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Create Quick Notes on iPad from Anywhere with a Swipe Gesture

May 16, 2022 - 1 Comment
How to Use Quick Notes on iPad

The iPad has a great feature called Quick Notes that allows you to instantly create a new note on the iPad from anywhere, with just a swipe gesture. You can use the Quick Note gesture with a finger, or with Apple Pencil. And it works with any iPad running iPadOS 15 or later. If you … Read More

How to Screen Record an Android from Mac

May 15, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Record Android Screen from Mac

If you’re a Mac user who has an Android phone for personal or professional use, you may be happy to learn that you can easily record the screen of the Android from the Mac, thanks to a free third party app.

How to Type the Upside-down Exclamation Point ¡ on iPhone & iPad

May 13, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Type the upside down exclamation point on iPhone and iPad

The upside-down exclamation point is frequently used in some languages, and if you’re on an iPhone or iPad you may be wondering how to type the inverted exclamation point on the virtual keyboard. Like most things on iPhone and iPad, it’s simple, at least once you learn how it’s done. We’ll show you how to … Read More

How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back

May 12, 2022 - 1 Comment
Older Mac alert dialog window style

MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur introduced a new style to the MacOS alert dialog boxes, which look more like something you’d see in iOS than MacOS. In the new design style for MacOS alert dialog windows, everything is centered with the app icon on the top and the alert messages below, whereas the older … Read More

How to Restart & Force Restart the iPad Air 5

May 11, 2022 - Leave a Comment
iPad Air 5

Occasionally you may need to shut down, restart, or force restart a device, and iPad Air 5 is no exception. Whether it’s force restarting because of a frozen app, troubleshooting an issue, restarting for any number of reasons, or shutting down the iPad Air for a flight, we’ll cover how you can perform these common … Read More

How to Change iPad Magic Keyboard Backlight Brightness from Control Center

May 10, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Add keyboard backlight adjustment to Control Center on iPad

The iPad Magic Keyboard includes backlit keys, which make for easier visibility in lower light situations, and add a nice visual flare to the hardware keyboard as well. With the latest versions of iPadOS, you can easily change the backlit keyboard brightness levels through Control Center. But first you must enable the keyboard backlighting option, … Read More

Scan Text Into Notes on iPhone & iPad

May 9, 2022 - 6 Comments
Scan Text into Notes app on iPhone and iPad

The Notes app on modern iPhone and iPad system software versions includes a handy feature that lets you scan text directly into the notes app. The text you want to scan can be printed or handwritten, and the scanning is done directly within the Notes app instantaneously. After the text is scanned into the Notes … Read More

How to Check SHA512 Checksum on Mac

May 8, 2022 - 2 Comments
Mac Terminal icon

SHA512 hashes are often used to determine data integrity, whether for matching a downloaded file to an original on a server, or for command output, or to make sure a file transfer was successful, or not tampered with. Checking a SHA512 hash is pretty easy on a Mac, thanks to bundled command line tools that … Read More

How to Stop Discord Opening at Startup on Mac

May 7, 2022 - 2 Comments
Discord

If you’re a Discord user, you may have noticed that the Discord app starts automatically when you startup the Mac. Some Mac users may prefer that Discord does not launch itself on system boot, and thus may want to stop this from happening. For the unfamiliar, Discord is a popular app for communicating, whether through … Read More

How to Type Upside-Down Exclamation Point on Mac ¡!

May 6, 2022 - 1 Comment
Type the upside-down Exclamation Point on Mac

“¡I need to type an inverted exclamation point!” the Mac user said… Indeed, the upside-down exclamation point ¡ is frequently used in Spanish and some other languages and thus it makes sense why you’d need to type the character, but if you’re using an English keyboard you may be wondering how you can type the … Read More

How to Disable Live Text on iPhone & iPad

May 5, 2022 - 1 Comment
How to disable Live Text on iPhone or iPad

Live Text is useful and interesting feature that allows users to select any text, words, or numbers found within an image, and then copy, define, lookup, or search for that selected text. For iPhone and iPad users, this can be convenient for many obvious use cases, but for some users it can also be frustrating … Read More

How to Control-F Search on iPad Keyboard in Safari, Chrome, PDF, Notes, Files, etc

May 4, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Command F mimics Control F for searching Chrome on iPad

All iPad models have the ability to search within apps for matched text. This includes searching within PDF files, notes, Safari, Chrome, and more. Since many iPad users come from a Windows background, they associate Control-F or CTRL-F with find and search, and thus are looking for a similar keyboard shortcut on their iPad to … Read More

How to Disable Live Text on Mac

May 3, 2022 - Leave a Comment
Disable Live Text on Mac

The Live Text feature available in modern MacOS releases allows Mac users to select text from within images and photos, but some users may find this feature to be more annoying than helpful, and thus may want to turn Live Text off on their Mac. This may be particularly true for some designers and image … Read More

Easily Bulk Download & Install Mac Apps with macapps.link

May 2, 2022 - 2 Comments
Download and install a bunch of Mac apps at once via the command line

Ready to automate Mac app downloads and installs? If you’re setting up a new Mac, you probably know how tedious it is to manually navigate to a bunch of different developer websites, and to individually download and install all the Mac apps you may want. This is a necessary but time consuming procedure for setting … Read More

iPad Magic Keyboard Backlight Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It

May 1, 2022 - Leave a Comment
iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting

The backlit keyboard on iPad Magic Keyboard typically lights up the moment you attach the Magic Keyboard to the iPad Pro or iPad Air. But sometimes that doesn’t happen, and sometimes the iPad Magic Keyboard backlighting does not work. Usually this is an easy fix however, so don’t freak out if you find the backlit … Read More

How to Turn Off or On Headphone Notifications on iPhone

Apr 30, 2022 - Leave a Comment
How to Enable Headphone Notifications on iPhone

The iPhone has a nice optional health feature called Headphone Notifications, that aims to protect your hearing from loud music and sounds. What exactly does Headphone Notifications do, you ask? In layman’s terms, the feature notifies you if you’ve been listening to loud audio via headphones. How does your iPhone know if your music is … Read More

How to Type the Inverted Question Mark on iPhone & iPad ¿

Apr 29, 2022 - 1 Comment
How to Type the inverted question mark on iPhone or iPad

¿ Need to type the inverted question mark from your iPhone or iPad? Whether you’re learning a foreign language, speak another language fluently, or simply need access to the ¿ punctuation character for any other reason, typing the inverted question mark symbol is very easy from iPhone or iPad. We’ll show you two ways to … Read More

How to Create Local Backups of Notes on Mac

Apr 28, 2022 - 6 Comments
How to backup Notes locally on a Mac

The Notes app is popular for keeping bits of data, jotting down information, maintaining lists, storing text, photos, and so much more. It’s completely reasonable to want to create a local backup of notes from the Notes app, but you may be unsure of how to accomplish that. We’ll discuss a few ways to backup … Read More

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