Utilities

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.

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.

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.

Automatically move and resize windows on the Apple Mac desktop

Review: Free utility to create keyboard shortcuts to organise the windows and apps on the desktop on the Apple Mac.

One of the great advances in operating systems was enabling apps to run in overlapping windows. It is also a source of irritation too. Spectacle is a free app that makes it work beautifully.

The best video players for the Apple Mac for watching movies

The best video players and media players for the Apple Mac and they are all free. If you can't play a video, these free tools for macOS can help

The Mac can play common video file formats, but it cannot play everything and if you have clips that won’t play, here are some alternative video players that will do the job.

Add a menu bar tool to view calendars and appointments on macOS

Add Itsycal to the menu bar on the Apple Mac and view and access Calendar appointments without opening the app itself. Itsycal is a great free utility.

The Calendar app on the Apple Mac is a useful tool and if you are a heavy user you might want to take a look at a simple free utility that makes it even more useful. Itsycal is a great add-on.

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.

Take control of your passwords and login details with KeePassXC

An online password manager is at risk of being hacked. Take control of your site logins by storing them in and encrypted database using KeePassXC on the Mac

A password manager is an essential tool because it is impossible to remember all your login details. Instead of online or paid tools, KeePassXC is free and offers security benefits.

Dr. Unarchiver fixes one of the most irritating things in macOS

Dr. Unarchiver adds a missing feature from macOS on the Apple Mac. It lets you extract single files from zip archives. This is a free utility for the Apple Mac.

There is a major irritation in macOS on the Apple Mac that has been around for many years. Probably forever. Now a free utility in the Mac App Store called Dr. Unarchiver fixes it at last!

How to install and uninstall Java on macOS and why you need it

How to install Java on the Apple Mac running macOS and how to uninstall it. Java is needed for free apps that analyse your website or blog for SEO and help you optimise it for Google and Bing

Java is a modern programming language that is needed to to run certain programs on the Apple Mac. Here’s how to install and uninstall Java, and essential apps for bloggers and website owners.

Best web development tools for the Apple Mac for building websites

Here are the best web development tools for Apple Mac users. The best part is that they are all free!

Any list of web development tools is bound to be personal and everyone has their favourites. These are the tools I use on an Apple Mac to build and maintain this website. They are all free!

Uninstall apps and find app leftovers with this free Mac utility

Review: App Cleaner & Uninstaller for the Apple Mac. It uninstalls apps, and finds and deletes files from apps not properly removed. It keeps your Mac's disk clean.

Dragging apps to the Trash on the Apple Mac leaves many files behind and they use disk space and might even cause problems. App Cleaner & Uninstaller cleans and uninstalls apps more thoroughly.

How to create your own private cloud storage service using any computer

Does cloud storage worry you? Here's how to create your own private cloud storage on your own computer. Access it from anywhere over the internet

Using a cloud storage service means handing over your files to someone else. If this makes you uncomfortable, the solution is to create your own cloud service using your own computer. Here’s how.

Use Preview on the Mac to resize and compress images for the web

Optimise images for social networks, websites and blogs using the Preview app on the Apple Mac

There are many places to share your photos on the web, such as social media, your blog or website. Each has an optimum size for best results and Preview on the Apple Mac can prepare your photos.

6 Safari extensions that will increase productivity on your Mac

6 ways to increase productivity with Safari extensions on the Mac

We are all faced with increasing workloads and busy social lives, so if you are not managing to get everything done that needs doing, these 6 Safari extensions will increase your productivity.

6 best clipboard managers for the Apple Mac to boost productivity

The 6 best clipboard managers for macOS are on test

The clipboard is an incredibly useful feature of macOS, so why is there only one? Here are 6 free clipboard managers for macOS that enable you to store up dozens of items on the clipboard.

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