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Why iCloud Keychain may prompt you for a device password used with other Apple hardware you own

Why iCloud Keychain may prompt you for a device password used with other Apple hardware you own

It’s a clever way to protect your security, but Apple doesn’t explain it at all.

01/25/2021

How to lock files in macOS Big Sur's Finder

How to lock files in macOS Big Sur's Finder

The Finder lets you lock files, but some aspects are a little obscure.

01/22/2021

Put emoji, math, and other symbols at your fingertips with a custom Mac software keyboard

Put emoji, math, and other symbols at your fingertips with a custom Mac software keyboard

If you’re a frequent user of hard-to-access symbols, a third-party tool can let you create a faster solution.

01/21/2021

How to share your Mac’s screen the quick and easy way in Messages

How to share your Mac’s screen the quick and easy way in Messages

Need to help someone by seeing what they’re up to or get help yourself?

01/20/2021

How to reserve Time Machine space on an APFS drive

How to reserve Time Machine space on an APFS drive

Apple has specific advice on making additional volumes on a backup volume, but it needs some explanation.

01/19/2021

What Apple operating systems work with iCloud Tabs across devices?

What Apple operating systems work with iCloud Tabs across devices?

An excellent feature for accessing the same tabs everywhere, when it doesn’t work, there’s no button to click to fix it.

01/18/2021

Mac screen sharing won’t work? Disable it! Then turn it back on

Mac screen sharing won’t work? Disable it! Then turn it back on

Paradoxically, you may have to turn off screen sharing in order to get it to allow sharing.

01/14/2021

macOS Big Sur’s battery optimization: You can’t do much to tweak laptop settings

macOS Big Sur’s battery optimization: You can’t do much to tweak laptop settings

Apple relies on your behavior over time balanced against battery wear, but doesn’t let you tweak its choices.

01/13/2021

How to scan documents in Notes and third-party apps on the iPhone and iPad

How to scan documents in Notes and third-party apps on the iPhone and iPad

The Notes app hides a powerful document-scanning option, but you can find even better ones if need be.

01/08/2021

How to figure out if a MacBook power adapter or battery has gone bad

How to figure out if a MacBook power adapter or battery has gone bad

There are really three components in a laptop relating to charging a battery.

01/07/2021

How to enable the iTunes Store in the macOS Music app

How to enable the iTunes Store in the macOS Music app

If you want to purchase songs and albums, why doesn’t the option appear?

01/04/2021

How to get an accounting of your Apple Cash transactions

How to get an accounting of your Apple Cash transactions

You don’t have to scroll through Wallet to find what you spent and received.

12/29/2020

How to restore a previous version of your Pages, Keynote, and other documents in macOS

How to restore a previous version of your Pages, Keynote, and other documents in macOS

Apple’s Mac apps and those of some other developers auto-save and let you browse past versions.

12/23/2020

Lost text in a browser form submission? Avoid it with an extension or a clipboard add-on

Lost text in a browser form submission? Avoid it with an extension or a clipboard add-on

It’s so easy to navigate away from a page, click submit too early, or suffer from a Web site error—and lose everything you typed.

12/22/2020

If you’re using AFP to share a Mac drive, It’s time to change

If you’re using AFP to share a Mac drive, It’s time to change

You may need to tweak some settings to keep sharing volumes after upgrading to High Sierra or later.

12/18/2020

How to change the icon of a storage device in macOS

How to change the icon of a storage device in macOS

To tell different volumes and drives apart, you can paste in custom icons.

12/17/2020

What’s the latest version of macOS you can run on your Mac?

What’s the latest version of macOS you can run on your Mac?

You may be stymied by trying to update with an installer past your machine’s capabilities.

12/16/2020

macOS Big Sur supports Time Machine on APFS-formatted drives, but there are a few catches

macOS Big Sur supports Time Machine on APFS-formatted drives, but there are a few catches

The updated macOS finally allows you to use a drive formatted with Apple’s not-very-new APFS filesystem as a Time Machine destination.

12/15/2020

How to unify your Apple IDs in macOS for Media & Purchases

How to unify your Apple IDs in macOS for Media & Purchases

You may have signed in at different times to different apps and want to use just one account.

12/14/2020

How to change your name on your Mac's user account

How to change your name on your Mac's user account

Apple doesn’t make it obvious, but your full account name in macOS can be changed at will.

12/11/2020

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