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Contents:
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1 Apple Support App & Contacts Tips — Ron
2 What Can Siri Do For You — Brent
3 Quick photo Edits in Photos — Ron
4 Recover iCloud files — Brent
5 Keyboard Short Cuts — Ron
6 Where’s the Manual and Ejecting Hardware — Brent
7 Apple Menus Lead to Efficiency & Information— Ron
8 Use Added Internet Security — Brent
9 I’ve Lost my iPhone— Brent
10 Conquer the Mac Dock Part 1/2— Brent
11 Conquer the Mac Dock Part 2/2— Bren
12 Great Photos with iPhone part 1/4 — Ron
13 Great Photos with iPhone part 2/4 — Ron
14 Working with Spaces — Brent
15 Do You Need Anti-Malware on Mac — Brent
16 Are You Getting All The Security Updates — Brent
17 Great Photos with iPhone part 3/4 — Ron
18 Great Photos with iPhone part 4/4 — Ron
19 Archiving Email — Brent
20 None
21 Are You Updated — Ron
22 Safari Hints — Brent COMING after publication
23 Managing Safari Preferences Pt 1 — Brent
24 Managing Safari Preferences Pt 2 — Brent (COMING after publication)

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Leisure World News Edition 1 December 2017 - Deadline 20 November 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Managing Safari Preferences Part 1

Preferences is where you configure Safari to operate just the way you want it. You open Safari Preferences by going to Safari > Preferences and once there you will see a window with 10 tab selection icons across the top. In most Preference tab windows, you will see a small encircled "?". Clicking that "?" will bring up a Safari Help page for that subject.

In the first icon, General, the initial selection (New windows open with) defines what kind of window appears when you first open Safari. The popup menu choices are: New window; New private window or All windows from last session. The latter is handy if you are doing research and want to easily continue where you left off. The second selection (New tabs open with) popup menu allows you to define what you specifically want to appear in the newly opened window. Next, the Homepage is the website you go to when you click on the Home button in Safari's toolbar. You set the URL of your desired homepage here. Moving down the sheet, the next important selection (File download location) uses the popup menu to define where you want downloads to go. Normally, the Download folder is the default. Please remember to do something with any downloaded file. Place it in the appropriate folder be it Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. Or, if it is an installer, install the software and then trash the installer. I see many computers with hundreds of files, many years old, that were downloaded and ignored and just taking up space. The next item, download list, refers to the list of recent downloads that you will see when you click the toolbar icon with the down arrow.

Safari Tabs, the second icon, have been around since at least macOS Snow Leopard (10.6). They allow you to have many websites (over 100) available simultaneously. This Tabs window allows you to specify how new pages open in tabs and additionally gives you the option of using keystrokes to define how new tabs are opened.

The Autofill icon is where you can define what is automatically filled and if it should be.
As you know Safari can autofill certain personal data on websites such as contact information, user names and passwords, credit card data and other web form information.

The Passwords icon allows you to view, add, edit or delete the user names and passwords saved for websites. The information comes from your Keychain file but you can more easily work with it here.

In the Search icon there are two important selections. First, your selection of the specific search engine you want for web searches: Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo. Then, be sure to enable, "Include search engine suggestions". Having enabled that, for any subsequent searches, you will see a set of search results even before you have finished typing your search term(s).

The remaining preferences will be covered next time.

Apple Club News
In keeping with our usual schedule there will be no meeting in December. The next meeting will be on January 23rd. However, the Tuesday morning Clinic will continue through December except for December 23rd.
 Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org.
Today’s Tip - Be careful with Wi-Fi Assist. Wi-Fi Assist enables iOS to use cellular data automatically when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor. That’s a nice idea, but it also means that your iPhone (or cellular iPad) may use lots of expensive cellular data when you’re not expecting it to. If you worry about cellular overage charges, turn this feature off in Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Assist (it’s near the bottom).


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Leisure World News Edition 17 November 2017 - Deadline 6 November2017

Safari Hints — by Brent Malcolm

There are many little-noticed tools in Safari that make the browsing of websites experience simpler and more satisfying. To show you what I mean, go to a busy news web site such as abcnews.go.com, find an article and after clicking on an article you'll see that it's filled with advertisements. Now hover at the left end of the Address Box and you'll see a symbol of four short lines. Click on that symbol and the article is re-formatted without ads looking more like a page in a book. This is called Reader and is one of my most-used features. And even better, in High Sierra, your Macs OS, takes this function one step further. In Safari Preferences > Websites tab you can set Reader to be automatically enabled for individual sites or globally for all sites. When you are using Reader note the AA symbol at the right end of the Address Box. When you click on that symbol you can customize the font, the font size and the background appearance of the article you are reading. Use Escape to exit Reader mode or click on the Reader icon again.

Safari also has a feature called Reading List wherein a web site stored there can be read later even when not connected to the internet. Look at the Address Box again and move your cursor to the left side where a small + sign inside a circle appears just to the right of the Reader symbol. Clicking it reveals a label, "Add page to Reading List". To access the Reading List to read your saved article, click the Sidebar Button that looks like Figure 1. Opening the Sidebar in High Sierra reveals two tabs: the right one, indicated by a pair of glasses, is the Reading List; the left one indicated by a book is your bookmarks.

Both the Reading List and Bookmarks are synced through iCloud so if you have another device those items will be available there.

There are a few Toolbar buttons that are really useful. The Home button (with a house outline) always calls up your Home page which is what you designate to appear every time you open Safari. You can set your Home page by first going to the page then open Safari Preferences > General and click on the button "Set to Current Page".

The AA Toolbar button allows you to increase or decrease the font size for the entire tab you are watching. The Share button (a box with an up arrow) lets you manage the page you are viewing in all sort of ways: Add to Reading List, Add Bookmark, Email this Page, Messages, Air Drop, Notes, Reminders, Twitter, Facebook and More. The More selection actually lets you customize what appears in this Share list. The All Tabs button (two squares superimposed) lets you view all the tabs you have open in one page.

In a future article I'll cover the Safari Preferences.
Apple Club News
This month we welcome back Jim Ritz our MacRecycleClinic friend who will discuss anything you want. Join us on November 28th at 10 AM in the Exercise Room in Clubhouse 2.

 Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org.

Today’s Tip - Remove unwanted email addresses. Have you ever removed an email address from a contact but still have it appear when you address that contact in Mail? To remove that address so it no longer appears in Mail, go to Window > Previous Recipients. Using the search window, locate the old address and click Remove From List.





