How To Get Organized - The Apple Version

How To Get Organized - The Apple Version

It is time for some spring-cleaning and what better place to start then your desk where you spend most of your day? Here are some products that we have at the iStore that will help you de-clutter your workspace:

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One of my personal favorites is this CableBox Mini; it helps hide all those little, loose and tangled wires that take over so much space on my desk.

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Another great product is CableDrop. These are perfect for the lose cables and just adding this small addition to your desk you will notice a huge difference.

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For further assistance, make an appointment to see one of our Apple technicians and they will be glad to help you with all your organizational needs!

To make an appointment email us at info@istorestm.com or call us at (201) 831- 8050.

How To Fix The Latest Changes In iOS 11

How To Fix The Latest Changes In iOS 11

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iOS 11 is wonderful, but some of its changes, like hiding auto brightness, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and off, may annoy you. Sometimes you can find some new snazzy effects and transitions in iOS 11, such as the way that the Home Page appears to zoom into view when you close an app or when you unlock your iPhone. You'll probably find annoying.

Here is how you can go about fixing them.

Videos Auto-Play In The App Store

To disable this. Go to Settings-iTunes & App Store-Auto Play-Videos-Select "Off".

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Auto-Brightness Settings Moved

Maybe you have noticed that Auto-Brightness is no longer in the "Display & Brightness" settings. It's not that, it has entirely gone, just moved to a less convenient location.

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Settings-General-Accessibility-Display Accommodations-Enable/Disable as desired.

How To Reduce The Home Page Of The User Interface

  •  Go to Settings > General
  •  Accessibility
  • Scroll down to Reduce Motion
  • Turn the slider to green.

This will reduce the motion of the user interface, including the parallax effect of icons.

Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Won't Turn Off

Back in iOS 10, when you would tap on the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi toggle in the Control Center, the setting would turn off. In iOS 11, Apple has changed the behavior of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, which is confusing a lot of users.

When you disable the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggle from the Control Center, the color of the icons changes from blue to gray. The only way to disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth completely is to do it via the Settings app.

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections have three different states: Connected, Disconnected, Off.

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Off

There's No More 3D Touch Gesture For The App Switcher

The 3D Touch Gesture available bottom-left corner of your screen for the App Switcher instead of the home button is no. Instead of 3D Touch Gesture, you can use an alternative method of turning AssistiveTouch into a Dedicated Multitasking Button.

You can try customizing the Assistive Touch feature from Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Assistive Touch.

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Thumbnails Appear Every Time You Screenshot

Many of the iPhone lovers will love the Apple's new feature of screenshot editing, but there will be at least a few that will hate seeing that thumbnail image appear in the corner of the screen every time a screenshot is taken.

You can "disable" this feature of thumbnails appearing by either ignore the preview thumbnail/s, which will disappear in a few seconds or swipe left on the preview thumbnail/s to make it (or them) disappear faster.

Did The Option To Add Email Accounts To Mail

Apple decided to group the "Add Account" option into its own section in the Settings menu.

Open the Settings on your iPhone. Once opened, scroll down and select "Accounts & Passwords".Then, tap on "Add Account," and choose the email service you'd like to sign into.

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Always follow the on-screen instructions because depending on what service you choose, a permissions prompt might appear, so tap on "Yes" to proceed in order to sign in with your email address and password. After choosing all the apps that you want to sync with your email account, tap on "Save" to finish up.

Get Rid Of Viruses And Bugs From Your iPhone And iPad

Get Rid Of Viruses And Bugs From Your iPhone And iPad

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A virus is said to be a piece of code that replicates or duplicates itself by creating a copy within another piece of software on your computer. Whereas a worm is a standalone program in its own right; both seek to propagate themselves by hijacking messaging applications or via social engineering. iOS malware is rare but not unknown.

How To Find Out If Your Device Has Got A Virus

Have you installed an application from a non-official source whose authenticity is questionable? If the answer to both is yes, you may have a malicious piece of software on your device.Redirecting you to an unfamiliar web page in Safari and opening the App Store without permission can be an indication by the apps that they have hijacked.

