Tutor for macOS Mojave

New Tutorial: Tutor for macOS Mojave now available!


I’m happy to announce that my latest tutorial is now available. This tutorial covers a lot and is several hours long, but don’t worry, it’s cut up into over 80 bite size lessons. This tutorial covers a lost and is several hours long, but don’t worry, it’s cut up into over 80 bite size lessons. I also grouped these lessons into several sections including Getting Started with the Mac, Working with the Menu Bar, Working with the Dock, What’s new in Mojave, Troubleshooting, and more. There’s a lot of information packed in this tutorial. I’ve also included a few free previews for you!

If you are new to the Mac or want to learn more about the Mac, take a look at my Tutor for macOS Mojave.


Set what a new Finder window opens to

By default, a new Finder window opens to your recent files. To change this to open a folder, open your Finder Preferences. Under the General tab, you can set what your new Finder windows will open to. Just select from the dropdown menu which folder you want. Select Other in the dropdown to select a different folder from the ones that are shown.


Hide Recent Apps on your iPad

With iOS 12, Apple introduced a new section to the Dock on the iPad -Suggested and Recent apps. If you want to hide this new section, go to the Dock section in the Settings app. From there you can turn this new feature off to bring it back to how the Dock worked prior to iOS 12.


Sharing Files using AirDrop on your Mac

Have you ever wanted to share a file on your Mac with your iPad or iPhone? Not sure how? In this lesson from my Tutor for macOS Mojave, I show you how to do just that – share a file from a Mac to an iPhone, and share a file from the iPhone back to the Mac using AirDrop. You can also use AirDrop to share to another Mac or form one iOs device to another! And it’s pretty easy to use, once you have it setup. If you aren’t sure about how AirDrop can help you, take a look at this video. Hope it helps!

This video is from my upcoming all new tutorial on macOS Mojave. It’s taking me a bit longer to finish, but it is coming. All the videos are done, now it’s writing the verbiage to accompany the lessons. Look for it in February!

Dan Wassink

A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ – The New York Times

Interesting. It’d be pretty tough to introduce manufacturing back into the US. It’s nice that Apple tried, but the economics of it all makes it not very plausible.

A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’ – The New York Times:

But when Apple began making the $3,000 computer in Austin, Tex., it struggled to find enough screws, according to three people who worked on the project and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements.

Change your default browser on your Mac

Are you wanting to use a different browser on your Mac? Maybe switch to Chrome, or switch back to Safari from Chrome or Firefox? To set your default browser on your Mac, just open your System Preferences and select the General Preference Pane. You’ll see an option to set the default browser. Select the browser you want and close System Preferences. Now when you click on a link from your email or another app, it will open in your selected browser.


Close all your Safari Tabs at once on the iPhone and iPad

Do you have a lot of tabs open in Safari on your iPhone or iTab? Are you tired of closing them one-by-one? Close them all with a few simple taps. All you need to do, once you are in Safari, is tap-and-hold on the tab button. On the iPhone, this is at the bottom of the iPhone display. On the iPad, it is at the top in Safari’s toolbar. Once you tap-and-hold on this tab button for a few seconds, you’ll see all your options including closing all your tabs.



Turn on/off Do Not Disturb faster on the Mac

On the Mac, you can quickly turn on and off the Do Not Disturb through the Notification Center or Today View. Just click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your display to show either the Notification Center or Today View. Swipe down on your trackpad or mouse, and toggle Do Not Disturb. If you turn it on, it will turn off automatically the following day.

Tutor for macOS Mojave

Free Lesson: Using Hot Corners in macOS Mojave

In this free lesson for my upcoming Tutor for macOS Mojave, I look at how to use Hot Corners on the Mac. With Hot Corners, we can set our Mac to show the desktop or show all the open windows for an application just by moving the cursor to the corner of your display. There are other options available to including opening Mission Control, opening Launchpad, Locking the screen, and more. Hot Corners is a feature I use on a daily basis and is one of my favorite macOS features.

This is a free lesson from my upcoming tutorial on macOS Mojave. I hope to have all the videos recorded this week for this all new tutorial. Look for it soon!

Tutor for macOS Mojave

Free Lesson: Copying, Moving, and Grouping Files in macOS Mojave

In this free lesson for my upcoming Tutor for macOS Mojave, I look at how you move files from one folder to another by dragging and dropping, how you copy files from one folder to another by using the Option key, and how you copy files to an external drive. I also look at how you can group a selected group of files into a new folder on the Mac.

This is a free lesson from my upcoming tutorial on macOS Mojave. Look for it soon!

Free Lesson: Working with Documents and Folder in the Dock with macOS Mojave

In this free lesson for my upcoming Tutor for macOS Mojave, I look at how the Dock works with documents and folders in macOS Mojave. This includes how to change the folder icon when placed in the dock, the view of the contents of the folder while in the dock, and how to change the sort order of the contents of the folder when in the dock in macOS Mojave.

Tutor for Books for the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

Books app mac

I’m happy to announce that my latest tutorial, Tutor for Books for the Mac, is now available online and for download.

Tutor for Books for the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

Did you know you could read your books on the Mac with the Books app? With the Books app you can download samples from the Book Store, organize your books in collections, free up space on your Mac by offloading your books to iCloud, change the text size and font while reading a book, bookmark pages, highlight text, and add notes to highlighted text. I take a look at all these features and more in Tutor for Books for the Mac.

File Messages Faster in Mail in Mojave

For several versions of Mail, you’ve been able to select a message and in the Menu Bar you would choose Message > Move To Predicted Mailbox to file the email in the suggested mailbox. If the Move To command is disabled, this means the Mail app hasn’t yet learned how to move messages like the selected one. Once it sees you move messages from your mother into your Family mailbox, for instance, it will suggest that destination in the future. In Mojave’s Mail, there’s also now a Move To toolbar button. If it can predict where the message will go, just click it; if not, click and hold to bring up a menu of all your mailboxes.

Mail move to

Here’s How Apple Changed Sending a Photo in Messages in iOS 12

Before iOS 12, if you wanted to share a photo, you’d tap the camera button in a Messages chat and select the most recent photo you’ve taken or you could select an older photo. In iOS 12, Apple changed things so tapping the camera button only lets you take a fresh photo. To find and send a photo that’s already in Photos, you use the Photos mini-app in Messages. This looks like the Photos icon in the tray. If you do not see the tray with the Photos icon, as well as other icons, tap the Apps button to the left of the message field to show the Messages apps, and then tap the Photos button to see a list of recent photos. Tap one or more to add them to the message, and you’re ready to send! This also works with the iPad!

Sending photos in Messages

To Update macOS 10.14 Mojave, Use This New System Preferences Pane

For years you used the App Store on your Mac to install operating system updates as well as app updates. With macOS Mojave you still update your apps through the App Store, but Apple moved operating system updates to a new preference pane in System Preferences, appropriately called Software Update. This preference pane replaces the older App Store preference pane. The App Store preferences are now appropriately located within the App Store preferences.

To use it, you open System Preferences > Software Update to check your version of macOS and access available updates — there will be an Update Now button to click. You should also visit this pane to tell your Mac how to best handle system and app updates: Don’t select “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” because updates might come at an inconvenient time for you. Instead, Id recommend you click Advanced and then select “Check for updates” and “Install system data files and security updates”—they’re important. Unless you’re low on drive space, selecting “Download new updates when available” is fine, since that will make updating faster. However, keep “Install macOS updates” and “Install app updates from the App Store” off so you can choose when to update.

Mojave Software Update options