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Leisure World News Edition 3 November, 2017 - Deadline October 23, 2017
Are You Updated?
By Ron Masi

Although Apple notifies vendors of non-apple software and peripherals, there is no guarantee that all vendors have updated their applications to work with the latest OS update. This may affect the very few of you having older or non-standard software or hardware. If you are in doubt go to https://roaringapps.com or call / visit your product's site before proceeding.

As of this writing the latest updates are:
iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch): iOS 11.0.3
Mac (desktop & laptops): MacOS High Sierra 10.3

Here’s how to know if your devices are current or need updating.

1. iOS Device:
a. In Settings tap General > Software Update — where you’ll be advised if your software is up-to-date. If you need an update, please do a backup first. To complete an update, your device needs to have at least a 50 percent charge. If you have less, plug it in.
b. Tap Download and Install. The update will then download to your device. This may take many minutes depending on your network connection and speed. (Have a glass of wine or read the paper.)
c. Once downloaded you’ll be asked if you want to “install now”. You’ll have a choice. Install now or later. Installation could take up to an hour.
d. If asked to enter your passcode do so (remember your passcode is NOT your Apple password).
e. A message will appear when installation is complete. You will also get a short message introduction to the new iOS.
f You will be able to use your device as you did before without extensive retraining; you will notice a slightly new look. To learn more about your new iOS go to the Tips app already on your device to see “What’s New in iOS 11”, and check back often. Enjoy.

2. Mac
Be sure the Mac is backed up before updating. If you have a portable it must be plugged in.

Go to the App Store and download the High Sierra Mac Update. Just like the iOS download, it may take many minutes. When the download is complete, the installer will open automatically. Follow the installation directions. Be prepared for the installation to take well over an hour. After update is finished, you will get a short introduction to the new OS.

Explore and enjoy.



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Leisure World News Edition 6 October 2017 - Deadline 25 September 2017
Archiving Email
By Brent Malcolm

When your various mailboxes fill up and you are reluctant to delete the individual messages, then it's time to think about saving the messages in some way.

Many people have asked me to suggest a convenient way to do that. I tell them how I have always done it by making a PDF out of the email. To do that, with the email letter open, click the Print button (or select Command-Print). Then in the lower left of the Print dialog, click the PDF drop-down menu and select, “Save as PDF”. You will then get a Open/Save dialog asking where you want to save it. I normally save it to the Desktop and then drag it into one of my subject folders in my Documents folder.

That is a nice, convenient way for me, but maybe you would like a different way to save email. There is another method provided by Apple Mail itself, which will archive your messages. To archive a message select it in the message list, then click the Archive button in the toolbar (or right-click and select Archive). This places the message in the Archive mailbox located in the Mail sidebar. If you have more than one email account, there is a sub-folder within the Archive folder for each of your accounts. You can also send a message to Archive while reading it. Again click the Archive button in the toolbar. Please note: If you do not have an Archive button in either toolbar, select View > Customize Toolbar and add the Archive button.

You can save messages in the Archive folder until you decide to save them outside of Mail or delete them. To save them, you can export the Archive folder by clicking on the folder and selecting Mailbox > Export Mailbox. You will again get a dialog asking where you want it saved. It will be saved as a file with an .mbox extension not as a PDF. You can rename the folder to provide a clue to what it contains. For instance if you archive mail for a fixed period, say a month, and export it, you can then name the folder “Archive mm_yy” (Don’t use “mm/yy”; the file system often complains about a slash in a file name.) If you export mail like this, be sure to go back to the Archive folder on your Mac and erase the contents in order to begin archiving a new month.

To view an archived folder in Mail, Go to File > Import Mailboxes. You will get a dialog asking where the data is coming from, select “Files in mbox format”. Then you'll see a File/Open dialog to locate the folder. You can find the imported mailboxes in the folder named “Import” in the mailboxes list.

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Today’s Tip - Three-Finger Drag. The Trackpad pane of System Preferences shows preferences for all manner of Point & Click and other maneuvers but the method to establish three-finger drag is nowhere to be seen. The answer is quite deeply hidden. Go to System Preferences > Accessibility, click on Mouse & Trackpad in the sidebar, click the Trackpad Options button and select Enable Drag. Then insure the popup menu reads “three finger drag”. Whew!

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Leisure World News Edition 15 September, 2017 - Deadline 4 September, 2017
Great Photos with iPhones Part 4/4
By Ron Masi

This is the 4th article in a series on using your iPhone/iPad camera. Again I recommend following the steps on your device as you read, then practice, practice.

Slo-Mo (Slow Motion) Video
Why use: To capture very fast and hard-to-see-action such as a hummingbird, bouncing child, fast-moving water, etc.
iPhone Camera Setup: Dial SLO-MO (Shutter release turns red with white halo), tap the shutter to start recording and tap again to stop.
Note: A short exposure creates a long video. Practice
Tip: In Apple Photos (post production) when you open a Slo-Mo video you can tap Edit and use the slider beneath the video to determine how much of the video appears in slow motion and how much appears at normal speed.

Time-Lapse Video
Why: To show a long process in a few seconds of moving subjects: a flower opening, or clouds, waves, sun setting, moon or stars moving across the sky.
How: Camera takes pictures at spaced intervals.
Setup: Dial to Time-Lapse (shutter release turns red with white halo) then tap the shutter to start recording, and tap again to stop.
Tips: Record for several minutes for decent time-lapse video.
For best results, a tripod use is recommended.

Filters
Why: Change tone of image. Free and non-destructive (easily choose another filter or remove the filter completely).
How: Included and you can get others at the Apple Store.
Setup: You must be in Photo or Square mode. Tap the Filters Icon (overlapping circles across the screen from the shutter button). A grid appears showing tone options of each available filter. Tap the one you like, and then take the picture.
If you don’t like the tone and want to revert back to the original or to pick another tone, tap on the picture, then tap edit (3 horizontal lines with circles on them) and tap the filters icon. Now you can select either a new tone or none. Tap done to save your changes.

Screen Shot
Did you ever want to take a screen shot of your iPhone/iPad screen? While not strictly a camera function, this can be useful if you want to capture an image of anything on your screen for later review or as a reminder. .
Set up: Camera does NOT have to be on. With image you want on the screen, simultaneously press the home button and power button; camera clicks and blinks. Image of screen is captured and added to your photos.

