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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.

Episodes

  • Customizing Your Mac Login Screen (MacMost #1985)

    Aug 20 2019

    View in HD at . Most Mac users never take the time to customize their login screen. But there are several options there you will want to change to increase security or have the login screen better fit your needs. There is one very easy change that every user should make, to include a message on the login screen in case you lose your Mac and want to increase the chances that it will be returned to you.

  • Cutting Out Part Of An Image In Preview (MacMost #1984)

    Aug 19 2019

    View in HD at . One of the most powerful tools in Preview is the Smart Lasso. You can use that to quickly cut out part of an image to create a new one with a transparent background, or insert an object from one image into another. While Preview lacks a lot of the image editing tools found in more powerful apps, the Smart Lasso is probably easier to use than similar features in expensive apps.

  • How To Uninstall Apps On Your Mac (MacMost #1983)

    Aug 16 2019

    View in HD at . You should be very careful when installing apps on your Mac and try to stick only to the Mac App Store or sites you fully trust. When you want to uninstall an app, you can usually do it through LaunchPad. However, for some apps you'll need to look for uninstall instructions at the developer's site. If needed, you can uninstall an app manually if you know where to look for its files.

  • Take Control Of Your Email With iCloud Plus Addressing (MacMost #1982)

    Aug 15 2019

    View in HD at . iCloud email allows you to freely add some text to your regular email address to create unqiue addresses that you can use on an as-needed basis. So you can use a slightly different email address when you sign up for a service and easily identify if that service is sending you spam or seling your information. You can also use this to organize legitimate email by filtering into groups that use the same address. However, there are some downsides too.

  • Easily Trimming Video Files With QuickTime Player (MacMost #1981)

    Aug 14 2019

    View in HD at . If you want to trim some video from the beginning or end of a movie file, you don't need to use a video editing app. You can do it right in QuickTime Player. Trimming is lossless and can be done with precision. You can also cut sections out of the middle of your video and export a new copy. You can trim in the Photos app as well, though the original full-length video is always available if you wish to revert.

  • Complex File Searches Using the macOS Finder (MacMost #1980)

    Aug 13 2019

    View in HD at . If you use the Find function in the Finder you can perform file searches that are much more complex than using Spotlight. You can add many pieces of criteria to the search other than a single search term. If you know how, you can use logic to combine search criteria and add very specific options. Then you can save your searches so you don't have to recreate them from scratch later.

  • Using iCloud Drive Shared Folders in macOS Catalina (MacMost #1979)

    Aug 12 2019

    View in HD at . A new feature in macOS Catalina will be the ability to share entire folders in iCloud Drive with others. Any files you place in the folder will be available to others that you specify, or anyone with a link of you wish. All with access to the folder can modify, add and delete files. This collaborative feature has been a part of other cloud soltuions for a while, so it is nice to finally have it as part of iCloud. You can also do this with iOS 13.

  • Using the Mac Finder Go Menu (MacMost #1978)

    Aug 09 2019

    View in HD at . Many Mac users ignore the Go menu in the Finder, but there are some useful shortcuts there. You can access some of the most most used folders on your drive with this menu and see keyboard shortcuts for them. You can also access your Librray folder and Startup Disk through the Go menu if you know how. The Go to Folder function lets you move around by typing, which is preferred by many pro users.

  • Reverting To A Previous Version Of A Document On A Mac (MacMost #1977)

    Aug 08 2019

    View in HD at . With standard Mac apps like Pages, Numbers and Keynote, you can revert to a previously saved version of the file to retrieve text or items you may have deleted or changed. You can completely revert to the old version, or copy and paste some text from an old version. This also works with TextEdit and some third-party apps.

  • A Look At the New Music App In macOS Catalina (MacMost #1976)

    Aug 07 2019

    View in HD at . One of the biggest changes that will come with macOS Catalina is the replacement of the iTunes app. The new Music app will take over management of your existing iTunes music library and it has pretty much all of the functions that iTunes had. Preview what it looks like and see what the Mac Music app can do. Catalina will be released in the fall.

