Issue #417 for December 29, 2016
The MacMost Newsletter: Issue #417
December 29, 2016
Special Two-Day Sale on Sierra Course!

I feel like doing something special for the end of the year. So I'm putting my macOS Sierra online course on sale for today and tomorrow only (Dec 29 and 30). This is only for newsletter subscribers. I won't be mentioning this on the website, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else. For today and tomorrow you can get my Udemy course The Guide to macOS Sierra for only $15 USD. The normal price is $40 at Udemy, $30 if you use the regular link from

This online course includes more than 50 video tutorials, more than 4 hours of video instruction. It begins by showing you the basics of the desktop and then goes into detail about using the Finder, iTunes, Safari, Mail, TextEdit, Preview and other basic apps. Lots of tips, tricks and techniques.

These are videos only available in the course, I'm not repurposing the regular MacMost videos. You can buy the course now and watch the videos any time you wish. There is no time limit or anything like that.

Just use this link to get the course at the special price: SIERRA-END-2016.

-- Gary
Taming All My Files
If you find the Ally My Files view in the Finder to be useless, you may want to consider getting rid of it, or perhaps taming it by using the Arrange By options in the Finder. You can set the Finder so new windows show the Documents folder or somewhere else by default. You can also use Arrange By Last Opened Date to make the All My Files list something that is actually useful. Watch Video...
Use Split View With Two Safari Windows
While many Mac users know about using Split View for sharing the screen with two apps, you can also use it to split the screen between two windows of the same app. You can put two safari windows on either side of your screen and still have access to tabs and the toolbar of each. Watch Video...
Showing and Hiding Desktop Items
You can decide whether you want your hard drive, external drives, CDs and networked drives on your Desktop. Some users prefer to not have these items on the Desktop since they are easy to access through the Finder. Others may find they miss these but don't know how to get them back. Watch Video...
Printing Monthly Calendars
The Calendar app makes it useful to print out blank monthly calendar pages for use at work or home. You can also include events or birthdays on the printed page. This can be useful for planning or just having a calendar in a room away from your Mac. Watch Video...
Save Text As Audio
You can have your Mac speak text to you and also have it save that audio as a file that you can listen to later or even on your iPhone after syncing the file via iTunes. Learn how to take a text file and convert it to a spoken word audio file using the Terminal. Watch Video...
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Quick Tip: Automatically Open New Documents In a Tab
In System Preferences, Dock there is a setting "Prefer tabs when opening documents." Set that to "Always" and many standard apps, like Pages, will open documents in a tab instead of a new window. Provided, of course, that there is already a document open. This is handy if you greatly prefer tabs.
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