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Topic: Tips

How to make typing in macOS like iOS with auto capitalization, double-space periods, and word prediction

04/09/2018, 08:04 am

Apple has always offered assistance to iPhone and iPad users typing on their devices using the onscreen keyboard, automatically fixing some common mistakes and providing spelling and next word suggestions. AppleInsider shows how some of these features are also available to use in macOS.

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How to unclutter your Mac's desktop by opening windows in tabs

04/05/2018, 02:04 pm

Many Safari users will be familiar with tabs, a way to have multiple webpages open within a single browser window, but Safari is not the only application to offer this handy organization option. AppleInsider tells you how to start using tabs away from the browser, to help reduce the number of windows on the Mac desktop.

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How to use Parental Controls in macOS to limit access to features and apps

04/04/2018, 03:04 pm

Providing children and others access to your Mac can be an issue if left unmonitored, as giving free reign could cause the younger users to see inappropriate material or perform unwanted actions that could drastically affect the Mac's performance. AppleInsider explains how to use the Parental Controls already built into macOS to limit what can be done on accounts.

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How to add AirDrop to the Dock in macOS to quickly send files to a nearby iPhone or iPad

03/31/2018, 10:03 pm

AirDrop is one of the quickest and easiest ways to transfer files between macOS and iOS devices, but performing a small change in macOS can make it even simpler to start using straight away. AppleInsider shows how to add this handy file-sharing tool to your Mac's dock, ready to initiate transfers at a moment's notice.

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How to keep your Mac data secure from visitors by using Guest Accounts

03/28/2018, 11:03 pm

In situations where a visitor wants to use your Mac for a task, providing them access via your personal account may be an unwise move, especially if it isn't someone you completely trust. AppleInsider explains how to set up a guest account in macOS that provides access without endangering your personal data.

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Tip: Record your iPad's screen on your Mac with QuickTime Player

03/26/2018, 10:03 am

While iOS 11 introduced a built-in screen recorder that allows users to quickly capture video of their iPhone or iPad's display, it is worth remembering that it is also possible to make a similar recording by connecting it to a Mac. AppleInsider explains the process of screen capturing an iOS device through macOS' QuickTime Player.

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Video: How to connect your HomePod to your Apple TV or Mac

03/25/2018, 10:03 am

If you own Apple's HomePod and are looking for ways to get more out of the smart speaker, besides using its built-in service integrations, consider using it with other Apple devices. AppleInsider shows how to use the HomePod to play audio from a Mac and from an Apple TV.

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How to increase your editing options in Photos for macOS by using app extensions

03/23/2018, 12:03 pm

Photographers will be familiar with the editing tools offered by Photos in macOS, but sometimes the available selection just isn't enough. AppleInsider shows how to add more options to the editing roster, by taking advantage of extensions offered by other image editing applications.

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How to add your signature to digital forms and documents in macOS

03/21/2018, 03:03 pm

In the event a digital document needs to be signed, like a form or a letter, macOS includes a way to add your signature without needing to print out the pages and rescan them. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly and easily sign PDF documents on the Mac.

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How to create your own HomeKit camera with a Raspberry Pi and HomeBridge

03/21/2018, 11:03 am

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.

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How to extend your wireless network by turning a Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot

03/19/2018, 03:03 pm

Most people like the idea of having Wi-Fi available throughout their home, but in black spots at the edges of the hotspot's coverage area, the signal may be too weak to use properly. Rather than paying for more network hardware to extend the range, AppleInsider shows how to use a Mac connected to a wired network as an impromptu wireless access point.

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How to customize or disable Emergency SOS on the Apple Watch

03/19/2018, 09:03 am

Emergency SOS can be a lifesaver, literally, but it can also be relatively easy to trigger on accident. We take a look at how to configure, and disable, the Apple Watch's emergency feature.

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How to type accented letters in macOS three different ways

03/16/2018, 12:03 pm

When writing about people, places, or other things that use accents and other special symbols outside the 26 letters of the standard English alphabet, there are ways to add them to a document without simply using the accentless version of the letter. This AppleInsider guide offers a variety of ways to use the right accent when writing in macOS.

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Play games on your Mac installed on another computer with Steam In-Home Streaming

03/15/2018, 02:03 pm

If you want to play games on a Mac that has lower specifications than ideally needed to play properly, it is possible to take advantage of the hardware of a more powerful Mac or PC elsewhere on the home network to have a more enjoyable gaming experience. AppleInsider explains how to set up Steam's In-Home Streaming function to remotely play your game collection.

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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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