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iPhone Stuck in Zoom Mode? It’s Easy to Fix

Mar 9, 2016 - 2 Comments
iPhone stuck in Zoom mode

iOS includes a helpful feature which allows users to zoom into anything on an iPhone or iPad screen to make it easier to read text and view elements. While this feature is undeniably useful for many users, it can also be a source of frustration for others who wind up enabling the feature accidentally, only … Read More

How to Change Text Size of Finder Fonts in Mac OS X

Feb 25, 2016 - 17 Comments
How to change the text font size in Mac OS X Finder

Many Mac users may like to adjust the font size of file names, folders, and other text found in the Finder of OS X. This is particularly helpful if you find the default text size of Finder fonts to be small and challenging to read when navigating in the Mac file system, where increasing the … Read More

How to Reduce Transparency on Apple Watch

Feb 7, 2016 - 3 Comments
Transparency off on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch user interface uses transparency in the Glances screens and elsewhere to add a subtle layering effect to the appearance of things on display. This is mostly an eye-candy effect, and while it’s quite subtle some users may wish to turn transparency effects off in WatchOS. By disabling transparency on Apple Watch, it … Read More

How to Disable Transparency Effects in Mac OS X Interface

Jan 2, 2016 - 8 Comments
Reduce Transparency in OS X to turn off translucent interface effects on Mac

Transparent effects have had a prominent place in the user interface of Mac OS X ever since the Mac got a face lift with recent versions of OS X El Capitan and Yosemite. Many users like the transparency found throughout the window title bars and sidebars, but some users may not like the feature, and … Read More

How to Start Dictation by Voice Command in Mac OS X

Oct 28, 2015 - 37 Comments
Enable Dictation by voice command in Mac OS X

The Dictation feature of OS X has let Mac users speak to their computers and have the speech converted accurately into text for quite some time, and now with the newest versions of OS X you can improve Dictation even further by starting the speech to text conversion with a voice command. You can think … Read More

How to Disable Shake to Find Cursor in OS X El Capitan for Mac

Oct 8, 2015 - 8 Comments
Shake to Find Cursor in Mac OS X

One of the new feature additions to OS X 10.11 and later is the ability to quickly locate a mouse cursor on screen by shaking the mouse or trackpad cursor around, which causes the cursor to enlarge briefly, making it very easy to find on single or multiple display setups.

Limit Animations on Apple Watch with Reduce Motion

Aug 23, 2015 - 1 Comment
Reduce Animation on Apple Watch

Apple makes heavy usage of eye candy zooming and zipping around animation effects on Apple Watch, iOS, and OS X, which can look nice in some situations, but can also cause nausea and vertigo to some users who are particularly sensitive to the unpleasant sensation of motion sickness. If you’ve ever been using the Apple … Read More

Turn iPhone or iPad Screen Into Black & White with Grayscale Mode

Feb 13, 2015 - 11 Comments
iOS Grayscale Mode vs Color Mode

The latest versions of iOS support an optional display mode that turns everything shown on the screen of an iPhone or iPad to black and white. Called Grayscale mode, the setting is mostly intended as an accessibility option, but it has other uses beyond that as well.

How to Set Speakerphone Mode to Automatically Activate on iPhone Calls

Jan 19, 2015 - 29 Comments
Phone icon

By default, all calls on the iPhone will play audio through the standard earpiece at the top of the phone, and if someone wishes to use speakerphone they enable it manually by tapping on the “Speaker” button during an active call. While that may be the desired effect for most users, in various situations some … Read More

Change the iTunes 12 Font Size to be Larger or Smaller

Nov 6, 2014 - 14 Comments
iTunes icon

iTunes 12 brought about some fairly significant user interface changes to the media player app, one of which is the size of the font shown in playlist and music views. The new default iTunes font is smaller with tighter padding between list items, and accordingly it can be difficult to read for some users. But … Read More

Increase Interface Contrast in OS X El Capitan & Yosemite to Improve Usability

Oct 22, 2014 - 41 Comments
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The revised interface in OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite makes heavy use of transparencies, flatness, white space, smaller and narrow fonts, and a dramatic lack of contrast with neutral shades of grey used for most text and many onscreen elements. Combined with the new system font choice of Helvetica Neue (the same … Read More

Make Reading iBooks in the Dark Easier for the Eyes with Auto-Night Mode on iPhone & iPad

Oct 10, 2014 - 12 Comments
Auto-Night Mode for iBooks

If you use iBooks and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to read, you can improve your evening reading experience by switching the theme to Sepia or the “Night” color scheme. Up until now though, you’ve had to perform that theme change yourself, and if you get caught up in a good book, you know … Read More

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