Show Full Website Addresses in Safari

Have you noticed that Safari version 8, that comes with OS X Yosemite, no longer shows the full website address in the address field at the top of its window? For example, if you visit and then click on a link to visit some page within my website, Safari will only display in the address field. Once you click in the address field Safari will show the full address, such as Read More

Why Is My Mac Ringing?

If you have a relatively new Mac running OS X Yosemite (OS X version 10.10) and an iPhone running iOS 8 you may have noticed that your Mac rings when you receive a call on your iPhone and the two devices are close to each other. This feature is part of Continuity, which is a collection of features that integrate your Mac and iPhone. You can read more about all of Continuity’s features (and how to turn them off) in this article. While it sounds handy, a number of clients don’t like it and have asked me to help them turn it off. Here’s how:

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Dropbox’s Selective Sync Feature

If you use Dropbox, you might want to know about its Selective Sync feature. Dropbox is a file sharing system. I gave a brief overview of Dropbox previously. The Selective Sync feature lets you select which files you want to download and store on a given computer. This can be handy if you have a laptop with a relatively small hard drive or if you store completed projects in Dropbox, but don’t need to regularly access these files. Dropbox has written instructions about how to use the Selective Sync feature so I won’t provide step-by-step instructions. Just remember, if you want to access the files that you have deselected in Selective Sync, you have two options. You can visit the Dropbox website and login to your account or you could re-visit the Selective Sync settings and set the folders to sync, then wait for their contents to be downloaded to your Mac.

Use XtraFinder To Get Back Colorful Labels

Do you miss how Labels used to work? Do you miss having colorful shortcuts in your Sidebar? If so, then consider using XtraFinder. Starting with OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9) Apple changed how Labels work. In fact, they renamed the feature from Labels to Tags. Labels used to add a background color to a file or folder’s entire name. Now Tags only adds a small colored dot next to the filename. Many clients have told me that they don’t like this new style of Tags.  Read More

Revert To Using iPhoto Instead Of Photos

Did you recently upgrade your Mac to OS X version 10.10.3 and find that iPhoto stopped working? Have you tried Apple’s new Photos application and decided that you didn’t like it? If so, you can revert to using iPhoto if, before you installed OS X 10.10.3, you had been running iPhoto version 9.6 and a previous version of OS X Yosemite (aka version 10.10.x). Read More

An Easy Way To Print Selected Text

Do you sometimes want to print a paragraph of an email message, Word document or web page? If so, here’s an incredibly fast and easy way to do this on your Mac.

  1. Select the text that you want to print
  2. Press Command-Shift-Y. This will create a new Sticky Note and paste the selected text on it. Text formatting will be retained.
  3. Press Command-P to bring up the print window. Click the Print button to send the sticky note to your printer.

That’s it. If you’d like to delete the Sticky Note click the tiny square in the note’s upper left corner. If you’d like to keep the Stick Note simply quit the Stickies application.