New to Mac – Mojave Edition

when most people buy their first Apple computer they don’t have someone with them to teach them the basics there’s a lot of people out there in fact who never make the switch purely because of the anxiety that they get that they’re gonna have to learn something new and then there are other people in the world who are just getting their very first computer and they don’t even know where to start hello everyone david a cox here with Tech Talk America and every year for the last several years I have created a class designed for these types of people in this class I’m gonna cover all of the basics that you need to know if you’re brand new to Mac so whether you are in fact new or just need to brush up on the basics hopefully you’ll learn it in this class I’m one of those people who believes that education should be available to everyone out there so if this class helps you I really love hearing your feedback you can either leave me a comment down below or for those of you out there who want to go the extra mile if you want to send me an old-school note which I actually kind of enjoy the PIO box information just appeared on your screen now we are going to be covering a lot of information over the course of this class and so to make it easier for you to learn some of this stuff I’ve created a free very simple PDF guide you can get it right off of my website at Tech Talk America comm how to use a Mac mojave Edition coming up next on Tech Talk America the first place I always like to start when teaching this class is I like to go over what is finder and what does it do so despite the fact that it says the word finder here at the top left all that really means is that I’m clicked here on the desktop this space up here is always going to show you what application you’re clicked into if you’re just simply clicked into the desktop which is this opening screen that you see here it’s just gonna say finder at the top however you should know that finder is this icon down here now this bar that you see at the bottom of my screen is referred to as the dock and all of these little icons for the most part represent applications that are on my computer that I tend to use fairly frequently now you can customize your dock and put only the apps that you use which I am gonna go over in this class but we’re gonna go over one thing at a time first I want to talk a little bit more about finder anytime you’re wondering where does my stuff actually live in the computer you can always get to it through finder so let’s click on finder in order to open up a Finder window now if you’re following along at home you may notice of course that your screen might look a little bit different so let’s take a moment now to go ahead and set up your finder preferences so what you’re gonna do is go to the very top left of the screen where it does say finder and the second item down is preferences so from here I’m gonna walk you through a couple of these tabs I’m gonna skip over some information because I want to keep this class moving efficiently so let’s start here with the general tab and basically what you see here on my screen is typically what I tend to recommend that you make your settings so basically what this is gonna do is when you plug in something like an external hard drive into your computer it’s gonna pop up on the desktop something that a lot of people tend to like also if you ever need to hook up other devices like CDs DVDs iPods those kinds of things also those you typically do want to be able to have seen on the desktop by the way since no Mac at this point comes with an optical drive which is the technical name for a CD DVD player if any of you Mac users would like to have an external one that you could use with your Mac there’s one I tend to recommend it’s on the product recommendations page of my website you can check it out I think it’s $40 at this point also I want to point out right here where it says new Finder window shows and then you can tell it what window you want to open whenever you do open up a Finder window so if I move this back you can see here that in my case I have it open the Documents folder by default when you first get your Mac it tends to go to recent items the reason why I don’t recommend keeping it on that is because there’s another way that you can access your recent files and also if you have any personal files you may not want showing up on the screen as soon as you open a Finder window so for now I would recommend that you change it away from recents and to some other location whether it’s the desktop Documents folder or if there’s another folder on your computer that you would like it to open to you can always go to other and then direct it exactly where you would like it to open at this point we’re gonna skip over here to the side bar tab and we’re going to set up these preferences now I’m going to adjust these screens just so I can put these next to each other so that you can see what we’re doing here so the items that you will see that are checked in this list appear on the finder window that is currently beneath the window that we currently have open so you can see here the first item that I have checked is reasons so that if I do want to see files that I have recently opened or created that way I can just find them all in one place the second item that you see listed here is airdrop which is actually a technology that you can use to send files like photos and videos and documents from one Apple device to another then there’s applications of course you’re going to want to have access to the different apps running on your Mac so I would recommend that you check that option the next one is your downloads folder so anytime that you’re downloading content whether it’s from email or the web you want to have easy access to your downloads folder the next three items that you’ll see here I have specifically unchecked because frankly you probably won’t need access to them and the apps that you will use that deal with things alike pictures you don’t actually need access to the folder to get to them so we’re not going to check any of those then the final option you’ll see here in this favorites part of the list is the home folder your home folder which is represented by the little house icon contains all of your personal data so for example all of your