How to Tell What Shell Your Mac is Using

  Matt Cone       January 22, 2021

Every Mac comes with a Unix shell that provides a command line interface. Macs running macOS 10.15 and later use Zsh by default. Before that, Macs used the Bash shell by default. Of course, no matter what version of macOS you’re using, you can change the shell your Mac is using. What shell is your Mac using? There’s an easy way to tell — here’s how. Open the Terminal application on your Mac.

How to Enable Git Tab Autocomplete on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 21, 2021

The git version control system is a popular choice among developers when working with source code. Git is automatically installed on every Mac by default, but you might want to enable the git tab autocomplete feature to help you automatically complete commands and branch names. This feature is a must-have if you work with long branch names. For example, if you typed git checkout ma and then pressed the Tab key, git tab autocomplete would automatically fill in the rest of the branch name, like this: git checkout main.

Connect Your MacBook to the Internet Using an Ethernet Adapter

  Matt Cone       January 20, 2021

Using an ethernet cable has always been a popular way to connect to the internet, but newer MacBooks don’t have ethernet ports. Fortunately, with the help of a low-cost ethernet adapter, you can connect an ethernet cable to your MacBook. The ethernet adapter is a dongle that plugs into your MacBook’s USB-C port. We recommend the Belkin USB-C ethernet adapter. This adapter works natively with your MacBook and macOS, and it supports gigabit internet speeds.

How to Repeat One Song in the Mac's Music Application

  Matt Cone       January 18, 2021

Sometimes you just want to play one song over and over again on repeat. It’s easy to do this in the Music application on your Mac. Once this feature is enabled, the song you start playing will play over and over again until you pause the music. Here’s how to repeat one song in your Mac’s Music application: In your Mac’s Music application, click the repeat icon repeatedly until a “1” appears on the icon, as shown below.

How to Forward Text Messages to Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 17, 2021

Not everyone owns an iPhone, and that means that many text messages are still sent as SMS/MMS text messages. You can forward these text messages from your iPhone to your Mac so they appear in the Messages application on your Mac (you can also respond to the text messages from your Mac). This is a great feature for people who want to do all of their texting from their Mac.

How to Set Bash as the Default Shell on Mac

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

Every new Mac uses the Z shell (Zsh) by default, but you can quickly and easily switch the default shell back to Bash. There are several reasons you might want to do this. For example, you may need to be using the bash shell to execute bash scripts on a Mac.  Tip: Not sure what shell your Mac is using? You can check using the instructions in How to Tell What Shell Your Mac is Using.

How to Disable the Big Mouse Pointer on Mac

  Matt Cone       January 15, 2021

By default, all Macs come with the Shake mouse pointer to locate feature enabled. This feature is designed to help you locate the mouse pointer on your screen quickly by making it big when you shake the mouse or move the pointer quickly with the trackpad. Some people find this feature distracting during presentations and day-to-day use. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to disable the big mouse pointer on your Mac.

Synchronize your Mac's Clock with a Time Server

  Matt Cone       January 14, 2021

By default, your Mac synchronizes its clock with a network time server to keep accurate time. Network time servers are the authoritative timekeepers of the internet, ensuring that everyone has the right time. Apple’s time server ( is the default time server for your Mac, but you can switch to another time server, such as one maintained by your employer or university. Here’s how to synchronize your Mac’s clock with a time server and optionally change the time server:

How to Disable Siri on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       January 14, 2021

Siri is Apple’s virtual voice assistant. Freely available on all of Apple’s devices, including Macs, Siri can help you find information, add calendar events, and send email. While many people find Siri helpful, some people find it distracting. Others worry about the privacy implications of their voice commands being sent to Apple. In any event, there’s a quick and easy way to turn off Siri on your Mac. Here’s how to disable Siri on your Mac:

How to Check Your Magic Mouse's Battery Life

  Matt Cone       January 13, 2021

Apple’s Magic Mouse is probably the best wireless Bluetooth mouse available. But as with all wireless devices, the batteries will need to be recharged or replaced eventually. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your Magic Mouse’s battery life before you leave home or deliver a presentation. Fortunately, there’s a quick way to check your mouse’s remaining battery life. Here’s how to do it: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

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