  • Add A Color Tint To Photos With Preview (MacMost #1975)

    Aug 06 2019

    View in HD at . The color adjustment tools in Preview allow you to tint a photo, but without much control. By using this special technique, you can tint your photo any color you wish, and by any amount. You can also do this directly in the Photos app using the markup tools there. This is also a good way to fade a photo or to darken it without losing too much definition.

  • How To Do A Screen Recording On Your Mac (MacMost #1974)

    Aug 05 2019

    View in HD at . In addition to being able to capture a still image of your Mac's screen, you can easily record your screen to create a video using built-in functionality. The screen capture tool in macOS Mojave and beyond has a variety of options including being able to select an area of the screen, capture microphone audio, and review and edit the video before saving. You can also capture and send immediately in an email or share other ways.

  • Learning To Use Mac Trackpad Gestures (MacMost #1973)

    Aug 02 2019

    View in HD at . While most Macs have trackpads, most users never bother to learn how to use some of the gestures available. You can see which ones you have available in System Preferences, along with videos that show you how to perform the gestures. Each has a keyboard shortcut you can use instead if you prefer.

  • How To Organize The Icons On Your iPhone Home Screen (MacMost #1972)

    Aug 01 2019

    View in HD at . Many of us have hundreds of app on our iPhone and iPad home screens. Keeping them organized can be a chore. But you can use techniques like app folders and searching by keyword to help. It is also a good idea to delete apps you rarely use, knowing you can download them again easily. When organizing apps, you can drag more than one at a time.

  • How To Add Pop-Up Text In iMovie (MacMost #1971)

    Jul 31 2019

    View in HD at . If you want to go beyond the title text feature in iMovie, you can create your own styled text in Keynote or any image editing tool and use the resulting image as an overlay. Then you can use picture-in-picture keyframes in iMovie to animate the text popping in from one side or scale as it moves. You can use this technique with any transparent image for a variety of effects.

  • How To Highlight Text In Mac Pages (MacMost #1970)

    Jul 30 2019

    View in HD at . There are two ways to highlight text in Pages on the Mac. The first has to do with editing and revisions, and is usually used when collaborating on a document with others. But you can also highlight text purely as a style, placing a solid color behind characters. To make things easier, you can create character styles for different text highlight colors and even assign keyboard shortcuts to them.

  • How To Use Hidden Characters On Your Mac Keyboard (MacMost #1969)

    Jul 29 2019

    View in HD at . In addition to using the Emoji Viewer to type special characters, or holding a key to add accents, you can also learn some special keyboard combinations using the Keyboard Viewer. These allow you to type some symbols like degrees, pi, the Apple symbol and accent marks using standard keystrokes with the help of the Option and Shift keys. The Keyboard Viewer allows you to see exactly which key combinations match which characters. This is dependent on the type of keyboard you own.

  • Guide Users To Enter Correct Values Into Numbers Spreadsheets (MacMost #1968)

    Jul 26 2019

    View in HD at . If you are designing a Numbers spreadsheet to give to users that allows them to enter values then you may want to prevent them from entering values outside of a range. You can use conditional highlighting to change the color or style of a cell if the user enters a bad value. You can use a formula in another cell to indicate a bad value, plus instructions. You can also use sliders, steppers and pop-up menu cell formats to limit values.

  • Making Extra Keys On Your Mac Actually Useful (MacMost #1967)

    Jul 25 2019

    View in HD at . Do you use the Shift, Command and Option keys on both sides of your keyboard? If not, you can reassign the ones you don't use to perform a more useful function like triggering Mission Control. You can also set the Caps Lock key to become another modifier key, the Esc key or turn it off completely to prevent accidental use.

  • Create Stunning Text With Image Fill in Pages and Keynote (MacMost #1966)

    Jul 24 2019

    View in HD at . The new image fill feature of text in Pages and Keynote allows you to create some beautiful graphics with very little effort. In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a retro-style postcard image using some of your photos. You can apply a single image fill to all of the text or a separate image for each letter. You can post these graphics online or use them in documents or videos.