Apple Club News
This month we welcome back Aaron Davis of Apple who will unveil all the new features that will be found in the upcoming release of both iOS11 and MacOS 10.13 High Sierra. Join us on August 22nd at 10:00 AM in the Clubhouse 2 Exercise Room.



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Leisure World News Edition 1 September, 2017 - Deadline 21 August, 2017
Great Photos with iPhones Part 3
By Ron Masi


This is the 3rd article in a series on using your iPhone/iPad camera. I recommend following the steps on your device as you read, then practice, practice.

To Shoot in a split second:
Why use: Be at the ready to capture some of the best moments .
How (camera does it): No need to know.
Set up (what you do). Swipe from the far right to far left to be immediately in camera mode (works even in locked position) Or swipe up from very bottom of screen to review a pop up window and then tap the camera icon at bottom right.

Shutter Release:
Why: Different more comfortable hand/finger positions, and clandestine shooting.
How: As in all things there are many was to accomplish the same result.
Set up: The standard way to shoot a picture is tapping the large white circle. Another way is to click the volume control (either up or down) on the side of your iPhone or on your Apple ear phones.
Note: I actually prefer this way because you use both hands to hold the phone resulting in a better picture since there is less chance of wobbling trying to push the white circle.

Timer:
Why: To include self in photo, insure camera stability, low light.
How: Camera shoots afters a delay you set.
Setup: Across from white circle shutter, there is a delay icon that looks like an incomplete circle. Select and then tap a delay time 3s (seconds,), 10s. Then when ready, tap regular white circle shutter. Camera then counts down seconds on screen; flash starts illuminating & stops just before taking picture.
Note:Ensure you have space for yourself in photo ;). Turn timer off when finished using it.

More things you have control over:
Now look at your camera and notice that above the white circle shutter are more choices; namely, square, panorama, video, Slo-Mo, etc. These -control the type of image you can capture; try sliding to different ones. Neat huh? We’ll call it a slider. Let’s see what each will do for us.

Photo:
Why: Most often used; takes a classic rectangular photo in either landscape or portrait. If you decide you want your photo in a different aspect ratio such as a square, you can always crop it later in post-processing.
Setup: Slide to have PHOTO above the shutter.

Square:
Why: Some social media only accept square images, also you may just like square images.
Setup: Slide to have SQUARE above the shutter. Then take picture.
Note: You’ll have less options in post processing cropping.

Pano (Panorama):
Why: Creates extra-wide panoramic images; for example rainbows, parades, etc. It’s amazing for wide landscape or cityscapes, also vertical panoramas and waterfalls.
How: Magic?
Setup: Slide to have PANO above the shutter. An arrow with instructions appears on your screen. When you’re ready to start shooting, tap the shutter button, then very slowly move your camera in the direction of the arrow displayed. Keep the camera as steady as possible. When you’re done, tap the shutter button again to stop.
Note: The photo you create in Pano will include everything your camera saw. If you turned corners as you moved your camera, you may notice some distortion in the final image. As always — practice!!

That’s all the space there is for now, next time we’ll finish up with Slo-motion, Time lapse, Filters and, space permitting, a little extra.



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Leisure World News Edition 18 August 2017 - Deadline 7 August 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Are You Getting All the Security Updates?
At the last Apple Club meeting in July, and in my last Leisure World article, I reiterated my plea that you keep all software up to date. But what is the best way to insure that you are getting all of those MacOS updates?
The primary consideration for updates is to keep your Operating System up-to-date. The OS is your first line of defense from the malware of the internet. To make the process simple, Apple has provided a way to make it relatively automatic. Go to System Preferences and select the App Store. At the top is the selection, “Automatically check for updates” Check that box. The selections below are to me, very cryptic. They modify the automatic action and should all be checked in most cases. The first, “Download newly available updates in the background” should always be checked. The next two, “Install app updates” and “Install macOS updates” will, when checked, install the updates automatically. If they are left unchecked you will be notified of updates and given the opportunity to install them manually in the future. The last option is very important. If you fail to check the last option, “Install system data files and security updates” you won’t be notified of critical background security-related updates. These security-related updates are the things that typically accompany the “point” updates that occur between the major OS updates and are the very ones that you should be vigilant about downloading and installing.
In the box below those selections you will see an annotation that declares when the last update check was made. The button to the right lets you do another check now. While the App Store Preference page is open it’s a good time to review the remaining selections on Password Settings. To be able to change the settings you must do two things: (1) Unlock the page by clicking on the lock in the lower left corner and entering your computer’s Admin login and password; (2) You must launch the App Store application and login to it by selecting Store > Sign In. Now the settings menus become enabled.
The selection for purchases allows you to either keep your App Store password active for 15 minutes after you have signed in, or to require an App Store password for each purchase. The Free Downloads selection allows you to either use your on-file App Store password or forces you to re-enter it for all free downloads.

Apple Club News
This month’s meeting will be devoted to examining Your Digital Legacy. Almost every one of us has files, photos, email, online accounts, and other digital items that must be dealt with by relatives or by an executor when neither may know anything about your digital life. So how can we best resolve this dilemma? My Washington Apple Pi colleague, Jay Castillo, will tell us how to prepare our Digital Legacy so that it can be passed on without the usual angst on the part of our survivors. Join us on August 22nd at 10:00 AM in the Clubhouse 2 Exercise Room.
Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org.

