Apple’s latest MacBook Pro refresh has its fair share of detractors, and for good reason—changes like the omission of traditional USB ports, incompatibility with Apple’s own Lightning-only headphones, and the removal of the magnetic MagSafe connector have rankled longtime users, despite Apple executive Phil Schiller…
Your Mac is running a little slow these days. It takes forever to boot up. You have to delete something just to download that file attachment from Carla in accounting. Any time you stream a video it seems to lock up for a few seconds. Let’s fix all that.
If you connect a Mac to an external monitor using HDMI or DisplayPort, you’ll often lose the volume controls on your keyboard. Depending on how you use your Mac, this can be kind of annoying. Here’s a weird workaround.
We’ve seen a few different tools for Windows-esque window management on Mac over the years, but none of those ever fit well with my workflow. Magnet is an app that’s been around for a while, but a few recent updates have finally made it the app I need.
If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.
Whether you’re backing up your Mac with Time Machine or another service, it can be an incredibly time-consuming process. Over at How-To Geek, they walk through a number of the folders you can probably skip if you need to get that backup done quickly.
If you tend to set up a new Mac the exact same way as your old Mac, you know how tedious it can be to go and download files, tweak settings, and mess around with various preference panes. Blogger Jacob Salmela shows of a way to use Dropbox to save all those settings.
Spotlight is a great way to search for just about anything on your Mac, but it’s usually a couple more clicks to get to the Get Info panel if you need it. OS X Daily points out you can get there quickly with a keyboard shortcut.
If you’re a Hackintosh user, you know the About This Mac window on your Mac often contains errors about what hardware you have installed. Over on iDownloadBlog, they show you how to manually edit the details to include whatever you want.
If you tend to run the same Terminal command pretty often, then it makes sense to do one of two things: create a text expander snippet or turn it into a keyboard shortcut. How-To Geek shows you how to do the latter using Apple’s built-in Automator tool.
If you’ve recently switched over to macOS from Windows or you just miss the old Start menu, How-To Geek shows you how to add a similar feature to the Mac Dock.
If you have a ton of Finder windows open, management becomes a chore. How-To Geek points out there’s an option that’ll reorganize all those windows into one tabbed window for easier management.
Picture-in-picture is one of the best new features in macOS Sierra, but when you try to move the video around your screen it automatically snaps to the closest corner. OS X Daily points out you can move it where you want by holding down the Command key.
Apple is well known for its overbearing rules and regulations about what can be sold in its stores. However, as How-To Geek reminds us, that doesn’t mean either of Apple’s app stores aren’t filled with garbage. The Mac App Store is no exception.
Preview is one of the best parts of macOS. It’s an image viewer, lightweight PDF editor, and more. Six Colors reminds us that it’s also probably the simplest way to quickly batch resize a bunch of images.
If you haven’t updated to macOS Sierra, you’re probably pretty annoyed by the giant banner that appears in the updates tab in the App Store. Thankfully, OS X Daily points out that you can get rid of it.
Siri’s on the Mac now, but exactly why you’d use it is still a mystery for some people. How-To Geek points out that one handy thing you can do with it is easily pull up images, then drag and drop the results.
Apple Mail isn’t exactly the greatest email app out there, but it’s serviceable and gets the job done for most people. That said, one common problem is slowness, which App Factor suggests fixing by cleaning up the mail database now and again.
If you own a MacBook, you’re likely well aware of how scrolling and right-clicking work on the trackpad, but you may not know how to invoke Quick Look, Notification Center, or Exposè. Whether you’re new to macOS or you just never bothered to learn them, these gestures can make your life a little simpler.
If you’re coming over to macOS from Windows, or you just plain prefer how Windows sorts files with the folders on top and files below, then How-To Geek points to a little setting that allows you to change how files are sorted.