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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 Change Instruments Used By Loops In GarageBand (MacMost #1874)

    Mar 18 2019

    View in HD at . When you use Software Instrument Loops in GarageBand, you can switch the instrument used by the loop to something else. For instance, a piano loop can be changed to use guitar or orchestral strings. You can also change the drum kit instrument used by drum loops. Software Instrument Loops can even be edited at the note level to create unique loops.

  • How To Use PhotoShop Layers In Final Cut Pro (MacMost #1873)

    Mar 15 2019

    View in HD at . If you want to use complex graphics or create an animation in Final Cut Pro, you can build your image in Photoshop or another advanced image editing app that supports layers. You can then import that layered document into Final Cut Pro and access the layers. You can apply changes and effects to each layer, or use them to animate portions of the images.

  • How To Split and Merge PDF Documents In Preview (MacMost #1872)

    Mar 14 2019

    View in HD at . You can copy pages in a PDF document in Preview and paste them to get a new document with only the pages you want. You can split a PDF into two or more smaller documents. You can also merge documents by dragging pages from one document into another.

  • Why Are There Two Applications Folders? (MacMost #1871)

    Mar 13 2019

    View in HD at . If you have ever looked in your Applications folder to find nothing in there, or almost all of your apps missing, that is because you can have an Applications folder in your user Home folder as well as at the main hard drive level. Most applications will install to the main hard drive level, making them available to all user accounts on the Mac. But if you look in the wrong Applications folder, it can cause confusion.

  • How To Control Website Notifications (MacMost #1870)

    Mar 12 2019

    View in HD at . Websites use notifications to send you alerts when there is a new post or just to get your attention when not at the site. Sites have to ask for your permission to send these notifications, but it is easy to accidentally allow them if you are not paying attention. You can turn them off by going to your browser settings. Learn how to turn website notifications off in Safari, Chrome and Firebox.

  • Using Animated GIFs In Keynote Presentations (MacMost #1869)

    Mar 11 2019

    View in HD at . Many people don't realize that you can use animated GIF images in Keynote presentations without doing anything special. You can just drag and drop them straight from a website or file. You can then set them to loop, start immediately and even trim the animation.

  • Creating a System Report With EtreCheck (MacMost #1868)

    Mar 08 2019

    View in HD at . If you are getting online help from a source you trust, you can help them by providing a system report generated from the third-party app EtreCheck. This report includes many details about your hardware and software that can help someone help you.

  • Treating the Mac App Store As a Cloud Service (MacMost #1867)

    Mar 07 2019

    View in HD at . When you buy or download a free app in the Mac App Store, you can load it on any Mac using the same Apple ID. You can also easily remove the app if you don't think you need it in the near future, and then download it again any time you wish. You load apps with the Mac App Store and remove them with LaunchPad. This makes the Mac App Store similar to cloud services from Adobe and Microsoft.

  • Taking RAW Photos With Your iPhone (MacMost #1866)

    Mar 06 2019

    View in HD at . You can take RAW photos with your iPhone, you just can't do it with the default Camera app. Apple does allow third-party apps to access the hardware and software needed to take RAW photos, so you can use one of the many options to do it. RAW photos provide a lot more flexibility than HEIC or JPEG photos, but with a much larger file size. Using a third-party app means you can keep using the Camera app for regular photos and use the other app when you want to take RAW.

  • Resetting Your Mac's NVRAM and SMC (MacMost #1865)

    Mar 05 2019

    View in HD at . Resetting the Non-Volatile memory and System Management Controller is one way to troubleshoot problems with your Mac. But the methods for resetting those have changed with the latest hardware which include T2 chips. Most users will never have to deal with these, but if you do, learn Apple's recommended method for resetting these.