Today’s Tip - Do better proofreading. You know how difficult it is to proofread anything especially your own writing. Here’s the tip to make those typos appear — change the font to one that is markedly different! The new typeface changes the layout and appearance of your writing and makes the errors more visible. This tip from David Pogue



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Leisure World News Edition 4 August 2017 - Deadline 24 July 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Do You Need Anti-Malware Software on a Mac?
Many people move from Windows to macOS because they are fed up with the hassles of having their PCs infected with viruses and other malware. Also, they’re tired of the miseries of the tools that allegedly fix those problems. So the answer to the headline question is, “No, but you must take advantage of Apple’s built-in protection”.
The first safety net, XProtect, runs constantly in the background on macOS machines. It’s installed by default, runs without your intervention, and even updated automatically. XProtect matches files and applications that have been downloaded to your Mac against a list of known vulnerabilities. If it catches a malicious file, you’ll be notified immediately, usually with a message stating that “the file may damage your computer”, the type of malware or virus it caught, and a warning to move the file to Trash immediately.
Gatekeeper is another handy tool that’s watching out for you. Have you ever downloaded an app from somewhere other than the Apple Store and then when trying to use it, gotten a message that said something like “App can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the Mac App Store” or “App can’t be opened because it is from an unknown developer”? That’s Gatekeeper at work. Gatekeeper can be set up to provide various levels of “gatekeeping”. This is done by launching System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, and then selecting one of the available choices. There’s no mention of Gatekeeper in that tab but that is what you are controlling. In addition there are other actions you can take to fully use the protections provided by Apple. First, enable the Firewall. The firewall monitors the traffic from the internet to prevent digital attacks. You turn it on in System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall.
Next, keep your applications and operating system up to date. Almost every application or operating system update made by Apple or third-party developers includes security updates. Curiously, many people still forgo updating their operating system or apps to the latest versions. If you are nervous about the stability of new software, wait a few days. By then any possible flaws will have been fixed and you can confidently download and install the update.
Lastly, if you feel that some sort of anti-malware software will help you sleep better, I suggest Malwarebytes. It is recommended by Apple and is free. Download it here: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mac/

Apple Club News
This month’s meeting will be devoted to examining Your Digital Legacy. Almost every
one of us has files, photos, email, online accounts, and other digital items that must be
dealt with by relatives or by an executor when neither may know anything about your
digital life. So how can we best resolve this dilemma? My Washington Apple Pi
colleague, Jay Castillo, will tell us how to prepare our Digital Legacy so that it can be
passed on without the usual angst on the part of our survivors. Join us on August 22nd
at 10:00 AM in the Clubhouse 2 Exercise Room.
Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org.
Today’s Tip - Have your iPhone announce your caller. It turns out that the iPhone can
do this just as many wireless home phones can. Open Settings > Phone >Announce
Calls. You can choose when the phone announces the caller’s name when it rings:
Always, Never, Headphones Only, or Headphones & Car.



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Leisure World News Edition 21 July 2017 - Deadline 10 July 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Working with Spaces

In my last article about the features of the Dock (2 June 2014), I mentioned its special menus that refer to Desktops. This article will explain what those menu items are all about.

Do you normally have a number of open applications on your computer? I usually have ten or more open and ready for use. Since the desktop can get rather cluttered with many applications open, you can create additional desktops called Spaces, to organize the application’s windows. When you work in a Space, you see only the application windows that are assigned to that Space. On my computer I have six Spaces, each one contains a specific app: (1) Mail; (2) Safari; (3) Calendar; (4) Finder; (5) iTunes; (6) Other. In addition, certain apps like Excel and Pages are set to display in any Space. When in a particular Space, only the assigned applications’ windows are visible thus limiting the clutter and confusion.

Here’s how to set up these unique Desktops. I recommend you go to your computer and follow along while you read. Launch Mission Control either by a two-finger swipe up on the Magic Mouse, a four-finger swipe up on the Magic Trackpad, touch the F3 key or perhaps you have a Mission Control icon in your Dock. A ½-inch margin will appear at the top of the screen with a label “Desktop” in the center and a plus-sign at the right edge (if your Dock is on the right side, the plus-sign will be on the left). Move your cursor toward the top of the screen and the margin grows to over an inch. This is called the Spaces Bar. Touch the plus-sign and a second Space appears with the label “Desktop 2”. You can create up to 16 Spaces.

Assigning applications to spaces: Right click an applications’s icon in the Dock. From the shortcut menu that appears, choose Options, then one of the following: (1) “All Desktops”; the app opens in every space. (2) “This Desktop”; the app opens only in the current space. (3) “None”; the app opens in any space you’re using. If you assign an application to a specific space, the app will always open in that space.

To delete a Space, enter Mission Control, then move the pointer to the top edge of the screen to show the Spaces Bar. Place the pointer over the space you want to delete, then click the little X button that appears. If the space contains open application windows, they are moved to another space.

You move between Spaces in a number or ways. (1) On a trackpad, swipe left or right with three or four fingers. On a Magic Mouse, swipe with two fingers. (2) Press the Control key and the Right or Left arrow key. (3) Enter Mission Control, move the pointer to the top edge of the screen to show the Spaces Bar, then click a space. Lastly, you can set up a keystroke combination; Go to System Preferences>Keyboard>Shortcuts tab>Mission Control. Then assign a keystroke combination for each of the “Switch to Desktop X”. I use Control-#, that is Control-3 calls Space 3. Give Spaces a try. I think you’ll be pleased with how your desktop is less cluttered and how easy it is to move from Space to Space.


Apple Club News - For the July meeting I will demonstrate the use of Spaces along with how to use all the Safari tools and menus. Learn how to use and manage the items in the sidebar such as the Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links. Discover Extensions and how to use the Favorites Bar. Join us on July 25th at 10 AM in Clubhouse 2 Exercise Room.

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Today’s Tip - iPhone Magnifier, a hidden gem that was introduced in iOS 10. You triple-click the Home button to turn the iPhone into the world’s best electronic magnifying glass. Perfect for dim restaurants, tiny type on packages, and theater programs. You can zoom in, turn on the flashlight and tweak the contrast. To set this up, open Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Magnifier and turn it on. This will enable the function until you turn it off.


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Leisure World News Edition 7 Jul 2017 - Deadline 26 June 2017
Great Photos with iPhones Part 2
By Ron Masi
“Q. What is the best camera?” A.“The one you have wth you”. Here are more tips to make your iPhone pictures better.

1. HDR (Hi Dynamic Range):
Why (you’d like it): Better exposed photos (e.g.bright sky with dark trees, and bright foreground in one image are a tricky lighting situations. With HDR both dark and light portions are well exposed.
How (the iPhone does it): DHR means the iPhone’s camera takes three photos every click. Each image is captured at a slightly a different exposure – one bright, one dark, and one somewhere in between.THEN your device combines them into a single creating a single image with a more balanced exposure.
Set up (what you do): Tap HDR on the screen and select ON.
Warning: You must keep camera perfectly still, brace or tripod etc. recommended. Don't leave HDR on when finished.


2.Burst
Why:.. Great for photographing single images of moving subjects e.g. children, birds, animals, street scenes, sports, splashing water etc.
How: iPhones takes ten photos per second as long as you hold the shutter down giving you the best chance of capturing the perfect action shot with minimal blur. You should use burst mode whenever there’s any movement or unpredictability.
Setup: Just hold down the shutter button it’ll take multiple images until you release. Then you select the best ones.
Then just select the those you want to keep.


