Category: Mac OS X

How to Search & Send GIFs in Messages for Mac

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Have you ever wanted an easy way to share GIFs while texting your friends on iMessage from a Mac? As long as your Mac is a modern version of macOS, you can find and send gifs right within the stock Messages app, just like you can from iPhone and iPad.

In the recent years, the Messages app on the Mac has always lagged behind its iOS/iPadOS counterpart in terms of the features that are available. For example, Memoji stickers, message effects, and an integrated GIF search are things that Mac users have been requesting for quite a while. With the macOS Big Sur…

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Why is My Mac Draining Battery While Sleeping?

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Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users may have noticed their computers are draining battery even when the Mac is sleeping and not in use. This seems like a peculiar issue, but it turns out there there may be an explanation.

A simple way to diagnose this issue is by going to  Apple menu > System Preferences > Battery, then choosing “Usage History”. When you see the battery level drop but the ‘Screen On Usage’ is nonexistent, you know the battery is draining when the Mac is not in use. The screenshot above demonstrates this in a severe case,…

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How to Stop Sharing Calendars on Mac

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Want to stop sharing a calendar from the Mac? Maybe you’re trying to remove someone from your shared calendar? Removing someone from your iCloud calendar is as easy as sharing it using Apple’s Calendar app, and of course you can stop sharing a calendar completely too.

The Calendar app can be a savior when you’re organizing events and scheduling meetings with your colleagues since it allows you to share the calendars from your device and make changes to them in a collaborative manner. However, if you’re sharing your calendars with a bunch of people,…

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How to Make a Calendar Public on Mac

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Are you looking to share your calendar with a lot of people from a Mac? In that case, adding those users to your shared calendar one by one can be a hassle. In such instances, you can make use of the Public Calendar feature that the Calendar app on macOS has to offer.

Most people who use the stock Calendar app on their Macs may already be familiar with the built-in calendar sharing feature. The feature allows you to conveniently organize meetings with your colleagues, collaborate on events, or simply stay updated with your schedule in general. In addition to…

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How to Change Menu Bar Size in MacOS

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Do you find the menu bar items on your Mac’s display to be too small or difficult to read? If you’d like to make the menu bar size larger (or smaller), you can change the menubar size, which impacts the size of the fonts in the menu bar on the Mac.

The ability to change the menu bar size is an accessibility option in newer versions of Mac system software, so you’ll need to be running macOS Monterey, Big Sur, or newer.

How to Change Menu Bar Size in MacOS

Assuming you’re running a supported macOS version, here’s how to change the menu bar size:

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How to Turn Off Tab Bar Colors in Safari for Mac

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The latest versions of Safari on Mac apply a color tint effect to the tab toolbar. This shifts the browser window towards the color of the webpage in view, giving it a sort of transparent look. The color effect applies to the area of the search / URL bar, back/forward buttons, tabs, bookmark buttons, and the entire general top of a Safari window on a Mac.

Sometimes the Safari tab bar coloring can be extremely garish or just distracting, but if you’re not a fan of the appearance, you can disable the Safari tab color effect easily in Safari for Mac.

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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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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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