Here are the tips to get rid of viruses and bugs from your iPhone and iPad.

Restart Or Power Off Your iPhone Or iPad

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 To restart the phone, hold down the power button until you see Slide to Power Off >> touch and slide until it turns off. To turn it back on, hold down the power button for a few seconds until you see an Apple logo and you need to wait until the passcode entry screen appears and then unlock the phone.

Clear Your History

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In order to clear history and dataGo to the Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data, then tap Clear History and Data to confirm.

Restore Your iPhone Or iPad To A Recent Backup

Make sure your device is set to automatically backup. If it is automatically backed up, it'll be more easier to restore your iPhone from the most recent backup and see if the solution has been removed. If this fails, you may have backed up the contents of your iPhone including the malware of other problem, so restore from the second most recent backup. To turn on Backup: Settings >> iCloud >> turn on Backup.

If all else fails, you can wipe everything off your iPhone or iPad and start over. That means you erase everything from your smartphone or tablet, and start from scratch. To do that: Settings >> General >> Reset >> Erase All Content and Settings.

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To protect your iPhone or iPad from malware in future we recommend never jailbreak your iPhone or iPad.Keep your iPhone and iPad up-to-date: Settings >> General >> Software update. Don't open the links if you're unsure where they come from.

Simple Steps To Reset Your Apple Id Password

Simple Steps To Reset Your Apple Id Password

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Since we always use a secure password, there are chances of forgetting it. Forgetting the password to your Apple ID account can be more painful.The simplest way to log back into an Apple account:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on “iCloud”
  2. Tap on the email address on the top of the iCloud settings screen.
  3. Tap on the blue text underneath the password entry that says “Forgot Apple ID or  Password?” where you’ll have two choices:
  • If you know your Apple ID and don’t remember the password, type in your email address and click “Next” to start the reset process
  • If you don’t know your Apple ID, tap on “Forgot your Apple ID?” and fill out your full name and email address to recover the Apple ID login.
  • Answer the security questions pertaining to that Apple ID, and follow the onscreen directions to complete the process

How To Reset Your Apple Id Password

  1. Go to the Apple ID web page at appleid.apple.com and click 'Forgot Apple ID or password.'
  2. Enter the email address you use with your Apple ID and click continue.
  3. If you haven't set up any levels of security it will be a case of getting an email or answering some security questions.

How To Deal With Security Questions

While an Apple ID, you will be asked to answer some security questions: the name of your friend, perhaps, or the name of a favorite teacher, etc.

Here are the steps you will need to go through:

  1. Start by entering your date of birth.
  2. Apple will then ask you two questions. By entering the right answers you will reach on a Reset Password Page.
  3. Now enter your new password twice. Follow the rules while creating a new password.

 

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Reset Using The Web

You can also start password reset process from the official Apple ID website; as long as you have a web browser:

  1. Go to this Apple ID site in that “Manage your Apple ID” choose the “Reset your password” option.
  2. Enter the email address associated with the account and answer the security questions as usual to complete the reset password process

Use Password Reset Email

Rather than answering the security questions maybe you don’t know, you can choose to have a password reset email sent to you. The password resets email will be sent to a second email address you have associated with your Apple ID.Before opting this make sure that you have access to the email.

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  •  From the Reset Password screen at https://iforgot.apple.com/password/verify/appleid choose Get an email and press Continue
  •  The second email address associated with your account will receive an email with the title "How to reset your Apple ID password".
  •  Click the 'Reset now' link in the email.
  • The email includes a warning in case it wasn't you who requested the change of password.

 

What If You Forget Your Email Address?

Usually, you need to associate an email address with your Apple ID. If you continuously buy things from Apple, you might forget which email address is tied to your Apple ID. There's a quick way to find out the email address, for that you need to find the device that is already signed on to your Apple ID.

