MacMost: Archives

Customizing the New Finder Window Shows Setting
You can decide which folder you start in when you create a new Finder window or add a new Finder tab. Some locations are mode useful than others. Picking the right location for you can improve your productivity.
7 Pie Chart Alternatives in Numbers
Pie charts can represent a simple comparison between a set of values. Here are some other chart variations that you can use to also represent a simple visual comparison.
Creating a Spinning Newspaper Effect
You can easily create a spinning newspaper special effect for your video projects using a one-slide Keynote presentation. You can export it as a video and import it into iMovie or any other video editing app as a clip or an overlay.
Extracting Text From Images With Live Text on a Mac
You can use Live Text to get text from a photo on your Mac in a variety of different apps and situations. You can simply copy the text and paste it elsewhere, or you can take quick actions from text like addresses, dates and phone numbers.
How To Make Text Larger In Individual Apps On an iPhone
If you have trouble reading text in some iPhone apps but not others, you can customize the text size in many apps on an individual app-by-app basis. You can do this in the Settings app or using Control Center.
Creating Custom Memories in Photos
If you enjoy the Memories feature of the Mac Photo app you don't need to wait for Memories to be automatically created, you can make your own. With either your custom Memory or an automatic one, you can also export the video to share or use in projects.
How To Have Your Mac Read Text To You
You can easily have your Mac read selected text out loud. You can select the voice and speed. With some more work you can add a keyboard shortcut or have it export the audio into a file to use later.
Creating Handy Dock Folders With Apps Or Files
You can create folders just to use in the Dock that contain aliases to apps or commonly-used files.
Using the Built-in Thesaurus on Your Mac, iPhone or iPad
Your Mac comes with a built-in Dictionary app that also includes a thesaurus. You can also access it while writing, or on the iPhone and iPad while writing though not in an app.
Why You Probably Can't Use Your Old iMac As a Display
A common question is whether you can use your old iMac as a display for a new Mac mini, Mac Studio or maybe a second display for a MacBook. This is called Target Display Mode. Unfortunately, it only works with some older iMacs if you are connecting from older Macs and using specific systems. It probably isn't a good idea anyway as those older iMacs have screens that are not as good as what you can get cheaply today.
Finding Duplicate Photos in the Photos App
Recent new features in the Mac, iPhone and iPad Photos apps let you find and remove duplicate photos easily.
How To Create Custom List Styles In Pages
You don't have to use one of the default list styles in Pages. You can build your own instead. You can use bullets, arrows, numbers, letters or any combination at multiple levels. You can create a List Style that is suited to your note-taking needs.
Creating Animated Travel Maps in iMovie
There are animated travel maps built right into iMovie on your Mac. You can choose a single location or a route between two locations or even more. Beyond the basics, you can use cropping, color adjustments, and filters to create a unique animated travel map for your new iMovie project.
10 Third Party Mac Apps that I Rely On
Here are the primary third-party apps that I use to make the MacMost tutorials and do app and website development.
Get Creative With Numbers Spreadsheets
You can use Numbers for more than just a grid of data. You can create colorful and easy-to-use sheets with single-cell tables, text, graphics, lookups, charts and more.
A Detailed Look At Using Pie Charts In Numbers
Pie charts are a quick and simple way to represent data visually in your Numbers spreadsheets. There are a lot of options and variations.
Episode 3000: Top 10 Mac Questions
To celebrate the 3,000th episode of MacMost, here are the anwers to some of the questions I get the most often. Learn how to take a screenshot, maximize a window, cut and paste files and much more.
How To Crop Video On Your Mac
You don't need a third-party app to crop video on your Mac. But neither QuickTime Player nor iMovie will do it either. Here's how to use the built-in Photos app to actually crop your video and export a new version.
Comparing Icon, List and Column Views
Take a look at the advantages to using the three main Finder views: Icon, List and Column. What are the reasons you may choose one over the other?
The Simplest Way To Do the Most Common Tasks On Your Mac
Here are the simplest ways to do some common tasks on your Mac like renaming files, launching apps, taking screenshots and more.