac from MacMost. With it you can access your clipboard history, save clips, use programmable Smart Clips, paste the date or time, insert example text, perform calculations and paste the…
  • Customizing Your Trackpad Settings

    Jan 18, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    If you use a Trackpad with your Mac you should check out all of the customization settings. Even if you don't change anything, there are probably gestures you aren't aware of that you could be using.…
  • 10 Things To Know About Using the Trash On Your Mac

    Jan 17, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    The normal way to delete files on your Mac is to use the Trash or Bin folder. There are several shortcuts and advanced techniques that you should know about.…
  • How Do I “Clean Up By ” for All the Existing and New Folders?

    Jan 13, 2023, 10:54 pm By forum
    Hi Gary, Every time I create a new folder in the Finder and add files there, by default the contents are “unorganized” (when the view option is set to “as Icons”). I need to right-click and use either “Sort by” or “Clean up by” functions to…
  • How Do I Combine Text and Numbers, and Then Make the Numbers Incremental?

    Jan 13, 2023, 7:46 pm By forum
    Hi Gary, BACKGROUND: Am working on a Numbers document where I have to combine ‘Text’ and ‘incremental Numbers’ for 1,000 entries. EXPECTED OUTPUT: Row 1, Column 1 – GNK (text) Row 1, Column 2 – Science (text) Row 1, Column 3 – GNK-0001-Science…
  • How To Customize the Clock in Your Mac Menu Bar

    Jan 13, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Your Mac shows the date and time at the top right. You can customize this to only show the time and whether to include things like AM/PM, seconds, and the day of the week. This is more than just a display as it acts as a button for Notifications Center and Do…
  • Using Lists in Contacts on Mac, iPhone and iPad

    Jan 12, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Lists replace Groups in the Contacts app and since you can now manage them on the iPhone and iPad they are much more useful.…
  • 10 Things You Should Know About Naming Files on a Mac

    Jan 11, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    How long can Mac filenames be? What characters can you use and which should you avoid? What about if you want to use the files on other systems too? How can you get numbered or dated files to sort properly?…
  • Do You Recommend Using Time Machine On One Volume Of a Large Partitioned Drive?

    Jan 11, 2023, 8:18 am By forum
    I have a Lacie 4TB external spinning drive which is portable and does not require a separate power source. This is normally connected to my M1 Mac Mini via a USB 3 cable but I do have the option of using one of the Thunderbolt ports. After buying this a few…
  • 10 Tips for Using Split View on a Mac

    Jan 10, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Split View is a simple useful multitasking tool that lets you work with exactly two windows at the same time. Here are some tips to get the most out of Split View.…
  • How Can I Secure Files On an iPad Used Solely As a Photo Album?

    Jan 9, 2023, 2:28 pm By forum
    I have recently demoted an older iPad for use as a digital photo album. It’s running iPadOS 16.2, and I am using the mac Photos app for storing, cataloging and displaying the photos. I am using the iCloud photos function to keep the library up to date on all…
  • How Do I Display File Extension On the iPad?

    Jan 6, 2023, 3:46 pm By forum
    I want to be able to distinguish between different types of files. —– JC
  • Set Your Mac Wallpaper To Change Automatically

    Jan 6, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    If you want your Mac's Desktop background wallpaper to automatically change every hour or day, you can do it in System Settings, Wallpaper. However with the new look of System Settings in macOS Ventura, it can be hard to find the controls if you are used to…
  • Should You Use Microsoft Office or Apple Apps on Your Mac?

    Jan 5, 2023, 11:00 am By Gary Rosenzweig
    Do you need to purchase and use Microsoft Office? Free Apple apps like Pages and Numbers are good alternatives to Word and Excel. But some people may still be better off buying Microsoft Office and having both sets of apps available.…
  • How Do I Get the Best Set Up To Use an M1 Mac Mini for FaceTime Calls?

    Jan 4, 2023, 1:28 pm By forum
    I assume that if I bought a display mount, I could use my iPhone 14 Pro via Continuity Camera. What is worrying me is the question of sound quality. As the Mac Mini does not appear to have its own microphone, is the one in my iPhone any good for this kind of…