Printers need to print periodically. Ink jet printers ink will dry up and the ink heads will get gummy if they are not used. Once this happens, the print cartridges are ruined and you have to replace them. If you don’t use your printer regularly, then make a note to print a couple of pages at least weekly.
A good practice is to periodically choose Apple Menu > System Preferences > Printers & Scanners. Click on the Utility Tab and choose Clean Print Heads. Then choose Print Test Page. Doing so can lengthen the life of your printer.
The ability to add a URL to a Pages document previously was found under Insert. In Yosemite that is no longer true. At the top of your Pages document there is an Insert button. Underline the text you want to use a a link and then click on that Insert button and you will find “Add Link” as the last option. Then just fill in the fields.
Insert button in Pages
As soon as the new watch was released there were numerous charging stands released by third party companies. Here is a little tip about those charging stands – take a close look at the part that holds the cable of the charger. Make sure it is not creating a crimp in the cable. Your cable will wear out quickly if it is constantly placed somewhere with that kind of constriction.
Apple on Thursday launched its Back to School 2015 promo offer—users who buy a qualifying Mac through educational pricing will get a pair of free Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which retail for $199.95. Customers also have the option of getting Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for $100, a discount of $199.95.
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This is a simple tip, but it can be fun to do. It also is a good method for people to use who have a cause to support or a product to promote. It involves adding a specific message along with your signature on your emails that you only have to create once, but can choose to use over and over.
On your Mac
- Open the Mail app. (If you use a different Mail application you’ll have to experiment to see if the same concept is allowed. I expect it is.)
- From the Mail tab choose Preferences.
- From the Preferences choose Signatures.
- In the left column you will see all of your email accounts. In the middle column you name your signature for easy reference. In the right column, you create your signature.
- Click to select the account you want to assign to a specific signature.
- Click the +button beneath the middle column.
- When a new field opens, name your new signature.
- Now you just create your text or text and image. If you want a specific font, select the Format tab from the main menu and choose Show Fonts. Highlight your words and select a specific font and size. You can use more than one font and/or size in a signature.
- To add an image, just drag and drop. Adjust the size before adding to signature box.
- To assign a specific message to a specific email account grab the name of the signature from the middle column and drag it over the email account name.
- To add a web address, enter the address.
- If you want several versions of a signature, say different ways of promoting your cause, create them all giving them the same name and then consider the options at the bottom of the window – Choose Signature. You will have the option of having the signatures appear in random or sequential order.
- When you are ready to send your message and want to add a specific signature, select Signature from the From field.
On Your iPhone or iPad
You can only have one signature option on iPhone or iPad and it will automatically be added to all your email messages.
- Choose Settings
- Choose Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
- Choose Signature.
- Create your Signature
Here is a tip: You can take a signature, complete with image, that you have created on your Mac and use it on your iOS device as well.
- Send yourself an email that contains the signature you want to use.
- Click on the signature, Select all, and Copy.
- Select Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature
- If you already have a signature saved, delete it.
- Then double tap to get the save options and select paste. It will remain in place until you decide to change it.
Have you ever started to answer an email on your iPhone and decided that your reply is getting complicated and taking WAY to long to type? It happens to me frequently. Of course, I don’t thumb type like a lot of kids do, I actually touch type about 100 wpm so it is probably easy to understand why I get frustrated trying to respond on my iPhone.
In the latest version of the iOS you have the ability to start responding to an email on your phone (or your iPad) and finishing the response on your Mac. The steps are easy.
- Start the message.
- When you are ready to save the message as a draft, tap the Cancel button in the upper left corner of the screen.
- A new screen appears. Tap Save Draft at the bottom of the screen.
- When you are ready to complete the message on your Mac look at the Mail icon in your dock (assuming you have it there) and you will see that tiny iphone image has appeared on the Mail icon. Tap the Mail icon and your saved draft opens automatically for you. Finish it up and send it off. If you don’t have the Mail icon in your dock, open Mail and choose Drafts.
Personally, I love this feature.
If you ever pick up a camera you should check out Noiseless, the brand new app for your Mac from Macphun. It requires Yosemite. It eliminates all the noise from your pictures. Noise is those little dots that show up in your shots and make them fuzzy looking. Most frequently they show up in photos taken inside where there is no adequate light source.
For the amateur photographer it will fix the photo automatically. More experienced photographers can utilize a pallet of tools. Here is a photo I took that shows the before and after.
I love using this. I just drag and drop my photo and it appears on the screen showing my photo cleaned up on one side and the original version on the other. If I like it, I just save it and it is a new, clean photo. You can save it as a .jpg by exporting or you can save it as a .mpn file which allows you to continue editing. You can also crop or share your photo from the application. Now for the very best part, right now you can download an early preview version http://macphun.com/noiseless for free.