Pointing and clicking with a mouse is great. There are times, however, where using the mouse to perform simple tasks interrupts productivity and slows you down. Try these helpful Mac keyboard shortcuts to help you work more efficiently. Minimizing (or “Docking”) the front app window: Command + M Use this combination when you have several […]
If you’ve owned a Mac for quite some time, it’s probable that you’ve gone through a few issues while using it. And after a while, using it can be more of a hassle than a convenience. If you’re already experiencing some major issues, it may be time to replace your Mac.
Although a majority of ransomware attacks usually target Windows computers, this doesn’t mean Mac users are completely safe. Ransomware attacks for Macs are a rarity, but they do occur. So how can you prevent ransomware from infecting your Mac? We’ve compiled some helpful security tips for you.
When it comes to computers, it’s better to be safe than to risk losing or exposing your data. One of the simplest and most reliable ways to protect your Mac and all the information it contains is to lock it with a solid password. It’s not enough to log off your Mac Some people “lock” […]
Macs may be heralded as more secure than their competitors, but they too can be hacked. Malicious programs that appear like harmless files or apps can infect your computer and cause it to slow down to a crawl. If this ever happens, you must be able to remove the malware quickly before the infection gets […]
macOS Catalina is the latest version of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers. From three new apps for managing music, podcasts, and your favorite movies and TV shows to productivity- and creativity-boosting programs, Catalina offers a myriad of exciting features that will enhance overall user experience. Read on to find out more. Music, Podcast, and […]
Can you remember a time when you didn’t receive a few dozen notifications per day? Apps today send all kinds of alerts to our devices, some helpful and some not. It’s not difficult to customize how your devices send you notifications, especially if you use a Mac desktop computer or laptop. Managing alerts within Notification […]
Apple continues to push the frontiers of innovation with a slew of hardware and software releases. This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is expected to contribute to shaping the future of media production, digital processing, and home & office productivity. Here’s what you need to know about the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019. Privacy […]
Even the most high-tech and innovative computers can slow down when you store too many files on them. If you want to ensure that your Mac performs at its best at all times, you should turn decluttering into a habit.
#1 Clean up your desktop
The desktop is a convenient location for storing files and shortcuts, so it tends to become messy within a short amount of time. To declutter, identify which programs you rarely use and remove their icons from the desktop. As for your files, keep a weeks’ worth of items in a single folder, which you will name using the current date. Create another folder for the following week’s files and store your weekly folders in yet another folder. This keeps all your files within a single location on your desktop.
Or you could use the Stacks introduced with the Mojave operating system. This feature organizes the items on your desktop into neat stacks classified according to file type.
#2 Organize your files
Files outside of your desktop that are not too important or you do not use often may be stored in external hard drives. Also, folders are ignored too often, so do not create a lot of them. If sub-folders are unnecessary, do not use them.
#3 Reduce downloads and trash
Your trash and download storage are probably two of the most convoluted locations on your Mac. Remove unnecessary files or, when possible, empty them altogether. This will not only tidy up your computer, but it will also give you back storage space for more important items.
#4 Recover storage space
In the Apple menu, go to About This Mac and click Storage. You will see how much free space you have and how much is occupied by different file categories. Clicking on Manage will show you ways to optimize your computer’s storage.
#5 Delete old bookmarks
Bookmarks are handy but most of them are just clutter. Identify the ones you do use regularly and delete the ones you don’t. In Safari, go to the Bookmarks menu and choose Edit Bookmarks. Right-click on the items you don’t need and remove them. You can also organize your bookmarks by placing them in folders.
#6 Sort your emails
Make it a habit to rid your inbox of unimportant emails. If you find ones you can answer within five minutes, do so. Those that would take much longer to respond to, you can transfer to a folder named “Work in Progress” or something similar and work on them when you have the time. Archive important emails using a separate folder. To reduce the number of emails you receive, unsubscribe to newsletters you don’t need.
#7 Clear your RSS feed
Updates from blogs and websites you follow take up space. Identify and sort out RSS feeds you don’t need.
#8 Delete unused contacts
You never know when you’ll need to reach out to someone in your network, so it’s great to have their contact details in your Mac. But if you have contacts whose face you don’t even remember anymore, it’s probably time to take them off your list and free up some space in the process.
#9 Erase bad photos
Photos are a great way to preserve memories, but they are taxing on your computer’s memory, too. Delete photos that are blurred or fuzzy, or those that you cannot use or do not consider valuable. You can also do the same to videos.
#10 Uninstall unnecessary software
If your computer has software you don’t use or is redundant, it’s best to just uninstall them. Besides freeing up space, doing so may also improve your computer’s performance.
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Even though Apple devices are less customizable than their Android counterparts, new iPhones and iPads still have dozens of settings to configure. Tackling the most important ones takes only a few minutes if you know where to start. Check our recommendations for the top five most useful settings. Touch ID The first thing you must […]