How to Use a Hidden *Darker* Dark Mode Theme in MacOS Mojave

Jan 27, 2019 - 9 Comments

How to enable a Darker Dark theme in Mac OS

If you like Dark Mode in MacOS, you may appreciate knowing that MacOS Mojave has a secondary secret darker version of the Dark interface theme available with slightly greater contrast, and it’s easy to enable despite being unlabeled and almost entirely hidden in plain sight.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

iOS 12.1.3 No Service or Cellular Data Problems on iPhone? Try These Fixes

Jan 26, 2019 - 13 Comments

iPhone No Service no cellular data problems

Some iPhone users have discovered cellular data issues after installing the iOS 12.1.3 update, showing “No service”, no cellular data, no cellular reception bars, and sometimes seeing a “Cellular Update Failed” message similar to what was happening with some iPhones after installing iOS 12.1.2. This seems to mostly impact iPhones on particular cellular networks, but it’s not entirely clear why some iPhone devices will experience cellular data problems after installing the iOS 12.1.3 update while others don’t.

Often some of the routine fixes for cellular data not working on iPhone will resolve this problem, including making sure that cellular data is actually enabled and resetting network settings.

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How to Uninstall VirtualBox on Mac

Jan 25, 2019 - 1 Comment

How to uninstall VirtualBox from Mac

If you have previously installed VirtualBox on the Mac but no longer need the application, you may be interested in uninstalling VirtualBox completely. Because VirtualBox places application components and dependencies throughout the MacOS file system, uninstalling VirtualBox thoroughly is not just a simple matter of dragging and dropping the application into the Trash, like how you can uninstall most other Mac apps.

Fortunately uninstalling VirtualBox is really quite easy, and the whole uninstall process can be automated and complete in short order on a Mac. We’ll also show you how to manually uninstall VirtualBox, which is quite a bit more involved, if you’re interested in that approach.

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Beta 1 of iOS 12.2 & MacOS Mojave 10.14.4 Released for Testing

Jan 24, 2019 - 1 Comment

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released iOS 12.2 beta 1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.4 beta 1, along with tvOS 12.2 beta 1 and watchOS 5.2 beta 2.

These new beta builds arrive a day after the the final versions of MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 and iOS 12.1.3 were released for the Mac, and iPhone and iPad, respectively, along with other final updates to watchOS and tvOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Show Website Favicons in Safari for Mac

Jan 23, 2019 - 8 Comments

Showing website favorite icons on Safari for Mac

Modern versions of Safari for Mac include favicon (favorite icon) support, offering a visual indicator of webpages in the titlebar and tab bar of the Safari browser. Nearly every other web browser on the Mac (and other operating systems) has had favicon support for quite some time, but this is a relatively new addition to Safari and to show the website icons in Safari for Mac you must first enable favicon support in preferences as the feature is not enabled by default.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 Update Released for Mac, Download Now

Jan 22, 2019 - 19 Comments

New macOS Mojave software update

Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 for Mac users running the latest operating system. The new release includes bug fixes and security enhancements and is therefore recommended to MacOS Mojave users.

Mac users running prior MacOS releases of High Sierra and Sierra will find security updates available in the Mac App Store as well, labeled as Security Update 2019-001 10.13.6 and Security Update 2019-001 10.12.6 respectively, along with an update to Safari.

Additionally, Apple has also released software updates for Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, and iPhone and iPad. Users can download iOS 12.1.3 update for iPhone and iPad along with the watchOS and tvOS updates from the Settings apps on those devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 19 Comments

iOS 12.1.3 Update Released for iPhone & iPad, Download Now [IPSW Links]

Jan 22, 2019 - 2 Comments

iOS 12.1.3 software update for iPhone and iPad available to download

Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone and iPad users. The software update is a fairly minor release, including a handful of bug fixes and security enhancements to the mobile operating system.

Additionally, Apple has released MacOS Mojave 10.14.3 and Security Update 2019-001 for High Sierra and Sierra, watchOS 5.1.3 for Apple Watch, tvOS 12.1.2 for Apple TV, and an update to HomePod. Those devices can update to the latest versions of system software through their respective Settings apps.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 2 Comments

How to Change Microsoft Office Theme on Mac

Jan 21, 2019 - 10 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, Excel, or Powerpoint on the Mac, so that they visually match the light theme or the dark mode theme appearance of Mac OS, you can do so with an adjustment in the Microsoft Office app settings.

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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 who might not, and there also some scenarios where some Mac laptop users may wish to completely disable the keyboard backlighting feature.

This article will show you how to completely disable the keyboard backlighting on Mac laptops should you want to do so.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

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 aims to show you how to force restart a new model iPad Pro.

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

Jan 18, 2019 - 17 Comments

See recent files in iOS home screen or Dock

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.

The recent files trick works on all modern iOS devices, but it’s slightly different with the iPad and non-3D Touch iPhone than from 3D Touch iPhone models.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 17 Comments

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

Jan 17, 2019 - 1 Comment

viewing in 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 of any open document on the same screen, without having to scroll around on the iPad like you would with the normal single page document view.

The Two Pages view is an option specific to Pages app on iPad, it’s not part of Split View or any of the other multitasking options on the iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

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