Mac


How to Add an App to Your Mac's Dock

  Matt Cone       April 16, 2021

Your Mac’s Dock is an application launcher that lets you quickly open applications and see at a glance which applications are already open. Your Mac automatically displays the icons of open applications on the Dock, and it also displays the icons applications that were put there by you (or Apple). You can add application icons to the Dock for easy access. Here’s how to add an application’s icon to your Mac’s Dock:

How to Find Software Optimized for M1 Macs

  Matt Cone       April 9, 2021

Newer Macs use Apple’s M1 processor, a giant upgrade in terms of performance and power consumption. Since this processor is substantially different from the previous Intel chips that were used, developers will need to essentially rewrite their applications to take advantage of the M1 processor. Applications that haven’t yet been rewritten for the M1 processor can run very slowly, so it’s important to find applications that run natively on the M1.

How to Remove an App From Your Mac's Dock

  Matt Cone       April 7, 2021

Your Mac’s Dock is an application launcher that lets you quickly open applications and see at a glance which applications are already open. Your Mac automatically displays the icons of open applications on the Dock, and it also displays the icons applications that were put there by you (or Apple). All of the application icons (except the Finder and the Trash) can be removed from the Dock. Here’s how to remove an app from your Mac’s Dock:

How to Disable Automatic Updates on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       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

  Matt Cone       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 Mac

  Matt Cone       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

  Matt Cone       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 Use Emoji on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       March 13, 2021

Emoji is everywhere, in everything. 😎 Your Mac 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 Mac to quickly and easily insert emoji in any text. 🚀 Here’s how to use emoji on your Mac: In an application, click where you want to insert the emoji. From the Edit menu, select Emoji & Symbols.

How to Find Your Mac's MAC Address

  Matt Cone       March 10, 2021

Each of your Mac’s network interfaces — such as the ethernet and Wi-Fi cards — have a permanent, unique serial number called a media access control (MAC) address. Some universities and employers may request your Mac’s MAC addresses to monitor or limit your access to certain networks. MAC addresses can also be used for less nefarious purposes. For example, if your computer is stolen on a university’s campus, the IT department may be able to use its MAC address to trigger an alert when the criminal connects your computer to a university network.

How to Use Dark Mode on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       March 7, 2021

Your Mac provides a dark mode feature that turns the background of most applications black to make viewing your Mac’s applications at night easier. You can enable dark mode manually or set it to turn on automatically at night. Dark mode isn’t to everyone’s tastes — for example, not everyone likes reading white text on black backgrounds — but generally speaking, this is a feature that most people seem appreciate using a night.



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