• May 25, 2021

    Learn How to Paste Text So Its Style Matches the Surrounding Text

    When you copy text from a Web page, PDF, or word processing document, macOS usually includes the associated formatting, so the words you paste may end up in 68-point blue italic if that was what the source text looked like. That’s often undesirable. More commonly, you want the text to take on the styling of the text where you’ve pasted it. In most Mac apps, there’s a quick trick to achieve this... Read more
  • May 11, 2021

    Nine Reasons to Put Your Mac’s Pointer in a Corner

    Nine Reasons to Put Your Mac’s Pointer in a Corner

    If your Mac is like ours, it’s a busy place, with oodles of open windows and lots of icons lying around. If you want to display the Desktop or see a single app’s windows, you may find yourself clicking around or using keyboard shortcuts, but did you know that you can access many of the Mac’s special views with just a flick of your wri... Read more
  • April 29, 2021

    Not a Fan of Big Sur’s Translucent Menu Bar? Here’s How to Disable It

    In macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple went back to a design direction from the earliest days of Mac OS X: a translucent menu bar. Since its color changes depending on the desktop picture, many people aren’t enamored of it (left, below). Luckily, reverting to the traditional opaque menu bar is simple. Open System Preferences > Accessibility > Display and select Reduce Transparency. That will turn the... Read more
  • April 6, 2021

    Make Better Documents and Edit More Easily with Show Invisibles

    Some of the trickiest editing and proofreading problems are related to characters you can’t typically see on the screen: spaces, tabs, and returns. Just because they’re invisible doesn’t mean they don’t affect the look of a document, often in negative ways. For instance:
    • An extra space can cause an awkward jump from one word to the next, or it could push punctuation away from the f... Read more
  • March 25, 2021

    Having Trouble Finding Files on Your Mac? Here’s How to Reset Spotlight

    For the most part, Spotlight works well. Press Command-Space or use the Search field in a Finder window, and it finds everything that matches your search term. Sometimes, however, Spotlight fails to turn up a file that you know is present, likely due to index corruption. To fix the problem, you can force Spotlight to rebuild its index. (Don’t do this unless it’s necessary since reindexing can t... Read more
  • March 9, 2021

    Web Ads: Making the Best of a Lose-Lose Scenario

    Typically, we like to help you solve problems in these articles. But there’s one problem we all face that has no good solution: ads on Web pages. Let us explain the background, after which you can decide how you want to proceed. Put simply, advertising is the economic engine of the Web. Google and Facebook make billions and billions of dollars every quarter, almost entirely on advertising. P... Read more
  • March 2, 2021

    Manage Your Apple Purchases and Subscriptions on the Mac and iPhone

    Last quarter, Apple’s Services segment generated a whopping $15.8 billion in revenue, 14% of the company’s total—sales of apps, media, and subscriptions are a big deal to Apple. And if you’re like us, you’re probably now paying Apple for services like Apple Music, Read more
  • February 23, 2021

    Reclaim Local Storage Space by Removing iCloud Drive Downloads

    With iCloud Drive, Apple provides an Optimize Mac Storage checkbox that, when checked, stores the full contents of iCloud Drive on the Mac only if there’s enough space. However, you may wish to recover local storage space without selecting that option—luckily, that’s easy to do. Open iCloud Drive in the Finder, Control-click a file, and choose Remove Download. The file remains in iCloud Drive, ... Read more
  • February 4, 2021

    Home Sharing Lets You Access Media on Your Mac from Other Local Apple Devices

    In the heyday of iTunes, Apple users stored their music, movies, and TV shows on their Macs and shared them with other Macs in their homes, as well as their iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. Of late, however, streaming has become Apple’s preferred media consumption approach, thanks to the rise of Apple Music and the way the Apple TV app aggregates video streaming services like Netflix. Neverthe... Read more
  • January 14, 2021

    M1-Based Macs Have New Startup Modes: Here’s What You Need to Know

    For many years, Macs have relied on sets of keys held at startup to enable specific modes. Most notably, pressing Option displays the Startup Manager and lets you pick a boot drive, Command-R starts up from macOS Recovery, Command-Option-P-R resets the NVRAM, Shift starts up in Safe mode, D opens Apple Diagnostics to check the hardware, and T starts up in Target Disk Mode. Needless to say, obsc... Read more