How to write with Emoji on your iPhone and Mac

In episode 2 of the Access Ninja Podcast, Rachel and I discussed the how blind users experience Emoji. Emoji are little symbols you can write with that range from faces like 😄 to objects like 🎉. They are very popular in Japan and are becoming increasingly popular everywhere else. In fact some people may be taking the craze a little bit far.

If you haven't tried writing with emoji before then follow these steps for writing with emoji on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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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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What do these symbols mean? ⌘ ⌥ ⌃ ⇧

What do these symbols mean? ⌘ ⌥ ⌃ ⇧

Have you even seen symbols like the ones above on your Mac or in a computer book? Go ahead and click on the "File" menu at the top of the screen right now. Don't worry, I'll wait…

To the right of most of the options in the menubar you will see those symbols along with letters or numbers. You Mac is telling you what combination of keys you can press on your keyboard to perform that action without you having to go all the way up the menu and selecting it with your mouse. These are called keyboard shortcuts and they can save you a lot of time. 

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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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Three great ways to make reading the web on your Mac easier

Three great ways to make reading the web on your Mac easier

Most people spend a good amount of their time online reading. What you might not realize is both you Mac and iPad have built in feature that can make the reading experience so much better. Here are three simple ways of making reading earlier on these devices, and all these features are already built in.

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Lock your mac's screen quick with hot corners

Lock your mac's screen quick with hot corners

I work in an office and sometimes I handle confidential information. I also get called away from my desk several times a day, so I needed to find a way to quickly lock my computer screen whenever I stepped away from my desk. After using a few different overly complicated methods I finally settled on using the Hot Corners feature on my Mac. It’s incredibly easy to set up, let me show you how.

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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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iPhoto Organization Part 2 – Sorting Pets with Keywords

In this video we show you a special technique I learned for sorting photos of pets.

After using the Faces feature to organize all of the people in my photo library (Learn about Faces here: iPhoto Organization Part 1 – Faces) I noticed that there was no easy way for me to find pictures of our dogs Maxine and Connor.  Then I came up with the idea of using the Keywords feature in iPhoto to quickly tag pictures of our family’s various pets.  Now, when I need to find a picture of Maxine all I have to do is type her name into the iPhoto search field.  Check out the video for instructions on how you can use this powerful technique.

iPhoto Organization Part 1 - Faces

I love iPhoto.  It is a great tool for organizing, editing and sharing your photos and it comes on every Mac.  Even though there are some powerful organization tools built into iPhoto, many people settle for simply creating albums and manually moving photos around.  In this video series you will learn how to organize your photos like a pro so that any picture can be found in a matter of seconds.