MacMost: Question and Answer Forum

The MacMost Question and Answer Forum is a place where you can ask how-to questions about your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other Apple products. MacMost specializes in tutorials, tips and techniques of the “how-to” variety, as opposed to “fix-it” questions that are more about something not working as expected.


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9/20/21
Greetings: New Mac user here, with no programming experience. I’d like to know how to make a custom keyboard shortcut for the “Show Keyboard Viewer” functionality, which appears in the menu bar when you have more than one language keyboard active. (It is found ... (2 Comments)
9/17/21
In short, I want to delete my photo library from my Mac without deleting anything from iCloud photos. For a few years I only used my phone for my photos, but had “My Photo Stream” activated on both my phone and my Mac. That means that a lot of junk accumulated on my ... (1 Comment)
9/17/21
Normally I use Google Sheets, but I recently switched to a MacBook and want to use Numbers instead of Google Sheets. I want to use a formula to see if a number is a palindrome. In Google Sheets I have 2 formulas that work, but they don’t work or don’t work well in ... (1 Comment)
9/17/21
My use of my MacBook Air is changing. No longer is it my primary device. I create and edit all my content from documents to audio files to video files and more using apps on my iPad. My Mac isn’t often pressed into action any more. Would you still recommend Time Machine to ... (2 Comments)
9/16/21
How can I get Time Machine to back up my contacts or does iCloud back them up? Lost a contact thinking Time machine backed it up but Apple support had me move them to the cloud as it doesn’t since between the two. —– Greg ... (2 Comments)
9/16/21
I suffer from too many concussions (my neurologist calls it post concussion syndrome) and found that I can adjust the pages in the Finder to a gray. The issue is that I haven’t been able to figure out how to set the colour on all pages of the finder (without having to set in ... (1 Comment)
9/15/21
When you do a backup of your Mac on iCloud, are your music files also backuped? On my last back-up I did not see my music listed. Must I do a separate backup for my Music files on a separate device? —– Ken ... (3 Comments)
9/15/21
I have a number of local Photos albums in my iMac Home folder. What I want to do is move some of these local albums back to Photos iCloud so all my iOS devices can access them. My thinking is to create empty albums in the Photos app then copy the contents of the local albums ... (2 Comments)
9/14/21
Gary – When reviewing and editing a PDF document there are many great tools in Preview. We can add text boxes, shapes, shapes with text in them, and we can add highlights, underlines, strike-throughs, etc. What I can’t seem to do is to rotate a shape, or a shape with ... (2 Comments)
9/14/21
Over the years and since iCloud was invented, I have used 3 computers. Two of which belonged to other organizations I worked for. However, I backed everything up to iCloud. Now, I want to find documents I know I have, or slide shows I know I have, from 7 years ago, and I can find ... (1 Comment)
9/12/21
Hello all, Im new and learning, or to trying to ! I have an M1 Macbook Air running MACOS15 beta , but I think I’ve had this issue for a while. I am trying to select and highlight text in Safari but my Mac is in dark mode. after a lot of frustration I have found that dark ... (2 Comments)
9/10/21
I’m a student who writes a lot of papers. I write primarily on Scrivener, Pages, and Microsoft Word. I’ve recently switched to a Mac and I’ve been thinking about turning on iCloud, for the convenience and peace of mind of having a backup. But I’m reluctant ... (1 Comment)
9/10/21
Where is the Wallet App? Running Monterey Beta 6. Want to add my new Apple Card to Wallet on Mac mini but can’t find it. —– Paul Knox ... (2 Comments)
9/10/21
I really appreciate the great work you do and how clearly and simply you explain things. I’m interested to know how you create the “apple” icon in your email subject lines. I love that effect. I can instantly recognize your emails from the crowd. I wondered if ... (1 Comment)
9/9/21
BACKGROUND: A senior APPL tech stated that partitioning is no longer necessary in some instances. With her guidance over the phone, she seemingly configured my computer in that manner. QUESTION: Re. Big Sur on MacBook Air, how does the user set up the operating system in order ... (1 Comment)
9/9/21
How to enter a date using period or dot (.) as the separator; and using yyyy.mm.dd as the entry format? My system preferences short date format is set up as yyyy.mm.dd. Numbers will recognize “-” and “/”. I do not care to use those for data entry. Example: ... (7 Comments)
9/9/21
In finder there is in the left pane a folder called “On My Mac”. You can hide it or show it in settings for finder under “left pane”. I cannot use i for creating folders or storing files in it and “info” is blank. What is the purpose of the ... (4 Comments)
9/8/21
Hi guys, Just interested in why my Mac shows in the bottom left hand corner of Mail that it appears to be continually downloading files. Latest screen shows a download of over a million emails??? I am not trying to do anything – I am just intrigued as to why there is a ... (1 Comment)
9/7/21
About fading in a single clip from black – the Settings allows for that but it is a very quick fade in. How can I extend the duration of the fade-in-from-black to maybe one or even two seconds, gently, not abruptly? I tried dragging a black background to the top of the file ... (1 Comment)
9/3/21
I’m new to MacOS. I’m looking for way to sort mail by Sender but I don’t see a way. I want to switch to Mac and get Windows where I use Outlook 365. Thanks —– Gloria Gardner ... (2 Comments)