MacMost - Mac, iPhone and iPad How-To Videos

Get the most from your Mac! The show features news, tips, tricks, techniques, tutorials and reviews geared toward the casual, home and business Apple user. Covers the Mac, iPad, iPhone and other Apple products.


  • How To Manage Your Apple Subscriptions On Your Mac, iPhone And iPad (MacMost #2050)

    Nov 21 2019

    View in HD at . There is a place on your Mac and on your iOS device where you can view almost all of your subscriptions, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Music and subscriptions from any third-party apps you may have. You'll find your iCloud storage subscription in a different location. You can view, modify or cancel any of these subscriptions.

  • Using Terminal Commands As An Alternative To The Mac Finder (MacMost #2049)

    Nov 20 2019

    View in HD at . If you prefer to type instead of using the mouse and cursor you can manage your files and folders with the Terminal. You can use commands to list, open, rename, move and delete files. You can do nearly everything that you can do in the Finder, and some commands are even more powerful.

  • How To Copy Reminders In macOS Catalina With a Script (MacMost #2055)

    Nov 19 2019

    View in HD at . You can't copy and paste or print Reminders in macOS Catalina. However, with the help of a script you can get a Reminders list as text to be pasted into any app, printed, or sent as email. Learn how to create a Mac script in JavaScript (JXA) using Script Editor or Automator to get this important function back and have it available as an easy-access menu command.

  • How To Scan Documents With Your iPhone (MacMost #2048)

    Nov 18 2019

    View in HD at . With iOS 13 it is easy to use your iPhone as a scanner and scan single or multi-page documents. You can scan directly to iCloud Drive and then your documentd would be on your Mac without any additional steps. You can even scan while away from your home or office and they documents will end up in the same place with no extra effort. Your iPhone will flatten the pages and make adjustments automatically.

  • 8 Ways To Handle Microsoft Word Documents On Your Mac (MacMost #2049)

    Nov 15 2019

    View in HD at . If you need to open, edit, create, save or collaborate using Microsoft Word .doc or .docx files, there are several ways to do it on your Mac. The best way, but one that will cost some money, is to simply get Word for Mac from the Mac App Store and pay for a Microsoft subscription. But many Mac users simply using Pages instead. You can also get a couple of good third-party free office apps that will handle Word. There are even more options that don't require downloading anyth...more

  • Choosing the Right MacBook For You (MacMost #2052)

    Nov 13 2019

    View in HD at . Apple announced the new 16-Inch MacBook Pro today. This replaces the 15-Inch model. You can now choose between the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-Inch and MacBook Pro 16-Inch. For most people the choice will be clear with the MacBook Air being the cheapest and lightest, the 16-inch MacBook Pro being large and expensive but much more powerful, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro filling lots of needs in between. Watch as I break down the differences between these models.

  • Create Unique Music For Your Videos In GarageBand (MacMost #2046)

    Nov 13 2019

    View in HD at . Instead of using music from a collection or jingles from iMovie you can easily create your own video soundtrack in GarageBand. It only takes a few minutes to combine a drum track with other loops and then export some music that you can drag and drop into iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Then your video will have unique royalty-free music that fits the content.

  • 17 Pages For Mac Tips (MacMost #2045)

    Nov 12 2019

    View in HD at . Here are some handy tips for using Pages on your Mac. You can make writing easier with paragraph spacing, showing word count, using text replacements and other things. You can adjust how your document looks with character styles, Emoji clipart and hyphenation. You can also copy and paste elements to avoid having to set properties over and over again. That and much more!

  • Listenting To Radio Stations With the Music App On Your Apple Devices (MacMost #2043)

    Nov 11 2019

    View in HD at . You can listen to regular worldwide and local radio stations using the Music app in macOS Catalina and iOS 13. Thanks to agreements with streaming radio services, you can find these stations by searching or askign Siri. At the moment the streams don't seem to require an Apple Music subscription.

