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. πŸš€ 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 β€” such as the ethernet and Wi-Fi cards β€” 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 β€” for example, not everyone likes reading white text on black backgrounds β€” but generally speaking, this is a feature that most people seem appreciate using a night.

Starting Applications Automatically at Login

  Matt Cone       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 Rebuild Spotlight's Index

  Matt Cone       February 26, 2021

Spotlight is the revolutionary search technology built into macOS that creates an index of practically everything on your hard drive β€” including email messages, contacts, and even calendar events β€” 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 Double Space Microsoft Word for Mac Documents

  Matt Cone       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

  Matt Cone       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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