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Replace the missing battery time remaining menubar indicator on the Mac

Add the missing battery time left indicator on the Apple Mac

Apple made a tiny change to macOS 10.12.2, but it is a major irritation for some people. That change is the removal of the ‘battery time remaining’ menubar indicator. Here’s how to put it back.

How to stop apps starting automatically on the Mac for extra speed

Some apps on the Mac automatically start when you log in. It can even happen after you have deleted an app! How do they do this and how do you stop them? Here’s the solution and it’s not obvious.

How to convert PDF files to documents you can edit on the Mac

How to convert PDF files to Docs and edit them in Pages, Word and other apps

Have you ever had a PDF file that you wanted to edit? Maybe you want to make changes or use some of the content in your own documents. Here’s how to turn PDFs into Pages and Word documents.

How to run Google Keep in a window on the desktop like a Mac app

How to run Google Keep in a window on the desktop on the Apple Mac running macOS Sierra

Google Keep is a great app for storing notes and some people prefer it to the Notes Mac app. This guide shows how you can run it on the desktop like a regular Mac app. It is much more convenient.

How to encrypt files from the command line on the Apple Mac using OpenSSL

Encrypt private files you don't want anyone to see using OpenSSL on the Apple Mac

Do you have files on your Mac’s disk that you want to keep private? Encrypt them! Use the openssl command line tool in Terminal to make sure no-one can access them. They’re safe for emailing too.

Secure the files on a USB thumb drive in case you lose it

Secure the files on a USB flash drive by encrypting them using an Apple Mac

USB thumb drives (flash drives) are great for carrying around files, but they are easily lost. What if someone found your thumb drive? Follow these steps to secure your files and stay safe.

How to securely delete files on a Mac so they can’t be recovered

Secure your files on the Apple Mac and prevent anyone from accessing them or recovering them when they are deleted

When files are deleted they are not removed from the disk and they remain there. If someone had access to your Mac they could recover them. Here’s how to stop them

Use voice control to take screenshots and access Siri on the Mac

Control your Mac using your voice - take screenshots and activate Siri

Did you know you can take screenshots on the Mac just by saying “Hey, take a screenshot!” You can also access Siri by saying “Hey, Siri!” Here’s a guide to setting up these features.

Mac shortcuts you probably don’t know that save time and effort

Learn some new keyboard shortcuts to work faster on your Apple Mac

Keyboard shortcuts enable you to work faster with your Mac. They perform tasks and fuctions instantly and they save you having to go through menus searching for the right command. Here are some great shortcuts.

Top tab tips for macOS Sierra - work faster and smarter with tabs

Master tabs in apps when using macOS Sierra on the Apple Mac

A new feature in macOS Sierra on the Apple Mac is tabs. This is not a feature of apps, but the whole OS and many apps can make use of them. Here are some great ways to use them and configure them.

Ask Siri to find photos and insert them into emails on your Mac

Find photos on your Apple Mac or online with Siri in macOS Sierra and insert them into email messages

The introduction of Siri to the Apple Mac in macOS Sierra has opened up some interesting uses that were previously not available. For example, Siri can find photos for various uses, such as in email.

Hide ads on web pages and have the text read to you on the Mac

A better way to browse the web - Use Safari Reader View and have web pages read to you

By combining two useful features on the Apple Mac, you can view clean ad-free web pages and sit back and have the Mac read them out loud to you. It is the lazy way to browse the web, but it is fun!

Fix missing macOS Gatekeeper function from the command line

How to enable or disable Gatekeeper from the command line in macOS Sierra to enable the missing Anywhere option | rawinfopages.com

Apple has tweaked many settings and functions in macOS Sierra and there is one puzzling change in Gatekeeper. A useful function has mysteriously disappeared, but fortunately you can bring it back.

macOS Photos has analysed all your photos and here’s what it found

Finding photos on the Apple Mac has never been easier. The Photos app can now tell what is in a photo by analysing the content

The Photos app in macOS Sierra has been updated and improved. Among the features is a much better search facility that is more powerful and can even tell what is in your photos. What did it find?

Continuity and Bluetooth problems on the Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad

Continuity is the name Apple gives to a whole bunch of useful features that are used by Macs, iPhones and iPads. When it works, the features are brilliant, but the trouble is it sometimes doesn’t.

What happens to your files if you turn off iCloud Drive on macOS?

iCloud Drive on the Apple Mac stores all the files in the Desktop and Documents folders | rawinfopages.com

There is a brand new feature in macOS Sierra that stores all your files on iCloud. At first it seems great, but is it really a good idea? What happens if you turn off this feature? You may be surprised!

Be careful what files you store in your Documents folder in macOS

Configure cloud storage in macOS on the Apple Mac

One of the many new features in macOS Sierra is Optimised Storage and the ability to access files from any computer, phone or tablet through iCloud. Here’s how to avoid a potential problem.

Back up your iPhone and iPad to your Mac for before updating iOS

Back up your iPhone before you upgrade it to the next version of iOS

Your Mac is the best backup device for your iPhone and iPad, but how many people bother to use it? It is essential to have a backup whenever a major iOS update is available, so get it done today!

Speak your Calendar appointments to save typing them on the Mac

Speak to your Apple Mac and create Calendar events using voice recognition and dictation | rawinfopages.com

Siri in macOS enables you to perform all manner of tasks just by speaking to your Apple Mac, but did you know that you can speak your Calendar appointments in any version of OS X without Siri?

How to customise folder icons in Finder and on the desktop

Customise folders on the Apple Mac by replacing the default icon

Folders in macOS/OS X are not very exciting. In fact, they are quite dull. However, it is possible to replace the default icon for a folder with one that is much more exciting. Here’s how.

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