  • What Is 5G? (MacMost #1864)

    Mar 04 2019

    View in HD at . 5G is the name given to the next generation of mobile data networks. It will be much faster than the current 4G/LTE networks we use with our iPhones today. That speed may lead to other uses, such as as a replacement for home network options as well. The problem with 5G is that it doesn't have the range of 4G, so it will require more transmitters spaced closer together. Therefore, it may only be used in cities.

  • Adding Printers To Your Dock (MacMost #1863)

    Mar 01 2019

    View in HD at . You can add printer icons to the Dock to make it easier to print documents with drag-and-drop. You can also quickly access the printer cue and settings. This is particularly handy if you work with multiple printers.

  • Create Reusable Text With Text Clippings (MacMost #1862)

    Feb 28 2019

    View in HD at . Text Clippings are little files you create using drag-and-drop. Once you have a text clipping, you can drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste it back into another document. You can organize your text clippings in the Finder. They are particularly useful because they retain text styling.

  • Free iPhone Ringtones Revisited (MacMost #1861)

    Feb 27 2019

    View in HD at . Back in 2008 we created a huge set of 250 free iPhone ringtones for people to download and use on their iPhones. The page has been updated to put all of the ringtones in one huge list, make it easy to preview the tones, and also easier to install them directly on your iPhone. Check out this tutorial on how to download them without needing to sync with a computer and iTunes.

  • 4 Ways To Type Fractions On a Mac (MacMost #1860)

    Feb 26 2019

    View in HD at . You can type fractions in text and word processing documents in a number of ways. The simplest is to use a slash character between numbers. This also works in cases where you want your Mac to perform calculations, like in Spotlight. But you can also format the fractions nicely using baseline shifts, special fraction characters, and the math equation editors in Pages and Word.

  • Streaming Real Radio Stations In iTunes (MacMost #1859)

    Feb 25 2019

    View in HD at . iTunes has always had the ability to stream real live radio stations, but this feature is hard to find in the latest versions of iTunes. Once you enable it, you can browse through a huge list of radio stations from around the world. You can also save stations to the iTunes sidebar. Even if a station isn't listed, you can often find the streaming address on their website and use that in iTunes too.

  • New Course: The Guide to iCloud (MacMost #1858)

    Feb 22 2019

    View in HD at . In my new course, I try to help you get the most from iCloud. Here is an excerpt from the first lesson which explains how cloud services work. The course then goes on to show you how to set up iCloud on Mac and iOS. Further videos explain each feature of iCloud such as iCloud Drive, Photos, data syncing, backups, email, sharing and more. You can learn about this and more in the new Guide to iCloud course at https://macmost.com/icloud

  • How To Customize Your iPhone iCloud Backup (MacMost #1857)

    Feb 21 2019

    View in HD at . Most iPhone and iPad users rely on iCloud Backup to keep their data safe, even if they don't realize they are using it. You can customize which apps backup to iCloud if you look in the right place in the Settings app. If you want to stick with iCloud's free storage plan you may need to do this to remain under the limit. You can learn about this and more in the new Guide to iCloud course at https://macmost.com/icloud

  • Enhancing Your Favorites Bar With Emoji (MacMost #1856)

    Feb 20 2019

    View in HD at . The Favorties Bar in Safari can be a hard-to-read line of small text. But you can always add any Emoji character, just like you can with folder and file names. Finding the perfect emoji for a bookmark is sometimes easy and at other times challenging. The result is a colorful and easier-to-read Favorites Bar and Bookmarks menu.

  • Masking Video In Keynote With a Donut (MacMost #1855)

    Feb 19 2019

    View in HD at . It is easy to put an image in a shape and mask the image using Keynote. But you cannot do the same with video. However, you can place a shape or image on top of a video. So by using the right shape, like the donut shape, editing it, and positioning it just right, you can put video in a circular mask.

  • When Does the Mac Red Button Quit an App and When Does It Just Close a Window? (MacMost #1854)

    Feb 18 2019

    View in HD at . When you click the red button at the top left corner of a window on a Mac, you close that window. But sometimes this also quits the app entirely. There is a logic behind this, based on how the app operates. Apps that allow multiple windows for multiple documents usually only use the red button to close a window. But apps that normally operate with a single window and have no other reason to stay open, will quit.

