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Topic: Tips

How to manage Safari notifications in macOS High Sierra and Mojave

06/22/2018, 10:06 am

Sometimes the number of Safari notifications from websites advising of new updates can be overwhelming, especially if permission is granted to too many sites. AppleInsider explains how to adjust which website notifications will be displayed to you in macOS, and how to change your preferences in the future.

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How to toggle Dark Mode with a keyboard shortcut or the Touch Bar

06/14/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple's macOS Mojave is coming this Fall, and it's bringing Dark Mode, a feature that users have requested for years. AppleInsider shares one way to make it easier to turn Dark Mode on and off, without needing to enter System Preferences every time.

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How to watermark PDFs and images using Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

06/13/2018, 02:06 pm

When Apple revealed macOS Mojave at WWDC 2018 last week, the company briefly teased a new ability that allows Mac users to quickly add watermarks to multiple pages within a PDF file, or a batch of images, using the new operating system's Quick Actions feature. Check out how it works before Mojave sees release this fall.

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How to create custom Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

06/12/2018, 04:06 pm

The Quick Actions of macOS Mojave show promise, but there's more that can be done with them than what Apple demonstrated during the WWDC keynote. AppleInsider explains how to get started producing custom workflows that can save you time.

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How to quickly force restart the iPhone X in case of a crash

06/12/2018, 03:06 pm

Yes, even the iPhone X can crash or hang sometimes. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly and easily force a restart on your iPhone X when your device no longer responds.

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How to set up your home network for many Apple TVs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads

06/12/2018, 09:06 am

Maybe you can get away with a single Wi-Fi basestation, if you have modest needs, but with the arrival of 4K media streaming, home network bandwidth demands are growing quickly. AppleInsider shares a few tips on how to build out your network, and points out some problems to avoid along the way.

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How to request your personal data using Apple's Data & Privacy portal

05/23/2018, 10:05 am

Apple has just launched its Data and Privacy portal, enabling users to download a copy of their personal data held on Apple's servers. AppleInsider walks you through the process of requesting the data archive through the new online tool.

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How to delete the 'mshelper' malware from macOS

05/18/2018, 10:05 am

If your Mac is running hot and is consuming its battery at a higher rate than expected in recent days, you may be affected by 'mshelper.' AppleInsider explains how to check for the resource-consuming malware, and how to stop it from slowing down macOS.

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How to merge together multiple PDF documents using Preview in macOS

05/17/2018, 03:05 pm

If you need to combine multiple PDF files into a single document, the Preview application in macOS can do the task. AppleInsider explains how to transfer sections between PDF documents to create a single compilation from a variety of sources.

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How to add bookmarks for your favorite websites to the macOS Dock

05/15/2018, 03:05 pm

If you regularly visit one or a group of websites multiple times a day, one idea is to add bookmarks to those online destinations in the macOS Dock. AppleInsider explains how to place shortcuts to websites on the Dock, allowing them to be quickly accessible at almost any time.

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How to shorten long text documents in macOS with the Summarize service

05/07/2018, 02:05 pm

If you have a long text document and need a much shorter version that basically covers the core concepts in the full version, the Summarize service built into macOS may be worth examining. AppleInsider explains how to get started using the tool to create short summaries of files that are simply too long to read.

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How to use Disk Utility in macOS to protect your sensitive data

05/06/2018, 11:05 am

Practically everyone has files or folders they keep on their Mac that they don't want anyone else to access. AppleInsider explains how to keep these files secure by turning a folder into a protected disk image, one that keeps the documents encrypted and requiring a password to read.

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How to batch resize your image collection using Preview in macOS

05/03/2018, 12:05 pm

If you have a large collection of images that you need to resize, an easy way to change all of the files quickly is to use Preview, included within macOS, instead of using a dedicated utility or an image editing program's functions. AppleInsider walks through how to batch process the photographs and other graphics to fit a certain size.

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How to use an unsupported NAS or a spare Mac on your network as storage for Time Machine backups

04/30/2018, 02:04 pm

The end the AirPort product line could cause some issues in the future, when users want to back up their Mac's data using Time Machine but find their Apple network appliance has died completely, with no immediate replacement available. Here's how to set Time Machine to use a NAS or another Mac's storage elsewhere on a home network.

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How to use Instant Notes to draw ideas out without unlocking the iPad or iPad Pro

04/27/2018, 11:04 am

Want to quickly take notes on your iPad or iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil? AppleInsider explains how to set up Instant Notes on your iOS device, allowing you to scribble important items and drawings on the screen without needing to unlock the iPad beforehand.

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How to check if your Mac or iOS device is still covered under warranty or is protected by AppleCare

04/26/2018, 03:04 pm

If you have a problem with your Mac, iPhone or iPad that needs examination by the Genius Bar or another tech support member, it's usually handy to check if the hardware is still covered by warranties or one of the AppleCare programs, or if you can expect a heftier repair bill. AppleInsider details how to find out if you are still covered before you contact Apple's support teams.

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How to change the DNS server used by your iPhone and iPad

04/22/2018, 03:04 pm

At times when websites take longer than needed to load up on an iPhone or iPad, the problem could be caused by your Internet provider's slow DNS server. AppleInsider advises how to update your iOS device's network settings to use a different DNS service than the one provided as part of the Wi-Fi connection settings.

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How to block and filter phone numbers on your iPhone with the tools in iOS

04/19/2018, 03:04 pm

Unwanted phone calls are a part of everyday life, but the iPhone offers a number of ways to stop them from being a nuisance. AppleInsider explains how to block phone numbers on iOS, as well as other ways to keep those calls and messages from coming through to your mobile devices.

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How to find your saved Wi-Fi network password stored in your Mac's Keychain

04/19/2018, 08:04 am

Wi-Fi passwords can be hard to remember, and sometimes difficult to reacquire if the router or the information is not easily accessible by users. If you have previously accessed the wireless network via a Mac, AppleInsider explains how you can rediscover the Wi-Fi password using Keychain Access.

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How to annotate screenshots with Markup on the iPhone or iPad

04/17/2018, 01:04 pm

If you need to help someone use an app on an iPhone or iPad, it is sometimes better to show where or how to perform an action than to verbally explain it. AppleInsider explains how to take advantage of the Markup tools built into iOS to illustrate to another person what to do via annotated screenshots.

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