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How to
know who's calling without taking your phone out of your pocket?
Easy just assign a tune to a contact. But how to do it silently? Did you know you can you assign a vibration pattern for your contacts.
Try it: In Contacts; select a contact, > tap the Edit button in the top-right corner. Scroll down to the vibration field. Tap it, to get a list vibration patterns to choose from. When you find the one you like (tap it and a check mark appears beside it. Then tap Done in top right corner. Good Vibrations!



Find the Cursor
Do you ever lose the cursor in you giant iMac screen? You can permanently increase the cursor size in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display. However, for a quick find (an El Capitan feature) simply wiggle the cursor quickly back and forth and it will temporarily grow so you can easily locate it.

Finding iOS Settings
As you know, the Settings window gives you access to modify a myriad of adjustments for your iDevice. But how do you find a particular setting since they’re buried within multiple categories? Try Search. When you open Settings there is a search box at the top of the page. Enter a word in the search box like “cell” and you will see seven suggestions that have to do with “cell”. Touch any of these and you’ll be taken to the appropriate setting page. Typical Apple, it just works!

Customize Siri’s Voice
Are you tired of the default Siri voice or do you want to be adventurous and try something else. It’s simple, just go to Settings > General > Siri > Siri voice. When there you can select Male or Female with an American, Australian or British accent. If you are bilingual or really intrepid, you can select any number of foreign language Siris from Arabic to Turkish.

Get an iPhone Case
Statistics show that more gadgets are damaged during the Christmas season than any other time of year: Nearly 1 in 8 households reporting breaking a smartphone while shopping, cooking, or traveling. Shattering the screen of your beloved iPhone isn’t just an annoyance; it’s a billion-dollar industry for Apple. Between the years of 2007 and 2014, SquareTrade estimated that Americans spent over $23 billion dollars on having their ruined iPhone replaced or restored. Will you be next?


Find the iOS Setting
If you have trouble finding a particular setting for your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you’re not alone. Up to now it’s been very frustrating to search through Settings to find the option you desire. However, iOS9 introduced a search function within Settings. Open Settings and be sure you are scrolled all the way to the top where the search field is revealed. Touch in the field and the keyboard appears. Enter a term like “ring” and you’ll get four suggestions to modify various ring features. Try it out.


Curb Your iPhone Data Use and Save $$$
If you seem to be using an inordinate amount of data on your phone, check to make sure you limit data flow to when you are within a Wi-Fi signal. Go to Settings > Cellular and go to Wi-Fi Assist all the way at the bottom. Insure that it is turned off. (Thanks to Diane Knott for this tip.)

Six-digit Passcode
One of the changes to iOS9 introduced the opportunity to use a six-digit passcode instead of the traditional four-digit code. This makes your passcode more secure and now that you’re storing more and more personal information on your phone, this security improvement should be welcomed. To implement the change go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. You’ll be prompted to enter your present passcode and then will be prompted to enter a new six-digit code. You can keep four but if you change it you will have to use six.

Markup is handy for making notes or highlighting areas on an attached image or PDF without having to open it in another app such as Preview.
To use Markup, create a new message and drag a PDF or image into the message. Move the cursor over the PDF or image and click on the small popup menu (downward facing v) that appears and select Markup. This will open the enclosure in a new window with a toolbar across the top. Among the tools are a Sketch tool and a Text tool. In addition you can add your signature. To add your signature, click the Sign tool in the toolbar and choose whether to sign using your trackpad or by holding up a copy of your signature for your Mac’s camera to scan and import into the document. Prompts will walk you through the process.

Mail Drop works almost invisibly. When you are signed into iCloud on your Mac, Mail detects when you try to send an attachment that’s large and offers to upload it to Apple’s servers rather than risking rejection by the email provider for going over the provider (Comcast, Verizon, Gmail, etc.) size limits. If the receiver has Yosemite (or El Capitan) the attachment loads to the receiver’s Mail app automatically. If they don’t, they receive a link to manually download the attachment. It’s an excellent solution to sending large files.





