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Personalize Your Mac with Custom Document Icons

Published Friday, September 6, 2019
Do you have a document that you open regularly, perhaps from your Desktop? If you’d like to make it stand out from other documents, why not give it a custom icon? This was common practice on the Mac back in the day, and it’s still possible in modern versions of macOS.
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Annoyed by Your Holiday Music Playing out of Season? Stop It with This Tip

Published Friday, August 23, 2019
“Winter Wonderland” may be a great song to listen to when the snow flies, but if you’re sweltering in summer heat, having it pop up while iTunes is shuffling through your music feels wrong. Happily, there’s a way to prevent holiday music from playing out of season—this trick is also useful for keeping children’s songs from shuffling alongside tracks from Abba, Beethoven, and The Clash. more»

Use AirPods to Improve Your Hearing

Published Friday, August 16, 2019
An ever-increasing number of people have hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise and age. If you’re in that group, but don’t yet need hearing aids, try using your AirPods to help you hear better in certain situations. iOS’s Live Listen feature uses your iPhone’s mic to pick up specific sounds and then sends that audio directly to your AirPods, helping you focus on what you want to hear. more»

Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Hereís How

Published Friday, August 9, 2019

Need to Restart a Mac That Has Frozen? Here’s How

It’s extremely uncommon for a Mac to freeze or crash these days, but it can happen. What should you do if your Mac locks up and becomes completely unresponsive to the mouse and keyboard? more»

The Secret Trick That Lets You Paste Phone Numbers into the Phone App

Published Friday, August 2, 2019
Most iOS apps and many Web sites make phone numbers “hot” so you can tap them to call. But it’s not uncommon to run across a number that’s formatted oddly or broken across a line of text such that it can’t be recognized. Just because iOS can’t recognize it doesn’t mean you have to memorize the number temporarily or flip back and forth to the Phone app to type it in it. Here’s a workaround. more»

Hereís How to See Full URLs in Safariís Smart Search Field

Published Friday, July 26, 2019
By default, Safari on the Mac hides full Web addresses—technically known as URLs—from you, showing just the site name in the Smart Search field at the top of the window. If you click in the field or press Command-L, the full URL appears, which is good for checking that you’re really where you think you should be and not on some dodgy site. more»

Never Send Someone a Password in Mail or Messages: Do This Instead!

Published Friday, July 19, 2019
One of the big no-nos with passwords is sending them to other people as plain text in email or a text message conversation. You presumably trust your recipient with the password, but what if their email was hacked or phone stolen? more»

Use macOSís Guest Account to Protect Your Privacy from Temporary Users

Published Friday, July 12, 2019
We’ve all had it happen. “Can I use your Mac for a minute to check my email?” The answer can be “Yes,” but to keep people from poking around on your Mac, have your visitor log in as Guest. more»