How to search special characters in Pages 5

Several readers have asked about what appears to be a missing feature in Pages 5 compared to the previous version: finding special “invisible” items, such as tab, a carriage return (at the end of a paragraph), page break insertion, and the like. It seems like you can type a space character in the Find dialog (Edit > Find) and nothing else that can’t be seen.

Apple seems to emphasize this in its online help: “All visible content in the document—the main body text, headers and footers, tables, text boxes, shapes, footnotes and endnotes, and comments—is included in the search.” Visible content, it says.

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Invisible characters can be displayed with View > Show Invisibles.

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Find out which iOS app is requesting your Apple ID password

David Nicklin brings a story that has a moral: friends don't let friends install apps on their iOS devices:

I was traveling overseas a couple of years ago for a friend’s wedding. While there, I spent an afternoon with a long-lost acquaintance. Somehow, for whatever reason, he shared an iOS app with me, installing it on my phone and using his Apple ID. Up until I bought a new phone and restored it from backup, everything was fine. Now, however, the phone is asking me for his Apple ID credentials.

I don’t even remember which app it was he installed for me. Is there any way to easily find which app is causing the problem without uninstalling every app on the phone and re-installing them until I find what I am looking for?

You are so not going to like the answer to this. I encountered this a few years ago, when I installed some apps on my wife's phone before Apple added Family Sharing—which we still don't use, but at least it's an option.

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How to transfer a photo album from your iPhone to your Mac

Miranda wants to transfer photos from iOS to OS X. She asks, “I have an album of pictures I want to upload. Is there a way I can just upload the album?”

You’d think, right? And you’d be sadly wrong. If you’re using iCloud Photo Library, all your albums and related settings are synced among devices logged into the same iCloud account that have the library feature enabled.

But if you don’t, albums are peculiarly locked away through any built-in methods. This is a long-running complaint. Search on this topic on the Internet, and you’ll find variations of this question spanning back years.

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How to remove bullet points in the Mail app for OS X

Gary Krupa writes:

I’ve typed out a long email with bulleted or numbered lists embedded in the middle. I’ve then decided that I don’t want the bulleted/numbered list; I want it to be sentences. The problem: how do I undo a bulleted or numbered list and return it to regular text? As far as I can tell there is no provision to revert a list back to text.

This is one of those cases where I feel that despite Apple’s continuous improvement in some aspects of OS X and its associated software, its developers miss some basic elements—and keep missing it. You’d think enough people would have complained about this lack of symmetry for it to be improved, but apparently not.

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Stop Photos from launching when you plug your iPhone into your Mac

Mike Kahn converted one iPhotos library to Photos in OS X. Now, every time he plugs in his iPhone, Photos launches, requiring him to quit and then launch iPhoto. He’d like to revert to iPhoto being the default choice.

Apple likes to hide its browser, mail, and iOS-attached launch preferences in funny places. You set your default browser in Safari, meaning you have to launch Safari to stop launching Safari in the future (Safari > Preferences > General, Set Default Browser); same with Mail and mail (Mail > Preferences > General, Default Email Reader).

Where do you find the find the photo-app launching preference? Not in Photos or iPhoto, as you’d expect! Instead, launch Applications > Image Capture, a very useful utility that can work with iOS devices, inserted SD cards, attached cameras, and networked scanners.

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When 'Save As' says you don't have permission

Jim Elkins is in a pickle. Since updating to Yosemite 10.10.3, he can’t save files via Save As.

I get the message: “The document could not be exported as ‘name.’ You do not have permission.”

This is very likely a problem that I’ve heard a lot about lately and never previously, which might indicate that a Yosemite update tripped a permission lever unintentionally for some people.

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How to print a single page of a document in iOS

Scott Randell asks a perfectly reasonable question about iOS printing:

How can I print just a single page of a document from my iPhone or iPad? As much as I look, I can seem to find an article on how to do this.

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The standard print dialog (in this case, from Safari) doesn’t offer a way to pick particular pages to print.

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