 

On An Ipad:

  • Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. You can see your Apple ID on top if you're logged in.
  • Go to Settings and tap your name at the top of the page. You will see the email associated with your Apple ID under your name if you are already logged in.
  • You can also see your email address in Settings > Messages > Send & Receive; Settings > FaceTime, or Settings > Mail.

On A Mac Or PC

  • Go to System Preferences > iCloud. Again you should see your Apple ID if you're logged in.
  • If you aren't logged in here you may find the email in Mail > Preferences > Accounts.
  • If it is on the Mac, you may find the details in FaceTime: Select FaceTime > Preferences > Settings or Messages: Messages > Preferences, then click Accounts.
  • You can also check iTunes for previous purchases. Right-click on find a purchase, and choose Get Info then File. You may see the email address besides your name.

How To Use Apple's Black Box Like An Expert

How To Use Apple's Black Box Like An Expert

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Apple TV 4K is built to take full advantage of 4K HDR so you watching TV gives you a visual treat of higher quality. From the beginning to now it has got a lot smaller and a lot smarter—and it has a few tricks up its sleeve that you might not know. Here are some tips to improve your Apple TV experience. They all work with the latest, fourth-generation box.This smart device offers you the live content you care about most the news and sports.

Let's Rearrange The Home Screen

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You can add apps; you can move them around to access your favorites more easily. You don't need to settle with the layout that Apple TV offers you as default. You can use your top part of the remote for re-arranging the apps, tap and hold on any app to move the icon somewhere else on the screen. Tap again to confirm. To delete an app from the home screen entirely, tap and hold on it and then press Play/Pause to delete it.

The most recent tvOS updates have enabled folders too. Just like on iOS, you can drag an icon on top of another icon to instantly create a folder, which will keep your apps more neatly organized. Drag the app icon out to the edge of the folder, and it will return to the home screen grid.

In Settings, there are more options for changing your home screen's appearance, including switching between a light and a dark interface mode and choosing from a list of available screensavers.

The Touch Remote- Cleverer Than It Looks!

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If you find your Touch Remote too sensitive, or not sensitive enough, head to the Settings app then choose Remotes and Devices, then Touch Surface Tracking. You can check up on the remote's battery level at the same time.

  •  You can double-tap the Home button to display all of your recent apps.
  • Within an app, if you scrub left or right on the touch-sensitive top half of the remote, it lets you go backward or forward in videos and audio tracks.

Check The Space Apps Are Using Up

If you need to free up some storage, you can see which installed apps are eating up more space by going to Settings and then choosing General and Manage Storage. The next screen shows all the apps on your Apple TV, with the most significant culprit at the top.

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There's a trash can right by each entry on the list—tap once on this icon, and you can delete the app and free up some space.   You can always download the apps you are removing again.

Do More With Bluetooth Devices

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Your Apple TV has Bluetooth on board, so make the most of it. You might already realize you can boost the audio capabilities of your box with Bluetooth speakers or headphones, but you can connect other devices as well.You can connect two Bluetooth devices can be connected to your Apple TV at any one time. Head to Remotes and Devices from the Settings app, and then choose Bluetooth to pair devices, or to remove one device and make room for a new one. Use a Bluetooth keyboard to control your Apple TV. To pair a keyboard make sure it's discoverable.

Get Help From Siri

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No more typing to find exactly what you’re looking for. Siri has arrived on the Apple TV, so make use of the voice-controlled assistant by pressing and holding on the Siri button on the remote.Just ask Siri for a movie, show, genre, actor, or song you love.

The Siri's results pop up along the bottom of the screen most of the time, so they won't interrupt what you're doing. When watching movies and shows, you can say, "Forward or rewind ten minutes" to jump around, or ask, "Who stars in this?" to get a list of cast members to appear on the screen.

Load Any Content On Your Apple Tv

Certain apps can be helpful here, specifically Plex, which will stream audio, video, and photos from any computer on the same network straight to your Apple TV. Install Plex on your computer and also install the app on the Apple TV to get started. Plex has more information about setting up the app.

