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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?

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.

How to find and delete duplicate files on the Mac’s disk

Find duplicate files on the disk and then erase them to reclaim the space

Duplicate files are a waste of space. They use megabytes or even gigabytes of disk space and serve no purpose, so why not hunt them down and delete them? It will free up space for other things.

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?

Hard Drive to SSD Cloning: Disk Utility or Clone Software

Clone the hard disk drive in your Apple Mac to a new SSD for extra performance | rawinfopages.com

Douglas Gordon highlights the methods to clone Mac hard drive to SSD -  Disk Utility and third-party Drive Clone software. He also provides an opinion in which disk cloning strategy is better of the two.

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.

Hidden search secrets to help you find emails in Apple Mac Mail

Top search tips for find emails in Mail on the Apple Mac - rawinfopages.com

The search facility in Mail in macOS (OS X) helps you to find email messages quickly and easily, but do you know all the tricks and secrets to get the results you want? Here are some little known search tips.

Know your options when deleting user accounts on the Mac

Remove user accounts that are no longer required on the Apple Mac - rawinfopages.com

Additional user accounts can be created when other people want to use your Mac and when they no longer need their account, it can be deleted. What are your options when deleting users? There are several choices.

How to uninstall Mac software properly and remove all traces

How to uninstall software properly on the Apple Mac and remove all traces leaving nothing behind - rawinfopages.com

The standard advice to someone wanting to uninstall an app on the Apple Mac is to drag it to the Trash and the job’s done. I will show six different cases where that is bad advice.

Set a password hint in OS X so you’ll never forget it again

Having trouble with your Apple Mac's password? Here's how to solve your password problems

Passwords are a pain and no-one likes them, but we are stuck with them. Here we show how you can make sure you never forget your Apple Mac’s password and what you can do if the worst happens.

Optimize your Mac hard drive with 3 old school tips

Get a faster Apple Mac by optimising the disk drive - rawinfopages.com

With the passage of time, some things, such as cheese and wine, get better and better. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said regarding computer performance, writes Douglas Gordon.

Take control of OS X updates - stop, hide, show, install them

Keep your Apple Mac up to date, but take control of updates and only download that are useful and safe

You can let OS X (soon to be macOS) handle all updates automatically or you can choose to take control what is installed, when it is installed, and hide updates you don’t want. Here’s how to do it.

Fix your Apple Mac's disk with a secret power tool

Fix disk errors on the Apple Mac and get your computer working again | rawinfopages.com

The disk in an Apple Mac is probably the one component that is most likely to fail. Perhaps that is because it is neither designed nor built by Apple. There is a geeky secret tool that can be used to repair faults and here's how to use it.

Make superb photo collages on your Mac with CollageFactory Free

CollageFactory is a free app for the Apple Mac that enables you to create collages like this

What do you do with the photos you take on your phone or digital camera? Are they forgotten about? Never viewed? Turn them into exciting collages for free with this great Mac app.

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