  • 4 Ways To Type Superscript and Subscript On a Mac (MacMost #1853)

    Feb 15 2019

    View in HD at . If you need to raise characters above or lower them below the baseline, you can do it one of four ways. This is typically used in mathematical equations and chemical formulas. You can use the baseline adjustments in many apps, special superscript and subscript characters, commonly-recognized symbols, and the equation editor in Pages.

  • Using and Customizing iPhone iCloud Backup (MacMost #1852)

    Feb 14 2019

    View in HD at . By default your iPhone will be backed up wirelessly to iCloud using iCloud Backup. Most iPhone users probably don't even know they have this turned on, but it will save them if they lose their iPhone. You can see how much space your iPhone backups are using and customize your backup. You can remove data from apps that you don't really need to be backed up.

  • Mojave Screen Capture Options (MacMost #1851)

    Feb 13 2019

    View in HD at . added significant functionality to how we can control what happens after we take screenshots. While the default keyboard shortcuts remain the same, we can now choose where a screenshot is saved, or if the screenshot should automatically go to an app instead of a file. This allows you to easily name screenshots, delete ones we don't want without ever saving them, and even mark them up before saving.

  • Using SVG Graphics In Pages and Keynote (MacMost #1850)

    Feb 12 2019

    View in HD at . SVG images have been around for a while and are widely used on websites and in clipart collections. But you cannot import an SVG file into Pages or Keynote directly, without first converting it using professional software. But since Safari handles SVG images without a problem, and you can export as a PDF from Safari, you can use Safari to convert the image to a format that can then be used inside Pages and Keynote documents.

  • Creating Animation With Keynote Magic Move (MacMost #1849)

    Feb 11 2019

    View in HD at . Instead of using a simple transition from one slide to the next, you can use Magic Move which will animate objects from one position to another between slides. These animations can be more directly controlled by adding slides in the middle of the animation. Items that are added or removed from slides will fade in and out gracefully. These animations can be used in presentations or videos.

  • 4 Common Mistakes Mac Users Make When Trying To Search For Files (MacMost #1848)

    Feb 08 2019

    View in HD at . It is common to hear a Mac user complain that the file search function in macOS Finder doesn't find files they know are present. The reason is often that the user has made one of these mistakes. When searching for a file, the search usually starts in the folder in which the user is currently looking. You need to change the scope of your search to look elsewhere as well. By default, searches look in the content of files as well as the file names, but you can narrow your search to ...more

  • How and When To Type En and Em Dashes On a Mac (MacMost #1847)

    Feb 07 2019

    View in HD at . Did you know that that there are three different types of dashes: the hyphen, en dash and em dash? Most people use the hyphen for everything, but the en and em dashes should be used in many cases instead of a hyphen. Learn how to type them and when to use them.

  • Opening Microsoft Word Documents On a Mac (MacMost #1846)

    Feb 06 2019

    View in HD at . If you receive a Microsoft Word document from someone who seems to think that everyone has Word, it can be frustrating. But you have several options to view and even edit the Word document on your Mac without buying anything. You can use Quick Look or Preview to view the file. TextEdit can be used to get access to simple text documents. Pages can open Word documents and most formatting is retained. You can also edit and export back out in Word format. The ultimate solution is to ...more

  • Data Detectors and Look Up (MacMost #1845)

    Feb 05 2019

    View in HD at . You can create contacts, set up calendar events, and get intel on pieces of text in incoming email, web pages and other documents using Data Detectors and Look Up. This feature of macOS will figure out what information represents, such as a location or appointment time, or business name or person, and allow you to act on it.

