Save Photos and Videos From iPhone Text Messages

Do your friends send you a lot of photos and videos as attachments to text messages? If so, these photos and videos could be consuming a fair amount of space on your iPhone or iPad. I recommend that you periodically review these images, save the ones that you want and then delete them. Here are instructions on how to save these images first to your devices’ Camera app and then to your Mac and finally delete them from your iPhone or iPad. Read More

When To Consider Restoring An iPad Or iPhone

Some iPhone or iPad problems are only resolved by restoring your iPhone or iPad to factory settings. Apple’s support article details how to restore an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Restoring a device is definitively one of the last techniques I invoke when troubleshooting iPhone or iPad problems. I have only invoked it when more traditional troubleshooting steps have failed to fix a problem. Read More

When Should You Not Click On The Unsubscribe Button

Do you get emails that you do not want to receive? We all do. I hope you know that you should often click the unsubscribe button which appears at the bottom of these emails to truly stop receiving those messages. But, do you know when you should not click the unsubscribe button? Here are some guidelines:

Use the unsubscribe button when the emails come from a legitimate organization or familiar person like AAA, Radio Shack, Martha Stewart, etc. or any online vendor that you recognize and with whom you have done business.

Please don’t use the unsubscribe button when the email is advertising viagra, offering to enhance a body part, refinance your mortgage or offer you sexy woman who are waiting to meet you. The reason for this is that the sender of these emails won’t honor your request since they do not really want to give you a way to unsubscribe. Instead, by clicking the button you are only confirming that your email address is active and thus, you are more likely to continue receiving these messages. Consequently, this action can be counter-productive.

Is It Okay To Use A MacBook Pro’s Power Adapter With A MacBook Air?

Have you ever wondered if you could use the power adapter that came with another model of Mac laptop with your Mac laptop? In most cases, the answer is yes, but there are a few details to be aware of. Apple’s Support article on the subject states the following. “You can use a compatible higher wattage adapter without issue, but it won’t make your computer charge faster or operate differently. Lower wattage adapters will not provide enough power.” Let me elaborate on what Apple states in their support article. Read More

How To Simultaneously Select Multiple Files On Your Mac

An incredibly handy skill is knowing how to simultaneously select multiple files on your Mac. I’ll explain two of the most common ways to do this. Once you master these two fundamental skills you’ll be able to use them over and over again. For example, you’ll be able to select many email messages and move them to a folder. You’ll be able to select many photos and add them to an Album. You’ll be able to select many files and drag them to the Trash.

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Use Calendar’s Quick Event Feature

Do you use Apple’s Calendar application? If so, one of the easiest ways to add an event to your calendar is the often overlooked Quick Event feature. Here are instructions to add an event to your calendar using Quick Event.

Create Quick Event

  • In the upper left corner of the Calendar window click the plus sign (+) button.
  • Type in an event name, such as Haircut,
  • Type in a date, such as Mar 18 or Nov 1
  • Type in a time or time range such as 8 am or 2:15 to 3:15 pm
  • Press the Return key

Your event will be added to your calendar. You can now add more details such as an alarm or note.

If you only entered a start time, like 8 AM, the event’s default duration will be 1 hour.

The event will be added to your default calendar. To change your default calendar click on the Calendar menu, select Preferences, click on General and pick your preferred calendar to be your default.

If you like to use keyboard shortcuts you can press Command-N to activate the Quick Entry window. Type in the event details and press the Return key.