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VLC Media Player, already one of the most versatile media players for computers and phones. On the Apple TV, it provides support for streaming almost anything from your local network.

Why Is The Retina Display Better?

Why Is The Retina Display Better?

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The goal of Retina Displays is to make the display of text and images extremely crisp, so pixels are not visible to the naked eye.This gives content incredible detail and dramatically improves your viewing experience.There are, however, features which set Retina displays apart from non-Retina screens.

As termed by Apple, a Retina Display is a screen with a pixel density high enough that individual pixels can no longer be discerned by the human eye when the device is held at a normal viewing distance. The "normal viewing distance" is an essential part of this equation because the closer you hold the device, the smaller the individual pixels would need to be before they become indistinguishable from one another. Apple considers the normal viewing distance of a smartphone to be around 10-12 inches and the normal viewing distance for a tablet to be about 15 inches.

Retina Display vs. Non-Retina Display

Text in particular benefits from Retina - it looks smoother, with the curves on characters looking like curves instead of jagged steps.More resolution means the display is more costly and sharper than the non-retina MacBook Pro. The second is Retina mbp is equipped with the flash drive while non-retina version uses conventional hard-disk.

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Retina Display vs. 4K

The real number to look for is the pixels-per-inch (PPI) of the display.  PPI is determined based on the screen size and the screen resolution. Most tablets now display the PPI in the specifications.  Interesting enough, the iPad Mini 4 has a PPI of 326 based on having the same screen resolution as an iPad Air 2 with a smaller 7.9-inch screen.

Mac computers with Retina display

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  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) and later displays have a 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors.
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) and MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) and later displays have a 2880-by-1800 native resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors.
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch) displays from 2014 and 2015 have a 5120-by-2880 native resolution with support for millions of colors.
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017) displays have a 5120-by-2880 native resolution with support for one billion colors.
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) displays have a 4096-by-2304 native resolution with support for millions of colors.
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017) displays have a 4096-by-2304 native resolution with support for one billion colors.
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later displays have a 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors.

How To Adjust Retina Display Resolution

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The Retina display offers scaled resolutions. These allow you to have text and objects appear larger and more visible, or smaller, which provides more space for windows and apps. Your Mac will show either four or five scaled resolution options depending on its model.Retina displays use scaled resolutions rather than the specific resolution settings that external displays use. If you need to use a different resolution than those available on the built-in display, attach an external display via HDMI, Thunderbolt, or DisplayPort.You can adjust the resolution of your display, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

Apple apps that support Retina

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All Apple apps included with OS X 10.7 and later support the Retina display.Other apps include Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Maps, iBooks, FaceTime, Photo Booth, and TextEdit.Additionally, Photos, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Aperture, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion all support the Retina display.

“ Reinvent The Home Music Through Homepod”

“ Reinvent The Home Music Through Homepod”

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The HomePod is Apple's first smart speaker, and it looks like a 7-inch-tall Mac Pro covered in mesh fabric. HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever it’s playing.HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, anywhere it’s placed.HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level. This elegantly designed, compact speaker rocks the house.HomePod is built to bring out the best in Apple Music. With the intelligence of Siri and access to virtually all the world’s songs, it’s like having your very own musicologist who learns and plays what you like and helps you discover music you love.

HomePod-Design

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HomePod is wrapped in a seamless mesh fabric designed for both aesthetic and acoustic performance. Available in white and space gray, it’s gorgeous from every angle, yet virtually transparent to the music. And at just under seven inches tall, it can fit anywhere in your home.A series of seven tweeters are arranged around the bottom, while a 4-inch woofer pushes out meaty mids and lows from the top. Throw in the brain of an iPhone 6, which helps acoustically analyze the speaker's surroundings to optimize sound based on what's around it, and you've got a surprisingly powerful little speaker.

