Category: Mac OS X

12 Ultra Useful Touch ID Tricks for Mac

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Touch ID for Mac is super useful, and now that basically all modern Mac laptops have Touch ID sensors on their keyboards, and the new Magic Keyboards for Mac have Touch ID, you’re almost certain to encounter the biometric authenticator when using a Mac.

We’ll review some handy and interesting Touch ID tricks for the Mac, ranging from improving Touch ID response, to alternate biometric authentication options (including a few super unique options you almost certainly haven’t considered), to faster sudo usage with Touch ID, to making purchases and autofill…

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Hosts File Not Working on Mac? Try This Fix

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Some Mac users have discovered that the hosts file in MacOS does not appear to work, or changes to the /etc/hosts file on the Mac are seemingly ignored. Given that the hosts file is used to map IP addresses to host names, and is frequently modified by advanced users, this is an understandably annoying problem.

This is fairly obvious issue when it happens, because after editing the hosts file on a Mac from the command line or even with TextEdit, and flushing DNS cache, there does not appear to be any change to hosts.

Changes to the hosts file being ignored, or…

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How to Split Screen on Mac

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Using Split Screen on a Mac is easier than ever before in the latest versions of MacOS, including macOS Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina. You can nearly instantaneously split screen two different apps, or two windows from the same app. Perhaps you want two browser windows to be side-by-side, or a browser window split screened with a text editor, or your email split screen with a calendar. Whatever your needs for using Mac split screen mode, it’s simple to use once you learn how it works.

Using Split Screen on Mac

  1. Open the two apps or windows you want to split…

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How to Show Word Count in Pages for Mac

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Want to know the word count of a Pages document you’re working on from the Mac?

Keeping track of word counts is often essential for writers, authors, students, and many other professions, so it’s natural to want to know how to see the word count of documents as you work on them in Pages for Mac.

Read along and we’ll show you how to display the word count of documents in Pages for Mac.

How to Find the Word Count for Pages Documents on Mac

Now that you know what you need to do on the iPhone and iPad, let’s move on to the macOS version of the Pages app….

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How to Exit Recovery Mode on Mac

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Recovery Mode is typically used for troubleshooting a Mac, for reinstalling system software, erasing disks, and performing similar tasks. Perhaps you’ve used recovery mode before to troubleshoot something, or perhaps you’ve even entered recovery mode accidentally on a Mac before. Rarely, a Mac just boots automatically into Recovery Mode constantly as well. Whatever the case, you may be wondering how to get out of and escape recovery mode on a Mac.

You will be relieved to know that exiting recovery mode on a Mac is incredibly simple.

Exiting Mac Recovery Mode…

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Traveling? Beware of Unsecured Hotel Wi-Fi Networks

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Nearly every hotel nowadays offers free wi-fi, but a surprising number of them use unsecured wireless networks. Most commonly, the unsecured networks use a captive portal to access the wi-fi network, where a splash screen pops-up in a web browser window before you are granted further access to the network. Often there’s some marginal login requirement, like entering your room number, or email address. Captive portals are different from entering a wi-fi password to join the wireless network, which is necessary when joining a secured network.

But once connected,…

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How to Download iCloud Photos via the Command Line

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Ever wanted to download all photos from iCloud Photos using the command line? Thanks to the third party icloud_photos_downloader tool, you can do just that. Called icloudpd for short, it works to access and download photos directly from iCloud using the command line on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux.

icloudpd is open source, and you can check out the source project on github if interested.

Because icloud_photos_downloader is a Python tool, you will need to have installed Python 3.x or installed Homebrew on the Mac if you haven’t done so already. We’re going to…

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How to Always Show Window Title Proxy Icons on Mac

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The Mac Finder and apps like Preview offer window title icons when you hover over the window title text, and once defaulted to show icons in the window title bar too. Sometimes these window icons were referred to as “proxy icons”, because they’re interactive and allow for things like dragging and dropping, and right-clicking to access dropdown menus.

In modern MacOS versions like Monterey, Big Sur, and newer, these window title icons still appear if you hover over the title bar texts, but you can enable a setting in System Preferences to always show the…

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Hide the Display Notch on MacBook Pro & Air with TopNotch

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The all new MacBook Air with M2 and MacBook Pro 14″ and 16″ with M1 Pro and M1 Max processors are impressive machines by most hardware standards, but not everyone is impressed with the Notch that takes up a portion at the top of the screen. The Notch holds the front facing camera, and dips down into the top of the display. So, what if you hate the way the notch looks? Are you stuck with it? Not entirely.

Fortunately for notch haters, there’s an app called TopNotch that hides the display notch, using a simple but ingenious method of turning the menu bar black…

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How to Make Mac Cursor Bigger

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Some Mac users may want the cursor size on the Mac screen to be larger, making it easier to see.

Whether you’re having a difficult time seeing the Mac cursor on your screen as you move the mouse or trackpad around, or you just would prefer a bigger cursor pointer in general, you can manually change the cursor size in MacOS rather easily.

How to Make the Mac Cursor / Pointer Larger

This applies to all modern versions of MacOS, including macOS Ventura, Monterey, and macOS Big Sur:

  1. Go to the  Apple menu and go to “System Preferences” / Settings
  2. Choose…

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