How To Export Notes As Plain Text Files In macOS

The Notes app has been a part of macOS for quite a few years. It started out fairly basic but overtime, new, useful features have been added. The Notes app supports lists, sharing, collaboration, and password protected notes. It also has an export feature which isn't the best. The Notes app in macOS lets you export notes to a PDF file but not as individual text files. You can always use the Copy/Paste function to copy notes to a text file but that is quite a bit of work. Exporter is a free macOS app that automates this. It can export all notes in the Notes app as individual text files. It preserves the directory structure so that notes are sorted to folders like they were in the Notes app. Read More

How To Activate Siri With ‘Hey Siri’ On macOS Sierra

Siri was integrated in macOS Sierra but oddly enough, the 'Hey Siri' voice command wasn't added to the desktop. macOS users can access Siri from the menu bar icon, or they can use a keyboard shortcut. The reason 'Hey Siri' support wasn't added isn't quite clear. A Macbook definitely has the battery life for it compared to iPhones. If nothing else, the feature could have been modeled after its implementation on iOS devices i.e. it would work if a Macbook were plugged into a power outlet and not otherwise. Things being the way they are, there isn't official support for the 'Hey Siri'  command. There is however a pretty neat little hack that you can do to get it working anyway. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize The Keyboard Shortcut For Siri In macOS Sierra

Siri is one of the most highlighted features introduced in macOS Sierra. It does the usual things you would expect a virtual assistant app to do. Almost every command you can give Siri on your iOS device, you can give it on macOS Sierra as well. The one key difference is that you can't invoke Siri by saying 'Hey Siri'. Instead, you either have to click the Siri button in the Menu bar or you have to hit the keyboard shortcut Command+ Spacebar. If the default shortcut doesn't suit you, or it interferes with an app or script you have installed, you can change it. Here's how. Read More

How To Merge And Separate App Windows In macOS Sierra

A tabbed interface, regardless of which app it is in, makes your work space far less cluttered. It might suit you at times to have the ability to open multiple windows of an app. At other times, it might suit you to be able to merge multiple windows into one. macOS Sierra has introduced system wide tabs for almost all stock apps. You can merge multiple windows into a single window, and you can separate the merged windows. The feature is a little clumsy with no keyboard shortcut to support it but it is nevertheless useful. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Enable Picture In Picture In macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra has a pretty neat new feature called Picture in Picture. It works with videos you are viewing in Safari and allows you to pop the video out of the Safari window. You can position it in any corner of the screen and watch the video while you work on something else. The feature, in theory, should work on just about any video streaming website. It works on YouTube and any other website with an HTML5 player. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Get An Alert When An App Accesses The Webcam Or Mic In macOS

Malicious websites and apps can gain access to your webcam and microphone. A lot of people might consider this to be an urban legend but there is truth to it. Unfortunately, a website or an app that does this isn't going to be easy to detect by the average user. Tech savvy users might be able to tell if their webcam or mic is being accessed but for the ordinary user, and Mark Zuckerberg, you likely have to tape a bit of paper over your webcam to be safe. Oversight is a free macOS app that makes this much easier. It monitors all connected webcams and microphones and alerts you when they are accessed. It's a very simple app that monitors current processes and can identify which app started a process to access these two devices. Read More

How To Enable The Universal Clipboard In iOS 10 And macOS Sierra

In iOS 8, Apple introduced a feature called 'Handover' that worked with macOS Yosemite. It allows users to seamlessly transition between devices by allowing apps to sync work between them. Users are able to leave and pick up work right where they left it off. The feature is available with almost all Apple apps and third-party apps can add support for it as well. In iOS 10 and with macOS Sierra, this feature has been expanded to work with your clipboard. iOS 10 and macOS Sierra can now share a clipboard giving you a universal clipboard across all your devices. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Look Up What An Emoji Means Using The macOS Dictionary

Emoji's are taking over like no one could have imagined. People, the younger ones, are able to use the little picture icons to express themselves, often forming coherent sentences with just the little images. Come iOS 10, you will be seeing more and more Emoji usage. iOS 10 comes with an 'emoji suggestion' feature in the Messages app that will let users replace words with an emoji. If you don't know what an emoji means and would like a super simple way of looking it up, the Dictionary app in macOS can help. Out of the box, it can't tell you what an emoji means but if you install the Emojipedia dictionary, you will be able to look them up like any other word. Read More

How To Reset The Dock In macOS

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Terminal commands in macOS allow you to customize the Dock to a considerable extent. Either through commands or third party apps, you can customize the dock so that it has blank spaces between groups of app icons, add dividers to it, change the color, and more. Of course, when all is said and done, you might want to know if what you've done to your Dock is permanent. At some point, you might want to go back to the way the Dock looked originally simply because you're tired of the new look you gave it. It's going to be up to you to remember exactly what changes you made to the Dock so you can run the command to or the app needed to undo them. A much simpler solution is to just reset the Dock with a terminal command. Here's how. Read More

How To Display The Date In Short Format In The macOS Menu Bar

The Menu Bar in macOS is home to app menus and app icons alike. Lots of apps are built specifically for the menu bar since it is so easy to access and is omnipresent unless you switch to full screen mode. The system also adds a convenient clock and calendar to the Menu Bar so that you can see what the current date and time is. macOS lets users select the date and time format i.e. you can display the date in mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy format and the time in 12 or 24 hour format. There is just one problem; although you can set the date format to be anything you want, it isn't possible to get the Menu Bar to display it in the short format. The Menu Bar will display August 10 or 10 August but it won't show 10/8/16. To get the Menu Bar to show the short format, you need an app called Day O. It's a free and incredibly flexible app. Read More