3. Live Photos: Three-second moving image.captures the moments just before and after you take the picture – complete with movement and sound.
How: The camera will automatically capture 1.5 seconds of video before, yes before, and after you take the shot. The result will be 3 second of images with movement and sound.
Why: Fun, capture moving subjects, children, water, fun moments, or any scene that has interesting sounds that you want to capture

Setup: tap the round Live Photos icon (next to the HDR option)so that it turns yellow.
To play back a Live Photo that you’ve taken, simply press down firmly on the screen (harder than you’d press for an ordinary screen-tap).
Warning: Only available on iPhone 6s/6s Plus & Newer.

4. Panorama creates extra-wide panoramic images.
Why: Amazing for wide landscape or cityscapes, also vertical panoramas & waterfalls.
Setup: Select Pano from screen.When you’re ready to start shooting, tap the shutterbutton, then very slowly move your camera in the direction of the arrow superimposed on your screen. Keep the camera as steady as possible. When you’re done, tap the shutter button again to stop.
Warning: The photo you create with Pano mode will include everything your camera saw. If you turned corners as you moved your camera, you may notice some distortion in the final image.

5. Video Sound movie
Why: Create movies, tell stories about events, celebrations, etc.
Setup: Select Video from screen, press the shutter button to start recording, and again to stop. Length is shown at the top of the screen while shooting. You can tap to set focus, and swipe up / down to adjust exposure, just like still photos.
Warning: Remember there is sound so the person talking to you will be recorded and played back.


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Leisure World News Edition 16 June 2017 - Deadline 5 June 2017
Great Photos with iPhones [Part 1 0f 4]
By Ron Masi

Do you have your iPhone with you throughout the day? if so you have the what most professional photographers would answer when asked “What is the best camera?” the answer being “The one you have wth you.” Read on to learn how to make better use of it.

Many great subjects are fleeting so you don’t want to spend a lot of time getting your camera ready. Since you probably have your iPhone turned on, changing to camera mode is quick and simple: just tap home key then swipe the screen to the left and it’s a camera. No need to enter your passcode, it’s ready instantly. Since by default it focuses and adjusts to the light, you can take a quick snap shot and you may be happy with that. For better pictures, we’ll look at slightly more advanced settings.

1. Setting Focus and Exposure: Frame your shot, then tap what you want to be in focus. Your iPhone places a box around the focal point. Then to adjust the exposure, just slide the yellow-sun-looking-dot next to the box, up for brighter and down for darker. Tap the shutter button (or volume up/down) and the image is captured when released. The Focus and Exposure setting you made are then forgotten.
However, if you intend to take several shots of the same image you'd have to reset them each time. To lock focus and exposure, you need to touch and hold the screen for a couple of seconds until you see AE/AF LOCK at top of screen. When focus is locked, it disables the autofocus feature which means that the camera won’t refocus. This is great for street photography when something may move within the scene. To unlock, just tap the screen.

2. Gridlines
Why: To assist in leveling landscapes and straightening or leveling architecture photos (buildings). Place subject on intersection of two lines. Also assists with “rule of thirds” composition.
How: Camera overlays on your screen two vertical and two horizontal lines dividing it into six equal squares that you then can use to position your image. (Of course grid does not appear on your picture.)
Set up: Settings. > Photos & Camera > scroll down to Grid and slide to green.

3. Flash
Why: Illuminate a subject in low light, fill in dark areas.
How: Your iPhone has a built in flash (also handy as a flash-light)
Setup: The lightning bolt icon on the camera screen allows selection of on, off and auto
Warning: Flash may be too harsh. Compare shots with and without. In general, leave it off.
Tips: 1. Put thin tissue over flash to soften it. OR try stepping back. 2. Flash is only good for a few yards, using the flash for distant objects is futile and uses battery.

In future articles we’ll explore many more iPhone camera features, but in the meantime practice the above frequently and get familiar with your camera.

Note: At the LW Apple Club’s Tuesday, June 27 meeting Ron will present a 90 minute program on using the iPhone camera. Visit the website at mac.Computerctr.org for more info.



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Leisure World News Edition 2 June 2017 - Deadline 22 May 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Conquer the Mac Dock Part 2

This article will review what can be stored in the Dock and the Dock’s icon contextual menus.

Any application’s icon can be dragged to the dock to the left of the separator, ready to be clicked to launch the app. The dock space to the right of the separator is used to store: (1) the Trash; (2) the icon of any running app that does not have a permanent dock icon; (3) any folder or document that is dragged into this section. This latter use is very handy when you want to have a document available to be opened quickly. To remove anything from the Dock, just drag it away until the “Remove” label appears then release the mouse.

The Dock has some other overlooked capabilities. Right click on an icon in the Dock and a contextual menu appears with various choices depending on whether the app is open or closed, plus some application-specific items. The label “Options” with a display triangle, will appear with all icons. Clicking the display triangle will reveal these choices: (1) “Keep in Dock” if the app is running or “Remove from Dock” if the app is not running; (2) “Open at Login” (this app will then automatically open when you login); (3) “Show in Finder” (opens Finder window that contains the app or document). There is also an enigmatic set of commands about Desktops under the heading of “Assign To”. Desktops is a subject unto itself and will be covered in a future Apple Club article.

As I mentioned, you can drag any folder into the Dock. One folder that should always reside there is the Downloads folder which receives downloads from your browser. The way any folder in the Dock and its contents is displayed can be modified by right-clicking. The folder options are as a Folder or a Stack. You can choose to show the contents of the folder in a number of ways: as a “fan” of icons (best when the folder only contains a few icons), as a grid of icons, as a list or items, or have macOS select the best view based on the number of icons in the folder (by selecting Automatic). That folder can also be sorted by Name, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, or Kind (of file). Finally, there’s a menu item to open the folder in the Finder.

The last Dock icon is the Trash whose right-clicking options are Open or Empty Trash. And as an aside you can stop the warning that appears when you try to empty the Trash in the Finder Preferences, Advanced tab.
Security Alert: Apple has recently released software updates for all of its devices. In today’s world of phishers and hackers, you should always, repeat always keep your devices running with the most recent operating system. Please do yourself a favor and upgrade today.
Today’s Tip - Forward a text message. Have you ever wanted to forward a text just the way you can with email? Just hold your finger down on the actual text message that you want to pass along. When the More button appears, tap it, then tap the curly Forward arrow.


