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  • 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.

  • A Set Of iOS Shortcuts To Manage Text Clips (MacMost #1839)

    Jan 28 2019

    View in HD at . Sometimes you need a series of shortcuts to accomplish a task, not just one. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create three small shortcuts to save and recall text clippings. The first two allow you to save the clipboard or the selection to a file in a folder. The third shortcut lets you recall one of those clips so you can paste it into a document, email, note or just about anything.

  • 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.

  • Technical Terms: GIF (MacMost #1833)

    Jan 18 2019

    View in HD at . GIF is an image file format that is commonly used to post images to the web, social media or messages. They are not ideal for photos, but are often used for graphics. Animated GIFs are commonly used to convey emotion on social media and messages. You can find free animated GIF images online and from tools right inside social media apps and messaging apps.

  • Mac File Save Power User Tips (MacMost #1832)

    Jan 17 2019

    View in HD at . When you save a file you get to assign a name and pick a location. The standard save dialog provides a lot of power user techniques that most people don't know about. You can harness the power of Finder windows to choose a location, you can use keyboard shortcuts to jump to locations and cancel. You can click on existing files to inherit the same name.

  • Removing Annoying Alerts By Setting Notification Alert Styles (MacMost #1831)

    Jan 16 2019

    View in HD at . Many apps will give you alerts that appear in the upper right corner of your Mac screen. You can set whether these alerts need you to click on them to dismiss, or they dismiss themselves automatically, or they don't appear at all. The settings for this are in System Preferences, under Notifications.

  • Using Capitalization Styling In Pages (MacMost #1830)

    Jan 15 2019

    View in HD at . You can switch a text selection to use all uppercase letters, or just capitalize the beginnings of words, by using a style change rather than retyping the words. This makes it easy to try different capitalization options and always be able to switch back to your original text. You can also display text as Small Caps, which uses uppercase letters of different sizes to show which letters are really uppercase. This also works in Numbers and Keynote.

  • Creating a PDF Portfolio With Pages (MacMost #1829)

    Jan 14 2019

    View in HD at . If you are an artist or photographer you may be asked to submit a PDF to schools or galleries. You can create a nice PDF portfolio using Pages and simply placing images on layout pages along with borders and text boxes. You can even include an information or bio page. Then just export as a PDF. The result is much better than just converting image files to PDFs.

  • Setting Up Your Mac Mail Signatures (MacMost #1828)

    Jan 11 2019

    View in HD at . Email signatures are easy to set up so that you can have your name and other information automatically displayed at the bottom of any email you compose. You can also add multiple email signatures and assign them to different email accounts. You can set a signature to use as your default, or change your signature each time you compose a new message.

  • Understanding FileVault (MacMost #1827)

    Jan 10 2019

    View in HD at . FileVault is a feature of macOS that offers full-disk encryption for your Mac. This protects your files if someone were to steal your Mac. Without FileVault, someone with possession of your Mac's hard drive could view the data in your files. With FileVault, that data is encrypted and can't be read. It is unlikely that you will need FileVault, but it is still recommended if you are using a portable MacBook that could easily be stolen. Some companies also have policies that force e...more

  • Resizing and Positioning Green Screen Video In iMovie (MacMost #1826)

    Jan 09 2019

    View in HD at . You can't resize or position an overlay and also apply a green screen effect in iMovie at the same time. However, you can do the scaling positioning over a green background, export, and then use the resulting video in another project to get the same result.

  • Using the Dock As an Alternative To Browser Bookmarks (MacMost #1825)

    Jan 08 2019

    View in HD at . Some people like to put web location files on the Desktop or in the Dock as an alternative to using browser bookmarks. A better idea may be to create a folder to hold web location files and then add that to the Dock. You can set it to List mode and then use file names and folders to further organize your Dock bookmarks.

  • Advanced Spotlight Math (MacMost #1824)

    Jan 07 2019

    View in HD at . You can do a lot more than just simple addition and multiplication in Spotlight. You can use parenthesis to set the order of operations. You can use functions and symbols to do trigonometry and logarithms. You can use powers and roots, and even scientific notation. You can even do factorials, percentages and trig functions using degrees instead of radians.

  • Creating Video Scrolling Credits With Keynote (MacMost #1823)

    Jan 04 2019

    View in HD at . You can create professional-looking video end credits with Keynote using only a single simple animation on a single slide. You can incorporate a long list of names, and add shapes, photos or other elements into a group. The result is easily modified and exported as a video to bring into iMovie, Final Cut or any other video editing app.

  • Nine Uses for Safari Private Windows (MacMost #1822)

    Jan 03 2019

    View in HD at . While private browsing windows do not really give you privacy, they are useful for a variety of things. You can use them to log into the same site as multiple users, or to view your own site or accounts as someone who is not logged in at all. You can search and shop without building up a history that can haunt you later on. It is also useful for giving presentations and getting around soft paywalls.

  • Creating a Photo Collage In Keynote (MacMost #1821)

    Jan 02 2019

    View in HD at . You can create a photo collage using any number of apps and techniques on your Mac. But the quickest, but still very versatile, method is to use Keynote. You can easily drag and drop images from Photos onto a slide and arrange them with lines, borders, text and other elements. You can then export as an image.

  • Creating 3D Chart Animations In Keynote (MacMost #1820)

    Dec 31 2018

    View in HD at . You can animate charts in Keynote, with 2D and 3D charts having different types of animations. With 3D charts, you can rotate the chart, watch it grow, and even have it come in from in front of the screen. You can choose whether to have the entire chart come in at once, or build piece by piece. Once you are done, you can use the animation to punch up your presentation, or export to a video file to use in iMovie or Final Cut.

  • Collaborating With Others Using Pages (MacMost #1819)

    Dec 28 2018

    View in HD at . You can work with other people on a Pages document in real-time or at separate times. All you need to do is to share the document with them using the Collaborate feature inside Pages. This relies on iCloud, though the other person can use the Web-based version of Pages if they don't have Pages or even a Mac.

  • Quickly Switching Between Light and Dark Mode With NightOwl (MacMost #1818)

    Dec 27 2018

    View in HD at . Dark Mode in macOS Mojave is a great new feature, but Apple didn't give us a way to quickly switch between light and dark modes. The little donation-ware app NightOwl gives you that control in your menu bar. You can also set a keyboard shortcut, select apps to stay in light mode, and set specific times to switch between modes.

  • Seven Ways To Quickly View Weather On Your Mac (MacMost #1817)

    Dec 26 2018

    View in HD at . While your apps like News and Stocks have moved from iOS to the Mac, there is no default Weather app for the Mac. But you can get weather information quickly and easily using Spotlight, Safari, the Dashboard, Notifications Center and Siri. You can also bookmark or create a shortcut to your favorite weather source or get a third-party app.

  • Look For and Fix Duplicate Passwords In Safari (MacMost #1816)

    Dec 24 2018

    View in HD at . Storing your passwords in Safari is a good idea as it allows you to use strong unique passwords for each site you visit. But if you still have some old passwords that are used at more than one site, you need to change that. Safari will show you if you are using a password at more than one site. You can use these warnings to fix these before they become a problem.