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How to Change Microsoft Office Theme on Mac

Jan 21, 2019 - 7 Comments
How to Change Microsoft Office theme appearance on Mac

The Microsoft Office suite of apps include distinct visual themes that make those apps easy to identify, for example Microsoft Word on Mac has a dark blue visual theme on the Mac, Excel is green, and Powerpoint is red / orange. If you’d like to change the appearance theme of Microsoft Office apps, including Word, … Read More

How to Disable Keyboard Backlighting on MacBook Pro or Air

Jan 20, 2019 - 2 Comments
MacBook keyboard backlighting

Keyboard backlighting is one of the best keyboard features on Mac laptops, illuminating the keyboard to help you see the keys better in low light situations. And let’s face it, it also just plain looks cool too. Most MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air users like the keyboard backlighting feature, but there are some users … Read More

How to Force Restart iPad Pro

Jan 19, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to force restart iPad Pro

Sometimes you may need to forcibly restart an iPad Pro, usually because of some freezing software or buggy behavior, but sometimes just as a general troubleshooting step. Initiating a forced reboot on iPad Pro models with Face ID and without a Home button is different from the process was on earlier iPad devices. This article … Read More

How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad

Jan 18, 2019 - 15 Comments
How to see recent files on iPhone Files app with 3D Touch

If you interact with the Files app frequently in iOS, you might be pleased to discover that the Files app offers a quick and easy way to see recent files, right from the Home screen of iPhone or iPad. Even better, you can launch recent documents directly from this quick Files access feature in iOS. … Read More

How to See Two Pages of a Pages Document Open Side-by-Side on iPad

Jan 17, 2019 - 1 Comment
Two Pages side by side in Pages app for iPad

If you want to see multiple pages of a Pages app document open at the same time on iPad, you can use the “Two Pages” view to place a multipage document into a side-by-side view, sort of like a split screen mode but for viewing the same document. This allows you to see two pages … Read More

How to Save Voice Memos on the Mac as Audio Files

Jan 16, 2019 - 1 Comment
Voice Memos for Mac

If you have recorded voice memos on the Mac you may have then decided you’d like to save a voice memo as an audio file. The “File” menu on the Mac has contained the various save and export options since the beginning of the Mac platform, but for whatever reason the Voice Memos app on … Read More

Screen Flickering on Retina MacBook Air 2018? Here’s a Workaround Fix

Jan 16, 2019 - 4 Comments
Retina MacBook Air

Some 2018 MacBook Air (and possibly 2018 MacBook Pro) computers may exhibit seemingly random screen flickering, where the entire display backlight blinks and flickers. This can be alarming, since often screen flickering indicates a hardware issue. But in this case, the MacBook Air screen flickering may actually be software related, and after some investigation it … Read More

How to Take Live Photos in FaceTime on iPhone or iPad

Jan 15, 2019 - 1 Comment
FaceTime icon

You can capture Live Photos of FaceTime video calls at any time during a FaceTime video chat on iPhone or iPad. This offers a fun way to capture moments of a video chat, and just like any other Live Photo, the resulting image will be a short video clip with audio that is saved and … Read More

How to Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2018 and Later)

Jan 14, 2019 - Leave a Comment
How to reset SMC on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from 2018 onward

Resetting the SMC on newer model MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers from the 2018 model year onward is a different process than resetting the Mac SMC on prior Macs, this is because of the T2 security chip that controls Touch ID and secure boot functionality on the latest Mac laptops. Despite being a different … Read More

How to Disable Chrome Automatic Sign-In to Google Services

Jan 13, 2019 - 2 Comments
Google Chrome

The latest versions of Google Chrome have a feature called Chrome sign-in that causes the Chrome web browser to login to itself when you login to another Google web service like Gmail or YouTube. In practice this means you’ll have your Google profile picture tucked into the upper right corner of every Chrome window which … Read More

How to Quit Apps on iPhone XS, XR, XS Max

Jan 12, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to quit apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XR

If you have an iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS Max, you might be wondering how to quit apps and access the multitasking App Switcher, since there is no Home button. Instead, all modern iPhones and iPads without a Home button have the ability to access the App Switcher and to quit apps by … Read More

How to Record Voice Memos on Mac

Jan 10, 2019 - 4 Comments
Voice Memos for Mac

Recording voice notes on the Mac is now easier than ever thanks to the appropriately named Voice Memos application in Mac OS. While Mac users have long been able to record sound and audio with QuickTime Player, the latest versions of MacOS system software include a built-in Voice Memos app that aims to make voice … Read More

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