Would you like to add frequently used applications or documents to your Dock? Would you like to remove rarely used items from the Dock? If so, below are instructions on how to do this. The Dock is the row of icons that’s typically located across the bottom of the screen, though it can be moved. Apple populates the Dock with items that they think, or want, you to use, but you can customize it to suit your own needs. You can add applications, documents or folders to the dock. Read More
Would you like your Mac’s Trash to automatically delete files after they’ve been in the Trash for 30 days? If so, Apple recently added this feature to macOS Sierra (aka OS X 10.12). Here are instructions for enabling this feature.
- Click on the Finder icon on the Dock
- Click on the Finder menu and select Preferences
- Click the Advanced button
- Check the box labeled “Remove items from the Trash after 30 days”
- Click the red dot to close the Finder Preferences window.
Personally, I’m pleased that Apple has finally added this feature. It seems that some people either don’t know that they need to empty the trash or they forget to do so. Thus, it’s possible for megabytes or gigabytes of files to accumulate in the trash. This is basically just wasting storage space on the Mac. I also like how Apple chose to implement this feature since it let’s people have a 30 day grace period before files are removed. It might also be helpful to be reminded that Time Machine does not backup the contents of your Trash so only put files into the Trash that you truly intend to permanently delete. I hope you enable this feature and find it useful.
To prevent your iPhone from accumulating gigabytes of text messages, I recommend that you configure it to delete messages after 1 year. Text messages are typically quite small so they won’t consume much space, but the photos and videos that are attached can gobble up space. If you’d like to save some of these attachments then please read this older Tech Tip about saving photos and videos from text messages. Read More
If you’re going to be buying a Mac soon, please make sure you equip it with enough storage space. Here is how you can figure out how much storage space you currently use on your Mac and some guidance on selecting how much storage you might need in the years ahead. Read More
Do you want to either sell or retire a Mac that has a solid state hard drive (aka Flash Storage)? If so, it is prudent to securely erase the hard drive beforehand. Here are instructions on how to do this. This procedure will make all of your personal data inaccessible. During this process we will be enabling FileVault, which encrypts everything on your Mac’s hard drive. Then we will reformat the hard drive which prevents anybody from accessing anything that was stored on the hard drive.
Are you in the market for buying a Mac, iPhone or iPad? Would you like to get the best deal possible? If so, here are some suggestions on how to do some comparison shopping and some encouragement to consider buying a refurbished product. Read More
Do you have an older iPhone or iPad that you’ve retired or that you want to donate, give away or sell? If so, you likely want to remove all of your stuff from it. Apple has made it easy to do this, simply follow the instructions below. Just to be clear, this process will restore your device to how it was configured when you initially took it out of its box. All of your data and apps will be removed. The iPhone or iPad’s operating system, called iOS, and the core apps that Apple installs will remain on the device. The version of iOS will not be reverted to an earlier version. Instead, the version of iOS that you have installed will remain intact. Read More
Do you use Dropbox? If you ever change the user account name on your Mac then Dropbox will break and will display a fairly cryptic error message. Here are instructions on how to fix Dropbox.
- Click the Dropbox icon that appears in your Mac’s menubar, click the gear icon and then select Quit Dropbox
- Open Terminal and type in the following command. It will rename the Dropbox meta folder: mv ~/.dropbox ~/dropbox.old
- Drag this now visible dropbox.old folder from the top of your Home folder to the Trash
- Click on the Finder icon on the Dock
- Click on the Go menu and select Go To Folder.
- Type in /Library/
- Drag the DropboxHelperTools folder to the Trash and enter your Administrator password if prompted to complete this action.
- Empty the Trash
- Download and install the most current version of Dropbox.
- The Dropbox application should open and ask you to sign-in to your Dropbox account.
Turn on the iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature to completely silence your iPhone (or iPad). This feature can be very handy if you sleep with your iPhone or iPad close to your bed. I typically have my iPhone’s ringer set to Silent mode, but if I’m in a meeting and I don’t want my phone to buzz or ding at all then I will enable Do Not Disturb. Read More