Want to make your own Dashboard widgets? It’s easy. (Vol #21)

December 24, 2011 Newsletters

Inside: Web pages on your Dashboard, Big Quicken/Lion news, New shortcuts I’m not really sure where the last four weeks went. Like my Grandma does, many readers wrote to ask why I wasn’t writing more. Well, as with my Grandma, I feel guilty I haven’t. I promise I’ll do better in the New Year. But, with […]

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Make a Dashboard “Web Clip” widget from a web page

December 24, 2011 Mac OS X

Do you regularly visit some websites just to check one section of a web page? Maybe a “Most Popular Now” list, a local weather forecast, sports scores, or a frequently updated featured video? Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily keep tabs on those sections with a single keystroke? Safari and the Mac Dashboard […]

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Take control of your PDFs with Preview (Vol #20)

November 23, 2011 Newsletters

Inside: Moving pages, installing Pages, Preview Is November really over in just a week? I started the month with a leisurely trip to my grandmother’s 94th birthday party in Oregon, where I observed that everything is leisurely in Oregon! I’ve never seen so many people drive under the speed limit, with no traffic to blame. But […]

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How to install Pages from the App Store

November 23, 2011 Mac OS X

When Apple launched the Mac App Store in January 2011, it not only gave Mac users an easy way to buy and install a huge variety of applications (apps), but it also gave us the ability to buy portions of packages that previously weren’t available separately. I’m a Microsoft Word user so when a friend […]

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How to move pages between PDFs in Preview

November 23, 2011 Mac OS X

The award for the most humbly-named application goes to…Preview! Not only does Preview live up to its name and let you view the contents of PDF and numerous types of graphics files, it also gives you numerous ways to modify your PDF files. I already showed its annotation capabilities in “How to annotate a printout […]

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Fast form filling (Vol #19)

November 4, 2011 Newsletters

Inside: Fast form filling, tab, tabs, windows (but not Windows) Like the last newsletter, I’m running off again right after I finish writing this. Last time I was heading to the Apple Store to get my MacBook Pro repaired. If you “like” Mac Help For Mom’s Facebook page, then you probably saw me raving about how they […]

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How to fill out web forms faster

November 3, 2011 Web Browsers

On the Mac and in web browsers like Safari, you can perform almost every function using your mouse or trackpad. As Apple enables more and more multi-finger gestures, sometimes you don’t even need to find a button to click on. I’m sure I do a three-finger swipe left at least 100 times a day to […]

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Backing up is like flossing (Vol #18)

October 21, 2011 Newsletters

Inside: Time Machine, backups I have an appointment at my local Apple Store’s Genius Bar in just over an hour and they’ll almost certainly keep my computer to replace my dying DVD drive. So this week’s newsletter will be brief, but, for some of you, it will be the most important one I’ve ever written. […]

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How to set up Time Machine backups to an external USB drive

October 21, 2011 Mac OS X

There are two types of people in the world: Those who have forever lost important computer files, and those who haven’t…YET! Most people in the first group have learned their lesson (the hard way) and are now backing up their computer on a regular basis. If you are in the second group you have two […]

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You all ask some great questions (Vol #17)

October 15, 2011 Newsletters

Inside: Zip files, more memory This week’s newsletter was completely inspired by you. Okay, maybe not YOU specifically, but some of your fellow Mac Help For Mom subscribers. You can thank Jane and Dean (not a typo, but I do now have “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena” playing in my head). So if you […]

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