One of my Mom’s biggest complaints with the recent Gmail “upgrades” is that most of the buttons no longer have words on them. For instance, when viewing an email, you’ll see this toolbar above your email.

Gmail icon buttons

Well, I just stumbled across a Gmail setting that let’s you put text labels back on those Gmail buttons. [click to continue…]


GMail has all the email file attachment features of Apple Mail, but also benefits from being web-based. Besides the usual advantages of running on the web, like being backed up by Google and being available from any computer, GMail values your time by making your writing and sending process more efficient.

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Are you tired of changing the text style every time you write an email? Wouldn’t it be great to set your favorite font, text size, and color and have your email program use it every time you write an email?

Some email programs will let you save your favorite text style, but each program behaves differently. Gmail and Yahoo Mail will let you set a default text style for the emails you write but they unfortunately don’t let change the text size of emails you’re reading. On the other hand, Apple Mail lets you control the look of emails you read, but forces you to choose your favorite text style whenever you write an email. [click to continue…]


A reader from Montrose, CA said that he gets lots of emails that often have pages of annoying email forwarding history on top. That’s what happens when someone forwards an email and leaves the previous sender’s recipient list on top of the message. The next person does the same thing when they forward it on to their list of friends, and so on, and so on. Not only does this make for an ugly, hard-to-read email, but it exposes all those people’s email addresses to a bunch of strangers.

If that’s not enough to convince you not to do it, then realize that it is considered extremely tacky, and many of us quickly hit “delete” when we see that mess. If you really wanted your recipients to read the email, why not make it easy on them and set a good example at the same time.
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How to take a screen shot

December 11, 2010 in Mac OS X

Hi Mom, when you want to show me something on your screen, the easiest way is to take a screen shot. In this video I show you how to take screen shots of:

  • your whole screen,
  • a selected region of your screen,
  • a selected window.

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