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How to Access Hidden Mac Networking Tools

  Matt Cone       November 28, 2021

Your Mac contains some of the best networking hardware in the industry, but things can still go wrong. If you find that your wireless network connection is on the fritz, you may need to perform some troubleshooting. We talked previously about the networkquality command line tool, and that’s great for what it does, but you may need something else if you need to investigate problems with your wireless network. That’s where your Mac’s hidden network tools come in!

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How to Check Your Mac's Network Quality

  Matt Cone       November 24, 2021

You’ve probably heard of Speedtest and Fast.com, two free tools you can use to check your network connection. But did you know that your Mac comes with a command line utility that allows you to check your Mac’s network quality, right from the Terminal application? The networkquality tool is included with every Mac running macOS 12 and later. This tool provides a variety of stats about your network connection and can help you benchmark your network throughout the day.

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How to Page Up and Page Down on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       November 15, 2021

One of the staples of PC keyboards is the Page Up and Page Down keys. Pressing these keys will make the focus of the screen quickly jump a full page up or down — it’s a quick way to scroll through a document or a website. Your Mac doesn’t have a dedicated keys for page up or page down, but there is a keyboard shortcut equivalent you can use. To page up on your Mac, press the fn and up arrow keys, as shown below.

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How to Show Hidden Files on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       November 11, 2021

You wouldn’t know it by using the Finder, but your Mac has thousands of hidden files that can’t be found or accessed using conventional methods, like opening a folder or searching with Spotlight. Most of these secret files are hidden from view to protect you. Apple doesn’t want new users poking around in, say, the /sbin directory, because there’s no real reason why they would need to access it. But power users may want to see all of the files on their Mac, for whatever reason.

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How to View Lyrics in Apple Music on Your iPad

  Matt Cone       November 10, 2021

If you use Apple Music on your iPad to listen to songs, you might be surprised to learn that you can view song lyrics right in the Apple Music application. Lyrics are available for most of the songs in Apple Music. Apple Music also has a feature that allows you to share lyrics with a friend, much like how it allows you to share a playlist with a friend. Here’s how to view lyrics in Apple Music on your iPad:

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How to Automatically Delete Old Messages on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       November 10, 2021

iMessage allows you to send and receive free SMS and text messages to your friends and family. But those old text messages can start piling up! After a while, all of the old text messages can start cluttering the Messages application on your Mac, making it difficult to find the text message threads you’re really interested in. Thankfully, your Mac contains a feature that can automatically delete old text messages after a certain period of time.

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How to Set Default Apps on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       November 8, 2021

Your Mac has a default application that it uses to open all files of a certain type (like images and Markdown files), and it remembers to use that application every time you open one of those files. For example, your Mac uses the Preview application to open files with the .png extension. If you’d like to change the default application for a file type, you’re in luck — your Mac provides a quick and easy way to change the default application for a file type.

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How to Scan Text Using Your iPad's Camera

  Matt Cone       November 7, 2021

If you have an iPad running iPadOS 15 or later, you might be able use the Live Text feature to scan text in photos. After you scan the text, you can paste it into a different application, such as Notes or Mail. This is a great way to record text off receipts, copy a friend’s written notes, or scan a page from a book. Here’s how to scan text using your iPad’s camera:

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How to Change the Siri Voice on Your iPad

  Matt Cone       November 7, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant that you can verbally communicate with. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including the iPad, Siri can help you do things like find information, add calendar events, and send email. Siri comes with a default voice, but if you don’t like that voice, you can select one of the other voices for Siri that are available on your iPad. Here’s how to change the Siri voice on your iPad:

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How to Remotely Lock Your iPad

  Matt Cone       November 5, 2021

You already know that you can password protect your iPad. But if you have enabled Find My iPad, you can also remotely lock your iPad. (The iPad must be turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network.) By using the Mark As Lost feature, you can enable a password on your iPad if one isn’t already set. Mark As Lost also disables several features that could be used if your iPad is stolen.



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