documents your photos etc the next three items here you will see checked if you do decide to use iCloud so I would recommend that you check iCloud Drive the desktop and Documents folder this may look slightly different on some of your screens it kind of depends on what your settings are for iCloud so if you don’t see for example the documents and the desktop listed under iCloud it means that you have a feature that’s turned off so I would recommend otherwise that you still have access to the desktop and the Documents folder I just wanted to at least explain why it might be in a different location for some of you and then down here at the bottom I do recommend that you check these two options here so that you have easy access if you need it to the hard disk and external disks just in case you plug something into your Mac at this point folks I want to start to walk you through some of the settings that I recommend you check out in System Preferences so let’s go to the Apple icon at the very top left corner of my screen and the second item down is System Preferences let’s start with going here into general settings now we’re not going to go over every single aspect of every single preference on your computer I really just want to point out the main ones that I have found a lot of people tend to care about so here in general you will find the settings for the brand-new dark mode which I am currently in and if I switch back you can see that’s kind of the more traditional look but the new dark mode I have to say when it first came out I didn’t love it but I’m starting to love it so there you go if you want to change the accent color that’s just for example whenever you see a button like these here you can change what color they are so you can switch that right here if you have trouble with your vision I have a few little tricks to show you today this is one of them you’ll see here you can change the sidebar icon size from medium to large so let me give you an example so this is what my Finder window looks like right now set to medium which is the default when you first get your Mac let’s switch it over to large and you can see now here these items on the side are a lot easier to view the next thing I want to go over is here you’ll notice it says show scroll bars so for example when you’re on the web and you want to scroll down on the Mac a lot of times we end up using touch gestures on the trackpad that is of course for those of you who have a trackpad but for those of you out there who are coming over to the Mac brand new maybe you’re used to having a computer that has those scroll bars that would appear when you’re on a website you might want to consider changing this option to make it more comfortable for you another thing I just want to kind of point out here is you’ll notice that my default web browser is not Safari but Google Chrome it’s one of these weird things where they go back and forth between which one seems to be better of course that’s all opinion but at this point in time I do tend to recommend Google Chrome over Safari let’s now go back to the main system preferences screen and the way that you can do that is you can either hit the little back arrow that you see here or this icon now let’s go here into desktop and screen saver one of the new features in the new operating system for the Mac Mac OS Mojave are these new types of desktops called dynamic desktop where the image will change over the course of the day now I’m sure a lot of people are gonna love those dynamic desktops for me personally I don’t actually use it for me there’s an app that I’ve been using now for years which is called magic window 4k and if you’re the kind of person out there who describes yourself as a creative person it’s absolutely worth checking out it replaces your desktop background with time-lapse photography it’s beautiful very professional from literally all over the globe so it’s a really cool way to have your desktop constantly look fresh so I know some people are gonna love these dynamic desktop options for me personally this really doesn’t cut it I like the other stuff better another option you’ll see here is that you can use one of your photos as your desktop background so for example if I want to use one of my little drone shots for those of you don’t know I live in Provincetown Massachusetts where the pilgrims first came here before they packed up and went to Plymouth anyways so those are some of my little my little fun drone shots over the years of those righteous of my old ones here we go new one new shot library there we go kind of cool actually no I think I think this is uh this is one of my my more recent favorite shots that I did that’s actually in Truro Massachusetts so anyways for now let’s switch back to one of the ones that Apple gave us all right we’re not going to talk about screen savers because you really don’t need a screen saver anymore you’re better off just using energy efficient options so that the screen goes to sleep which I will show you to do so let’s now go back to system preferences and the next place that we’re going to talk about is here in security and privacy now the first tab that you’ll see here is general and this is one of the ways that you can change the login password for the user that you’re logged into at the moment the other way is going to be through users and groups the next tab that we’re going to talk about is File Vault which is a little bit complicated this feature for many of you you may discover is actually turned on if that is the case it’s my recommendation in general for most people that they not use this feature what file vault really does is it encrypts your data which does make it more secure but it comes at a cost and there’s a few costs actually one of them is going to be performance you’ll notice that your Mac will run slower and also the size of every single file on your computer is going to become a lot larger so for those of you out there who find that you have very little space available on your hard drive this might be the culprit so I generally tend to recommend that you not use this feature there are of course exceptions to the rule anyone with a high security clearance or certain types of jobs might want to consider using this feature the next is firewall and in general I think it’s a good idea to use this feature