In the May 2022 User Group on Friday 22/5, one of the topics raised was about using the Quick Note feature that was introduced in iPadOS 15.
We had a look at this feature, the settings associated with it and then at the Tags feature that also arrived with iPadOS 15.
These new features are also available in the Notes app on the Mac, and I use them day in, day out, especially the Quick Notes feature.
In a series of videos recently featured as Video of the Day, we looked at the range of new features of macOS Monterey that were released at the end of 2021 - included these new features of Notes. (Here is the link to the Video library, where you can find the links to the videos of the topics covered.)
This week, we include the short video from the series that covers the new Notes features - as our Handy Hint for this week, for those of you with membership of our iTandCoffee Club. (Not yet a member? Learn more about the Club and join here.)
(Note that the features described in the video may be about the Mac, but they are also applicable to the iPad and iPhone. This is with the exception of the Quick Notes feature, which is only available on iPad and Mac.)
If you couldn't join our monthly User Group (held May 20th 11am-12pm), you can catch up on all the topics we talked about in the video recording that is now available in the Club area, for those of you with Plus, Online or Premium membership.
Here's the list of topics we covered in this month's user group.
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If your poor iPhone or iPad (or perhaps your Mac) has suffered an 'accident' - or has perhaps been lost, stolen or just plain won't start up - the big question most people will ask is "Can I get back my photos?".
You may be able to live without many of the files and app data from your lost/broken device, but the loss of photos that were on your iPhone or iPad can be very distressing.
If your device has gone missing or has been stolen, you might be asked to provide the device's Serial Number and/or IMEI.
If you no longer have your device, how can you retrieve this identity information? And how can you work out if you have a backup of the device that you could restore to a new device, to get those photos (and other things) back?
(Authors' note: This article was initially published several years ago - back in 2017 - and is one of the most frequently accessed articles if the iTandCoffee blog. We feature it again in May 2022, with updates included from various readers of the blog over the years.)
Do you find that your phone just doesn't ring for long enough?
This is an issue we get asked about very regularly, so I am re-publishing this article for our newer subscribers. (Not a subscriber? Subscribe here to get our great fortnightly newsletter.)
Solve this problem by extending the number of seconds that the phone rings, using a series of numbers and symbols on the phone's keypad.
Here are the instructions for each of the main Telcos:
I have previously talked about how important it is to ensure that any old photos or scanned photos are given the correct (even if only approximate) Date Taken - so that they appear in your Photos app's timeline in the relevant year month. This ensures the they are able to be easily found later.
Something I just noticed - which I think is a relatively new feature - is that you can adjust the Date Taken for several photos at once. This could make a time-consuming task a lost quicker, if you have old photos that were taken around the same time.
It is something that you always been able to do from the Mac (here's an article that talks about this), but only recently have you been able to do the same thing on iPad/iPhone.
I regularly talk to clients who are frustrated by the amount of SPAM/Junk email that they receive every day.
Many will attempt to ‘unsubscribe’ from so many of them, but find that this just seems to generate more Junk.
Unfortunately, the ‘unsubscribing’ from the junk emails may be the very thing that causes further junk.
You should only ever unsubscribe from emails that come from businesses you know are legitimate - and even then, make sure that the email is truly from that business.
Unsubscribing from unsolicited emails only serves to notify the sender that you are a legitimate email address - something they may not have known, given that they will (most likely) be working from a list received illegally. That makes you a much more attractive target for future junk and phishing/malware emails.
Instead of unsubscribing from such emails, simply mark them as Junk or move them to your Junk mailbox. By marking them as Junk, you are helping to send a message to the rest of the 'internet' that the sender is not trustworthy.
Here is a recent article on this very topic: Unsubscribing From Unwanted Email Carries Risks
6/5/2022 0 Comments
This topic comes up regularly in iTandCoffee Client appointments, so I am re-featuring this past article.
If it drives you crazy that your iPad and/or Mac rings whenever your iPhone rings, fear not - there is a very easy fix for this!
The Calls on Other Devices is a feature that allows any device (as long it is running a recent iOS version) that is signed in to your iCloud account to also make and receive phone calls. If you don't like this feature, just turn it off.
An iTandCoffee Club member was caught out by a Paypal debit that he wasn't expecting.
He had purchased some software a year ago and not realised that he had committed to an annual payment.
It can be tricky to find the place in PayPal where you can check what automatic payments are in place, and to stop any 'pre-approved' payments that you no longer wish to make.
Here are the links to a couple of places to look:
An iTandCoffee Client has questioned whether it is possible to record one or more Tags against Windows files, and then be able to search for files using these tags.
Why would you do this?
Think of the example of recipes. Perhaps you have lots of PDF files of recipes that you store on your computer. You perhaps have these recipes organised into a 'Recipes' folder and sub-folders - say, 'Entrees', 'Soups', 'Main Courses', 'Desserts', 'Sauces' folders under the man 'Recipes' folder.
But what if you want to be able to easily find all recipes (regardless of what 'Recipes' folder they live in) that are 'Gluten Free'; or all recipes that include 'chicken'; or perhaps recipes that are 'Easy' vs 'Difficult'.
This is where you could apply Tags to each recipe file - and the Windows File Explorer search can then be told to look for any files that have one or more of the tags you have applied.
Here's how to use Tags on Windows files.
While I was just writing the handy hint about how to be paid using your mobile number instead of bank account number, I had to pixelate out my own bank account details in the images that I wanted to upload to show in the article.
Here's how I did that - it's so easy to do on both the Mac and iPhone/iPad.
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