Want to Use Your Friendsí Nicknames in iOS? Hereís How

Published Friday, September 20, 2019
If you have a friend whom you refer to only by his nickname, it can be annoying to feel like you should use his proper first name when adding him to Contacts. Worse, then he shows up in Messages with a name you don’t recognize as easily. Here’s how to convince iOS to use his nickname instead.

Two Secret Key Combos for Forward Delete on the Magic and MacBook Keyboards

Published Friday, September 13, 2019
Traditionally, extended keyboards come with a Forward Delete key that, when you press it, deletes characters to the rightof the insertion point, unlike the main Delete key, which deletes to the leftof the insertion point. Forward Delete still exists on Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, but it’s missing from the Magic Keyboard and all Mac laptop keyboards.

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.

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»