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Leisure World News Edition 19 May 2017 -
By Brent Malcolm
Conquer the Mac Dock Part 1

The Dock has been around since the earliest days of Mac OS X and is easy to take for granted. It shows a series of icons representing open or closed applications and has shortcuts to access various folders and documents. There are two important sections: (1) Apps and (2) the area that contains documents, folders and the Trash. This article will review the many ways you can define the look and feel of the Dock.

Our goal is to make the Dock useful but prevent it from invading as little screen space as possible. I’ll describe the settings I use and the reasons why, but I encourage you to experiment with the settings to suit yourself. Open System Preferences (Apple Menu) and select the Dock. The Size slider adjusts the size of the icons and if you select the Magnification check box, the Magnification slider adjusts the icons size as you move the cursor close to them. I make my icon size at about 25% and the magnification at about 75% so that the icons are easily identified as the cursor passes by them. Look lower down in Dock Preferences to the list and check “Automatically hide and show the Dock”. Now the Dock vanishes and causes no interference with your screen at all but pops into view when you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen. (Don’t forget you did this.) The last adjustment is the Position of the Dock. The default is to place the Dock at the bottom but I think that position is inefficient and uses too much screen space especially on a small laptop screen. There is usually more blank space on the right side and that’s my choice. In that case the Dock will appear when you move the cursor to the right edge of the screen.

Looking at some of the other Dock Preferences: (1) “Minimize windows using” popup menu gives you the choice of Genie effect or Scale effect. Try them both and see which you prefer. (2) Since OS X Sierra added tabs to the Finder and most applications, the “Prefer Tabs” preference governs when that capability will apply. The Manual option turns the effect off unless you opt for it in specific applications by holding the Option key. (3) “Animate opening applications” merely controls whether the dock icon “bounces” when its application is launched. (4) “Show indicators for open applications” turns on/off the small dot by each icon showing the application is open.

In the next article I will discuss the options available within the Dock itself such as what can be stored in the Dock and the Dock icon’s contextual menus.


Today’s Tip - Restore the 3-finger drag. Do you remember being able to do 3-finger drag after selecting it in System Preferences > Trackpad. Well you can restore that function but surprisingly it’s no longer in the Trackpad preferences. Instead, select System Preferences > Accessibility. Scroll down to Mouse & Trackpad and click the Trackpad Options button. Then click the Enable dragging check box and select “three finger” drag.


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Leisure World News Edition 5 May 2017 - Deadline 24 April 2017
Brent Malcolm - bmalcolm1@mac.com - 301-384-7094
I’ve Lost my iPhone

Help! Your iPhone has been lost or stolen. Now what are you going to do? Your iPhone has become so much a part of your everyday life. To save yourself some of the trauma later, do one thing now. Take the time to set up Find My iPhone so that it can be tracked or erased if the unthinkable happens.

As the name implies, Find My iPhone helps you find your iPhone (or your iPad, iPod Touch or Apple Watch) by displaying its GPS location on a map. You can also use Find My iPhone to play a sound on you the device (handy for finding a misplaced iPhone around the house) or display a status message (perhaps to offer a reward for a lost iPad). You can also use Find My iPhone to lock or wipe a device clean remotely.

Even more importantly, Find My iPhone enables Activation Lock, which prevents a thief from activating a stolen iPhone with a cellular carrier. It also prevents anyone from disabling Find My iPhone or erasing the device, rendering a stolen device useless. See this Apple support article for additional information on Activation Lock: https://support.apple.com/HT201365.

However before you can do any of this, you must set up Find My iPhone before the phone is gone. Here how: Open Settings, tap your name (at the top). Touch iCloud and scroll down to Find My iPhone. Select it and turn on Find My iPhone. You will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID and password so have that ready.

To test Find My iPhone, log into iCloud.com on any other device to see your device on a map. Click on the phone marker and you will get a menu to: Play Sound, Lost Mode (see below) or Erase.

If your iPhone has disappeared, turn on Lost Mode right away which locks your phone with your passcode. Lost Mode also does these things: (1) Allows you to display a custom message on the screen, for instance how to contact you; (2) Silences all alerts and alarms; (3) Any credit or debit cards set up for Apple Pay on your device are suspended. (4) Allows you to track your phone’s location as long as it’s online.

If you feel the phone will not be recovered, select Erase iPhone in which all information including credit cards is deleted. You will no longer be able to find the phone using Find My iPhone, so use Erase as a last resort. This Apple support article contains a detailed summary of what you should do in the event your iPhone is lost or stolen: https://support.apple.com/HT201472.

Apple Club News
This month we welcome back Jimmy Obomsawin also known as JimmyMac. Jimmy is a Certified Apple Support Professional who provides home and small business support for Apple products. Jimmy will talk about all the little-known unique things you can do with your iPhone. If you have an iPhone you will be delighted to learn these functions. Join us on May 23rd at 10:00 AM in the Exercise Room in Clubhouse 2 for this exciting presentation.

Today’s Tip - Restore the 3-finger drag. Do you remember being able to do 3-finger drag after selecting it in System Preferences > Trackpad. Well you can restore that function but surprisingly it’s no longer in the Trackpad preferences. Instead, select System Preferences > Accessibility. Scroll down to Mouse & Trackpad and click the Trackpad Options button. Then click the Enable dragging check box and select “three finger” drag.



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April 7 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Use Added Internet Security

I find that all of us are using the internet more and more for personal financial business. That’s all well and good because it is easier and faster than managing your affairs by mail and over the telephone. However, as you know, the major risk is the possibility of some hacker breaking into your account which could be financially disastrous. Fortunately, many web sites––generally the financial sites––have instituted some form of two-step authentication. Two-step authentication is an added layer of account verification to prove to the site that you do indeed have legal login privileges for that account. The way it works is that you login normally with your login name and (long, complicated) password. Then the site will generate a text message or email to you with a one-time authentication code, generally a four or six digit number. At the same time the site will display a new window where you will enter that authentication code that you’ve received on your phone. Each site will have a settings page where you can establish what sort of notification you want and the phone number and/or email address where the authentication code should be sent.