Read a Contact Phone Number Easily
The Contact list is a wonderful thing. If you have multiple Apple devices such as an iPhone or iPad in addition to your Mac, the Contact list will keep all your devices in sync. The thing that I wish it would do when I’m on my iMac is to dial the number for me. Since it won’t do that, at least it makes it easy for me to see the phone number when I do dial. Simply point to the phone number of your contact, right click and select “Large Type”. The number will appear, expanded many times, across your entire screen, large enough to read without glasses!

Share a website link.
Have you ever been browsing and come across a web site that you would like to share with a friend? How do you do that? Do you copy the URL and then go to Mail, open a new email and paste in the URL? Well, learn this keyboard shortcut: Command-Shift-i. When you do that, it automatically copies the URL, goes to Mail and opens a new email, enters the web page title as the Subject and pastes in the URL in the message body. Whew! Quite a lot from one simple keyboard shortcut! Yes there are other ways to do this.

Scan Credit Cards in Safari
This is a fairly useful tool for mobile users. If you are shopping on a website in the Safari browser on either a phone or an iPad and you don’t have an account on the site, you will inevitably have to enter your credit card number. Just above the keyboard, you will see an option to Scan Credit Card. Then, hold your credit card up to the device’s camera and it will read the credit card number and expiration date and enter it for you on the site. The camera doesn’t take a picture of your card; it just scans it and transfers the numbers. It can’t read the security code and you will still have to enter your billing information. But it does reduce typing mistakes.

Get More out of Your iPhone Battery
The new version of iOS finally lets you know exactly what is drawing on your battery, instead of giving you mystery percentages. In the Settings menu, under General and then Usage, you will see an option called Battery Usage. Tap that and you will see a list of apps and exactly how much battery power they have used that day and over the last seven days.
The amount largely depends on you; I use Waze all the time, and that is obvious from the usage patterns. Waze accounted for 21 percent of my battery drain over the last seven days. But if you find any surprising apps, just double-tap on the home button to see all running apps and swipe up to close the offender (or offenders).

Be more efficient by learning to use
keyboard shortcuts. Every Mac menu shows a keyboard shortcut for many of the menu items to the right of the menu item itself. If you learn the common shortcuts it will save you time by not having to take your hand off the keyboard, grab the mouse and make a manual selection.

When filling out a form with
fields like Name, Address, State, etc, simply touch the Tab key to move the cursor from one field to the next.
If you want to select the OK button––or any other default, blue colored button––touch the Return key.
If you want to select the Cancel Button, touch the Esc (Escape) key.

Don’t turn off your laptop.
If you use your Mac laptop every day, consider not turning it off every evening. Alternatively, simply close the cover. This also stops the hard disk spinning so you can move the computer. The Mac will go into Sleep mode, using only a trickle of power until the next morning when you lift the cover and start right to work. No waiting for the machine to boot, no reopening the applications you were using last night but instead you are ready to get back to work right away. If you won’t be using the laptop for a few days, then go ahead and shut it down. And if you follow my advice and leave the laptop running, it’s a good idea to restart it once a week or so to allow the operating system to clean up. But otherwise, leave it running.


Get More out of Your iPhone Battery
The new version of iOS finally lets you know exactly what is drawing on your battery, instead of giving you mystery percentages. In the Settings menu, under General and then Usage, you will see an option called Battery Usage. Tap that and you will see a list of apps and exactly how much battery power they have used that day and over the last seven days.

The amount largely depends on you; I use Waze all the time, and that is obvious from the usage patterns. Waze accounted for 21 percent of my battery drain over the last seven days. But if you find any surprising apps, just double-tap on the home button to see all running apps and swipe up to close the offender (or offenders).