Setting up of HomePod

Setting up HomePod is quick and magical. Simply plug it in, and your iOS device will detect it.This is pretty sweet: As with the AirPods, all you have to do is hold an iOS device (running the latest version) up to the HomePod. From there, the iDevice will recognize there's a HomePod in front of it and begin the setup process.You'll be asked whether you want the HomePod to take phone calls, access your messages and so on.Once you've zipped through Apple's questions, you're just left waiting for setup to complete. From start to finish, the process took about a minute.

Play Spotify Songs Using HomePod

While you won’t get any of the voice control features baked into Apple Music, you can technically use your HomePod to play songs from Spotify, Amazon Music, or any other service. All you need to do is select HomePod as an AirPlay speaker from your phone or iPad as long as both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.

HomePod Has Touch Controls

Apple has confirmed that users can tap the top of the HomePod to play, pause, skip a song, or adjust the volume, or touch and hold to talk to Siri.A single tap plays or pauses music, a double tap skips to the next track, and a triple trap returns to the previous track. Tapping and holding the digital plus or minus sign raises or lowers the speaker's volume respectively. Here are the ways you can physically control it:

  • Tap: Play/Pause
  • Double-tap: Next track
  • Triple-tap: Previous track
  • Tap or hold plus: Volume up
  • Tap or hold minus: Volume down
  • Touch and hold: Summon Siri
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How well does Siri work?

Thanks to the metadata embedded into Apple Music tracks, Siri was also great at playing playlists for specific moods and offering up information about songs and artists we listened to. Since the HomePod also works as an extension of your phone.More important, Siri is always quick to react to commands, even when the HomePod was blasting tunes at 90 percent volume.

Calls and Messages via HomePod

When you set up HomePod, like any other Apple device, you’ll be asked to enter your iCloud address. You can use HomePod to send messages using just your voice. And when you receive a text, Siri can read it to you. For hands-free conversations, start or receive a call on your iPhone and hand it off to HomePod.

Privacy on HomePod

An unsung feature of Apple’s HomePod is privacy, especially for people who are leery of letting always-on Wi-Fi-connected microphones into their homes. Apple promises that HomePod only starts listening after you wake it with, “Hey Siri,” but privacy on HomePod goes beyond that.If the main user whose iCloud account is tied to HomePod isn’t home (or rather, isn’t connected to the home Wi-Fi network), HomePod won’t deliver personal notifications, so texts and reminders won’t be shared with other people in your home.

Super Power Efficient

Even though it’s technically always on, HomePod uses very little power when it’s plugged into an outlet. The HomePod is so energy efficient because it automatically enters a low power mode after eight minutes of inactivity. In this mode, the speaker draws between only 1.71 and 1.76 watts of power.  The combination of "optimized power management features," such as dropping into low-power mode after 8 minutes of inactivity, and a high-efficiency power supply consumes about 50 percent less than the latest Energy Star specs require.

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20 Best Mac Tips, Tricks And Time Savers

20 Best Mac Tips, Tricks And Time Savers

macOS High Sierra brings new technologies that make it more reliable, responsive, and ready for future innovation. And refinements improve the features and apps you use every day.Whether you're an expert or just getting started, we'll help you get the most out of your Mac.The best and impressive feature of mac is the ability to search documents using regular languages or by creating specific parameters to examine the documents.

1. Be a Safari Search Master

Apple's Safari browser features a slimmed-down interface when compared to earlier versions of the application. When you use Private Browsing windows, Safari doesn’t save your browsing history, and it asks websites you visit not to track you. As you type, Safari will dynamically display suggestions based on your entry; each derived from a number of sources including your rowsing and search history, favorite websites as well as Apple's Spotlight feature.Safari's Search preferences contain two sections.The first, labeled Search engine, allows you to specify which engine Safari utilizes whenever keywords are submitted via the Smart Search field.The second section in Safari's Search preferences, labeled Smart Search Field, provides the ability to specify exactly what data components the browser utilizes when making suggestions as you type.

How it works is: Assume that you go to amazon.com and search for 'MacBook.' What happens is that you're redirected to a new URL that looks something like this: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=macbook.Now, what Safari does is it realize that if you wanted to search amazon for 'iMac' instead of 'MacBook', then rather than waiting for the amazon.com homepage to appear before typing "iMac" into the search field and waiting for the results to load, Safari could send us straight to http://www. amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=imac.So next while you search you to type only "amazon imac".

