Taking a Screen Shot

There are 3 ways to take a Screen Shot, that is taking a picture of all or part of what is visible on screen and they all use the keyboard, Key Commands. 1. Capturing the Entire Screen: hold down the keys Command+Shift and then while holding them hit 3.A picture of the entire visible screen will be captured and saved …

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Right-Clicking Explained

Macs have had a Right-Click option for ages but it’s always been hidden and is to this day! If you have a recent iMac with a scrolling mouse or a Magic Mouse or Magic Mouse then Right-Click is available on these and any other 2-button USB mouse that is plugged into your Mac. To switch it on look in System …

Buying a Second Hand Mac

I have a service which is a monthly Second Hand Mail Out where anyone selling pre-loved Macs and related things can list them for free. Subscribe to the monthly Newsletter to receive them both into your Inbox.   When buying a second hand Mac care should be taken as with buying any old equipment. Computer years are like dog years! …

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Buying a New Mac

When you buy a new Mac computer you are getting the best that personal computing has to offer in your base purchase price, but there are a few extras that aren’t included and are pretty well essential in my opinion. The first thing is Extended Warranty, taking the parts warranty up to 3 years and also offering unlimited telephone support. …

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iPhones and iCloud

In the 7 years or so since the iPhone was launched it has changed our lives for ever. Can you now imagine going about your everyday life without a smartphone?     Having all your Contacts with you all the time; having your Calendar not written on bits of paper or a physical book; access to a GPS. This is apart …

Assorted Kinds Broadband of Explained

Speaking for the Byron Shire, but generally true of everywhere (apart from Cable connections and the NBN – I wish!) we have available 3 main types of broadband coming into the home or business: ADSL, Satellite and Wireless.   Do not confuse Wireless to the premises with a Wireless network inside the premises! You can create a Wireless Network inside …

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Downloading and Installing Files

Some background: everyone who surfs the web downloads files. I get plenty of people saying “but I don’t download anything, I just do email and surf the net”. Each webpage and each email is a file downloaded onto your computer. If you disconnect from the web the email is still there and so is an open webpage visible in your …

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Browsers: Safari, Firefox and the Rest

To surf the World Wide Web we use a ‘browser’ to ‘browse’ the pages — a bit of Library jargon surely! All Macs come with a pre-installed copy of Safari, Apple’s browser but there are plenty of other contenders. Occasionally a particular website won’t load properly in Safari and then I try Chrome and it works! The most popular is …

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Email Using Apple Mail

As with browsers there are many applications for checking your email, but I will concentrate on the main email client Apple’s Mail that comes on all Macs. Mail uses the Contatcs application as it’s addrerss book and that syncs with your iPhone, an important consideration. Any other email clients like Thunderbird or Outlook do basically the same thing even if they …