View in HD at . If you like to switch between light and dark mode frequently, you can create a keyboard shortcut or Dock icon to do it with one fast action. By using a very simple workflow in Automator, with no scripting required, you can create either a Quick Action or a application for your Dock. The Quick Action can then be assigned to a keyboard shortcut.
View in HD at . Often those in technical or linguistic professions need to enter specific Unicode characters while typing. You can type characters using their specific 4- or 8-digit codes by using a special keyboard built into your Mac. For other users, it is often easier to search using the character viewer or create shortcuts for commonly-used symbols.
View in HD at . There are some changes to the Photos app in Catalina, most notably how you browse your photos. Gone are the confusing Years, Collections and Moments views, replaced by the more understandable Years, Months and Days views. You can also see square thumbnails in the All Photos view, plus a few other improvements.
View in HD at . A new feature in macOS Catalina is the ability to track and restrict your app usage. You can use Screen Time for yourself, to attempt to limit your use, or as parent controls on a standard account on your Mac. You can also limit individual websites.
View in HD at . The Notes app gets a bunch of new features with Catalina, bringing it up-to-speed with Notes in iOS 13. You can do a lot more with Checklists now, share folders of Notes, and view your notes in a gallery. You can also search your Notes for objects in photos and words in scanned documents.
View in HD at . Improved security is a big new feature of macOS Catalina. Some features, like a read-only system volume, extra checks by Gatekeeper and the deprecation of kernal extensions will barely even be visible to the typical Mac user. Other features like new permission settings for apps and websites and Sign In With Apple will give us new security techniques that we can practice.
View in HD at . The iTunes app is gone. So how do you sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod? If you are still using a cable or Wi-Fi to sync your devices and not iCloud, you can still do it in macOS Catalina. That functionality has simply mostly moved to the Finder. You can sync music, movies, photos, books and other things this way. Ringtones is tricky, but you can still put custom ringtones on your iPhone. Even older iPods are supported by Catalina.
View in HD at . The new Reminders app adds a lot of new useful features. You can now set an icon and color for each list, place lists inside of folder, and view all of your lists in one long screen. You can also see which reminders items from all lists are due today or in the upcoming days. When creating a new reminder, you can easily add a due date, location, photo or URL.
View in HD at . While major new changes get all of the attention, here are 10 minor things that you may not have heard about, but could become your favorite new features in macOS Catalina. You can put Dark Mode on automatic, block email senders, use picture-in-picture with QuickTime Player, tint the color of your screen, and much more.
View in HD at . A new feature in iOS 13 and iPadOS is the ability to have Shortcuts trigger automatically, at a certain time of day, when you launch an app, change a setting or move to a new location. You can use this to make Shortcuts much more useful. Take a look at two quick examples. The first simply forces the Calendar to jump to the current day every time you open it. The second will display a special Reminders list when you turn on Do Not Disturb, but only if there is at least one item in...more
View in HD at . When you buy a new Apple device, you can also purchase an extended warranty called AppleCare+. This not only covers the Mac, iPhone, iPad or other device for an extra year or two, but also adds accident protection and other benefits. With AppleCare+ you can replace a broken screen or other accident damage for a fee much less than the cost of an actual repair. You can also get additional theft or loss protection for iPhones. But is AppleCare+ worth the price?
View in HD at . With iOS 13 and iPadOS you can now swipe-type using the default standard keyboard. Apple calls it QuickPath and it can significantly speed up your typing on the tiny iPhone touch screen. You can also use it on the iPad, but you have to switch to the floating keyboard first.
View in HD at . A new release of Pages, version 8.2, includes a much-requested feature where you can set the default font for basic templates. This allows you to continue to use the Blank template in Pages, but with a font face and size set in preferences. The Body style will match your font and size, and other styles will use the font and a size of the appropriate scale to Body. Another new feature is a new View, Go To menu which is also in Keynote as Slide, Go To.
View in HD at . The new Markup tools in iPadOS look and work better than ever. You can use them to add lines, arrows, highlights, shapes, text and other things to your PDFs, images, screenshots and more. Learn how to access and use the new tools.
View in HD at . A new feature of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is the ability to take better photos at night and in low light using a combination of techniques. Multiple cameras and used and many images are taken over a period of time, and then pieced together to create a brighter image with much more detail than can be done with a regular photo. Moving objects are handled without trails or streaking.
View in HD at . The new version of Safari in iPadOS (iOS 13) is now a desktop browser rather than a mobile browser. This means sites should look and work like they do on a Mac, not an iPhone. With this comes new features such as a download manager, zoom buttons, per-site settings, and one new feature that even Safari for Mac is missing.
View in HD at . A new feature of iPadOS is the ability to control your iPad using a Bluetooth mouse. You can add a mouse as an assistive touch device in the accessibility settings and then you get a round cursor on the screen that you can mose with the mouse. You can click to simulate a tap at that location. You also get a menu that you can bring up to access things like Home and volume. There are a variety of ways to customize this feature.
View in HD at . iPadOS (AKA iOS 13) brings a ton of new features to your iPad and makes it behave more like a Mac. You can now switch between multiple slideover windows and have windows from the same app in a slideover. You can select, copy, paste and undo more easily when typing text. The Home screen can include both app icons and the Today widgets at the same time. You can swipe-type in a floating single-finger keyboard, add fonts, and use a column view and other new functions in the Files app...more
View in HD at . A little-mentioned feature of iOS 13 and iPadOS is the ability to apply the same effects to videos as you can to photos. You can easily adjust light, colors, cropping, rotation and apply filters to entire videos, right in the Camera and Photos apps.
