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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Access hidden Disk Utility commands using Terminal in macOS

How to use the diskutil command from the Terminal in macOS on the Apple Mac. Use it to format disks, mount and unmount them, erase them and more.

Disk Utility on the Apple Mac is a useful tool for formatting disks, partitioning them, and so on. However, there are many more features available from the command line. Learn the secrets!

Monitor the battery in your iPhone and iPad remotely on your Mac

iBetterCharge app for the Apple Mac monitors the battery level in your iPhone and iPad remotely over the Wi-Fi network. See when they need charging.

Do you often find the battery in your iPhone or iPad really low just when you need it most? Add a free menu bar widget to your Mac to alert you whenever they need charging. It works wirelessly.

7 tips to keep your Apple MacBook or iMac on top of its form

Keeping your Apple Mac running smoothly is easy, but only if you know the right maintenance tricks. Here are top tips that will keep your Mac in peak form.

As a Mac devotee, I must say that usually these beautiful machines take care of themselves quite efficiently and there is no need to interfere. All you have to do is take them out of the box and enjoy the experience.

How to tune in to internet radio on your Mac with iTunes and VLC

How to listen to streaming internet radio stations using iTunes and VLC media player on the Apple Mac. Listen to talk shows, sport, news and music.

Streaming video services on the internet seem to get the most attention these days, but video never killed radio and there are some great stations. Tune in and listen on your Apple Mac.

Upgrade Google Drive to Google Backup and Sync on Apple Mac

Google Drive was great, but its replacement, Google Backup adn Sync is even better. Here is how to install it on the Apple Mac

If you use Google Drive on a Mac, here’s how to upgrade it to Google Backup and Sync. There are new features in the updated app that make the online storage even more useful than before.

How to install macOS High Sierra on an external USB drive

A stop-by-step guide to installing macOS High Sierra, the next operating system from Apple for Mac owners. Download it and install it.

The public beta of macOS High Sierra is available for download and you can test the new and exciting OS update on your Mac. Install it on a USB drive to leave your Mac running macOS Sierra.

How to hide files and folders from Finder on the Apple Mac

Hide files and folders on your Apple Mac that you do not want others to see. Make then private so only you can see them and access them.

Security is a constant worry and we often hear about this or that that was hacked, files stolen and private files made public. Stop worrying and hide files and folders to make them more private.

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