In addition many sites now also offer a recovery code which will allow you to verify yourself if you have forgotten your password. For example, Apple’s iCloud will generate a recovery code for you in its Security window. If you later click on “Forgot my Password” one option Apple will offer is to enter your recovery key. Store any recovery codes in a safe place for the rare occasion when you might need to use one of them. If you use a password manager such as 1Password you can store those codes there.

We hear about a new security breach almost weekly and if you are using two-step authentication, you are safer from someone that might have acquired your login credentials. I urge you to add two-step authentication to all of your accounts that offer the service.

Print the LW News
Let’s say you would like to print a copy of an article in the Leisure World News to send to a friend. It is remarkably simple but it must be done using the Google Chrome browser; I can’t find a way to make it work in Safari. Open Google Chrome. Go to http://www.lwmc.com/index.php. On left sidebar, under the LW News header, click on Current Edition. It will take a minute or two to load but once it has loaded, and your cursor is in the window, you will see a toolbar, just above the right side of the LW News. Look for the down-arrow above a horizontal line. Click this and a Save dialog will allow you to save copy of the edition to your desktop or anywhere you would like it.

When you open that image (it will open in Preview), it will look large but if you print it, it will be converted to an 8 ½ x 11 inch format (letter size). You don’t want to print the entire paper but look for the page with the article you want to share and print that page. Many thanks to my colleague, Jim Owen, for sharing this technique. Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org where you can print this and other LW Apple articles. Just copy and paste them from our web site into a Pages document.

Today’s Tip - Hang up an iPhone call
You’ve probably noticed that since the release of iOS 10 the red Hang Up button goes away if you press the Home button for any reason. So here’s the solution: To hang up, press the Sleep button (the off switch on the side or top of the iPhone). That hangs up the call. Alternatively, you can tap the person’s name and number at the top to make the red Hang Up button appear.

Apple Club News
This month we welcome back, Jim Ritz. Jim is a long-time Apple repair expert who makes house calls. He is also the co-founder of the MacRecycleClinic. Jim’s subject is, “What do you want to talk about?”, so come and see if you can stump Jim with your questions. Tuesday, April 25th at 10:00 AM in the Exercise Room in Clubhouse 2.



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April 7 2017
By Ron Masi
Apple Menus Lead to Efficiency & Information

Some readers were not aware of the many menus on their iMac’s screen, thus missing faster ways to work and get information. So here is an explanation of your Mac’s (not iOS) desktop.
We’ll address three components: the Menubar, the Dock and the Toolbar. The Menubar is the narrow strip across the top of your screen. The Dock is usually at the bottom and contains icons of your favorite programs. The Application Toolbar is specific for the application being used. You should probably be sitting at your Mac to follow this better.
Here are more details on each of the above:
Top of screen.
The Menubar contains of 3 menus starting from the far top left:
1.The Apple Menu, is an Apple icon, which when clicked provides a drop down menu that accesses information about your Mac such as: About This Mac (Version, description, SN as well as other specific system information) Also how to get support and access to the manual); System preferences opens the application you use to customize your Mac; you’ll also find direct App Store access, Recent Items opened, Force Quit, Sleep, Restart, Shut Down, Log Out and a few others.
2. To the immediate right of the Apple logo is the Application menu for the Application you are working in e.g. Pages, Numbers, Mail etc.with corresponding menus for that particular application, things like File, Edit, Insert, Format, Arrange, Help etc. This menu changes slightly depending on the application being used. Note this is part of the Menubar, do not confuse this with the Toolbar described below.
3. Now moving to the far right of the Menubar we find such things as the time, and date, who’s signed into the Mac, e.g your name, WiFI status with ability to quickly turn it on or off, volume control, access your Notification Center (icon looks like 4 lines) showing your notifications consolidated from Messages, Calendar, Reminders etc. plus any 3rd party apps like weather and stocks you have enabled. You can also quickly access Spotlight here by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and immediately search for anything anywhere.
Bottom of screen:
The Dock. The Dock consists of a row of Icons representing your quick access Applications. If you not happy with what’s there you can decide what goes there, and even where on the screen it is located, mine is on the left side. Modification can be made inPreferences > Dock. You can even hide it till you roll over it, change the size rearrange etc.
Top of each Application
The Toolbar: When you open some Applications, at the very top of its window is a Toolbar specific to that particular App, it can have small icons and labels. That Toolbar is initially populated with default tools but can also be edited by right clicking in a blank portion of the Toolbar. For example you’ll find there are over 40 tools available for Pages and over 30 for Mail. You’re sure to find one or two that will save you time and effort. Try it out.


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Leisure World News Edition 17 March 2017 - Deadline 6March 2017
By Brent Malcolm
Where’s the Manual and Ejecting Hardware

People often ask “Where is the manual?” after purchasing a new Mac. Apple has not included very much paper in their boxes for some time but nevertheless, your Mac has a manual. When you are in the Finder you will see a menu option in the top bar that says Help. Click this and select Mac Help. This is the manual. If you don’t see a sidebar with subjects, click on the label, “Show topics”.

You will see major categories on the left and you can click on the disclosure triangle next to each category to reveal all of the topics in that category. Major categories include: MacOS overview; On the desktop; Customize your Mac; Apple ID & iCloud; Use your Apple devices together; Applications; Get music, apps & more; Create, manage & print files; Protect your data; Mac hardware & accessories; Resources for your Mac; Resources for your other Apple devices. Each topic includes detailed descriptions, how-tos, pictures, and links to further information.

Safely Eject Hardware - Failing to safely eject hardware from a computer is one of the most common mistakes users make. Most people do not realize that unplugging a flash drive or an external hard drive without ejecting it first can damage the files stored on it, or even the hardware itself in some cases.

If a storage device is unplugged from a computer while files are being written to it or read from it, there will most likely be some data corruption. If you were saving a file to the storage device, when it was unplugged, not all of the data may not have had time to be copied and so the next time you try to open that file from that device, the file will most likely fail to open, or the data will be garbled or incomprehensible depending on what type of data it is.
Additionally, unplugging external hard drives without ejecting them can damage the drive. If the read/write head on the drive suddenly loses power, it can strike the data platters and kill data sectors, making the data on them unreadable and the hard drive more likely to fail completely in the future.

To safely eject a storage device on a Mac, you can either click on the eject icon next to the device’s listing in the Finder’s sidebar, or drag and drop the device’s icon into the trash, which should turn into an eject icon when a storage device is dragged over it. Keep in mind that only storage devices need to be safely ejected, not keyboards, mice, or other peripheral devices that do not have internal storage.


