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How To Use the New macOS Catalina Battery Health Management Setting
5/29/20
The new macOS 10.15.5 features a battery health management switch in System Preferences. With it on, your battery will charge to a point that is best for longevity. With it off, it charges for maximum capacity.
10 Ways To Speed Up a Slow Mac
5/28/20
Here are 10 ways you can speed up a slow Mac. There's no reason to put up with your Mac being slow. Often this is caused by an app or background process using too many resources, the lack of free hard drive space, a failing drive, or many other reasons.
5/28/20
A minor update to macOS this week includes a new Battery Health Management feature that can prolong the lifespan of MacBook batteries by reducing the maximum charge of the battery based on your usage. You can choose to switch this feature off in System Preferences, Energy Saver, Battery Health.
How To Do a Live Broadcast Of Your Mac's Screen Over YouTube Or Facebook Using OBS Studio
5/27/20

While it is fairly easy to do a YouTube or Facebook live broadcast from your camera, combining your screen and camera takes additional work. You can use the free OBS Studio to combine things and add additional graphics and text to create a professional live broadcast without much work.

Creating An Information Notification With Shell Scripts And Automator
5/26/20

You can go to the Terminal and use simple one-line shell scripts to get various pieces of information such as the date and time, your Internet IP address and your Wi-Fi network name. Using Automator, you can incorporate these bits of information into a simple notification that appears whenever you press a keyboard shortcut.

How To Use the AssistiveTouch Button On Your iPhone or iPad
5/25/20

The AssistiveTouch button is a feature of your iPhone or iPad that gives you another way to access features usually available through a gesture, physical button or complex set of steps. You can use it to simply replace the old Home button, or access other functions when a physical control on an iPhone is inaccessible or broken.

10 Ways To Quickly Access Your Most Important Folders On a Mac
5/22/20

If you are working on a project and using one folder to open and save documents all the time, you can quickly access that folder a variety of ways. You can add it to the Dock, Finder sidebar and toolbar, create keyboard shortcuts, and much more.

Creating Bar Charts and Line Graphs In Mac Numbers
5/21/20

Learn how to create simple bar charts and line graphs from a table of data in Mac Numbers. There are many options to choose from, with all sorts of customiations you can make to the charts.

Create the Double Exposure Effect Without Photoshop
5/20/20

The double exposure effect is an interesting way to combine two ideas in the same image. You can create this by using tools like Photoshop. But on your Mac, there is also a way to do it using Apple's Keynote app. You can cut out an image using Instant Alpha and place another image in that space. You can then blend it with the original image.

Create A Photo Collage With Pages On a Mac
5/19/20

If you want to combine photos into a collage, you can do it using Pages. By using Page Layout mode with custom page dimensions, rulers, guides, box shapes and alignment tools, you can create a grid of photos that at any size. Then you can drag and drop pictures from the Photos app into each box. You can also use borders or even build creative designs with various shapes and sizes.

Getting An External Microphone For Your Mac
5/18/20

If you are thinking about getting an external microphone for your Mac, there are many things to consider. Most people need a bsic USB microphone and those vary in price but are easy to use. You can also connect an analog microphone. For some uses a headset is better.

How To Make Square Videos With a Mac
5/15/20

There are times when you want to produce square-shaped video, such as for social media feeds. You can't do that with iMovie, but you can take video into Keynote and export it as true square video. You can zoom in to a portion of the video in the square, or include the entire width of the video with text and graphics above and below it.

How To Use Mac Photos Without Spending Any Time Organizing Anything
5/14/20

THe Photos app includes tools like albums and tags to help you organize your photo library. But if you like, you can skip that and just use built-in features that automatically group your photos by dates, locations, people or objects.

The Basics Of Editing in The Photos App On Your Mac
5/13/20

The Photos app on your Mac has a set of adjustment and editing tools. Get familiar with how these work by experimenting with them.

Extreme Video Special Effects Using Keynote
5/12/20

Instead of creating graphics in Keynote and overlaying them in iMovie, you can bring video into Keynote and overlay multiple special effects, then export a new version of the clip. You can even animate the video itself.

iPhone iMessage Tricks To Make Messaging Fun
5/11/20

Messaging between iPhones with iMessage doesn't have to be just text. You can send special effects, Animoi recordings, audio, animated drawings, handwriting, stickers, and even play games. Learn how to make your conversations more fun with the tricks.

3 Alternatives To Using macOS Dictation
5/8/20

If you want to try something other than the two dictation functions in macOS, there are at least three other ways to dictate text with your Mac. If you are a Microsoft subscriber, you can use Word's built-in dictation function. Google Docs also has a built-in method if you are using Chrome as your browser. There is also another website you can use to dictate text.

Choosing the Right MacBook For You in Spring 2020
5/7/20

Now that Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro, it is time for many to decide which one to buy. The MacBook Air is ideal for portability while also being a great value. The 16-inch is best for anyone needing maximum power. Where does the 13-inch model fit in?

Understanding How To Install Mac Apps Downloaded From Web Sites
5/6/20

Often when you download apps from third-party web sites you are given a disk image and need to do a drag-and-drop install of the app. New Mac users are sometimes not sure how this works and may not know what to do with the disk image or try to run the app while it is still in the disk image. Learn how to get the app into your Application folder and then run it from Launchpad, Spotlight or the Dock.

5/4/20
Apple released a new 13-Inch MacBook Pro, completing its departure from the troubled butterfly keyboard. The new model is otherwise a minor update of the previous version, with better base storage and a new 10th-generation Intel processor on the higher-end versions.