  • How To Customize the Mac Finder Sidebar (MacMost #1965)

    Jul 23 2019

    View in HD at . You can customize your Finder sidebar to include the folders and locations you most often use. You can click on a sidebar item to go to that location, and also drag and drop items into those locations. You can customize the sidebar in Finder, Preferences, and also by dragging and dropping items into and around in the sidebar. Tags and Smart Folders can be used to make the sidebar even more useful.

  • What To Watch Out For When Buying a Used Mac (MacMost #1964)

    Jul 22 2019

    View in HD at . If you are buying a used Mac there are many things you need to check out before you complete the purchase. You can run hardware diagnostics and check out battery and hard drive health. You should carefully inspect the screen, keyboard and other parts. It is also very important that you check for a firmware password and see if the Mac is connected to iCloud. The best place to buy is from Apple's refurbished store, but you can also find used Macs at some well-known resellers a...more

  • How To Zip and Unzip Files On Your Mac (MacMost #1963)

    Jul 19 2019

    View in HD at . It is fairly easy to compress a single file or multiple files and folders into a ZIP file archive on your Mac. You can also decompress any ZIP file by simply double-clicking it. This is useful for sending files online or to store files you no longer need. The Archive Utility is used invisibly for both commands, but you can run this app by itself and choose from more options when compressing or decompressing ZIP files.

  • Which MacBook Should I Buy In 2019? (MacMost #1962)

    Jul 18 2019

    View in HD at . Apple's new lineup of MacBooks simplifies your choices by removing the 12-inch MacBook and older MacBook Pro models. But you still have 8 base models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Which one is the right one for you. But looking closely at the specifications and purchase options, there is really one one MacBook Air model and two 13-inch and two 15-inch models. For most people, it comes down to a low-end but light MacBook Air, a mid-range MacBook Pro 13-inch and a high end M...more

  • Managing a Video Library On Your Mac (MacMost #1961)

    Jul 17 2019

    View in HD at . Instead of storing your videos in the Photos app with your pictures, consider storing them as files in a folder in the Finder. You can place this folder on your iCloud Drive, on your local drive only, or on an external drive. You can organize them using file names, subfolders, tags and comments. You can use the Gallery view to look through your videos almost as if they were in a special video management app.

  • Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac (MacMost #1960)

    Jul 16 2019

    View in HD at . Many people overuse the minimize button to get applications and windows out of the way. In most cases, it is more efficient to use the Hide command to simply hide the app. Hidden apps can be quickly and easy brough back and you won't clutter your Dock with minimized windows. Today using tabs in windows and autosave to easily quit and relaunch apps means you should rarely need the minimize button.

  • Building an Automator Script To Snap Windows Into Position (MacMost #1959)

    Jul 15 2019

    View in HD at . If you would like to precisely position your application windows without using any third-party tool, you can build a versatile script in Automator to snap windows to portions of your screen. You can give yourself multiple options such as the Left Third, Right Two-Thirds, corners or anything you can come up with. Then you can put the workflow into the Services menu where you can quickly trigger it with a keyboard shortcut. The framework in this JavaScript/JXA script can be used to...more

  • How To Figure Out What Is Taking Up Space On Your Mac (MacMost #1958)

    Jul 12 2019

    View in HD at . When you Mac's hard drive is almost full, you can investigate and figure out what is using the space by simply using the Finder. There is no need to buy a third-party app to manage your hard drive. You start at the top and view all of your folders, digging down to see what is using the most space. Then you'll need to make some decisions about what to remove from yoru drive, being care to only remove files you don't need.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About MacBook Batteries (MacMost #1957)

    Jul 11 2019

    View in HD at . Many MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners want to know how to properly use and maintain their batteries. But there is a lot of bad information online. Learn what to expect from your MacBook's battery, what you should and shouldn't do to prolong battery life, how to tell if there is a problem, how to get a replacement and how much it may cost.