  • Using Two-Factor Without a Connection (MacMost #1844)

    Feb 04 2019

    View in HD at . What if you need to connect to your iCloud account, but your iPhone doesn't have an Internet connection? Then you won't get a prompt with the two-factor code, but you can still generate the code manually and use it even though your iPhone isn't connected. Two-factor codes don't need to rely on Internet connections for verification. You can also get a code from your Mac even if it isn't connected.

  • What To Do About Those Mojave App Is Not Optimized Messages (MacMost #1843)

    Feb 01 2019

    View in HD at . After updating to Mojave, many Mac users see a message saying that an app they are trying to use needs to be updated and won't work with future versions of macOS. By future versions, that means the next major update of macOS, probably coming in late 2019, not minor updates. Before then, you can update to a newer version of that app, or find an alternative app to use in its place.

  • Mac Photos Editing Shortcuts (MacMost #1842)

    Jan 31 2019

    View in HD at . The photo editor in the Mac Photos app includes a lot of shortcuts that can help speed up editing, especially if you need to make adjustments to a range of photos. You can enter and exit editing mode quickly, move between photos without leaving the editor, jump to different editing modes, and compare the original to your adjustments easily. You can also fine-tune cropping and rotations.

  • The Most Powerful Keyboard Shortcut (MacMost #1841)

    Jan 30 2019

    View in HD at . The most powerful keyboard shortcut for your Mac is the Tab key. This single key helps you get around in windows, dialog boxes and even web pages. You can modify how it works in System Preferences and also in Safari's preferences. Once you master using the Tab key you can speed up your computer use by keeping your hands on your keyboard more and using your mouse or trackpad less.

  • A Shortcut To Enclose Text In Quotes Using Automator (MacMost #1840)

    Jan 29 2019

    View in HD at . You can create a very short Automator action to take text as input, manipulate it, and replace the original text. In this example, we'll create a Javascript JXA action that encloses the text in quotes. You can use this in conjunction with a keyboard shortcut to quickly apply quotes in Pages and other apps.

  • Avoiding Blurry Custom Icons In macOS Mojave (MacMost #1838)

    Jan 25 2019

    View in HD at . A common complaint from Mojave users is that when you copy and paste a file icon to create a custom icon for a file or folder, the result is blurry. It turns out that this only happens when the icon image is not square. Convert the image to a square one, or copy a square portion of the image, and the result is crisp and clear.

  • Screen Share With Another Account On the Same Mac (MacMost #1837)

    Jan 24 2019

    View in HD at . You can share the screen of another Mac pretty easily. But it seems like it is impossible to do the same with another account on the same Mac. However, if you use Terminal to set up an ssh tunnel, you can share the screen of a second account using an alternate port number. This allows you to stay logged in to one account, while you use another account in a screen sharing window.

  • View Movie Trailers Ad-Free From Apple (MacMost #1836)

    Jan 23 2019

    View in HD at . When you view movie trailers on YouTube or other sites, you often have to sit through advertisements to see the trailer. This means you are watching an ad before you get to the trailer, which is essentially an ad itself. Apple gives you a site where you can watch high-definition trailers without ads. In addition, you can use Siri or Spotlight to go right to a trailer. On iOS, there is even an official Apple Movie Trailers app.

  • How To Reformat An APFS Drive As Something Else (MacMost #1835)

    Jan 22 2019

    View in HD at . A common problem people have been reporting is the inability to reformat an APFS drive as something other than APFS. It appears in Disk Utility that you can only erase a disk and keep it as APFS. However, a simple switch in Disk Utility is preventing you from selecting the device rather than the volume. Once you select the volume, you can reformat however you like.

  • Using Dictation Commands As an Alternative To Keyboard Shortcuts (MacMost #1834)

    Jan 21 2019

    View in HD at . You can use Dictation Commands to trigger a keyboard shortcut, menu item, or to even insert some text. You can do this while typing, or while dictating. You can set the spoken phrase to precede a dictation command to make sure the command only executes when you want it to.