So often when I am working on my Mac, I quickly need to view my desktop - usually to find a file that I have saved there temporarily, or a screenshot that I just took.
I would write a handy hint on this one, but found a really good article this week that says it all - offering four different ways that you can quickly get to your desktop. Here's the link to this article.
Just yesterday I was working on an email that had different formatting in different places (due to some copying and pasting I was doing).
But I wanted it to have the same formatting throughout. So how could I copy the formatting from one area of text to another?
Find out how this can be easily achieved on your Mac in this hand hint for iTandCoffee Club members. (If you are not yet a member, find out more about the iTandCoffee Club here »)
If you see the login screen after clicking the above link, but do not yet have an iTandCoffee Club login, find out how you can Join The Club here for all sorts of great tips like this.
Why not come along to an iTandCoffee Class to learn about your Mac
iTandCoffee regularly runs the Getting to Know your Mac series of classes - focused on those who are new to (or relatively new to) the Mac computer, and those who want do more than just the very basics with their Mac.
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Many Mac users that we see at iTandCoffee have a Dock that is full of apps that they don't use.
The Dock is supposed to just show your 'favourite' apps - those that you will be using on a regular basis.
It is easy to customise your Dock to include the apps that you want to see, and exclude those that you don't.
Excluded Apps are not removed from your Dock. They are still accessible from your Launchpad (or from the Applications folder in Finder).
Here's a quick video showing how easy it is to put new apps in your Mac Dock, and how to take out any that you don't want to keep there.
Learn more about your Mac at home
iTandCoffee has a great set of user guides that will help you to get to know, and to get more from your Mac. They are available as PDF downloads, or in hardcopy. Find out more about these guides here »
Also available on the iTandCoffee website are videos of out 'Getting to know your Mac' classes and the 'Photos on the Mac' classes - for those who want to learn more about their Mac, but can't get to us in Glen Iris (or prefer to learn from home). Find out more about these videos here »
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iTandCoffee client Frances O is currently co-writing a book, and was wanting to display two Word documents side-by-side, so that she could review editor comments against her own version of the document.
She contacted iTandCoffee to find out how to do this.
For Mac users like Frances who want to learn more about how to manage app windows on a Mac - how to re-position them, how to resize, close, minimise, split the screen and more - we have included a new Mac Handy Hint in the Clubhouse area, for iTandCoffee Club members.
This week, we have included a section from one of our user guides, providing lots of great tips about using the Mail app on the Mac.
This set of tips is for members the iTandCoffee Club - below is what we cover. (Not a member? Find out more about The Club here.)
We also have a long list of other tips that we have published about Mail. Here are just some.
When you want to sent a hyperlink to a web page as part of an email, it is nice to be able to put some text like "Click here to view the article" instead of what might be a very long-winded URL (i.e. the address of the web page).
Let me explain what mean. As an example, I have an link to a web page that has an interesting article about Women in Technology, and I want to send this article to a friend.
I could just copy and paste the following link into the email.
Alternatively, I can type the "Here is a good article about women in technology" and add a link behind the text so that it looks like this
Here is how to add the link to text in the email.
A visitor to iTandCoffee last week had been finding herself very frustrated in using the Photos App on her MacBook.
In particular, when making a Photo Book, she had been struggling with scrolling up and down through her photos, and through various other 'lists'.
She was using the 'scroll bar' to scroll - dragging the bar up and down, but finding it frustrating that this bar constantly disappeared or was not visible at all.
She was THRILLED to find out that there is a MUCH easier way to scroll up and down on her MacBook.
Simply slide TWO FINGERS up and down on the trackpad to scroll. See the video below which demonstrates this gesture.
The Dock is the line of apps at the bottom of your Mac's home screen. It is intended to include the Apps that you use most frequently – and just one click on an app in the dock will open it.
By default, the Dock appears across the bottom of the screen – but you have control over where it appears – it can appear at the left or right side as well.
Whenever an app is currently running, it will appear in the Dock. Whether it stays in the Dock or not when you 'Quit' that app is up to you.
Find how to make Apps appear in the Dock, or disappear from the Dock in this week's iTandCoffee Club Handy Hint for Mac users. (Note yet a member? Find out about The iTandCoffee Club here ›)
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9/1/2017 0 Comments
Over the holiday break, I finally took some time to attempt to tidy up my Photos library, which is currently sitting at around 28,000 videos and photos.
When doing a clean out, the first area I look at is my Videos album - and get rid of anything that I don't need to keep.
But another area that can contain a large amount of wasted storage is the Bursts album - showing the sets of photos that were taken on your iPad or iPhone by holding down (instead of tapping) the white button in the Camera app.
By simply clearing out all the additional photos hidden by these bursts, I managed to claw back about 1GB of storage!
If you are not sure how to sort out all these hidden space wasters in Bursts, check out these members-only Handy Hints for iTandCoffee Club members:
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After update to MacOS Sierra on my iMac, I was really disappointed to find that my very long list of text replacements (or typing shortcuts) that I have built up over many years had DISAPPEARED!
I do so love my text replacements, which normally sync across all my devices via iCloud.
For example, when I type litc, firstname.lastname@example.org replaces this code - saving a lot of typing!
It seemed that nothing I did would bring back my list of replacements in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Text.
I tried turning off iCloud Drive and turning it back on. I tried the same on my iPhone. But nothing brought them back to my iMac.
The only way I could get back my list was to export them from my Macbook Air (by selected all in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Text and dragging this list to my desktop. This created a file that I could then transfer to my Mac, and the 'drag in' to the same preferences area on my iMac.
Lo and behold, my text replacements were back!
Here is an article that covers this problem and solution - for anyone who wants to read more.
If I only had a single Mac, I would have created a new User account on that Mac, sign in to my iCloud and only turn on iCloud Drive, to sync the iCloud text replacements to that new user account.
Hopefully that would have allowed me to export the text replacements in the same way as described above - saving the exported file the 'Shared' area that I could then access from my main user account. I hope that makes sense! Let me know if that works for you!
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