it just makes your internet connection a little bit more secure let’s just say then let’s go over here to privacy so any apps that are on your Mac have to get authorization in order to access certain parts of your data for example if I go here into the camera I can see here that the recording software that I’m using to create this class for you right now Camtasia is accessing the camera and that’s all that’s listed there so for all of you at home I would recommend that you especially check out the camera the microphone and photos and just make sure that anything that is listed there is legit one other little thing I want to mention while we’re on the topic of the camera just from performing so many house calls over the years I can’t tell you how many times I’ve showed up at someone’s house and I see a band-aid taped over the webcam if I may make a better recommendation there is a really inexpensive thing that you can buy on Amazon there is a link to it in the description of the video which just goes over your webcam and it adds a little barn door so you can slide it open or closed they’re really inexpensive I do tend to recommend those over a band aid which will leave a residue behind next let’s go here into spotlight preferences spotlight is used to help you find things on your Mac one of the ways that you can access spotlight is by clicking on the little search icon you see here at the top right corner of my screen what I like to mention about this particular preference pane is that if there is anything in your computer that you would like to have not show up in spotlight you can unselect it from this list here for example I know some people don’t want their bookmarks and web history to show up in the search results also if there is any folders containing files that are sensitive on your computer that you would also like to have not show up in those results you can go over here to the privacy tab and then drag and drop that folder into this box now let’s head over to notifications the first item that you’ll see in this list is for do not disturb mode this feature can be turned on automatically or manually when it is turned on you won’t see any notifications like text messages new emails etc if you do want this feature to turn on automatically just put in what time you want it to start and what time you want it to stop for those of you who are business professionals and use your computer occasionally to plug in and give presentations you might want to consider turning on this feature right here so that when you are mirroring your computer to a TV or a projector messages automatically will not pop up on your screen so with any of these apps that you see listed here they have the ability to deliver different types of notifications you can choose either none if you want to silence a particular app a banner which means that it will slide out from the top right of the screen and then after a few moments it will disappear or you can choose an alert which you actually have to manually close to clear by the way if you ever want to turn on do not disturb mode manually let me take one quick moment to show you how to do that all you have to do is go into notification center which is found here at the very very top right corner of your screen just click on that and then from here you’re going to slide down on your trackpad or mouse that will reveal the options to manually turn on do not disturb mode you’ll also notice that this is how you can turn on night shift mode which will make all the colors warmer and makes it easier for your brain to shut down at the end of the evening next let’s go into display preferences for anyone out there who has a little bit of trouble with their vision this is a really nice feature to check out this is how you can make all of the text on your Mac immediately larger there’s another way that you can do it that I would like to bring up at this moment which involves two different hotkeys hotkeys are combinations of keys that you would press on your keyboard to make something happen the two that I want to point out at this moment if you ever need to zoom into the screen this especially works well when you’re on the web or if you’re in the email program those two commands are command + to zoom into the screen and command minus to zoom out another thing you should know is that with a lot of the different web browsers these days they will actually remember how far zoomed in to a particular website you were the last time you visited it so it’s a good idea to learn these two commands especially for those websites that you do frequently visit just because it will make your user experience better in the future I’d also like to point out this tab right here for night shift mode night shift mode if you decide to turn it on will make the colors warmer on your screen towards the end of the day again this just helps your brain shut down so that you can get a good night’s sleep this is a great feature for most people although I always like to warn any of you who are photographers and video editors this can definitely screw up your color correction skills if you edit at night now let’s take a few minutes to go into the energy saver settings and I want to talk about a few features that you’ll find here and also about a few other things that you can do to keep your Mac running strong now depending on whether you’re on a laptop or a desktop these settings are obviously going to look different for those of you who are on a laptop obviously you want to make sure that your energy settings are a little bit more conservative when you are running off of your battery and more geared towards performance when you’re plugged in one of the power gadgets that I tend to recommend to clients of mine who own a desktop is that they get some sort of UPS device these are basically battery backup devices that plug into your computer so that if there ever was a blackout a brownout or a power surge you wouldn’t be affected one thing I do like to clarify about those units is they are not meant to keep you running when there is no power they are designed to give you enough time to properly shut down your computer so that you don’t lose data and also so that your computer isn’t harmed the next two features that I would like to show you are here under keyboard preferences and I think any of you out