There are loads of tips and tricks for your Apple device, but often we find ourselves wishing that our MacBook, iPhone, or other gadget could do “that”, too.
Well, chances are, it can.
Here are our favorite tips and tricks for getting around some of the little quirks. We’re pretty sure you’ll be pleased we told you.
Single Deleting from the iPhone
If you’re new to the iPhone, you might find that in order to delete all emails, you have to delete each one individually. Painstaking, no? Luckily, there is an easier way (obviously!) But it isn’t as easy as a handy “select all” on the iPhone. Of course not. Instead, go to your computer and turn on your email client. Delete all of the messages that you don’t want (usually with a sort of select all gusto). If you have an IMAP account, they should be gone. if you have a POP account, go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Click on your account and go to Delete Account. Then, recreate the account and it should be clean. Other options include syncing it so when you delete it from your Inbox on your Mac, it’s off your iPhone.
Limiting Your Kids’ Internet Use
If you have teenagers or children, chances are you’ll want to sometimes control their Internet access. Otherwise, they might find themselves staying up all night long. The clincher? You don’t want to have to limit your own.
Parental Controls on the Mac limits access to the use of the Mac entirely, rather than just limiting the Internet access. So instead, you’ll want to go to the router for help. If you have an AirPort Extreme, this is as easy as pie. Just launch the Airport Utility on your Mac and find your router. Click on the Manual Setup button, then select the AirPort tab that is located at the top of the window. Click on Access Control. Next, there is a popup menu under MAC Address Access Control pop-up menu. Choose Timed Access. Then click the button with a Plus on it at the bottom. A sheet will appear, and you’ll want to enter the MAC address for the device you want to limit (the MacBook, iPod Touch, et cetera).
To find the MAC address, go to Settings, General, About, and Wi-Fi Address on the iOS. On a Mac, hold down Option and select System Profiler or System Information from the Apple menu. From there, select Network and then the device used to connect to the Internet (AirPort or Ethernet).
After you’ve entered the address, type in a description to help you remember which one it is, and configure it to what times and days you want your children to have access for. To add more entries, click the Plus button. Click done and you’re good to go.
Transfer Stickies Between Macs
If you have multiple Macs, or a work and at-home Mac, chances are that syncing your Stickies would really be able to help you out. Since your stickies are actually stores in a database (cleverly called StickiesDatabase), you can simply copy that file from one computer to the same location in the other, replacing the file.
Making a PDF from a Website on the iPad
We love that you can make PDFs from Websites on the Mac, but that doesn’t seem to be done on the iPad. But luckily, it is possible as well. There is an app by Dar-Soft called PDF Printer for iPad. It’s about five bucks and it is as easy as entering the URL of the webpage, tapping the Send To button, and then tapping Convert to PDF. You can then view it or Send it or Open it in iBooks.