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Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac

Published Friday, February 21, 2020

Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts on the Mac

Power users like keyboard shortcuts because it’s faster to press a couple of keys than to navigate lengthy menus. If you have trouble remembering shortcuts, check out KeyCue, which displays a concise table of all currently available shortcuts. But what about menu items that lack shortcuts?

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Did You Know You Can Save and Share Voicemail Files from Your iPhone?

Published Friday, February 14, 2020

For many of us, voicemail replaced answering machines, so we don't think of voicemail messages as being something we can save or share. But on the iPhone, every voicemail message is just an audio file.

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Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

Published Friday, February 7, 2020

Migrate to a New Mac Right Away, Rather Than Waiting

The next time you buy and set up a new Mac, make sure to migrate data and apps from your previous Mac to it right away during the initial setup. It can be tempting to see what it’s like to use it fresh from the factory or to delay migrating because doing so would force a macOS upgrade, but waiting is a mistake.

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Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

Published Friday, January 31, 2020

If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver because it’s too much work to enter repeatedly, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password; in Catalina, the Apple Watch can also enter your password when prompted by apps. 

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AirDrop Reception Not Working? Here’s the Likely Fix

Published Friday, January 24, 2020

AirDrop has become a fast and reliable way to transfer data from one iPhone to another that’s nearby. 

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Did You Know You Can Drag the Scroll Bar in iOS 13?

Published Friday, December 27, 2019

In previous versions of iOS, a scroll bar would appear on the right edge of the screen while you were swiping through a long Web page, email message, or document. But the scroller was merely an indicator of where in the page you were and how much content there was (the bigger the scroller, the less content). 

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The iPhone 11 Camera App’s Shutter Button Works Differently—Here’s How

Published Friday, December 20, 2019

With the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple changed the way the Camera app’s shutter button works in ways that could cause confusion. Tapping it once still takes a single still photo, but if you press and hold on the shutter button, it now captures a quick video.

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Need to Import Photos from a non-iPhone or Want to Keep Images out of Photos?

Published Friday, December 13, 2019

Most Mac users rely on iPhones and iPads to take photos and store them in the Photos app, which happens automatically for those who use Apple’s iCloud Photos syncing service. But what if you want to import photos from a device other than an iPhone or iPad—say a Samsung smartphone running Android—and what if you don’t want those images in Photos? 

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