View in HD at . Whether you just got a new iPhone 11, or you updated your old iPhone to iOS 13, you should take a look at these 10 new features. Several are settings you should turn on, such as low data mode for cellular, silence unknown callers and one that removes old Safari tabs automatically. You can also use video filters, swipe typing, new text gestures, Dark Mode and more.
View in HD at . Apple Arcade is the new subscription service where you can download and play a collection of games on your iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Mac. The service has a wide variety of games, from arcade to puzzle to strategy and more. Learn about the basics of the service and take a look at four games available today: Sayonara Wild Hearts, Mini Motorways, Sneaky Sasquatch and Red Reign. You can play using the touch screen on your device, keyboard on your Mac or a game controller on any devi...more
View in HD at . Quick Actions allow you to do thing with files in the Finder by just clicking on a single button. You can use some preset Quick Actions or build your own in Automator. In this video, we'll look at two examples. The first will create a backup archive of a file. The second will speak the contents of a text file.
View in HD at . When you save or open a file in an app on the Mac, you get a dialog box with several buttons. You can use keyboard shortcuts inside that dialog to cancel, perform the default action, and do other things. You can choose a location using the keyboard, either with a single shortcut or by specifying a path. You can also navigate to any of the buttons using the tab key and spacebar.
View in HD at . You can create multi-column documents in Pages in either word processing or page layout mode. Using multiple columns in word processing is just a matter of a single setting, but you can adjust the columns as you wish. You can even have sections that use different numbers of columns. Page layout documents use individual text boxes that can be linked to form versatile columns. There are many reasons to use columns, such as to create a newspaper-style layout, wrap text around images...more
View in HD at . Experienced Mac users know how to unleash the power of macOS and apps by using a variety of basic techniques. Learn how to master a new app by exploring the menu. Interact with objects using context menus. Customize your toolbars to reveal hidden buttons.
View in HD at . If you need to encrypt some files so the only way to acess them would be with a password, you can use one of two methods. By using Disk Utility you can create read/write disk images that can be opened on any Mac. But if you need to send some files to another person, you may want to instead use the Terminal to create an encrypted ZIP achive that will work on Windows as well.
View in HD at . Apple announced new iPhone models today, plus a new Apple Watch, iPad and release dates for the upcoming Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade services. The new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max bring new cameras, new video capabilities, a new A13 processor, and new colors. The new Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display and new finishes. The new 7th generation iPad has a 10.2-inch display. The Apple Arcade service launches next week for $4.99/month. Apple TV+ launches on...more
View in HD at . Over the course of the last 12 years, I've given a lot of advice to Mac users. Take a look at some of the best advice that still holds up after all these years. Do you shut down your Mac or sleep? Should you get anto-virus software? Should you stress about batteries or rumors or new Macs? Do you need a cleaning app?
View in HD at . You can now log on to your Apple Music account in a web browser, access your music library and playlists and play your music. This gives you another way to access Apple Music and is handy if you are using a non-Apple computer or have to be logged in to a work or school Apple ID.
View in HD at . If you are unhappy with an App Store purchase on your Mac, iPhone or iPad, you can request a refund from Apple. You can do so through the iTunes or Music app on your Mac, or through the Settings app on iOS. This works for music, video and books as well. You eventually end up at a special Apple site where you can request the refund. You can skip directly to this site if you know how. Apple doesn't always issue a refund and it helps to use this sparingly. You can also cancel s...more
View in HD at . Learn some quick and simple tricks you can use to enhance your next iMovie video project. You can adjust iMovie's backgrounds to make them unique or bring in your own. Add audio narration and adjust the fade in and out of any audio. Use cropping to zoom in and special effects like freeze frame and instant replay.
View in HD at . Your iPhone has some great features that can increase your safety. Three of them need to be set up in advance to be useful, and two of them you need to learn how to use before you need them. Learn about the Emergency SOS feature, Medical ID, two ways to share your location with trusted friends and how to drive safely without seeming unresponsive to people trying to get in touch with you.
View in HD at . The INDIRECT function allows you to look up the value of a cell based on a cell reference. So you can take stings like C2 and find the value of the cell C2. This allows you to construct cells references from other values to create powerful lookups that refer to cells in other tables or even sheets.
View in HD at . Apple will be holding a special event at its headquarters on September 10. They are expected to announce new iPhones, Apple Watches and perhaps some new iPads as well. We'll also hear about the official release dates for iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. Take a look at what the rumors and speculation predict.
View in HD at . A lot of Mac and iOS users don't know that you can search for objects in your photos even if you have never added titles or keywords to your Photos Library. The app will indentify various types of items and scenery in photos. You can combine these category searches with locations and other search terms.
View in HD at . Sidecar is a new feature that we will get when macOS Catalina and iOS 13 are released that lets you use your iPad as a second screen with your Mac. In addition to a basic screen, you also get some sidebar buttons and the Touch Bar along the bottom. You can use the Apple Pencil on the iPad's screen as a substitute for a mouse or trackpad, or to draw with precision into graphics apps.
View in HD at . The default text transitions in Keynote can be boring and look too familiar to those that see a lot of presentations. You can use some of the options and other creative features of Keynote to make your text transitions unique and interesting.
View in HD at . If you need to capture an entire web page as an image, it can be difficult to do so because macOS screenshots don't allow you to capture all of the contents of a scolling window. However, you can use many different techniques to get the entire contents of a web page. Safari has a hidden feature to do this, but sometimes it won't work on certain pages. You can buy third-party pro capture software that will let you take perfect screen grabs of entire pages. You can also u...more
View in HD at . You see your Mac user account picture every time you log in to your Mac. You can customize this image easily in System Preferences with some default images, a photo, or any graphic you want. You can choose a photo and zoom in on one part of the image. You can create your own graphics or download an image to use.