there who have to type the same kinds of things over and over again are really gonna like this feature if you click on the second tab that you see here at the top this is a feature called text replacement where you can make it so that with just a couple of keystrokes you can have your computer replace those couple of keystrokes with whatever you want let me give you an example of how I use this one of the things I constantly have to give to people are directions to my home so here’s an example of how I use this feature to cut down a lot of time so I’m gonna just open up a notepad okay and type out fake directions to my home okay now when you have those directions or whatever it is you’re gonna be doing written you’re gonna now select it and copy it so for those of you out there who don’t know kind of the the basics of copy and paste all of these things are included in the PDF guide that you’ll find on my website for now I’m just gonna highlight all of this text and hit command C on my keyboard so that it is copied to the clipboard so now in here I’m gonna create a word so that when I type it it’s gonna replace that word with those driving directions so let’s hit the plus symbol here at the bottom left and now I’m gonna make it so that anytime I type in the word addy and again whenever you’re creating this word you want to make sure it’s a combination of letters that you’re not commonly type so now I’m going to click over into this field and now I’m going to paste and the hotkey for paste is command and the letter v as in victor so now to show you that that works I am now going to just open up a blank email message and here in the field where I would type my letter I’m just gonna type those letters you’ll see that when I hit the last letter it starts to give me a little preview from there if I hit the spacebar on my keyboard you can see it replaces that phrase that we just created and you can use that feature in any app on your Mac you can use it in the mail program in word pages whatever you want if you guys like that feature make sure you let me know in the comment section down below hey folks we have to take a quick commercial break it’s how I’m able to make this class free for everyone so we’ll be right back after this brief commercial message the next feature we’re going to be talking about is the last tab you’ll see right here called dictation so this is the feature where you can talk to your Mac and have it translate your words into text it works in every single app on the Mac again including any of the different document creating pieces of software like word or pages it also works in the email program and of course also on the web so for this I would recommend that you turn this feature on if you have enough free space you might want to use enhanced dictation that way it’ll still work even when you’re not connected to the Internet and then finally down here at the bottom you can choose what shortcut key you want to press in order to turn this feature on the one that I tend to recommend is that you use either of the function keys and press them twice so if you look at your keyboard there should be a key that says F n that is the function key so now for example if I were to go back into a blank email I can now double tap the function key on my keyboard dictation doesn’t launch instantly it usually does take a couple of seconds to load but when it is ready it will beep at you and you can then talk say whatever you want you can also dictate punctuation you can tell it things like next paragraph and it will usually listen to you and when you’re done there’s a little button that you’ll click that says done see folks you can dictate using only the software that comes with your Mac no third-party software required now I’d like to go over some of the settings that I recommend for your trackpad please note for these settings I’m going to show you what I recommend for people who are brand new to the Mac which means we’re going to be turning off a few features that people tend to use accidentally in order to make this a better user experience for you the first item you’ll see here on the list which by the way I just want to point out is under point-and-click is lookup and data detectors so I find a lot of my clients who are new to the Mac accidentally use this feature so for now I’m gonna recommend you turn it off the next item here is secondary click for anyone who is used to using a PC you probably know a secondary click better as a right-click but for whatever reason in Mac world we’ve refer to this as a secondary click as you can see from the animation playing next to me what this is showing is that you can click with two fingers present on your trackpad and it will know the difference between that and only having one finger present so when you do that it’s going to bring up a series of additional options for example if I try to use a secondary click when I’m on the desktop you can see I get an option to create a brand new folder and a bunch of other options that we’ll talk about some of those later on the next thing you’ll see here on the list is how firmly do you have to click into your trackpad in order to get it to respond so sometimes when I’m working with people who have arthritis it might be a good idea to lower that to light also the tracking speed so this is simply how fast do you want your pointer to move in general I tend to recommend you keep it somewhere around the middle now let’s go over to the second tab which is scroll and zoom and as you can see from here I tend to recommend that you just use this first option just to make the scrolling Direction natural whenever you’re scrolling on things like the web or for that matter any application and finally let’s move over to more gestures under here you can see I would recommend that you use the first two options skip the middle three and then probably also use launchpad the first item that you’ll see here is to swipe between pages so for example let’s say you’re on the web and you want to go back a page you can swipe with two fingers starting at the left and moving to the right and it will go backwards and if you do the reverse it’ll go forwards a page in order to show you this next feature I need to actually go slightly off-topic and cover how to close a window minimize a window and also how to launch full screen