Calibrate Your Laptop Battery
If your portable Mac has a removable battery, calibrate the battery to make sure that you get the longest running time. There is no standard for how often to calibrate a battery, though it is a generally accepted practice to calibrate upon first use of the battery, as well as recalibration every one to two months afterward.
If your Mac has a built-in battery you don’t need to calibrate the battery.
Calibration is relatively simple. For Intel-based Mac notebooks, the process is as follows:
1.) Plug in the AC adapter and let the battery fully charge. You can continue to use your computer at this time. Keep an eye on both the onscreen battery monitor at the top of your screen as well as on the indicator light located on the AC adapter. When the battery monitor indicates a full charge and/or the indicator light on the power adapter turns from amber to green, the battery is fully charged.
2.) Once the battery is fully charged, allow it to rest completely charged and connected to the power adapter for at least two hours. Again you can continue to use the computer in a normal manner during this step, you just need to leave it connected to an external power source.
3.) After the two hours has passed, disconnect the power adapter while the Mac is still on, and start running the computer from only the battery. Run the battery until you get a low power warning. You will want to save your work at this time.
4.) Continue to run the Mac until it enters low power mode. Your Mac always keeps a reserve of power so that it can keep dynamic information maintained for a period of time. You will know this has happened as the screen will go black and the computer will not respond to input. If your Mac has an indicator light on the front, it will glow white at intermittent intervals as it does when the computer is asleep.
5.) At this point you can either shut down the Mac, by holding down the power button, or just leave it in the low power state. Either way, leave it alone – still disconnected from power – for a minimum of 5 hours.
6.) After at least 5 hours, plug in the power adapter and let the computer fully charge. Again you will want to keep an eye on the indicator light on your power adapter. While the Mac charges the light will be an amber color. When fully charged it will switch to green. You can use your Mac during this time.


Scan Credit Cards in Safari
This is a fairly useful tool for mobile users. If you are shopping on a website in the Safari browser on either a phone or an iPad and you don’t have an account on the site, you will inevitably have to enter your credit card number. Just above the keyboard, you will see an option to Scan Credit Card. Then, hold your credit card up to the device’s camera and it will read the credit card number and expiration date and enter it for you on the site. The camera doesn’t take a picture of your card; it just scans it and transfers the numbers. It can’t read the security code and you will still have to enter your billing information. But it does reduce typing mistakes.


Text size for the iPad/iPhone
If you would prefer a larger default text size, go to the Accessibility section. Go to Settings, then General, then Accessibility. Look for the Larger Text setting, select it and turn on the Larger Accessibility switch. Then drag the slider to select the default size you desire.

Within Accessibility there is also a switch marked Button Shapes. If you turn it on, the navigation buttons in iOS will be highlighted and easier to see.


iPad Support Library

Apple provides a huge library of support articles for all of their devices and all software applications. One of the libraries provides support articles for the iPad. It can be found at www.apple.com/support/ipad/.* The first group covers iPad Essentials and the articles within cover such things as: Updating your iOS device, Choosing an iOS backup method, Using iTunes to restore your iPad, What to do if you have forgotten your passcode, How to turn off or restart your iPad, Basic troubleshooting and many other subjects.

For all you new iPad owners (and even you old users) it's worth a look at what you can find in the iPad Essentials library.


Creating Groups of Contacts for Emailing

Do you have a group of people to whom you regularly send email? If so, consider using groups in your Contacts application. Once you construct a group of names you simply address your email to the group name and Contacts fills in all the group names for you.

Setting up a group is simple. Open Contacts and go to File > New Group or click the + sign on any contact page and select New Group. Doing either action will place a new group name in the Contacts sidebar named untitled group. Re-name it with something appropriate; for this example I'll call it MyGroup. Now click on All Contacts and find the listing for the first name you want to add to MyGroup. Now just drag the name over onto the name MyGroup and you will have added it to the group. Continue to do this for everyone in your group. When you click on the name MyGroup in the sidebar, all the names you have added will appear in the list where all your contacts were previously listed.

Now to send an email to your new group simply type MyGroup in the Bcc section of your email and all the included names will be automatically inserted into your email. Alternatively, when in Contacts you can right-click on the group name and one of the selections will be "Send Email to MyGroup".

