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 Output Stereo Audio in Mono on Your iPad

  March 4, 2021

Recently I replaced my aging Bose QC25 headphones with a pair of AirPods Pro headphones. Both products are a major upgrade from the stock earbuds that ship with iPhones, but the high-quality audio output also means that you can hear every imperfection in the music. For example, older tracks that were recorded in mono sometimes have output that is only audible in one channel, which means that you can only hear the music in one ear.

How to Output Stereo Audio in Mono on Your iPhone

  March 3, 2021

Recently I replaced my aging Bose QC25 headphones with a pair of AirPods Pro headphones. Both products are a major upgrade from the stock earbuds that ship with iPhones, but the high-quality audio output also means that you can hear every imperfection in the music. For example, older tracks that were recorded in mono sometimes have output that is only audible in one channel, which means that you can only hear the music in one ear.

Starting Applications Automatically at Login

  March 2, 2021

Do you use the same applications, documents, AppleScripts, and Automator actions every day? Consider adding them as login items to start them automatically when you log in or turn on your Mac. It’s a great timesaver. Follow these instructions and kiss manually opening applications goodbye! Common examples of login items include utilities such as Alfred, LaunchBar, and Dropbox. Other popular login items include applications that need to be made available as soon as possible, such as email clients, web browsers, RSS readers, and even Twitter.

How to Change the Passcode on Your iPad

  March 1, 2021

When you bought your iPad, you were prompted to enter a passcode to secure it. The passcode is typically a number that’s four digits or longer, although it can also be alphanumeric. With newer iPads, passcodes can be used as a secondary authentication method when the credential for Face ID or Touch ID can’t be verified. You can change the passcode on your iPad in the system settings. Here’s how to change the passcode on your iPad:

How to Change the Passcode on Your iPhone

  February 28, 2021

When you bought your iPhone, you were prompted to enter a passcode to secure it. The passcode is typically a number that’s four digits or longer, although it can also be alphanumeric. With newer iPhones, passcodes can be used as a secondary authentication method when the credential for Face ID or Touch ID can’t be verified. You can change the passcode on your iPhone in the system settings. Here’s how to change the passcode on your iPhone:

How to Set an Alarm on Your iPad

  February 27, 2021

Your iPad is many things, but one thing it can also do is act as an alarm clock. When you set an alarm on your iPad, you configure it to play a sound at a certain time. The alarm will continue to go off until you interact with your iPad. Setting an alarm is a great way to wake yourself up at a certain time or remind yourself of important events.

How to Rebuild Spotlight's Index

  February 26, 2021

Spotlight is the revolutionary search technology built into macOS that creates an index of practically everything on your hard drive — including email messages, contacts, and even calendar events — and then uses this index to search your hard drive. Your Mac is supposed to update this index in real time when you create or modify files or folders, but problems occasionally crop up. Spotlight won’t work correctly if this index is incomplete or corrupted.

How to Set an Alarm on Your iPhone

  February 25, 2021

Your iPhone is many things, but one thing it can also do is act as an alarm clock. When you set an alarm on your iPhone, you configure it to play a sound at a certain time. The alarm will continue to go off until you interact with your iPhone. Setting an alarm is a great way to wake yourself up at a certain time or remind yourself of important events.

How to Double Space Microsoft Word for Mac Documents

  February 24, 2021

Creating a document in Microsoft Word for Mac? Depending on who you’re creating the document for, you may have to double space your document. Many organizations such as schools and legal entities have very strict guidelines regarding the line spacing of Microsoft Word documents. Here’s how to change the line spacing of a Microsoft Word document to add double spacing: Open Microsoft Word on your Mac, and then create a new document.

How to Change Your Mac's Login Password

  February 23, 2021

By default, your Mac is password protected at login, so you’ll need to enter a password to start using your Mac. If you ever want to change your Mac’s login password to something different, you can do so using System Preferences. It’s a quick and easy way to update the login credentials for your Mac. Here’s how to change your Mac’s login password: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.



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