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Open a File from One App in Another Mac App with Proxy Icons

Aug 20, 2014 - Leave a Comment
The Proxy icon in Mac OS X

How often have you had a file open in one application on your Mac, only to need it opened in another OS X app instead? Fairly often, right? When confronted with that situation, most Mac users will do one of two things; go back to the Finder file system and re-open the file in the … Read More

How to Pause Music & Podcasts on iPhone & iPod Touch Without Looking

Aug 19, 2014 - 12 Comments
Instantly pause music on the iPhone by yanking out the audio cable

Fiddling around with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad while driving or riding a bike is dangerous as it takes your eyes off an important task, which is why things like texting and driving are made illegal. Many of us use our iPhones and iPods in the car though for listening to podcasts and music … Read More

Set a Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF” in Mac OS X

Aug 19, 2014 - 22 Comments
Save as PDF Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X

Saving a file or document as a PDF is easily done from almost anywhere in Mac OS X by using the print to PDF feature, which is part of the Mac Printer service, but to trigger it you have to go to the Print menu and then specifically select to ‘print’ the file as a … Read More

Keep a Record of All Emails Sent from iPhone by Always BCCing Yourself

Aug 16, 2014 - 2 Comments
Mail app icon

Though most email services nowadays support the “Sent” outbox, where you can easily find all emails that you’ve sent out from an iPhone (or elsewhere with that email account), not all mail providers do. This is particularly true for POP3 accounts where the email will be downloaded once from the server then deleted from the … Read More

Add Items to the Mac Finder Window Toolbar with a Drag & Drop Trick

Aug 15, 2014 - 5 Comments
Finder

Few Mac users seem to know it, but the Finder window toolbars of OS X can be customized to serve as a quick-launch panel. You can store almost anything in the Finder toolbar, whether it’s an app, a directory, automator action, network share, a website bookmark, or even a frequently accessed document. Adding items to … Read More

Show a Photo On Your iPhone Without Someone Accessing Camera Roll

Aug 15, 2014 - 6 Comments
Deny access to Photos Camera Roll

Have you ever wanted to share an iPhone picture with someone, but you’re concerned about them flipping through your camera roll and finding other photos you’d rather not share? If you want to limit that you have a few options available, but because the iPhone doesn’t have a specific ability to lock onto a single … Read More

How to Add a New Path to PATH the Right Way at Command Line

Aug 14, 2014 - 2 Comments
Add a new PATH to $PATH in OS X Terminal

The user path is the series of directories that command line programs are searched in order to run. For example, if you type ‘iostat’ into the terminal, then iostat will be run from /usr/sbin because “/usr/sbin” is part of your $PATH. Accordingly, users who frequently use the command line may need to adjust or add … Read More

Set the Default Google Account for Multiple Gmail Account Users

Aug 13, 2014 - 3 Comments
Change the default Google account with multiple sign in

Using Google’s “multiple sign-in” feature is a great way to juggle between multiple Google accounts and Gmail addresses. But a common issue with using multiple Google accounts is being able to determine which is the default account, and it’s easy to get things mixed up with multiple logins. That’s what we’re looking to resolve here, … Read More

How to Start & Stop a Timer on iPhone & iPad with Siri for Easy Countdowns

Aug 12, 2014 - 1 Comment
Start a timer on the iPhone / iPad with Siri

Whether you’re waiting for your favorite show to come on TV, some wet paint to dry, or that chicken parmesan to finish cooking in the oven, we all need to use a countdown for helping us wait for something throughout regular life. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad has such a feature built right in, and … Read More

Set a Password on iWork Files in Mac OS X for Added Security

Aug 12, 2014 - 3 Comments
Password required to open an iWork file in Mac OS X

Every app in the iWork suite offers optional password protection of files created, modified, or opened within their respective application. In practice, this means that no user will be able to open or access the file and view the contents on their Mac or iOS device without entering the password first. Password protecting iWork documents … Read More

Print Files Directly from Mac Desktop & OS X Finder to Save Time

Aug 11, 2014 - 17 Comments
Printing a file from the desktop on a Mac

Did you know you can start printing any file directly from the desktop of a Mac? While most users open a file and then print it from the application of which the file was built in, that’s not actually necessary, instead printing can be initiated from anywhere in the Finder of OS X. This often … Read More

Mac Mail Keeps Asking to Enter Password? Here’s How to Fix That

Aug 10, 2014 - 13 Comments
Mail Mail app asks to enter password

When you set up a new Mail account in Mac OS X, you typically enter the service provider, email address, and the email accounts password once, then everything just works, right? Well, generally, but sometimes things aren’t so simple, and a frustrating issue that some users encounter is Mail app repeatedly asking for their password, … Read More

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