How to use the Mac’s Calculator from the Keyboard

It’s MUCH faster to operate the calculator from the keyboard than by clicking on it with the mouse. If you have a keyboard with a numeric keypad it’s super-quick to enter numbers, but you can use the number keys in the top row of your keyboard too.

Plus and Minus are easy to find on the keyboard, but Multiply and Divide are a little harder. Programmer-types will know that the asterisk (*) is used to multiply, and the slash (/) is used to divide. Now you know too.

Find the Calculator in the Applications folder, or use the Launch Pad. Click for more information on the Calculator.

How to copy an image from a web page

Ever go to a web page (try this one) and wish you could copy one of the pictures, and send it to someone by email or text? It’s easy as pie.

  1. Hold the Control key down
  2. Click on the picture you want
  3. Choose “Copy Image” from the menu.
  4. Let go of the Control key and go to your email program and paste the image you copied.

Happy 4th of July, by the way.

How to Open winmail.dat Files on a Mac

Sometimes you get an email with an attachment called “winmail.dat.” You’re never able to open it– unless you use Josh Jacobs’ excellent “TNEF’s Enough” program. It’s available on the Mac App Store for free via this link.

Easiest way to use it: put TNEF’s Enough into your Dock, then drag winmail.dat files from your email program to the TNEF’s Enough icon. The rest you’ll figure out.

TNEF’s Enough allows Macs to read and extract files from Microsoft TNEF stream files. The files are usually received by SMTP based e-mail programs from Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Outlook users. The SMTP based e-mail program will usually receive either a MIME attachment named “winmail.dat” or a MIME attachment with the type “application/ms-tnef.”

The file is a rich text (or MAPI) message that is sent from Outlook to Exchange. When Exchange sends the message to an outside server it writes the MAPI message as a MIME attachment. The unfortunate side effect of this plan is if the Outlook user has someone in their address book as a person who can receive “Rich Text” then the user will receive the TNEF file whether the user uses Outlook or not.

The app is free, but you can donate to the developer if you’d like to, and considering how much trouble TNEF’s Enough saves us, I think we all should do it. See this web page for more information.

Clean Out Mac Malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

If your Mac is behaving strangely when you use Safari, Firefox, or Chrome, it may be infected with “malware.” Malware is bad stuff and it usually gets installed without you noticing, until your Mac slows down and acts weird. You have to get rid of it. Download and install and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, for free, and if it finds something, let Malwarebytes delete it. 100%, no question about it.

Activate 1Password from the Keyboard

1Password is the best password manager for the Mac. (It synchronizes with the iPhone and iPad too, so your passwords are always up to date.) Most people access their passwords by clicking the 1Password button on the toolbar in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome, but that’s the slow way to go.

The fast way: Command-\.


This pops open the 1Password “Unlock” box if 1Password is locked, and after you enter your master password and hit Return, 1Password automatically pops in the username and password you need for the website you’re on.
1Password Unlock dialog box
1Password Unlock dialog box

If 1Password is already unlocked, Command-\ fills in the username and password without you doing anything more.

Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

Not using 1Password yet? Read this article for more information.

How to find your email server settings

You need to know your incoming and outgoing mail server settings when you’re setting up an email program. Apple provides a look-up website that will tell you what the settings are for your particular email address.

Mail Settings Lookup web page on
Mail Settings Lookup web page on–

They do not save your email address (and you could use a phony one anyway– if your real email address is “” you could enter “” and get the same server settings. Obviously you would use your own username when setting up your mail program).

Here’s what you get if you put in

Mail Settings Lookup server settings for
Mail Settings Lookup server settings for

Note: newer versions of Apple’s Mac Mail program use the same information so when you’re setting up Mail, it often can figure out the settings for you. Apple’s mail settings lookup page is especially useful when setting up some other program.

How to show the Emoji and Symbols Palette

You want to type things like this…

Smiley Emoji
Smiley Emoji

… but you don’t know how to do it. Until now!

Since Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks) there’s been an Emoji & Symbols menu item at the bottom of the Edit menu in many Mac programs. Choose that and you get this:

Emoji & Symbols palette
Emoji & Symbols palette

Choose a category on the left, and then choose a symbol/picture on the right. Double-click the picture to insert it into your document (Mail, Pages document, Messages).

BONUS: keyboard shortcut is Control-Command-Spacebar.

Your Mac has a Dictionary

Macs come with a Dictionary app. It’s very handy. Find it in the Applications folder.

When you launch it, you get this (you will, that is, if you type “sleep” into the search box):

Dictionary, in use

EVERY word in the Dictionary is clickable! I mean “every”– and that includes words in the definitions! So try clicking. Also, try the thesaurus and the Apple and Wikipedia sections.

Enable Zooming on your Mac

You can zoom in and out on your Mac, making tiny type easy to read. Turning the feature on is a two-stepper:

1. Apple Menu/System Preferences/Accessibility
2. Click on Zoom, then check the box.

Turning on Zooming in the Accessibility Preference Pane

Now all you have to do is hold the Control key down while doing whatever it is you do to scroll (probably two fingers on the trackpad, or a swiping gesture on the mouse). You’ll turn this

Small text from a website
Text from a website, a little too small

into this.
Zoomed in text.
Same text, zoomed in.

Bigger is better.

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