  • How To Use iMovie For Mac In Under 5 Minutes (MacMost #2044)

    Nov 08 2019

    View in HD at . Learn how to create an iMovie project, edit it, and export in less than 5 minutes with this complete tutorial. In this fast tutorial I take four clips, trim and arrange them, add titles, transisions, music and filters, and then export a finished project. Get up to speed on iMovie for Mac fast.

  • Learn How To Use the IF Function In Numbers (MacMost #2041)

    Nov 07 2019

    View in HD at . The IF function is how to test values in spreadsheets. You can use it to simply test a value and show different results. But the key to making complex spreadsheets to learning more about the IF function. You can pass through values when a condition is met, combine conditions with AND and OR functions, and nest IF functions for more than two possible results.

  • Using Personal Automations To Play a Wake-Up Song, Podcast Or Playlist (MacMost #2040)

    Nov 06 2019

    View in HD at . New iOS 13 iPhone Shortcuts automation are great, but you can't have most automations play without manually confirming first. However, you can have an automation triggered when you stop an alarm, which leads to some interesting uses. In these examples, we'll have a song or podcast start when you turn off your alarm. We'll also create a more complex shortcut to play a playlist matching the name of the day.

  • Using Your Own Photos Or Graphics As Desktop Backgrounds (MacMost #2038)

    Nov 05 2019

    View in HD at . You don't have to settle for using Apple's images as your desktop background. You can use any photo from your library or image you can obtain as a desktop background. You can also make your own graphics in an image editing app or Keynote to use as a background. You can combine photos and graphics to make an ideal background.

  • 13 iPhone Keyboard Tips (MacMost #2042)

    Nov 04 2019

    View in HD at . While most iPhone users use the virtual on-screen keyboard to type all day long, many don't know about some important techniques that can make typing easier. Learn how to type punctuation easier, slide-to-type, use the one-handed keyboard, add more keyboards, search for emoji and access hidden characters.

  • Understanding Windows, Tabs, Full Screen And Split Screen Modes (MacMost #2037)

    Nov 01 2019

    View in HD at . When working in apps on documents you can choose to have one document open per window, or multiple documents in tabs in that same window. Windows can be floating, resizable objects on your desktop, or you can go into full screen mode to fill the screen with the window or split screen mode to share the screen with exactly two app windows. You can also combine windows, tabs, and screen modes to work in many different ways.

  • Using Memoji Stickers And a Hidden Trick To Make Your Own (MacMost #2033)

    Oct 31 2019

    View in HD at . iOS 13 and iPadOS give us a new Messages app feature where we can send stickers based on our Memoji or Apple's Animoji characters. Old functionality lets you send a recording with animation and audio. But you can also send your own custom Memoji or Animoji stickers if you know a little hidden trick.

  • 10 Hidden iPhone Camera Tips To Help You Take Better Photos (MacMost #2036)

    Oct 30 2019

    View in HD at . While we all use our iPhone cameras to take pictures all the time, there is a lot of functionality hidden in the Camera app that many people don't know about. You can take long exposure photos, use a grid and level, get in the shot with a timer, take vertical panos and more.

  • 12 Apple TV+ Shows To Watch At Launch and During the Next Year (MacMost #2039)

    Oct 29 2019

    View in HD at . Apple TV launches on November 1 with a variety of movies and shows, including four new primary series. Find out what the shows See, The Morning Show, For All Mankind, and Dickinson are about. Also learn about what shows will be quickly following later this year and next year, including Amazing Stories, Foundation and Time Bandits.

  • Finding the Largest Files On Your Mac (MacMost #2032)

    Oct 28 2019

    View in HD at . A quick search in the Finder will show you the largest files on your Mac or in a specific location on your Mac. But you may be better off using a special system utility that will show you large files and other items taking up a lot of space. Once you locate large files you can delete the or archive them to an external drive to free up space on your Mac's hard drive.

  • Share a Name and Profile Picture or Animoji With Others in iOS 13 Messages (MacMost #2031)

    Oct 25 2019

    View in HD at . A new feature in iOS 13 allows you to send a name and photo to someone you are messaging with, and they can choose to use that to create a new contact. You can use a photo, your initials, take a new picture, an Apple Animoji or your own Memoji for this image.

