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 Christmas tomorrow and Hanukkah half over, I figured it was better to send this little stocking stuffer now than to wait until I had even more new videos to tell you about. [click to continue…]


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 go back a page in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. (Yes, I use all three.)

But when you’re filling out a form on a web page, it quickly becomes a hassle to keep moving your hand back and forth between the keyboard and mouse or trackpad as you navigate through the form. Wouldn’t it be great if you could move through the form without taking your fingers off the keyboard? Well, there is! Just watch this video to see the few keyboard shortcuts that will have you filling out forms much faster. [click to continue…]


OmniDazzle yellow circle around cursor

Readers Jac and Carmelita both asked how I get the yellow circle around my cursor (pointer) in my videos. That yellow circle is a handy way to better show where the cursor is in videos and can also help if your vision isn’t what it used to be. Unfortunately, as of Mac OS X version 10.6.7 (Snow Leopard), you need to download and install a separate FREE application to do that. Watch this video to see it in action. [click to continue…]


Newsletter reader Bonnie submitted a question asking how to type a heart or happy face. As she suspected, there’s no need to limit yourself to the letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation you see on your keyboard. Hidden just under the surface of your Mac are thousands of special characters that you can use if you watch this video to learn how. [click to continue…]


The other day my friend Leo, the Windows expert at, answered a question from one of his readers who wanted to completely turn off keyboard repeat in Microsoft Windows for his arthritic 86-year-old father. I figured that some Mac users might have the same question so in this video I show you how to adjust your Mac keyboard repeat settings or just turn it off if you like. [click to continue…]


You’re looking at a great web page, maybe an insightful article or a funny video, and you want to email it to some friends. Should you try to copy the contents of the page and paste it into an email message, or should you just send your friends a link to the web page? Will you somehow copy and paste it or is there an easier way? (Yes, there is.) [click to continue…]


How do I magnify or zoom my screen?

May 10, 2011 Mac OS X

It could be advancing age, but more and more I’m feeling the need to zoom in to see things better on my Mac display. It’s not the display’s fault. They’re getting better and better, packing in more and more pixels for gorgeous, crisp photos, artwork, and text. But that often means that, either by design […]

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The difference between closing and quitting

May 10, 2011 Mac OS X

Reader Linda submitted a question a few days ago that reminded me that I’ve noticed many people think that they can quit an application by clicking the little red X button in the upper left of a window. When I switched to a Mac a few years ago I thought the same thing since Microsoft […]

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How to take a screen shot

December 11, 2010 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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