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To save time when tweaking options in System Preferences on a Mac, click and hold on the System Preferences icon in the Dock to see a menu of all available preference panes. Then choose the one you want to open that pane immediately, bypassing the main System Preferences window.
There’s nothing wrong with a messy Mac screen that’s chock-full of overlapping windows. But what if you want to switch to a particular window to copy text or view a calendar date quickly? To find your window of choice more quickly, press the Mission Control/F3 key on your Apple keyboard—it’s on the top row of […]
Because many developers—including Apple—update their iOS apps often, it’s easiest to enable the Updates switch in Settings > iTunes & App Stores so your iPhone and iPad apps update automatically. That’s convenient, but how will you know what has changed? Here’s the trick. On the Updates screen of the App Store app, tap What’s New […]
Everyone knows how to look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary. But hauling out a dusty tome and flipping through pages of tiny text is so last century. It’s far simpler to use the Mac’s built-in dictionary, especially when you use our favorite ways of accessing it. Assuming that the word is showing on your […]
Regulating your kid’s computer use can be an exercise in frustration. Fortunately, the Mac’s built-in parental controls can help you limit screen time, limit access to certain apps or Web sites, keep your child from messing up the system, and more. We showed you how to enable parental controls for your child’s account in an […]
Apple’s Family Sharing provides features like a shared calendar, shared photo album, and shared apps from the App Store. We talked generally about Family Sharing in a previous article, and today we’ll look more deeply at how Family Sharing affects using apps on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (the concepts are similar on the […]
You probably know how to snap a standard photo with the iPhone’s camera. But you may not have known that you can capture fleeting moments—and have more fun!—by using three special options in the Camera app: burst mode, Live Photos, and Slo-Mo videos. These options are especially great for things that move—kids, pets, water; you […]
Ever wanted to jump to a particular folder on your Mac while opening or saving a file? You can, thanks to a clever Finder trick. Whenever you have an Open or Save dialog open in an app, switch to the Finder, find the folder you want to access, and drag its icon into the dialog. […]
Just as you wouldn’t leave your pooch in a car parked in the sun, you should be careful with your iPhone. It’s rated for use at up to 95℉ (35℃) and can be stored at up to 113℉ (45℃), but temperatures inside a parked car on a sunny day can exceed 130℉ (55℃) within 30–60 […]