2. Change System Settings Using Siri

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The inclusion of Siri on macOS Sierra means you can now do all sorts of things with your voice that once required typing and clicking. You can even control system settings.You can activate Siri by pressing cmd+spacebar.Wi-Fi is one of those items that you can only use Siri to turn off. You will need to turn it back on manually with the mouse because Siri relies on an internet connection to function. Siri will be completely disabled when Wi-Fi is off.But, you can still access any system preferences you want simply by asking Siri to open them.You can use Siri to quickly make changes to your settings. Save time by using Siri rather than going though the System Preferences menus searching for the setting you require.

3. Automator and Services For Speed

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Computers were designed to do repetitive tasks efficiently and consistently. Automator is an application that Apple has distributed with Mac OS X since version 10.4 (Tiger). Automator allows anyone to create “workflows” that mimics a repetitive task easily.These actions can then be stacked on top of one another, like puzzle pieces, until the desired workflow has been completed with all of the necessary steps.You can run a workflow from within Automator by clicking on the “Run” button in the top-right corner of the application or save the workflow out as an Automator file or stand-alone application.A workflow file will allow you to open the workflow again in Automator, while an application format will let you run the workflow as you would any other app on your Mac.To save the workflow as a stand-alone application that will work just like other Mac OS X apps, click File > Save As. A new save dialog will open, allowing you to type in the name and specify a save location. But before clicking on the Save button, select “Application” from the File Format drop-down menu. This will allow the workflow to run outside of Automator.

4. Restrict What Someone Can Do On Your Mac 

Apple has a number of parental control features for the Mac to help protect them as they browse the internet, use apps, and play games. You can even set time limits on your Mac.The Parental Controls in OS X are simple, but there are plenty of options in there – some of which are useful for other things than preventing underage access.

  • Start by visiting the “System Preferences” option. Click on the Parental Control icon and select the “Lock” button to unlock various options.
  • After giving the administrator username and password, click on the “Unlock” button. 
  • Now just select the account you want to manage from the list displayed on the left corner.
  • As soon as you would click it, you would get a new window with different tabs like Apps, Web, Time, Privacy, etc.Go to the “Apps” window to restrict the usage of popular gaming apps and camera. Just check the apps you want the user account to use.
  • Furthermore, under the option of “Limit Applications on the Mac”, you can just select the apps you want your kid to access.
  • Lastly, you can go to the Privacy tab to take control of their privacy setting as well. Just click on it and set different parameters related to their location services, social media apps, contacts, etc.

We are sure that after setting all these restrictions on the newly created user accounts, you would be able to use parental controls on Mac to its best.

5. Continuity and Handoff

Continuity is the new feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 that lets you partner your iPhone with a Mac to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages or multimedia messages, handoff files between devices, get online with instant hotspot and use AirDrop.These are the cross-platform functionality between Mac OSX and the mobile operating system iOS 8. Start a document or an email on one device (Apple now considers Macs and MacBooks devices, like iPhone and iPads) and continue, from where you left off, on another. That's Handoff. Whether it's wrapping up an unfinished message on Mail or a document in Pages, these automatically sync across Apple devices with Handoff. Continuity allows taking and making phone calls on the Mac, or iPad provided you have an iCloud account and your iPhone is in reasonable proximity to the other devices.

6. Organizing tags and stacks

One way that you can get organized is to use Tags. You can use these color-coded tags to differentiate between various projects or areas of the work you do.These “Stacks” allow you to see the contents of folders without needing to open a new Finder window add a folder to the Dock as a stack, just drag and drop it from wherever it currently is onto the right side of the Dock, past the small divider line.Each stack has its own view settings associated with it, so you can change how each folder is sorted, viewed, and displayed.You can tag files and folders to make them easier to find. Tags work with all your files and folders, whether you store them on your Mac or keep them in iCloud.You can also edit and delete tags.

