Silence Notifications on Your Mac

Silence Notifications on Your Mac

 

The Mac's built-in Notification Center is a great way to keep up to date on what's going on with your email, Facebook, Twitter accounts and more. But yesterday I was attending a presentation where the presenter had email notifications popping up every few minutes which was distracting. Also I have friends who sometime use creative language in their emails and I don't need that popping up on the screen and broadcasted to a hundred people.

The good news is Apple included an easy way to temporarily turn off notifications for situations just like this. Click READ MORE for step-by-step instructions.

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Where is Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, and Forward Delete on my MacBook?

Close up of the arrow keys on an Apple Wireless Keyboard

My wife was using her MacBook a while back and she asked me if there was a keyboard shortcut for the Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys. You see, Apple's USB keyboard has those keys but the condensed laptop and wireless keyboards do not. Luckily they're still there, just hiding. The secret is the function (or fn) key. The function key is a special modifier key that when held down changes what certain keys do. If you hold down the function key and press the arrows on the keyboard you will turn the arrows into the Page Up, Page Down, Home, and End keys. Let me break it down:

fn+↑ = Page Up

fn+↓ = Page Down

fn+← = Home

fn+→ = End

While we're at it there is one more function key trick.  If you hold function down and press the delete key it will do a forward delete instead of a backspace.

3 Quick volume control tips for your Mac

3 Quick volume control tips for your Mac

Apple keyboards come with volume control buttons built into the F10, F11, and F12 keys. But did you know that by using the modifier keys on your keyboard (Command, Option, Control, and Shift) you can do even more with those keys? Try these out on your Mac at home.

  • Hold down the Shift key to silence that beeping sound your Mac makes when you change the volume.

  • Hold down the Option key when pressing on the of the volume controls to quickly open the Sounds Panel in System Preferences.

  • Hold down both the Option and the Shift keys when adjusting the volume to adjust the sound at 1/4 the normal rate.

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How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

I use a lot of screenshots when writing tutorials like these for the blog. Screenshots are essentially photos I have my Mac or iPad take of what ever is currently being displayed on my screen. Recently a friend sent me an email asking how I took screenshots on my Mac. They had a video slide show from a trip they recent took but the original photos where accidentally deleted. Their plan was to take screenshots of the video to recapture some of the photos they had lost (albeit in a lower quality than the originals).

Here's how you can quickly take screenshots on your Mac or iPad.

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