How to record your iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac

iPhoneIconXThere are several ways to capture your iPhone or iPad’s screen on your Mac; however, many of these approaches call for third-party software and setups that you might not have. For instance, you might consider setting up an airplay server to capture the display stream from your iPhone, or install other special software that will capture your iOS device’s output. While these approaches might have their merits, there is an easy way built into OS X to view and record your iPhone or iPad’s screen. Continue reading

How to save battery life on your iPhone when navigating

iOSMapsIconXIf you have an iOS device then you have undoubtedly used it to find directions to some location. Be it to somewhere nearby or to a nearby city, having a quick way to get turn-by-turn steps to your destination is exceptionally useful; however, if you use this regularly or plan on having it on for a long trip, then you might run into an issue with your iOS device running out of batteries. Continue reading

How to use Spotlight as more than a simple calculator

SpotlightIconXIf you ever need to run a quick calculation or two when working on your Mac, then you can do so using Apple’s Spotlight search; however, while you might find yourself using this for basic addition and multiplication, Spotlight’s calculations support far more, and if used properly can be just as if not more valuable than Apple’s included Calculator utility. Continue reading

How to change the default system font in Mac OS X

FontBookIconXThe default system font in OS X is the type face used for displaying practically all system features, including menu items, system preference labels, titles for documents, the date and time, and other instances where system panels and programs display text. While in the Classic Mac OS (version 9 and earlier) Apple included options for changing the default system font, this has not been an option in OS X. However, if you want, you can, with a little tweaking, change the default font to any TrueType font of your choice. Continue reading

How to subscribe to RSS feeds in Safari 8

NewSafariIconXIf you have been a fan of using RSS feeds for keeping updated on the happenings of your favorite Web sites, then you will be happy to know that Apple has added RSS feed support back to Safari. In the past, when browsing a Web site with an RSS feed you would see an indication of this support in Safari’s address bar, and then could click it to view the RSS feed and subscribe to it; however, this was removed in subsequent versions up to version 8, where Apple has brought this feature back. Continue reading

Quickly access old window zoom behavior in OS X Yosemite

FinderIconYosemiteXOne of the new features in OS X Yosemite is a re-working of the full-screen window feature where in programs that support this option, the green zoom window button now defaults to being a toggle for full-screen. This can be seen in programs like Pages, and Preview; however, this can be a bit confusing because in those like TextEdit where a fullscreen option is not available, the green button is the classic “Zoom” behavior that resizes a window to fit its contents. Continue reading

How to reveal files in the Finder with Spotlight

SpotlightIconXSpotlight allows you to search for all of your files, applications, and other items on your Mac, allowing you to open them directly by highlighting them and pressing Enter, or even dragging them off the Spotlight menu (or window, for Yosemite) for various drag-and-drop purposes in OS X. While you can manage your listed search results in this way, if needed there may be times when you might want to find exactly where the file is on your Mac, or otherwise handle it in the Finder. Continue reading