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Sunday, January 7, 2018

1891. iPhone pictures search

How can I sort thru my pictures on my iPhone or iPad to find something easier?

OK Ken really told me about this tip. I keep many pictures on my iPhone and can never find the one I want without going thru each picture. Ken suggested I use the search option.

1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Tap on Photos or Albums in the bottom navigation.
3. Tap on the Search button in the top menu.

If I want to find a house picture I type house and magically your iPhone shows me all the picture of houses.

Cars? Type cars. It is pretty smart.

It however doesn't find all my pictures of Ken. Its good but can't do that.

1890. Windows 10 look and feel

I see a friends Windows 10 and many things are very different than the way mine looks. Why is it like this?

Well there may be many options But I would look at the Setting, Personalize section. There are many options to tune the way Windows looks and the way if operates.

I suggest you go to the Start menu, Settings, and the Personalize and review each section. You can then turn options on and off and evaluate the way things change. Remember what changes you make so you can always change things back later if you find out you liked it better before.

I change too many things one time and I forgot what I changed and still haven't found the correct item to put back. :(

1889. Clear open Windows in Windows 10

What happened to the Show Desktop icon so I can clear open Windows on Windows 10?

In all previous releases of Windows I could clcik an icon in the taskbar and close or open all windows. I can't find it?

Well there is something better. Point your mouse to the title bar of a window and hold the left button and shake the window. Yes shake it. All other windows will close. Well except that windows you are shaking.

Shake it again and they will open.

Another way to clear windows to show the desktop is to right button click on the Windows logo and select Desktop. All your windows will minimize.

Not a perfect solution but better than none. I do like to shake it. .

1888. MacOS Mail / Office 365 Email Hell

I upgraded to the new Apple operating system High Sierra and now I can't receive mail using MacOS Mail and my Office 365 account? Help!

I was helping a friend that has an Mac and they upgraded to High Sierra. They then went to MacOS Mail (the stamp icon) to access their email. They had two email accounts. One of which was with Office 365.

They noticed that some mail they were expecting hadn't arrived. So they used their browser to access the mail and the mail had come in. So why didn't MacOS Mail find it?

When I did some searching and found that since the High Sierra upgrade Apple broke MacOS MAIL and it was not working correctly with Office 365 accounts. At this time the problem does not affect all Office 365 accounts.

Apple and Microsoft are chatting about the problem. Wouldn't you like to be a fly on that wall?

The only options you have at this point is to wait and use your browser, or install one of many free or not free mail applications like Thunderbird, or Outlook. Apple says they will fix it but I wouldn't hold my breath.

1887. Shutter Bug

I keep making bad pictured on my iPhone. I can't click that Home button without jerking the phone and the pictures suck. Any suggestions?

I really don't use the many features of my smart phone and I am embarrassed when people ask me basic questions I should know the answer to.

But one day I was taking pictures and my friend noticed how I was struggling to click the home button on my iPhone to snap the picture. She said why don't you just click the up or down volume button. Duh!

If you have headphones the volume button also works. There are Bluetooth remote buttons available and if you have special photo apps like ProCamera you can press anywhere on the screen.

My photos are still shaky and blurred but at least I don't look dumb when I take the pictures.

1881. Excel print area

I have an Excel spreadsheet that I use to track my investments, and I’d like to print it to take to my tax guy. I don’t want to print the whole thing, though—I need to find some way to just print a portion of the spreadsheet. I don’t see an option to do this when I select the Print menu item. What’s the trick?

Excel uses a feature called print area to control what gets printed. When you use the print menu, first select the area you like to be printed this can be a single rectangular area or if you're fancy multiple rectangular areas, then from the File menu choose the print area option, and then select set print area.

That's it you're done now.

When you choose the print menu item you'll see that just the area you've selected available to print if you try to print a spreadsheet but it only prints a subset of the data it's most likely because you or someone else has used the set print area menu item to restrict printing. In that case to clear the set print area, choose the file menu, then print area, then clear print area. That way you can again print the entire spreadsheet.

It's a simple tip but it allows you to print a subset of an Excel spreadsheet.

1882. Information pop up - Mac

When I type on my Mac, I’m finding that an infuriating little popup constantly gets in the way. It looks like the Mac is suggesting international versions of the characters I’m typing, but that’s never what I want. I don’t know why it’s appearing as I type, but I want it to just go away. Is something wrong with my computer?

Like many of the tips we talk about here this one actually happened to me. The problem is that Apple in its infinite wisdom determined that unlike on a Windows P.C. where if you press and hold a character that character repeats on the back. If you press and hold a character a little pop up appears that allows you to choose from internationalized versions of that character.

That was getting in my way so I wanted to find a way to turn it off. I did some searching on the internet and found the trick to do it. Now this takes a little bit of effort but you'll find the instructions online and it's pretty easy to do once you find those instructions.

To find them search for this phrase "Applepressandholdenabled" as a single word. At "Apple press and hold enabled" you'll find the instructions for turning off that feature or perhaps turning it back on if you decide you like it back.

In my case the problem was a Bluetooth keyboard whose battery had run down so that every character no matter how quickly I typed it was triggering this pop up. If you're finding that happening replacing the battery in your keyboard could solve the problem. If that's not it, search online for "Apple press and hold enabled" as a single word and you'll find instructions for turning this feature off.