If you've ever tried inserting a return (or technically, a line feed) in a Messages message on a Mac, you've probably not been successful, because pressing the Return key on the keyboard sends the message. (Line feeds in messages on an iPhone or iPad are easy-- just press Return, as you'd expect.) Turns out you... Continue Reading →
Notifications are great, until you're giving a presentation, watching video full-screen, or trying to focus on your work. Here's how to turn them off quickly.
Sometimes a web page doesn't load properly. In that case, you need to "reload" it. In Safari on the Mac, you can reload a web page by clicking the reload button (the curvy arrow in the address bar), as shown below. Safari reload button But did you know... 1. If you click and hold the... Continue Reading →
Normally, when you click on the battery menu you get basic information about your laptop's battery, like this: Turns out you can get more information. Press and hold the Option key, then go to the battery menu again. You get this: If the condition says "Replace soon" it's probably time for a visit to the... Continue Reading →
You may have tried pressing Delete or Backspace or even the forward delete key to delete a conversation in Messages. If you've tried, you know they don't work. What does work is to hold the Command key down while pressing Delete or Backspace (forward delete won't work). If you select a conversation (see below) and... Continue Reading →
Click the green zoom button in a Mac window and it not only gets bigger, it goes full screen-- and it's so full-screen that the menu bar's taken away. That's not what most of us expect-- especially if you're used to the way that button used to work (it zoomed, but it left the menu... Continue Reading →
-- How to delete a file without having to empty the trash -- You know that things you put into the trash aren't really gone until you empty the trash, right? Turns out that in 10.11.x (El Capitan) you can throw something way and have it be deleted immediately if you want. Just click on... Continue Reading →
If your wireless network isn't working the way it should Apple's "Wireless Diagnostics" can help. It's at the bottom of the WiFi menu… but only if you hold the Option key before you drop the menu. That is, press and hold the Option key, then click the WiFi menu, then slide down to "Open Wireless Diagnostics."... Continue Reading →
If you hold the Option key while tapping the bright/dim buttons on the keyboard, the Displays preference pane pops up. There's no quicker way to do it.
You've seen this box before. You get it every time you go to the Finder's File menu and choose "Empty Trash…" Then you click the blue Empty Trash button, and finally the Trash starts to empty. It's not a LOT of work but you can cut out a step if you hold the Option key... Continue Reading →