  • Hide Desktop Icons With an Automator App (MacMost #1956)

    Jul 10 2019

    View in HD at . If you have a cluttered Desktop, you may want to occasionally hide the icons. You can do this with third-party apps or Terminal commands. You can also write a very simple shell script in Automator and save it as an app. Then you can toggle the Desktop on or off with a simple click in the Dock.

  • Creating Text Links In Mac Pages (MacMost #1955)

    Jul 09 2019

    View in HD at . You can set up bookmarks in a Pages word processing document and then create links in other text to jump to those bookmarks in PDF readers. With a new feature in Pages 8.1, you can also create links in page layout documents to jump from text to a specific page in the document.

  • Filtered Row Insertion, Sheet Links and Other New Features of Numbers 6.1 (MacMost #1954)

    Jul 08 2019

    View in HD at . The new version of Numbers makes things easier for those that use filters. You can also link text to other sheets in the same document and there is better performance and calculation precision. Numbers also gets the same text fill improvements as Pages and Keynote, as well as inline images and face recognition for image cropping.

  • New Text Fill Options In Pages and Keynote (MacMost #1953)

    Jul 05 2019

    View in HD at . The new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote allow you to fill text using a gradient or an image. You can use linear or radial gradients of two or more colors, change the angle and other options. You can fill with an image stretching that image to fit the text or tiling it across the text. You can also use a new feature to outline text with a line, choosing the line color, style and size.

  • How To Zoom In With iMovie (MacMost #1952)

    Jul 04 2019

    View in HD at . You can use the Ken Burns cropping effect to zoom in to a portion of your video in iMovie. However, this cropping effect will continue over the entire length of your clip. To zoom in starting at a certain point and then to stay at the same zoom level for a while afterwards, you need to split the clip at the right places and use a trick to keep the video zoomed out at the end.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About macOS Catalina (MacMost #1951)

    Jul 03 2019

    View in HD at . Catalina is the name for the next version of macOS. Learn about the new features, features that will be removed from macOS, and other commonly asked questions. With iTunes being broken up into three apps, what will happen to your music library, TV shows and iPhone syncing? Can you run iOS apps on Catalina? When will it come out and how much will it cost?

  • The Best Vintage Mac Designs (MacMost #1950)

    Jul 02 2019

    View in HD at . Apple has produced a lot of different Macs with odd and interesting designs since 1984. Take a look at some of the most interesting, coolest and weirdest vintage Macs from 1984-2002. While some were commercial failures, most containted innovations that we still see as features in Macs today. Included are the Macinotsh XL, the Mac Portable, the Twentieth Anniversary Mac, the G4 Cube, the Titanium PowerBook and more.

  • Bring Out the Blue Sky In Your Pictures In Mac Photos (MacMost #1949)

    Jul 01 2019

    View in HD at . You can use the Mac Photos app adjustment tools to make a blue sky in your pictures deeper and bluer. You can adjust pure blue, or select a color in the sky to make fine adjustments. You can also limit the range of the changes to keep other parts of your photo the same.

  • What To Do About 32-Bit Apps Before Updating To macOS Catalina (MacMost #1948)

    Jun 28 2019

    View in HD at . AFter updating to macOS Catalina, old 32-bit apps will not longer work. If you have an old 32-bit app, then before updating, you should update your app or switch to a new one. Most apps have newer versions that professionals should consider buying. If you are using the app for casual purposes, then consider getting a modern alternative to apps like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. These will be cheaper or free, and will probably be much better than using an old outdated pro app...more

  • Recording With Multiple Microphones Using GarageBand (MacMost #1947)

    Jun 27 2019

    View in HD at . You can use more than one microphone or input device with GarageBand on your Mac. Instead of buying more hardware, you can configure your Audio MIDI Setup utility to create an aggregate device that treats each mic like a track in a single input. Then you can set up multiple tracks in GarageBand to use those tracks so each mic records to a different track.

  • Creating Captioned Memes in Mac Photos (MacMost #1946)

    Jun 26 2019

    View in HD at . You can add captions to your photos right in the Photos app if you use the built-in Markup extension. You can add text and provide contrast between the text and the image. You can also add speech bubbles, lines and other elements. You can also do this to image files using Preview.