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Create Quick Notes on iPad from Anywhere with a Swipe Gesture

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The iPad has a great feature called Quick Notes that allows you to instantly create a new note on the iPad from anywhere, with just a swipe gesture.

You can use the Quick Note gesture with a finger, or with Apple Pencil. And it works with any iPad running iPadOS 15 or later. If you haven’t tried out Quick Note yet, it’s super easy to use and very convenient, so let’s check out how this works.

How to Use Quick Notes on iPad with a Swipe

  1. From anywhere on iPad, swipe inward from the bottom right corner to open a Quick Note
  2. Quick Note created on iPad with an inward swipe gesture from bottom right corner

  3. When finished with the Quick Note…

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How to Screen Record an Android from Mac

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If you’re a Mac user who has an Android phone for personal or professional use, you may be happy to learn that you can easily record the screen of the Android from the Mac, thanks to a free third party app.


Appropriately called Android Tool for Mac, the free utility offers a variety of handy options for Android users that allow them to perform a variety of tasks right from their Mac, including side loading apps, snap screen shots, and what we’ll discuss here, which is record the Android screen right from a Mac.

This is kind of like recording the iPhone screen…

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How to Type the Upside-down Exclamation Point ¡ on iPhone & iPad

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The upside-down exclamation point is frequently used in some languages, and if you’re on an iPhone or iPad you may be wondering how to type the inverted exclamation point on the virtual keyboard.

Like most things on iPhone and iPad, it’s simple, at least once you learn how it’s done. We’ll show you how to type the inverted exclamation point on iPhone and iPad using both the onscreen virtual keyboard, and with a physical keyboard as well.

¡ Typing the Upside-Down Exclamation Point¡ on iPhone or iPad

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How to Get the Older Style MacOS Alert Dialog Back

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MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur introduced a new style to the MacOS alert dialog boxes, which look more like something you’d see in iOS than MacOS. In the new design style for MacOS alert dialog windows, everything is centered with the app icon on the top and the alert messages below, whereas the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes has always shown an icon on the far left, with the alert information to the right of that.

If you’d like to return to the older traditional style of MacOS alert dialog boxes and windows, you can do so with the help…

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How to Restart & Force Restart the iPad Air 5

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Occasionally you may need to shut down, restart, or force restart a device, and iPad Air 5 is no exception.

Whether it’s force restarting because of a frozen app, troubleshooting an issue, restarting for any number of reasons, or shutting down the iPad Air for a flight, we’ll cover how you can perform these common tasks for the iPad Air 5.

How to Force Restart iPad Air 5

You can forcibly restart an iPad Air 5 by initiating a series of button presses using the physical power and volume buttons on the device. Here’s the sequence to force restart:

  1. Press and…

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How to Change iPad Magic Keyboard Backlight Brightness from Control Center

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The iPad Magic Keyboard includes backlit keys, which make for easier visibility in lower light situations, and add a nice visual flare to the hardware keyboard as well.

With the latest versions of iPadOS, you can easily change the backlit keyboard brightness levels through Control Center. But first you must enable the keyboard backlighting option, so let’s review how this all works.

Changing iPad Magic Keyboard Backlighting via Control Center

You will need at least iPadOS 15.4 or later to have the optional Control Center adjustment for keyboard backlighting…

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Scan Text Into Notes on iPhone & iPad

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The Notes app on modern iPhone and iPad system software versions includes a handy feature that lets you scan text directly into the notes app. The text you want to scan can be printed or handwritten, and the scanning is done directly within the Notes app instantaneously. After the text is scanned into the Notes app, you can edit it as needed at any time if you’d like to.

This is a great feature if you want to digitize a collection of anything that is printed or handwritten, be they letters, family recipes, receipts, manuscripts, books, magazines, flyers, or just…

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How to Check SHA512 Checksum on Mac

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SHA512 hashes are often used to determine data integrity, whether for matching a downloaded file to an original on a server, or for command output, or to make sure a file transfer was successful, or not tampered with.

Checking a SHA512 hash is pretty easy on a Mac, thanks to bundled command line tools that are preinstalled on any semi-modern MacOS installation. We’ll cover two different methods to check and verify SHA512 hash on the Mac, using both the shasum command, and openssl command.

How to Check & Verify SHA512 checksum with shasum

MacOS includes the…

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How to Stop Discord Opening at Startup on Mac

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If you’re a Discord user, you may have noticed that the Discord app starts automatically when you startup the Mac. Some Mac users may prefer that Discord does not launch itself on system boot, and thus may want to stop this from happening.

For the unfamiliar, Discord is a popular app for communicating, whether through voice calls, video chat, messages, group chat, communities, and much more through Discord servers. While it’s commonly used by gamers for streaming and communicating while playing, it’s also widely used by many other online communities.

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How to Type Upside-Down Exclamation Point on Mac ¡!

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“¡I need to type an inverted exclamation point!” the Mac user said… Indeed, the upside-down exclamation point ¡ is frequently used in Spanish and some other languages and thus it makes sense why you’d need to type the character, but if you’re using an English keyboard you may be wondering how you can type the upside down exclamation point character.

Fortunately the Mac makes this super simple. Typing the inverted exclamation point, or sometimes called the inverted bang, upside-down bang, or upside-down exclamation mark, is as easy as it gets

Type ¡…

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