Articles by Matt Cone

Matt Cone is a technical writer at Fastly. He has experience creating documentation for organizations like Linode and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Matt’s first book, Master Your Mac, was published by No Starch Press. To get in touch with Matt, visit https://www.mattcone.com.


How to Disable Automatic Updates on Your Mac

  March 29, 2021

Your Mac is designed to keep itself up-to-date. It automatically checks Apple’s servers for new software updates, and it tries to automatically install new updates when they become available. But sometimes you don’t want your Mac to automatically install new software. If that’s the case, you should disable automatic updates on your Mac. Here’s how to disable automatic updates on your Mac: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

How to Reduce Mac Menu Bar Transparency

  March 26, 2021

By default, your Mac’s menu bar is transparent, which means the menu bar background color automatically changes depending on whatever application you’re using. You can disable this transparency feature to keep the background color of your menu bar consistent no matter what application you’re using. Here’s how to reduce your Mac’s menu bar transparency: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences. Click Accessability. From the sidebar, select Display.

How to Change the Name of Your iPad

  March 25, 2021

Your iPad has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your iPad to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your iPad: From your iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Change the Name of Your iPhone

  March 24, 2021

Your iPhone has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your iPhone to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your iPhone: From your iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.

How to Change the Name of Your Mac

  March 23, 2021

Your Mac has a name that is visible to other devices on the network it’s connected to. This hostname can be important when trying to share files or otherwise communicate with another device. You can change the name of your Mac to give it a personal, memorable name that is easy to remember and recognize. Here’s how to change the name of your Mac: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

Set Scroll Bars to Always Display on Your Mac

  March 22, 2021

Operating systems like macOS and Windows are constantly being updated with new features, but for the longest time, you could always count on seeing scroll bars in windows, no matter what operating system you used. But then multi-touch gestures hit the scene and the scroll bars were gone. Poof! Just like that. Actually, that’s not entirely true. By default, the scroll bars in macOS are designed to be displayed automatically when input from a mouse or trackpad is detected.

How to Add the Emoji Keyboard on the iPhone and iPad

  March 20, 2021

Emoji is one of the great joys of modern life. 😂 Free and fun, expressive and easy-to-use, emoji can quickly convey emotions when sending text messages and other electronic communications. But to use it effectively on your iPhone and iPad, you’ll need to enable the emoji keyboard. Enabling this feature places the emoji button on your keyboard so you can easily access and insert emoji into your text. Here’s how to add the emoji keyboard on your iPhone and iPad:

How to Use Emoji on Your iPad

  March 19, 2021

Emoji is everywhere, in everything. 😎 Your iPad has built-in features you can use to add emoji in email, webpages, documents, and more. We’ll show you how to use emoji on your iPad to quickly and easily insert emoji in any text. 🚀 Here’s how to use emoji on your iPad: In an application, click where you want to insert the emoji. Tap the Emoji button on the keyboard.

How to Copy and Paste on iPad

  March 17, 2021

For new iPad users, learning how to copy and paste text on a iPad is one of the first orders of business. It’s easy to copy and paste on a iPad once you know how to do it. This tutorial will show you how to do it! Here’s how to copy and paste text on your iPad: Open the application you want to copy text from. Tap and hold your finger on the text you want to copy.

How to Copy and Paste on iPhone

  March 16, 2021

For new iPhone users, learning how to copy and paste text on a iPhone is one of the first orders of business. It’s easy to copy and paste on a iPhone once you know how to do it. This tutorial will show you how to do it! Here’s how to copy and paste text on your iPhone: Open the application you want to copy text from. Tap and hold your finger on the text you want to copy.



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