apps so I have here minimized my website and let’s say I want to utilize the entire screen in order to view this if you look up here at the top left corner you’ll see we have these three buttons the green one is maximized so when I click on that it’s going to take over the entire screen so at this point if I wanted to go back to my desktop imagine my desktop as if it were just off to the left what I would then do is use three fingers on my trackpad and swipe from the left to right and you can see I’m brought from that other window now back to my desktop this is especially a great feature for anyone with smaller screens just because you’re utilizing all of your screens real estate while we’re here I also do want to show you how to exit full-screen mode so I’m going to swipe with three fingers back from right to left and now we’re back into Google Chrome so from here if I wanted to exit full-screen mode depending on what app you’re in there’s usually a couple of different ways that you can do it usually you can hit the Escape key at the top left corner of your keyboard you can also move your cursor to the very top part of the screen at which point the menu bar will drop down and you’ll see once again we have that greendot so if I click it again it restores the window so that now we’re back on the desktop the second button that you’ll see here is amber in color and when you click on that it will minimize the window into your dock so if you look here at the bottom right corner of my screen you can see it right next to the trashcan if I want to bring it back I just have to click on it and then finally all the way up here at the top left is the red button one of the weird things about the red button it’s usually closed but in some cases it’s also quit the one of the weird places where it is also quit is the Photos app but usually it is in fact closed now you should know that there is a difference between quit and closed basically to break it down for you if you close something like let’s say I closed Google Chrome right now you’ll notice it does still say the word Chrome at the top left corner of my screen that’s because Chrome is still running if I wanted to quit it there’s a couple of different ways you can do it the hotkey is command Q or you can click on where it says the name of the application and you’ll find it’s the last item here while we’re here another feature that I would like to show you is how to run apps in half screen mode this doesn’t work with every single app but it does work with quite a few of them I’m going to show you an example now but the one that I tend to use the most where this applies is I like to run my email in half screen mode so that on the other half I can have my calendar a lot of people in business will probably agree that you many times have to go back and forth between those two apps so it really makes sense to use this feature let’s go over how to do it so I’m gonna just open up the news app and the stocks app both are brand new in Mac OS Mohave I’d say I’m a really big fan of these I think they’re just super clean a lot of fun to use and they get you access to several different news sources so if I want to watch both of these apps on the same screen here’s how I can do that up here where I would normally press the green button to launch it into full screen mode instead of just simply clicking and releasing it now in order to send it into half screen mode I’m going to press and hold it and you’ll see that when I do that I can now drag this window either to the left-hand side or the right-hand side and you’ll see how it lights up in order to indicate that so let’s drop this on the left-hand side and now I have to click on another app in this case the only other app that I have open is the news app so now that will run on the other half of the screen now if you don’t want it to be perfectly 50/50 you can also grab this bar in the middle and you can drag it either to the right or left so you can see it’ll give one app dominance in this case whereas if I drag it to the other way there you go before we wrap up trackpad gestures I want to go over this last item which is Launchpad now Launchpad is the same thing as this little spaceship icon that you see down here at the bottom left Launchpad is also the exact same thing as going into finder and going to the Applications folder it just makes it look a little bit like an iPad so as you can see here from the animation playing to the right all you have to do is start with 4 fingers wide on your trackpad and then bring them together and you’ll see all of the apps that are on your Mac now if you’re like me and you have a little bit of an app collecting problem if you swipe with two fingers to the right or sorry from the right to the left rather you can go to page 2 so if you have multiple apps you can swipe through those and you’ll see you have several different ones there also I want to show you here that if you ever want to combine these apps together like let’s say for example I want to combine Pages Numbers and Keynote all into one folder here’s how you can do that if you press and hold on any of these items by the way same way you do it on an iPhone or an iPad you’ll see they start to jiggle like that now some of the apps you’ll see here have a little X at the top left of them those apps are installed by the App Store and so therefore with one click you can uninstall them but if you want to bring them all together to create a little folder all you have to do is drag and drop one of them into the other it will automatically try to title the name of the folder if you don’t like that and you want to call it something else you can click into it and type your keyboard so now if I wanted to add pages into that group I would just press and hold on pages till it starts to jiggle and then drag and drop it into that folder so as you can see here launch pad is very handy anytime you want to get to an app on your Mac if you ever want to add a printer to your Mac all you have to do is go here under printers and scanners and then press the little plus symbol down here at the bottom left when it comes to adding things like wireless printers usually when you’re doing that you’re gonna start that process on the printer itself usually the method is you first on the printer look for your wireless network this is of