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The Fastest Ways to Switch between Virtual Screens on Your Mac

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The Fastest Ways to Switch between Virtual Screens on Your Mac

When you click the green zoom button in a window on your Mac, that puts the window into full-screen mode. It’s a great way to maximize screen real estate on a smaller MacBook screen, for instance, but how can you switch between these virtual screens quickly? You could swipe up on the trackpad with four fingers and then click the icon representing the desired screen in Mission Control, but that’s pokey. Instead, swipe left or right with four fingers to hop between screens. Don’t have (or like using) a trackpad? You can keep your fingers on the keyboard by pressing...

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How Do I Turn the iPhone Off (and On Again)?

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How Do I Turn the iPhone Off (and On Again)?

For the most part, you never have to power down your trusty iPhone, but there are two rare situations where doing so might be useful. If your battery is getting low and you won’t be able to charge before you absolutely need the phone later in the day, turning it off will prevent it from running out of juice. Also, if your iPhone is being weird (it is a computer, after all!), power cycling can reset its little iPhone brain. To pull its virtual plug, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you get the necessary Slide to Power Off...

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Uncovering the Mac’s Hidden Menus

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Uncovering the Mac’s Hidden Menus

It’s easy to find and open the Mac’s standard menus—all you do is click a word or icon. But did you know about the Mac’s hidden menus? They contain many useful commands, but the Mac’s user interface provides no clue to their existence. Here’s what you need to know.  What’s in a Name?  These menus go by a few different names. Long-time geeks call them contextual menus, but nowadays Apple prefers to call them secondary menus or shortcut menus. We’ll call them shortcut menus here because they generally provide shortcuts to commands that are also available elsewhere.  Can I Just...

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Count Selected Items in a Folder with the Finder’s Status Bar

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Count Selected Items in a Folder with the Finder’s Status Bar

When you work in a Finder window on the Mac, take note of the helpful Status bar. It can tell you how many items are in a folder, as well as how many items you have selected. This latter bit of information is useful if, say, you need to move five items to another folder and you want to verify that you’ve selected all five. The Status bar also shows the amount of free space remaining on your drive and provides a slider to change icon size if the window is in Icon view. Look for the Status bar at...

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Finder Secrets: Navigating Your Folder Hierarchy with the Path Bar

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Finder Secrets: Navigating Your Folder Hierarchy with the Path Bar

Apple is known for creating clever little features that do a lot more than most people realize. Learn these, and you’ll be the master of your Mac. And more important, you’ll get your work done more quickly!Have you ever noticed the Path Bar at the bottom of Finder windows? It may or may not be showing—if not, choose View > Show Path Bar to reveal it. The Path Bar has two basic goals in life: It wants to show where you are in your drive’s folder hierarchy. As you navigate into nested folders, it’s easy to get lost and not...

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