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How to Add & Delete Calendars on Mac

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Did you know that you can have multiple calendars, for different purposes? The Mac Calendar app makes it easy to help manage your schedule by adding and deleting calendars.

The native Calendar app on macOS (and iOS too for that matter) allows you to create multiple calendars, this may come in handy for people who are looking to keep their professional and private lives separate. Using a separate calendar for work and personal use makes it much easier to manage all your scheduled events and keep those aspects of your life separate. And of course if you no longer…

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How to Add & Remove People in Family Sharing Groups from Mac

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Did you know that you can share your purchases and subscriptions with other Apple users? As long as you’re on a supported plan, Apple will allow you to share your subscriptions with up to five people at the same time. This is made possible with the help of Family Sharing. You can easily add and remove people from Family Groups from the Mac, as we’ll cover here (and yes you can also do this from iPhone or iPad).

Family Sharing can be put to good use if two or more people in your family use a particular service, let’s say Apple Music, iCloud, Apple TV+, or…

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Summon an Overlay Web Browser by Keystroke with Bonsai for Mac

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Bonsai is an interesting free app that allows you to summon a web browser anywhere on the Mac by keystroke. It’s intended for researchers and programmers, but due to the convenience of an instant web browser accessible from anywhere, it may have utility for other users too.

Once you download the app, you can use Option + Spacebar to open Bonsai.

You can use Bonsai in overlay mode by clicking the two overlaying boxes icon near the URL bar, or as a full screen web browser (the default), and there are built-in search/find and spatial organization features to…

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How to Use Speak Selection on Mac

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Did you know that your Mac is capable of reading highlighted text out loud? This is a feature that could come in handy for many reasons, whether you prefer to have some particular text read, for accessibility reasons, if you’re focusing on something else, for dramatic effect, or myriad other purposes.

Speak Selection does what it says, basically you select text on the screen, and then allow the Mac to speak it to you using text-to-speech capabilities. This is just one of the many accessibility features that macOS has to offer. With Speak Selection, Mac users…

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How to Markup, Draw, & Write on Images on Mac from Finder with Quick Look

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Looking for a way to quickly annotate images and screenshots on your Mac, right from the Finder? Sure you could use Preview, or a third party app, but thanks to Markup it’s also a feature that is available natively in macOS Finder. Markup is also pretty easy to access and has all the basic tools that are required for annotation.

Markup may be a familiar feature if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, serving as a quick way to add text or draw sketches on your screenshots immediately after taking them. Fortunately, Apple has made this feature available on Mac as…

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How to Enable Automatic Downloads for Music on Mac

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Do you listen to a lot of music on your Mac when you’re browsing, working on your documents, or doing anything else? In that case, you may be interested in learning about the Music app’s automatic downloads feature that allows you to store your songs locally for offline listening.

Apple Music subscribers get access to an extremely handy feature called iCloud Music Library which allows them to conveniently store their entire song collection on the cloud and sync it across all the Apple devices that are logged in to the same iCloud account. By default, when…

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Changing MAC Address in macOS Big Sur & Monterey with mac-spoof

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If you want to change your MAC address in macOS Monterey or Big Sur, you can use the traditional method to spoof a MAC address, or you can use a slightly easier approach by using a command line tool called mac-spoof. We’ll be covering the mac-spoof method here, which relies on HomeBrew.

For some quick background, your computers MAC address is unique and identifies it to connected networks, and some services use MAC addresses for filtering who or what is allowed onto a particular network. Additionally, some services use a MAC address to track a computer or…

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How to Change Siri Voice on Mac

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If you’re the kind of Mac user who personalizes their computer a lot, you may also be interested in changing the way how Siri sounds when she replies to your voice commands. This is something that wasn’t possible until recently.

Ever since the release of macOS Big Sur 11.3 software update (and newer, of course), Apple is giving users multiple voice options for Siri. No, we aren’t talking about Siri’s accent selection, which sort of allowed you to switch between different voices. Now you have a total of four different voice options that change how Siri…

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Fix Mac “App can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store” Error

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If you are attempting to open apps downloaded from the web or elsewhere on modern versions of macOS like Big Sur, you may see an error message that says something like ‘”AppName.app” can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.’

Below that warning also states “Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the App Store.” and the error message dialog box also shows when and where the file was downloaded from, with two options, choosing OK or to Show in Finder. But what if you want to open the app? That’s what…

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