You may ask, why put the names in the Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy) address section of my email? This is for security and privacy. When you use Bcc, none of the addressee's email addresses are visible to the recipient nor are they subject to theft by hackers if any of your addressees are PC users. To be sure you practice safe emailing always put your name in the To section of an email and your group names in the Bcc section. If your email template does not include a Bcc section, click on the small icon to the left of the From label and select Bcc Address Field.


Printing Envelopes from Contacts Entries

Have you ever wished you could print an envelope right from a person's card in Contacts? Yes, people actually still print and mail envelopes. It turns out that you can print a lot more than just envelopes from Contacts. First, select the name of the person you want to address. Then select File > Print (or use the shortcut Command-P).

In the Print dialog box, look in the Style menu and select Envelopes. Then in the Layout tab below, select the size of envelope you intend to print. There is a vast choice of North American, International and Japanese envelope sizes. Then on to the Label tab where other choices such as return address await your selection. Finally, look at the Orientation tab to select portrait or landscape printing. Note the orientation of the envelope in the model on the left. That is how you will insert the envelope into your printer; either top of envelope first or left edge first.


Reading PDF Documents in Preview

When you're reading a PDF file in Preview, adjusting the application so that it shows just one full page at a time, and scrolls consistently can be a pain. A little bit of the page before or after is always showing. You might try to mess with the zoom and the window size to make Preview show just one page but fortunately you don't have to go through any of these adjustments; Preview's shortcut will do the job for you. Simply go to the View menu and select Single Page (or press command-2) and Preview will show just a single page at a time. Then scroll through your document one page at a time by using the space bar to go down and shift-space to go back up. Or, if you have a trackpad or a magic mouse you can swipe to go forward or backward.


Easy Scrolling in Documents

When you are reading a web page or a lengthy document, how do you scroll the pages? One useful function that the Mac has had for years is the ability to scroll using the space bar. Instead of using your scroll bar, your mouse scroll button or your track pad, simply touch the space bar and the screen will advance one page. You will find this far simpler than fiddling with a mouse or trackpad. And, as a bonus, if you press the shift key, the scrolling will reverse and the screen will back up one page.


Adding Birthday Field to Contacts List

Does your contacts list contain birthdays? Although the default card in Contacts does not contain a birthday field, adding one is quite simple. Go to Contacts > Preferences > Templates tab which shows all the fields in a new card. Open the dropdown menu labeled. "Add Field" and select Birthday. (When you have the menu open you will see that there are many additional fields that you can add such as nickname, middle name and maiden name.)

Once you have added birthdays to your Contacts list go to the Calendar application, open its preferences, select the General tab and insure that "Show Birthdays Calendar" is checked. You will fi nd the bonus is that all those individual's birthdays that you put in Contacts, now appear in your Calendar application.


Guest User Account on Your Mac

Did you know that it is a good idea not to let houseguests have access to your files or add stuff to your system? Of course you would like to give them access to their mail and internet. One easy way to do this is to set up a Guest User Account. System Preferences > User Groups >Select Guest Login. Once enabled, anyone can use it without a password, but once they are finished nothing remains on your Mac. While you are there check out parental controls; it is not just for parents any more.



Using Quick Look to Examine File Contents

Look at the contents of files with Quick Look. What is Quick Look you ask? It's another of those 'magic' Apple capabilities that allow you to see the contents of a file in Finder without opening the application that produced the file. Simply select a file and touch the space bar and the file will reveal its contents instantly with no delay for the associated application to open.


Quick Way to Select Choice in Dialog Boxes

Keep your hands on the keyboard! When you have a dialog box that has a number of buttons, one of them will usually be colored blue. If that blue button is your choice, do not take your hand off the keyboard and move the mouse to click the button, simply hit Return.


Simple Way to Email Web Page Links

Have you ever been looking at a particular web page in Safari and thought, "I'd like to send my friend a link to that page?" Well, it is easier than you would think. Simply type Shift + Command + i and your Mac will read the URL of the web page, shift to the Mail application and open a new email with the subject filled in and the web page's link in the body of the email. All you have to do is add the recipient's email address, add some words about what you like about the web site, and send.