If you can't sign into web pages using Safari it might be because your cookie preferences are set incorrectly. Some website sign-in pages won't work unless cookies are enabled, so go to Safari/Preferences..., click on the Privacy button, and make sure you are NOT blocking all cookies. (People tend to think that turning cookies off... Continue Reading →
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. They do not save your email address (and you could use a phony one anyway-- if your real email... Continue Reading →
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. Now all you have to do is hold the Control key down while doing whatever it is you do to scroll... Continue Reading →
If you don't want the Photos app to launch every time you connect your iPhone all you have to do is uncheck one little box in the Photos app. Note that this setting is per device-- you can uncheck the box for one device and leave it checked for another.
It's very handy to have some shortcuts in the left-hand pane (the "sidebar") of your Finder windows. In the screenshot below you can see I have shortcuts, in the sidebar, for a bunch of folders. One click on a folder in the sidebar and it opens in the main window pane to the right, even... Continue Reading →
You can add and remove columns from the Finder's List View windows very easily. Just open up a window and then go to View/Show View Options. (My friend Dave likes the keyboard shortcut ⌘-J.) There you'll find all sorts of options, including checkboxes for showing and hiding various columns. The changes you make in the View... Continue Reading →
You've seen the Share button (square with an up-pointing arrow) before. It's the one that lets you share a web page from Safari, or a vCard from Contacts, or a file from the Finder. "Sharing" can mean a variety of things (email it, post it to Facebook or Twitter, add it to Photos, send it via Messages,... Continue Reading →
Your Mac has a name. It shows up on other computers when they are on the same network as your, and it shows up various places on your own machine. It's nice if the name is something other than "Macintosh (3)" so here's how you make the name be anything you want. Just go to the... Continue Reading →
In Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite), the options for software updates are in System Preferences/App Store. In Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), the options for software updates are in System Preferences/Software Update. Either way, that might not be where you'd expect to find them. And the settings are worth looking at. See below.
Ah, the Mac's red, yellow, and green buttons: red for "close," yellow for "minimize," and green for "maximize" (sort of). You kind of get used to seeing them in that same red-yellow-green order. Until one day they're all gray, like this: Yuck. This is not nearly as good as red-yellow-green. If your Mac's buttons are... Continue Reading →