Productivity

Avoid overly long reply email chains in Mac Mail

Avoid overly long reply email chains in Mac Mail

By default, when you’re replying to an email using Mac Mail,  all previous emails will also be included below your response. In certain cases, that’s a good thing, as you want the other party to see all previous correspondence. But sometimes, you just end up with overly long and messy looking email threads.

There’s an easy way to remedy this, by changing one setting in your Mail preferences. By choosing Mail > Preferences > Composing you will find a couple of relevant options under the Responding area. If you choose the option to “Include selected text, if any; otherwise include all text”, you can now simply select an area of the email you want to respond to, and only that selection will be included in your reply email. This allows for much more clutter-free back and forth replies.
Experiment with it, and you’ll see what I mean.

Mail reply settings

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in Mac, Productivity, Tips & Tricks, 0 comments
The Sweet Setup website

The Sweet Setup website

Over the last couple of years, one of my favorite website to go visit once in a while is the The Sweet Setup. They review and recommend some of the best apps you can get for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. They sort things out in categories such as Productivity, Backups, Photography, Travel, and quite a few other categories. Typically, they will review a bunch of similar products at once and tell you which one they liked best, and why. If you own any Apple products, this site is incredibly helpful in helping you make smart buying decisions for a variety of software and apps available for your devices.

You can check out The Sweet Setup here

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in iPhone, Productivity, Recommendations, Software, 0 comments
Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand and iWork apps free for all users

Apple makes iMovie, GarageBand and iWork apps free for all users

Today, iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.
Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now a purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years. Today’s app changes will also make it easier for business and educational institutions to download Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, and iMovie through the Volume Purchase Program store.
It will also make it easier for anyone with an older Mac to download the recent version of these apps, if they didn’t want to spend as much as $20 a piece for the newer versions.

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in iOS, Mac, Productivity, Software, 0 comments
Learn mac keyboard shortcuts

Learn mac keyboard shortcuts

One of most useful sites I’ve ever come across for learning mac keyboard shortcuts is danrodney.com. There, you will find a very well laid out collection of shortcuts and explanation of various menus you might find on your mac. As well as gestures, tips & tricks, recommend apps, and more. If you’re trying to become more of a power user on your mac, this is definitely a website you should bookmark and visit once in a while to brush up on your skills.

You can visit the Dan Rodney website here

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in Learning, Mac, Productivity, Tips & Tricks, 0 comments
Silence notifications on your Mac

Silence notifications on your Mac

Sometimes, you just need to get something important done on your Mac, and blocking alerts and notifications makes it much easier to do that. A quick way to silence incoming notifications is to enter Do Not Disturb mode. A simple trick to do that is by holding down the OPTION key and clicking the Notification icon in the top right corner screen. That will turn off Notifications till the next day. But if you want notifications back on after a couple of hours, all you have to do is OPTION click on the same spot again, and Notifications are turned back on 🙂

Posted by Ian Van Slyke in Mac, Productivity, Tips & Tricks, 0 comments