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.

Monitoring Your iPhone’s Battery Usage?

Are you surprised at how quickly your iPhone’s battery is drained? Do you think your iPhone’s battery drains more quickly than it used to? Clients often express these concerns to me. In turn, I show them Scotty Loveless’ excellent article from mid-2014 about iOS Battery Life. It teaches you how to monitor your device’s battery and determine which apps are causing your iPhone or iPad’s battery to drain. It also offers a slew of tips to help reduce battery drain and suggests if you think you really have a problem with your iPhone’s battery to visit the Genius Bar to have them test the battery. Read More

Put Your Commonly Used Wireless Networks At The Top Of The List

Do you know that your Mac automatically builds a list of every wireless network to which it has been connected? When your Mac wakes up, it scans the airwaves to see which networks are available and then runs through this list of known networks trying to find a match. For this reason, you should make sure that networks that you frequently use, such as your home and work networks at the top of this list. By putting frequently used networks at the top, your Mac will find them and connect to them a bit more quickly. Read More

Equip Your Next Mac With Enough Memory

If you’re soon going to be buying a Mac, please make sure you equip it with enough memory (RAM) when you buy it. Increasingly, Apple is soldering memory into the computer. The advantage of doing this is that computer cases can be thinner. The disadvantage is that it will no longer be possible to add more memory at a later date, which used to be a very common upgrade. Consequently, I increasingly recommend buying a custom-configured Mac that has enough storage space and memory instead of a pre-configured, off-the-shelf Mac.  Read More