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Topic: Tips

How to create keyboard shortcuts to launch apps in macOS using Automator

03/14/2018, 11:03 am

While macOS allows users to create their own keyboard shortcuts to perform functions in apps, there isn't a built-in way to launch the apps themselves using a similar maneuver. AppleInsider shows you one way to create app-launching keyboard shortcuts, using the included Automator utility.

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Video: How to backup, erase, and factory reset your iPad

03/13/2018, 02:03 pm

When selling or giving away your iPad, you need to make sure to protect your data and leave a clean slate for the next owner. Appleinsider takes you through all the steps you need to take to ensure your iPad is safely wiped before passing it on to its next owner.

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How to get television to your Apple TV without using a streaming service

03/13/2018, 12:03 pm

Tired of paying monthly fees for subscription streaming apps? AppleInsider shows you what you need to watch TV live on your Apple TV with a digital tuner and an app.

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How to change the default apps used to open files in macOS

03/09/2018, 02:03 pm

Using the standard apps that come with macOS is great, but for some users, a third-party app performing the same job may be a better option. In this guide, AppleInsider shows you how to permanently change the apps used for common tasks as well as which apps are used to open certain file types.

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How to streamline your workflow by creating custom keyboard shortcuts in macOS High Sierra

03/09/2018, 10:03 am

The vast majority of productivity apps offer keyboard shortcuts for often-performed activities, but sometimes you have to come up with them yourself. AppleInsider explains how to create your own shortcut combinations in macOS to further refine your workflow.

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How to perform Siri queries without using your voice with Type to Siri on macOS and iOS

03/08/2018, 12:03 pm

Siri is an extremely handy digital assistant, but at times when it's best to keep quiet, it becomes a challenge to use the voice-centric tool. This AppleInsider guide will fill you in on how to use Type to Siri, Apple's existing solution to the problem that enables Siri to be used with a keyboard, on both iOS and macOS.

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How to try improving your sleep by turning on Night Shift in macOS

03/07/2018, 02:03 pm

Do you find the blue light emitted by your Mac's screen make it harder to go to sleep, especially if you're at the keys late in the day? AppleInsider explains how to use Night Shift in macOS to automatically make gradual changes to the the color of the display, to help you get a good night's rest.

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Watch: Share purchased iPhone or iPad apps with family members with iCloud

03/06/2018, 01:03 pm

Have you ever purchased an expensive app on your iPhone and wondered if you could share it with your family or a select group of friends? AppleInsider shows you how to see if you can, and how to do it.

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How to start copying and pasting between your Mac and iPad using Universal Clipboard

03/06/2018, 12:03 pm

For occasions where there's a need to copy text from an iPad browser window to a word processor on a nearby Mac and other similar situations, Apple implemented the Universal Clipboard to make the process as easy as copying and pasting. This AppleInsider guide tells you how to turn on this highly useful Continuity function.

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How to free up your Mac's internal storage by moving your iTunes Library to an external drive

03/05/2018, 01:03 pm

A user's music and video collection can be one of the largest consumers of hard drive space on a Mac, and is typically overlooked in favor of other items when it comes time to free up drive space. This guide explains how to shift where iTunes stores all of the content to an external drive.

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How to watch the Oscars & behind-the-scenes streams on Apple devices this weekend

03/02/2018, 12:03 pm

People wanting to watch the Oscars will have a number of live options when the event unfolds on Sunday. Here's how to stream it on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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How to combine folders in macOS using the hidden Merge options and the Ditto command

03/02/2018, 10:03 am

If you ever need to combine two identically-named folders together, but they contain a mix of old, new, and duplicate files, it's likely you will want to be selective in how they are merged together. AppleInsider offers a basic guide to using the Merge option in Finder to keep only the files you want intact.

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How to personalize your macOS desktop by replacing file and folder icons with other images

03/01/2018, 11:03 am

If the macOS desktop is looking a little boring, or is in need of a little more personalization than a change of background image, one solution could be to change how files, folders, and apps look. AppleInsider tells you how to quickly change the icon for the majority of files stored on your Mac.

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How to backup iPhone data to iCloud before moving to iOS 12

02/28/2018, 07:02 pm

Your iPhone's photos, contacts, messages and other data are precious commodities that shouldn't be siloed on a single device. Learn how to use iCloud Backup to protect your data from being deleted or lost before you update to iOS 12 in this video.

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How to take advantage of the Dock's Stacks to easily access your most-used files

02/28/2018, 12:02 pm

Stacks offer the ability to quickly access regularly used files from the macOS Dock, instead of storing the documents on the desktop. AppleInsider teaches the basics of Stacks, including how to use the feature to create your own easily accessed file collection on the Dock.

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How to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit and won't be supported in the future

02/27/2018, 06:02 pm

Apple has confirmed that macOS will no longer provide full support for 32-bit apps following High Sierra, and users are starting to see warnings about it. AppleInsider shows you how to check which software on your Mac might be affected by the shift.

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Manage apps that automatically open when you log into your Mac

02/27/2018, 03:02 pm

If it is taking a lot longer for a Mac to boot up than expected, the problem may lie in applications automatically launching when you log into macOS. AppleInsider shows you how to take back control of how your Mac starts up, stopping certain apps from immediately running and adding those that would be more useful.

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How to create a list of all the files inside a macOS directory in seconds with TextEdit

02/27/2018, 10:02 am

On the rare occasion a list of all of the files within a folder are required, there is a simpler way than manually typing it out or creating a collage of Finder screenshots. AppleInsider reveals how to compile the list using TextEdit.

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If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and your AirPods, disconnect them, then re-link to your iPhone

02/21/2018, 12:02 pm

Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update -- but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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How to ensure you're getting full credit towards your Move & Exercise goals on Apple Watch

02/20/2018, 03:02 pm

Although the Apple Watch does a lot of its fitness tracking without any help, it isn't perfect, and there are a few things you can do to guarantee the most accurate possible results.

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