7. Store in  iCloud Drive

If you like, you can have all the files in your Desktop and Documents folders stored automatically in iCloud Drive.You can do it now in iCloud preferences. With iCloud Drive, you can safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images and any other kind of document in iCloud — and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then select iCloud Drive.All those files will sync to other Macs signed in with your Apple ID (so long as you've enabled iCloud Drive on them) and will also be available through icloud.com.

8. System Preferences and Sharing

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System Preferences, a built-in OS X application analogous to Settings on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, lets you customize the Mac to your liking.To launch System Preferences, click its icon in the Dock or

choose System Preferences in the Apple menu. However, you can select any preference pane via the app’s shortcut menu in the Dock. So do yourself a favor and click and hold the System Preferences icon in the Dock.

You may find you need to perform a variety of printing tasks. Adjusting your Mac OS X print preferences is a way to save your preferred printing settings, saving you time. Using System Preferences, you can select multiple printers instead of individual printers. Your Mac will automatically select the printer which is free, and no longer you need to wait! You can specify the paper size when you print.

Choose File > Print. If the Print dialog has a Paper Size menu, choose a size. The System Preferences application is found in your Applications folder. It is also available from the Apple menu at the top-left of the screen. It may also be in your Dock at the bottom of the screen - the icon is a set of interlinked cogs.

"There is no joy in possession without sharing." Go to System Preferences -> Sharing and check the Printer Sharing service.When you activate this option, and when your Mac is on you can share your printer access wirelessly to your friends.

9. Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

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If you master them, they’re one of the few things that can make using your Mac even more accessible than it already is.Shortcuts are always quick and efficient.Now you can create your shortcuts.Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts.Click the + button to add a new shortcut.For example, a shortcut to the Display preferences is to press Alt-Brightness Up.The Command+F keyboard shortcut for Find could be the biggest timesaving shortcut you'll ever learn.

You need not lift your fingers off the keyboard to find your way in System Preferences.For instance, to get back to where you were or advance forward, press the respective Command (⌘) –[ andCommand (⌘)- ] keystroke. To quickly position the cursor in the search field, press the Command (⌘) – F combination.To hide the System Preferences window or all other windows, hit Command (⌘) – H or Option (⌥) – Command (⌘) – H, respectively. And last but not least, you can quit the app using OS X’s standard system-wide Command (⌘) – Q keyboard combo.

10. Activity Monitor

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Activity Monitor in OS X and macOS shows you how your Mac's resources are being used.From the utility folder, you can see current processes and their resources.It gives you the CPU or RAM usage during each process.By selecting Quit Process, you can end the process which is currently not required.You will also get the graphical representation of each process and the resources used by them, and also you can verify the over usage.

11. Create Signatures

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macOS has obtained the ability to create the signature.The only thing you requires is either a piece of white paper or a magic trackpad.Open the pdf or the document you want to sign and click on the toolbox on the top right of the Preview Toolbar.Click on the signature icon.Using a trackpad, you can create the signature and once finished you can drag it to your destination file or pdf.If you don't have a trackpad, you can use a piece of paper and black pen to sign and using Mac's webcam.You can also save it for the future use using the option "Save this Signature."

12. View & Control someone's screen remotely

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Spying on someone’s computer is bad.It’s crucial to decide very precisely what you want to track because tracking too much can cause legal problems.One really easy way is to launch Screen Sharing by searching for it with Spotlight then entering the Apple ID of the person you're trying to contact.They'll be asked to permit you to view their screen, and they can also then click on the screen sharing icon in the menu bar and grant you the ability to virtually, remotely control their mouse and keyboard too.Open System Preferences from the  Apple menu and click on “Sharing”.Check the box next to “Screen Sharing” to enable the feature on the Mac you want to share.Set access as necessary by choosing “Administrators” or specifying a specific user that can remotely control the Mac.Make a note of the Macs IP address that is what you will be connecting to. With sharing enabled on the server Mac, now a connection can be made from the client Mac.