course if you are setting up a wireless printer and then you will join it from your printer and then go on your Mac hit this plus symbol and it should see it now let’s take a few minutes to talk about iCloud iCloud is a service that was created by Apple to make it easy for you to synchronize certain types of data across your various devices for example when you add a contact to your Mac you want it to automatically pop up probably on your iPhone this is one of the ways that you can accomplish that there are several different aspects to iCloud including iCloud Drive especially here I like to talk about this top option if you have this feature enabled it will take any files that are on your desktop or your Documents folder and will store them in iCloud this can be a very nice feature for anyone who has multiple computers if you want your data to be synchronized so that you have the exact same files on your desktop and your Documents folder on both devices also this can be a form of backing up your computer I tend to not recommend it exclusively as a backup but it is very good let’s hit done for now another feature that people a lot of times we’ll use is iCloud to synchronize their photos which I would very strongly recommend now the thing that’s a little bit tricky about this is that I might recommend different settings on your computer compared to your iPhone or your iPad the reason why I bring that up is that a lot of people don’t get a lot of storage on their iPhone or iPad so a lot of times you do want to use all of these features for your computer but maybe not all of them in the case of your mobile devices it’s a case-by-case situation other items that you can synchronize through iCloud include of course your contacts calendars reminders if you choose to use Safari you can synchronize that data as well notes Siri history keychain information which is basically a way of storing your passwords personally I’m not a big fan of keychain I’ve always felt that Apple has really fallen behind when it comes to making this feature user friendly so that it’s easy to interpret so if you’re looking for a good way to store your passwords there’s an app that I would recommend you check out called last pass I’m gonna be doing a class on it coming up soon so stay tuned other types of data that you can synchronize are your news topics stock information and for those of you who have smart home products you can synchronize your home kit information as well if there are any other types of accounts that you would like to tie to your Mac for example most likely an email service of some sort you can go here under internet accounts select the service that’s listed here or if you have to add it in manually you can click down here I hope you’re enjoying the class so far folks we have a lot more to cover we’ll be right back after this quick commercial break at this point folks I want to show you a very handy trick that you will probably need at some point on your Mac right now I want to show you what to do if an app should ever crash or become unresponsive if you are used to using a PC I’m sure you’re well familiar with Control Alt Delete on a Mac it’s a little bit different it’s command option escape and so those are the three keys that you would hit at the same time if you ever need to force quit an app the other way that you can do it is you can go to the Apple icon at the very top left corner and then go into force quit by the way that command option escape hotkey is covered in the PDF guide which is free and you can download from my website so if let’s say the stocks app was crashing or becoming unresponsive it would appear read from this list I would just click on it hit force quit and then carry on with my business let’s now take a couple of moments to talk about some of the items you’ll see at the top right corner of my screen starting with Notification Center there are two tabs that you’ll see here under Notification Center including the today view and notifications as I mentioned earlier if you ever want to get to the options to enable do not disturb mode or nightshift mode manually which by the way also includes disabling either of those manually all you have to do is scroll down from this screen and it will reveal those two options below you’ll see helpful information like the weather upcoming appointments on your calendar stock information etc if you want to customize any of these fields all you have to do is go into the edit button at the bottom and then if you wanted to move any of these sections you can simply drag and drop them to whatever order you like you’ll also probably see a few items here on the side which if you would like to add all you have to do is hit the little green plus button the next icon that you’ll see here at the top right is one of the ways that you can access Siri which is the personal assistant that sometimes listens to you you can click on that button another way that you can do it is you can hit this icon should you see it in your dock or if you want to use a hotkey all you have to do is and hold the command key and the spacebar at the same time Siri can do a lot of different things from composing messages and emails to checking sports scores and finding out movie show times one of these skills that I always like to make sure I teach during this class is how to select multiple items on your Mac so this is a basic skill that you will use all the time in different contexts for example maybe you’re in the Photos app and you want to delete a bunch of photos or maybe you’re in your email and you want to print a bunch of messages sometimes they’re going to be in order other times they’re not going to be in order so I want to show you how to tell the computer to do something to multiple items I’m going to explain this in the context of the contacts app so let’s say I want to tell the computer to do something to a bunch of these contacts if they are not in order the way you’re going to do it is hold the command key down on your keyboard and you’re just going to click on the items that you want to select so you’ll see here that as I am clicking each of these items is becoming highlighted so for example if I wanted to drag all of these contacts into a group I can now click and drag one of them and bring them all in to my book club let’s show you how to select items that