Matt Klein

Matt Klein is an aspiring Florida beach bum, displaced honorary Texan, and died-in-wool Ohio State Buckeye, who fancies himself a nerd-of-all-trades. His favorite topics might include operating systems, BBQ, roller skating, and trying to figure out how to explain quantum computers.

As anyone who uses a Mac knows, entering special characters is really easy–you just hold down a letter. That’s great if you want to play Pokémon Go with your friends mañana, but not so much if you realllllllllllllllllly want to play now.

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The Apple TV is a capable little set-top streaming device with a lot of variety, but it’s not exactly frugal when it comes to your Internet connection.

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If you regularly take photos on your phone or tablet, uploading them to a cloud service like Dropbox makes it much easier to access them on your PC or other devices. Dropbox actually has a feature that uploads all your photos automatically, as you take them.

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Do you seek to increase your computing efficiency? It’s always nice when you can cut down on any unnecessary clicks during the course of your day. With one simple trick, you can reduce activating Do Not Disturb by two clicks.

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During the course of using your Mac, you’ve no doubt probably used the Dictionary application from time to time to look up a word, but did you know that the Apple Dictionary extends far beyond the Oxford English experience?

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If you’ve been using your Mac for a while, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of shortcuts in your Dock, which can make finding things difficult. Adding a blank space or two is a great way to organize apps into groups.

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If you’ve been using a Mac since OS X Mountain Lion, you might have noticed that some documents can be renamed directly from the title bar. This has actually gotten more powerful with successive OS X releases.

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If you use an iPhone or iPad to email important clients, friends, and relatives, then you probably want to try to minimize as much unnecessary typing as possible.

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Apple’s Mission Control gives you a good view of all your open windows, desktops, full-screen apps, and apps in split view, and lets you seamlessly switch between them. It works pretty well by default, but it can also be further configured to better suit your preferences.

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Have you ever noticed people writing “following” in the comments of a Facebook post? They do this so they can get notifications when the post updates, but there’s a much easier and more efficient way to do this–and it’s built right into Facebook.

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If you use Google Chrome as your default web browser, you might have noticed a big change in its appearance. Google has changed Chrome’s theme to sport the Material Design style on some machines. If you prefer the old look however, don’t worry, it can be turned off–and if you don’t have this new design yet, you can turn it on with the same hidden setting.

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If you adjust the volume, brightness, or keyboard backlight on your Mac, it changes in one of sixteen stepped increments. Sometimes, however, you might want something a little more fine-grained.

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Need to adjust something on your Mac, but it’s all the way on the other side of the house? You don’t need to get off the couch: your Mac’s built-in screen sharing works great with your iPhone or iPad, and it’s a snap to set up.

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Are you verbose and protracted? Do you have a friend who’s just a bit too long-winded and rambling in their writings? Summarizing long documents on macOS is a concise way to get to the point with a minimum of time and effort.

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Face it: your late-night Jason Bourne binges may make your heart race, but it’s probably bothering your sleeping neighbors. Luckily, if you use an Apple TV, you can quiet loud sounds like blaring music, gunshots, and explosions with a very simple setting.

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Among Apple Mail’s many and varied features is the ability to define and set signatures so that your email is appended with your favorite quote, out-of-office announcements, or contact information.

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When someone tries to access your iPhone or iPad by guessing the passcode, it will initially lock them out, increasing each interval with each failed attempt. You can however, set it up so that it fully erases your device after 10 failed attempts.

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Hot Corners are one of macOS’s unheralded features. You may use a Mac every day and not even know hot corners exist, but they’re handy: with them, you can mouse over any corner of your screen to instantly activate routine functions, like the screensaver, launchpad, or showing the desktop.

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The so-called QWERTY keyboard layout–the keyboard most of us use every day–is a typing mainstay. Most people will never need or want to use anything else. But, there are other keyboard layouts out there, some of which claim to be more efficient.

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A new version of the Apple’s desktop operating system is on the horizon, and with it comes a whole slew of interesting new features. Here are some of the best to watch out for.

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Apple Mail can suggest calendar events for you based on dates and times it scans in your messages. While this feature may seem really convenient for some, others may not want to use it all. Thankfully, there is a way to disable it.

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To quit an app on a Mac, you can just press Command+Q on your keyboard. This however, can lead to unintended consequences, namely accidentally quitting apps if your fingers are in the wrong place.

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Your Mac comes with a unique set of sound effects that you can assign as the default system alert. Some of these sounds are actually fairly ancient and may elicit feelings of nostalgia. However, you can change your system alert to any other sound effects your Mac comes with, or you can add custom sounds yourself–as well as turn them off completely.

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If you’re out and about and there’s no free Wi-Fi available, you can use your iPhone’s internet connection on another device, like a laptop or tablet. This feature is called “Personal Hotspot” on the iPhone (also known as “tethering”), and you can use it over Wi-Fi or USB.

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Do you still use screen savers on your personal computer? Screen savers aren’t as as necessary as they once were, but if you like the look–or use them for useful things like a “word of the day”–macOS still has quite a few you can set up and configure.

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