How to make sense of Safari's new Favorites bookmarks

Reader John Toman is a bit at sea in regard to Yosemite’s version of Safari. He writes, simply:

How do you edit and arrange bookmarks in Safari 8.0?

What’s likely throwing you is the new Favorites view. This is the one where you launch Safari and the bulk of its window contains icons representing bookmarks and folders. These are simply larger representations of those items as they’re arranged in your list of favorites.

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How to keep iCloud Keychain from adding old email accounts

Reader Carrie Lane finds her Mac populated with old email accounts. She writes:

Since I upgraded to Yosemite, the Mail app has started asking for passwords for accounts that I no longer use. I didn’t add them when I first set up Yosemite. What’s going on?

iCloud Keychain is what’s going on. At one time you added these accounts to another device you own. When you enabled iCloud Keychain on that device, it made note of these accounts. When you then set up Yosemite and enabled iCloud Keychain on your Mac, iCloud—thinking it was doing you a favor—added those old accounts.

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How to make copies of all your old camera's pictures

Reader Kevin Kincaid has a question about an old camera and new desire. He writes:

I’ve had a number of digital cameras over the years and I’m interested in retrieving all the images shot with a particular one. Any suggestions how I might find them?

I have two, in fact. The first is to open iPhoto, choose File > New Smart Album, and in the sheet that appears create a condition that reads Any Text Contains [camera model], where the last entry is the model iPhoto recognizes for your camera. (If you’re not sure how iPhoto identifies your camera, just select an image taken with it and click the Info button at the bottom-right of the iPhoto window. In the resulting Info pane look near the top for the model number.)

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How to make the best use of Mail Drop

Reader Joshua Snider seeks more information about one of Yosemite’s new Mail features. He writes:

I’ve heard that I can send really large attachments through Yosemite’s Mail, but does that mean that whoever receives my messages has to also be running Yosemite and using Mail as their email client?

No. The Mail Drop feature isn’t really using attachments in the way that you’re accustomed to. Rather it’s using an attachment analogy so that typical users don’t have to be confounded by talk of cloud intermediaries.

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What to do when iCloud Keychain fails to sync

Reader David Collins lost a convenient feature when he updated to Yosemite. He writes:

When upgrading to OS X Yosemite on my iMac I took your advice and installed it on an external drive. I like it so far, but even though I’ve switched on and verified Keychain in the iCloud system preference, Safari doesn’t know about my previously saved passwords. When I launch Safari, open its preferences, and click on the Passwords tab, the area below is empty. Is there some file I need to copy from Mavericks to make this work?

You needn’t do that. Rather, you just have to give iCloud Keychain a not-so-subtle nudge. Apple outlines the steps for doing so in its Get Help Using iCloud Keychain document.

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How to avoid deleting messages when swiping your iPad too briskly

Reader Nancy Hilton has an iOS issue that she’d like me to take a swipe at. She writes:

I upgraded my iPad mini to iOS 8, and suddenly an accidental left swipe mysteriously wipes out an email message. A gentle left-swipe displays More, Flag, and Trash options, but a quicker swipe produces a brief narrow red line, and poof! the message is gone into cyberspace. Can you help?

I can. As you’ve rightly deduced, this is a behavior introduced with iOS 8, and it works across iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches. It was a notion Apple introduced with the idea that it’s an easy way to quickly delete messages. The problem is that if you’re a little too frisky in your swiping you can accidentally delete messages.

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Unhappy with iTunes 12? Here's how to revert to iTunes 11

A reader who wishes to remain anonymous isn’t entirely tickled with iTunes 12. This reader writes:

I’ve upgraded to OS X Yosemite on my MacBook Air and I mostly like it. What I don’t like is iTunes 12—I find it hard to navigate. Is there any way I can go back to iTunes 11 and still run Yosemite?

There is. And as much as I’d like to take credit for devising the way to do it, that credit goes to Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica and now editor-in-chief of The Wirecutter. I mention her former Ars Technica affiliation because that’s where she described the process for downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7. It turns out that the technique works just as well for moving from iTunes 12 to iTunes 11.

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