  • 21 Actually Useful Finder Tips And Tricks (MacMost #2035)

    Oct 24 2019

    View in HD at . Learn some useful everyday tips, tricks and techniques to make it easier to manage your files and folders in the macOS Catalina Finder. See how you can use things like Undo, Copy and Paste, the Path Bar, keyboard shortcuts and more to navigate around in the Finder and work with your files.

  • How To Manage an Audiobook Collection In macOS Catalina (MacMost #2034)

    Oct 23 2019

    View in HD at . With the Books app taking over audiobooks in macOS Catalina, a lot of Mac users are upset that it doesn't handle large collections very well. You have no option to store your audiobooks on an external drive. However, you can still keep a large audiobook collection by managing the files yourself outside of Books, and only brining in the books you wish to listen to at the moment. Audible users may find it better to simply use the Auible iPhone app instead.

  • Using Multiple Apps At the Same Time With Multitasking In iPadOS (MacMost #2030)

    Oct 22 2019

    View in HD at . iPadOS (iOS 13) refines multitasking so it works better than ever. You can bring up two apps at the same time with Split View, or float a window over a full screen all with Slide Over. You can pile up Slide Over windows and flip through them too. Apps can interact with each other through dragging and dropping. There is a lot of different ways to use multitasking so it is best to practice a little before you need it.

  • Using Continuity Camera and Continuity Sketch With Your iPhone or iPad and Your Mac (MacMost #2029)

    Oct 21 2019

    View in HD at . While working on your Mac, you can use your iPhone or iPad to take photos, scan documents and draw sketches. The result will end up as files on your Mac, being saved directly from the iOS device to your Mac. You can also insert these images directly into documents in some apps. You can also use this to create signatures in Preview.

  • 2 Ways To Quickly Switch Between Light And Dark Mode On Your Mac (MacMost #2028)

    Oct 18 2019

    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.

  • Typing Special Characters Using Unicode On Your Mac (MacMost #2024)

    Oct 17 2019

    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.

  • New Features in the Photos App In macOS Catalina (MacMost #2027)

    Oct 16 2019

    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.

  • Screen Time and Parental Controls In macOS Catalina (MacMost #2021)

    Oct 15 2019

    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.

  • 9 New Features of Notes in macOS Catalina (MacMost #2026)

    Oct 14 2019

    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.

  • 10 Ways macOS Catalina Makes Your Mac More Secure (MacMost #2025)

    Oct 11 2019

    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.

  • Sync Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Without iTunes In Catalina (MacMost #2018)

    Oct 10 2019

    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.

  • New Features In the Reminders App in macOS Catalina (MacMost #2022)

    Oct 09 2019

    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.

  • 10 New macOS Catalina Features You May Not Know About (MacMost #2003)

    Oct 08 2019

    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.

  • Using Personal Automations With iOS 13 Shortcuts (MacMost #2020)

    Oct 07 2019

    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

  • Frequently Asked Questions About AppleCare (MacMost #2019)

    Oct 04 2019

    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?

  • Using The New QuickPath Keyboard To Swipe-Type On Your iPhone Or iPad (MacMost #2017)

    Oct 03 2019

    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.

  • New Default Font Preference in Mac Pages (MacMost #2023)

    Oct 02 2019

    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.

  • Learn To Use the New Markup Tools in iPadOS (MacMost #2015)

    Oct 01 2019

    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.

  • Dismiss Notifications With a Keyboard Shortcut Using Automator (MacMost #2012)

    Sep 30 2019

    View in HD at . It can be annoying to have notifications appear at the top right corner of your screen while you are typing. Normally, you have to move the cursor to click on the Close button to dismiss those. However, you can build a simple JavaScript service in Automator to do it, and then use a keyboard shortut to trigger that service.

  • Night Mode Photography With the iPhone 11 (MacMost #2016)

    Sep 27 2019

    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.