13. Unit Conversions on Mac

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It’s a beautiful feature because you don’t need to specify which conversion that you want, the spotlight will give you the conversion it thinks you need and also some additional suggestions as well!In the case of the Unit Converter, what it does, it does beautifully.

To do this, you do not need any special syntax for your search. Just press Command-Space (or whatever hotkey you use to activate Spotlight), and then enter the number along with a reference to what that value represents. For instance, you can enter “12.345 Dollars” or “$12.345” to see this amount in different currencies.By default, only more common conversions will be shown, but you can specify a conversion if needed.Similarly, you can enter labels or symbols to specify other common metrics, and then have Spotlight show relevant conversions.

14. Mac as a wireless hotspot

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All you need to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for your other Wi-Fi-enabled computers, phones, and tablets is a wired ethernet connection. You can check that you have this enabled by opening up System Preferences and going to the Network section.Not only can you use the Sharing setting to share your screen remotely, but you can also use it to share your network connection with others in the same location.Be sure you're connected to the Internet via a wired connection.Next, head to Sharing in System Preferences. Take a look at the "Internet Sharing" sub-menu and be sure you have the "Wi-Fi" option.When you’re done setting things up, click the checkbox to the left of Internet Sharing and click Start to activate your Wi-Fi hotspot.

15. Record your iPhone or iPad

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To use this feature, you just connect your iOS device up to your Mac using its cable, then launch QuickTime Player.QuickTime is the most comfortable screen recording tool because QuickTime Player is built-in with Mac OS X.You can also select the New Audio Recording option in QuickTime Player to record only audio via your phone or microphone and share it.

16. Emoji-The Symbol Character Set In Unicode

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Historically speaking, the main way you used to access special characters was by holding down a modifier key or two while typing, and that’s still possible.Go to the Edit menu of most apps, and you'll see Special Characters at the bottom. This panel gives you access to a vast range of symbols you can drag into your documents.They're not Apple-only, but your recipient might not be able to see them.

17. Airplay-Play Audio and Video Wirelessly

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AirPlay allows iOS users to wirelessly broadcast photos, videos and more to their TV without the need for wires.AirPlay started out as a way to stream music from iTunes on a Mac to remote speakers.You just need to click its symbol – the rectangle with the triangle cutting into it – next to the volume bar and choose where you want to send the music.

18. Throw Files From Mac to iPhone

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Apple's AirDrop file-sharing feature debuted with the release of OS X Lion and allowed users to transfer files from one Mac to another without using email or an external storage device.

With the release OS X Yosemite, users can use AirDrop to transfer files between the Mac and an iOS device for the first time. The quickest way to do this is to right-click on the file you want to send then pick AirDrop from the Messages fly-out menu, then pick the device you want to send it to. Keep in mind that it is not required for both devices to log into the same iCloud account to use AirDrop, but doing so offers the benefit of transferring files through AirDrop automatically without the need to approve each transfer.

19. Send, Receive and More

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In this current day and age, communications, both digital and physical, present a positive force in our society.You can send text messages to any Android and Windows devices.Just open Messages and tap on the mobile number.When someone sends a text message to your iPhone now, you can have them come into your Mac or other iOS devices when they arrive so you can reply to them from there too.Once you sign in to your iMessage account, you are linking your phone number to the Mac, and hence you will receive messages to your Mac.

20. Mac Storage

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If you want your Mac to run smoothly, you need to make sure that you have something like 10 percent of your storage free at all times, so if you are running out of space, it can really hamper your computing.In macOS, Sierra Apple introduced a new Optimized Storage feature that helps you delete old files or move things you don’t need on your Mac over to the cloud.You can see them for yourself by clicking on the Apple logo top left of the screen, About This Mac > Storage > Manage. You can also choose Optimized Storage, which saves space by removing iTunes movies and TV shows and only keeping recent email attachments.You can optimize storage automatically.All you need to do is click on Optimize and the Mac will do the work for you.