How To Apply Prisma Filters To Photos From The Desktop

Prisma is an iOS and Android app that applies breathtakingly beautiful filters to your photos. The photos come out looking like works of art. The app boasts of an AI that analyzes and applies the filters to photos to create the visually stunning works of art. Prisma had quickly become popular and you have likely seen a ton of the photos created by Prisma users in your Instagram feed. If you want to use the app from your desktop though there is no official app for it. What you need to look for is a work-around which is just what we have. Prisma bot is a Telegram bot that will let you apply Prisma filters to a photo from your desktop. You don't need to have Telegram installed on your system. The web version of Telegram works just as well but you do need to have an account on Telegram. Here's how the bot works. Read More

How To Create New Files From The macOS Right-Click Context Menu

Apps in Windows can add an option to the right-click context menu that lets you create a new file. You can create a new text file, a new MS Word file, or a new Photoshop file on the fly. The same option doesn't exist in macOS but if you're looking for a way to add it, New File Menu is an app you should check out. It's a macOS app that costs $1.99 in the Mac App Store and it perfectly mimics the new file from context menu feature in Windows on macOS. The app works as a Finder extension and lets you choose which apps should appear in the right-click context menu. Read More

How To Import Notes From Evernote To The Notes App In macOS

Evernote has made changes to it free, plus, and premium plans. The price of the paid plans has gone up and the features offered on the free plan have been cut back so that you can only have two devices connected to your account. Needless to say that the price hike is likely going to send people looking for an alternative and they will be spoiled for choice. There are a lot of note taking apps available and macOS comes with its own default note taking app as well which, given recent updates, is fairly good. If you're looking to ditch Evernote in favor of the Notes app in macOS, you will want to take your notes with you. Here's how you can move your notes from Evernote to the Notes app in macOS. Read More

How To Stream Audio From Your PC Or Mac To Chromecast

Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are two different devices. The Chromecast is meant for video and audio streaming and aims to give users a 'smart' TV for the very cheap price of $30. The Chromecast Audio is meant to stream audio to speakers and give you 'smart' speakers without breaking the bank. Even though both devices are cheap, you might not want to buy them both and perhaps would like some way to use the Chromecast as just an audio streaming device. This is possible provided you aren't trying to hook the Chromecast up to a pair of speakers. What you can do, with the right third-party apps, is stream audio from your PC or Mac to the Chromecast. Here's how. Read More

How To Publish Photos Directly From Adobe Lightroom To Instagram

Instagram is more than just a place to show off clothes, food, jewelry, and selfies. The social network is an excellent place to showcase artwork. It's where you can find artists who work wth all sorts of mediums showing off their work and their works-in-progress. For photographers, Instagram is no different and in addition to using the platform to showcase their work, photographers make use of other photo editing tools as well such as Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is a feature rich photo editing app that works great with other Adobe products and has a huge offering of Plugins to make it all the more useful. LR/Instagram is one such free Plug-in that might interest you if you're looking for an easy way to publish photos from Adobe Lightroom directly to Instagram. Read More

How To Run An Unidentified App Without Changing Gatekeeper’s Settings

Gatekeeper is a security feature introduced in macOS in Mountain Lion that let users choose which apps can and can not run on their Macs. The feature has three options for allowing/disallowing apps; run apps from the Mac App Store only, run apps from the Mac App Store and from identified developers, and run apps from anywhere i.e. from any origin and developed by anyone. To run apps from unverified developers, you have to change Gatekeeper's settings and allow apps to run from anywhere and then you have to remember to change the setting back if you want to keep your system safe. Alternatively, macOS does let you run just the one app as an exception and keep the Gatekeeper settings unaltered. Here's how. Read More

Toggle System Settings And Launch Apps Via Text Commands On OS X

Spotlight is quite a popular feature on OS X and people who have used both OS X and Windows often cite it as the better of the two. Spotlight is great for launching apps or looking up the definition of a word but it is still a basic search tool. Lacona is free OS X app that's built to work like Spotlight but is exponentially better. The app will let you launch other apps, open URLs in any app of your choice, toggle the WiFi switch, empty the trash, and much more all by typing it into the Spotlight like command bar. Where Spotlight can search apps, Lacona can perform actions. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

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iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Log Off Your Mac After A Set Period Of Inactivity

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All operating systems have a setting that will automatically lock the current user's session if the user has been inactive for too long. User have the option to set how long this period of inactivity should be. Locking your screen is of course different from logging out of your system. A locked screen prevents others from accessing your desktop but logging out of a system will close the session you have open; your browser will be closed, Skype will exit, and so will any and all other apps you might have open. If you're looking to automatically log out your Mac after a set period of inactivity as opposed to it just locking, OS X has a built-in function that lets you do just that. Here's where it is. Read More

Search Slack For Files By Type And Delete Them All

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Slack is possibly the most popular messenger app used today by teams small and medium sized. It's possible even larger teams use Slack given how well it understands messaging needs in the work place. One of the things I love about Slack is how easy it is to find files in a conversation and that's one of the areas I think it really beats out every other messaging service. Slack Deletron is a free web app built to make deleting files from Slack easier. It allows you to search files by type that you've shared or that are private, and delete them one-by-one, or all in one go. You can search files by type and at present Slack Deletron supports filters for images, PDFs, Google Docs, snippets, and zipped files. Read More