are consecutive so if I want to do something with every contact from al dente down to Valtrex all I have to do is click on the first one hold the shift key and then click on the last item and you will see here that everything in between is highlighted and yes I did have fun preparing for this segment so now if I wanted to drag them in I could do that if I wanted to delete them I could hit the Delete key on my keyboard you get the idea the other thing I want to mention in regards to the command P is that if you already have something selected and then you hold the command key and click on it it will also individually deselect an item the final method of selection that I like to cover is how to tell the computer to do something to everything the universal command force select all is command and the letter A the next thing I want to show you is how to use a new feature in the Mac called stacks in order to organize your desktop so as you use your Mac it’s very easy to use your desktop as a holding tank whenever you’re dealing with files and so it can become a bit cluttered over time one of the ways that you can take care of that is to use stacks and all you need to do to enable it is secondary click on your desktop from there hid use stacks and by default it’ll group all types of files together so for example if I need to access one of those images that you just saw on my desktop I can click here into this stack it opens up and now I could click on any of these photos to open it if I want to close the stack I just click it again now I would like to show you how to customize your dock including how to add or remove any icons from this list so let’s look at CleanMyMac 10 here a great little app if you want to just keep your Mac running fast you can find a link to it by the way on my website let’s say I want to remove it from my dock at this point all I would need to do is either secondary click which will reveal a hidden menu then go here under options and hit remove from dock or there is a second way you can simply drag and drop that icon out of the dock and as soon as you hit about 2/3 of the way towards the top of the screen you should see a little remove button up here and then if you just let go you’ll see poof it magically disappears now a lot of times when I’m working with people they accidentally do that so I want to show you how to re add an application to your dock remember all you need to do is go to where it lives and then drag and drop so because CleanMyMac 10 is an app all I need to do is go into finder go into applications from there here it is so now all I have to do is drag and drop it back and you can see it’ll stay right there because I realize there are a lot of new Mac owners who are watching this class I would like to take a quick moment to make a very strong recommendation for an app that you put on your Mac to detect it against something referred to as malware now if you’re used to using a PC there’s a lot more threats that exist for PC users which sometimes makes Mac users overly confident there are risks that exist the thing is is they’re not usually as bad compared to some of the viruses that are out there for Windows so the piece of software that I recommend to every single one of my clients without any exceptions is malwarebytes and I would like to take a couple of moments to explain it to you now if you don’t already have malwarebytes there is of course a link down below you’ll also see right at the very top of my website there’s a link here now you can either go with the paid version or the free version here’s the difference the paid version will prevent your computer from getting malware in the future the free version will remove any malware if you already have it now recently I did a very thorough class about this piece of software and there was a comment that popped up that I would like to address really quickly with all of you so if you go here to the bye or try button it’s gonna open up this website so as you can see here yes you can by malwarebytes right through here but if you are looking for the free version you have to scroll down a little bit and click here where it says download 14-day trial now that wordage is pretty misleading because the thing is is that the trial part is just for the premium features the part that a lot of people should be concerned with is this right here which is the ability to remove malware and spyware and even after that 14-day trial expires it will still be able to do it so I wanted to at least clarify that now to be clear I absolutely do recommend the paid version of this software I just want to mention that if you don’t go with the paid version at least get the free version as you can see here the interface is very very simple all you have to do is hit scan now and it will look for any potential spyware or malware on your computer now if malwarebytes ever does find something there’s a few other tricks that you should probably be aware of that you can take to prevent your computer from becoming reinfected to learn more about that check out my class that goes over this app more thoroughly a link should have just appeared at the top or there’s one down below one of the new features that you’ll find in Mac OS motive is a feature called continuity camera this is probably one of my favorite new features that you’ll find in the latest operating system for the Mac now in order for this feature to work you also need an iPhone or iPad that is running at least iOS 12 in order to use this feature just secondary click wherever you want you can do this in the desktop also a very handy place is email and you’ll notice that one of the options is import from your iPhone and you can use this feature to scan photos or documents it’ll then launch the camera on your mobile device and then you can take a photo of it if it is a document it’ll be sent as a PDF if it’s an image it’ll just be a JPEG thank you so much for watching everyone if you enjoyed this class I do hope you’ll consider hitting that little thumbs up like button down below leave me a comment and if you haven’t already done so I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my youtube channel so you can find out when I come out with future content this is david a cox with tech talk america class dismissed you

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