Amazing things you never realised Siri on the Apple Mac could do

Use Siri to control the hardware on the Apple Mac and enable Type to Siri to type your queries instead of speaking them.

Siri started as an assistant on the iPhone and iPad, but it has also been in macOS for the last couple of versions too. Here are some of the less obvious uses for Siri in macOS High Sierra.

Use tags in Finder on the Mac to organise files and search for them

Make use of tags in Finder on the Apple Mac to make it easier to find, sort and organise files.

Finder has a clever feature that enables you to attach tags to files, but do you use them? Do you know how to search for them and sort files by tags? Get to know this under-used macOS feature.

Get a VPN in your browser and secure the web to make it safer

Increase your security and safty when using the internet by using a VPN inside the web browser, such as NordVPN Chrome extension.

If you have NordVPN, and a lot of people do, there is a clever Chrome extension that saves you having to run the VPN software. For everyone else, get a web browser with a built in VPN.

How to share files from Apple iCloud using just your web browser

Files on the Apple iCloud website can be shared by visiting the site in a browser. Share files with friends.

I recently looked at the new facility in macOS High Sierra that enables you to share files on iCloud. Can you access the sharing features on the iCloud website with just a web browser? Yes!

How to share files stored on iCloud with anyone, even non-Mac users

How to share iCloud files with anyone, even non-Mac users.Your shared files can be public or private.

If you have an Apple Mac and use macOS High Sierra, there is a great feature in it that enables you to share iCloud files privately with people you choose or publicly with the whole world.

Fix your photos with Noise Reducer Pro for a clearer picture

Reduce noise in photos from your digital camera or phone with this stand-alon app and Photos extension.

Noise Reducer Pro is a great tool for reducing the amount of noise or grain in photographs taken in low light levels. It makes photos clearer and runs on the Mac, iOS, Android and PC.

Too many menu bar icons on your MacBook? Hide the unused ones

How to hide menu bar icons you do not need to see on the Apple Mac. Free up space on the menu bar if it is full.

The menu bar on a MacBook, especially one of the smaller models ones, has a very limited amount of space. It is easily filled, but you can reduce the overcrowding by hiding the unused icons.

How to create application shortcuts to save time and effort in macOS

A step by step guide to defining keyboard shortcuts on the Apple Mac to save time and effort. Add shortcuts to your favourite apps.

Everyone knows the Command+Q keyboard shortcut used to quit an app on the Apple Mac and it saves fiddling with menus. Here’s how to create your own shortcuts to carry out actions in apps.

Momentum makes new tabs in Chrome more useful and beautiful

Momentum Chrome extension beautifies the new tab page and also adds some useful new features, such as a to-do list manager.

Safari is a fine web browser on the Apple Mac, but it cannot compete with Chrome when it comes to extensions. Momentum gives Chrome tabs beautiful makeover and adds productivity features.

Be Focused is a task and time manager to make you more productive

Manage your time and tasks while working on your Apple Mac more efficiently with the Be Focused app. It uses the Pomodoro technique.

Be Focused is what might be called the offspring of the Pomodoro technique and a To-Do list manager. It enables you to work more efficiently and make better use of your time, while tracking tasks.

Great apps to monitor your MacBook’s battery charge and condition

Monitor the battery on an Apple MacBook and reduce the battery drain so it lasts longer. See the health of the battery

How is your MacBook’s battery? Is it healthy and holding its charge or fading too fast? If you think there may be a problem, these two battery apps help you monitor it and get more from it.

How to schedule your Mac to automatically shut down and wake up

Configure the Mac to automatically shut down or enter sleep mode on a schedule. Set it to wake and start up on a schedule too.

With a few simple commands you can schedule your Apple Mac to automatically shut down at night and wake in the morning ready to work. Save power and make your Mac envonmentally friendly.

How to customise the power settings from Terminal on the Mac

How to use commands int he Terminal window to control the power settings on the Apple Mac. Use pmset, caffeinate and systemsetup.

Sometimes you want to stop the Mac from entering sleep mode, or you need the screen to stay on. System Preferences can do that, but more powerful commands are available from the Terminal.

Brilliant ways to find files on a Mac with Spotlight and search

How to find files on the Mac by using Spotlight tricks that are not well known. Learn the secrets of successful searching.

Spotlight is an excellent tool for finding files and there is a search box in Finder windows too. However, there are some clever, non-obvious ways to search for things, as outlined here.

Get amazing live wallpaper and screensavers for your Mac desktop

Two free screensavers and live desktop wallpaper for the Apple Mac reviewed. They will bright up your Mac and add fun to your day!

Are you still using the default desktop image and screen saver on your Apple Mac? If you are getting tired of them, here are a couple of free tools that will brighten up your desktop.

How to sync bookmarks between Chrome and Safari on the Mac

If you use Safari and Chrome on the Apple Mac, how do you keep the bookmarks in Sync? Here are the best ways to do this.

In a recent survey more people use Chrome for browsing the web on the Apple Mac than Safari. So how do you transfer bookmarks or, better still, sync them between browsers? Here is the solution.

Use iTunes to upload CDs to Google Play Music on the Apple Mac

Store your music CDs online and stream them to any device. Here's how to use iTunes and Chrome on the Apple Mac to upload your CDs.

If you have lots of old CDs lying around gathering dust, why not store them online? Google lets you stream them to any computer, phone or tablet. Here’s how to do it on your Mac with iTunes.

How to access secret menus and functions in Safari on the Apple Mac

There are hidden menus in Safari that you cannot normally access. They enable Safari to emulate iPhones and iPads and block video ads.

Safari has two menus that contain main useful functions, but they are hidden by default. Here’s how to make them visible and use them to emulate devices, stop video ads playing and more.

Schedule social shares from Safari on the Mac with extensions

Great Safari extension on the Apple Mac for posting to social networks. Share any web page you find when browsing the web.

Whether it is for fun or for your business, blog, or website, sharing great online content on social media is made easier with these extensions to Safari on the Apple Mac. They are free!

Why you need to create a new user account on your Mac today!

Create multiple user accounts on the Apple Mac for extra security and for backup purposes in case there is a problem.

How many user accounts do you have on your Apple Mac? Just one? This is risky and there are potential pitfalls to beware of when there is just one user. Here’s how many you should have.

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