Jun 27

If you get a warning like this be very careful about clicking ‘Allow.’  I’ve noticed that lots of websites have been asking to send me notifications.  What you may not realise is that these notifications do not come through your web browser. They  come through the OSX  built-in notifications that appear on the right of your screen.  This means that the notifications can appear when you’re working in a word processor,  typing an email,  anytime!  What’s worse is when a notification pops up there is no simple way to turn it off. You can dismiss it as read,  but you can be sure you will get another notification from that same website pretty soon.  I personally find this quite intrusive and it gets very annoying.

To turn off these notifications you need to go into your ‘System Preferences’  and then click on the notifications tab,  then scroll down to the website that has given you the notification,  and delete it. There will be an entry in the  notifications settings for any time you have clicked ‘Allow’ –  you need to go and delete them all one by one.  It’s quite a process!

Notifications

Once you have accepted a notification from a website in order to stop it you need to go into system preferences and notifications and delete it.

 

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Apr 25

If Safari is running slowly or not doing something it should a reset may fix it. This last week when I typed a word or phrase into the search bar of Safari, it would not do a search. After I reset Safari it started working again. Here is how to reset your Safari Web browser.

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Feb 26

One of the most popular posts on macintoshhowto is this 6 year old article on how to clean an Apple mighty mouse. It’s had over 200 comments!

Here’s a video so you can see what it looks like.

Apple recommend rubbing a piece of paper over the top of the scroll wheel, but I find turning the mouse upside down and running it round in circles is much more effective. The paper must be new and clean. An old piece of paper doesn’t work.

I’ve been using this method 2-3 times a year for 6 years and my Apple Mighty Mouse with scrollwheel is still going strong.

 

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Sep 10

Adding a folder to the toolbar

This is the top of a Finder window.  Those icons along the top are called the toolbar.  I find it really handy to put items that you use a lot into this toolbar so that they are available from every Finder window.

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Jan 15

usb

Here is how to charge your iPhone from your MacBook Air battery. (It  will work for a MacBook Pro as well.)

  1.  Plug the phone into the MacBook Air USB port.
  2.  Open the lid and power up the MacBook Air.
  3.  Close the lid, putting the MacBook Air to sleep and the iPhone  will continue to charge!

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Jul 15

safari

When you see a Jacki Chan movie, his hands move so fast you can barely see them. With a couple of tricks, you can search the internet so fast you’ll be a Safari Surfer Ninja. Here’s a quick way to open a new tab and start a new google search for any word or phrase on a webpage. Continue reading ⟩

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Jun 26

textwrangler

I had a list of email addresses but some of them were duplicates that I wanted to remove. My first port of call was Apple Numbers but it was too complicated. I had to sort them, then write a function to detect duplicates, then filter the results.

Good old textwrangler can do it in one go. Here’s how.

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