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Leisure World News Edition 3 March 2017 - Deadline 20 February 2017
By Ron Masi 240-242-3894
Keyboard Short Cuts

There are many keyboard short cuts to make things easier and faster if you take the time to practice them. Just reading a few of them shown below may be discouraging but try practicing a few a day to find your best finger placement. Find the hint in the alpha character used in most of them to help you remember its use. Give it a try.

For Use in Documents:
To find misspelled words in an open document just hold down Command and keep hitting the semicolon (;) to cycle through the misspelled words. Using Command + Colon (Shift + Semicolon) opens the spelling and grammar window.

To find your selected text in a document, calendar, mail and some other places use Command + F to open the find bar.

If you want or need to Quickly hide what’s on your screen, use Command + H .

To move the cursor around your open document try using Command + an Arrow key
Left arrow key moves cursor to the beginning of the line; Right arrow to the end of the line (not sentence)
Up arrow will move it to the top of document and down arrow… well you got the idea.

Command + Z will "undo" a previous action.
To put back what you just changed above, use Command + Shift + Z

Change appearance of text, after selecting text using Command + B, or I, or U will bold, italic or underline the select text.

Misc. uses:
Open applications: Command + Tab (all at the same time ) = Holding down the command key AND the tab key reveals icons of all your open applications. If you want to quit any, just hit tab till you settle on the one you want to quit then hit Q (quit).

Holding down Command + Spacebar immediately opens the Spotlight search window with the cursor positioned for you to type what you looking for. It will find it almost anywhere e.g. a term in your documents, on the web, etc, etc.

A Screen shot captures the image on your screen and places it on your desktop for future use. By holding down Command + Shift + 3 you can capture the full screen.
To take a screen shot of just a select portion of your screen hold down Command + Shift + 4 which brings up what looks like a scope site. Hold down your left mouse button and drag over the desired content; when you release your mouse button the content is placed on your desktop. Or, tap the space bar and the crosshair symbol becomes a miniature camera. Hold the camera over a particular window and click. It will take a screen shot of just that window.
With any of these screenshot techniques if you want it to save it to your clipboard to have available for pasting somewhere just add the Control key to the mix.

To delete something just select it and hit Command + Delete, in some cases just Delete works.
To close an open window not need to move the mouse pointer to the upper right red ball, just hit Command W and to Save it’s Command S.



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Leisure World News Edition 17 February 2017 - Deadline 6 February 2017
Brent Malcolm -Apple Club By Brent Malcolm
Recover iCloud files

I’m sure you use iCloud every day although you may not realize that iCloud is involved. If you sync your Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks, that syncing is done through iCloud. And if you store a document on iCloud, it will be available to all your other devices, both your Macs and your iDevices. So for many of you, iCloud is a critical part of your work routine although it does its work in the background.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you inadvertently deleted one of the contacts, calendars, bookmarks or documents? This might mean that your treasured contact list is gone or that past and future calendar events are lost. But never fear, because a relatively new feature of iCloud.com will allow you to restore any deleted file.

Log into iCloud.com and click on the settings button. At the bottom left of the Settings page is an “Advanced” section, with links for restoring files, contacts, calendars, reminders and bookmarks.

As an example, click on Restore Files and a new window will open with a list of deleted files with a notation on number of days until the file is gone for good. Checking the box in front of the file marks it for restoration.

If you click on any other restore selections, the process is different. For example if you click on Restore Contacts you’ll get a window with a list of dates. Those are the dates you made a change to your contacts list. For instance, I was shown a list of 11 dates covering a period of about two months. When you select one, you’ll be selecting an archive of your entire contacts list for restoration. Instead of a single contact, you will restore the entire contacts list effective that date.

Similarly, for restoration of Calendars and Bookmarks you will be selecting a date and restoring an entire archive of your calendars or bookmarks.

So as you can see, Apple makes it difficult to lose something that was placed in iCloud just as Time Machine makes it difficult to lose a file on your local computer.

If you are not using iCloud to sync your various devices that is easily remedied. Open System Preferences and select iCloud. You will see a list of everything that iCloud will sync. Just select the functions that you want to be synced by iCloud.
And one more thing. When you’re in System Preferences, if you find it difficult to find a preference because the categories are confusing, go to the View menu and select Organize Alphabetically. Your System Preference window is now organized alphabetically making it easier to find certain preferences.

Apple Club News
Our February meeting will feature Ron Masi exploring all the new functions of Apple Support and the App Store. Join us on February 21st at 10 AM in the Exercise Room in Clubhouse 2.

Because of the many password questions that arose during Aaron Davis’s visit last month, in March we will revisit the entire password issue and the use of password managers.

Today’s Tip - Quick Camera Access
Before iOS 10, if you wanted to take a photo you had to get past the lock screen either using your finger/thumb or by entering the access code. A real pain if you wanted to take a picture in a hurry. Not anymore. All you do now, with iOS10, is to click the home button to wake the phone and swipe to the left. There’s your camera!

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Leisure World News Edition 3 Feb 2017 - Deadline 23 January 2017
By Ron Masi 240-242-3894

Quick photo Edits in Photos

I’ve discovered that a lot of people shy away from improving their “just OK” photographs for fear of doing irreparable harm. With “Photos” software free on you iMac, and some other editing programs there is no need for this fear. You cannot do irreversible damage to your image. Photos uses what is called non-destructive editing meaning your original image is never changed, only what you see, sort of like putting overlays of your edits on top of your original. To go back to the original just click near the top right —you guessed it —Revert to Original, and your are back where you started. With that understanding, lets explore the basic editing in Photos.

There are currently eight categories of quick edits; Here is how to access them: With an image selected in Photos click on the edit/adjust icon (three horizontal lines at top right just left of Details) they’ll be displayed on the right margin of the image. Here is a very quick overview of what the eight edits can do for us:

1. Enhance: By clicking this the image will be enhanced the way Photos thinks is best; (it’s much better than when first introduced but if you feel you can do better, go to “Adjust” below.

2. Rotate: Allows you, of course, to rotate the image counter clockwise. To rotate it clockwise hold down Option as you click.

3. Crop: Besides allowing cropping (cutting off edges) of the image by dragging its edges you can level it using the protractor scale on the right side of the image.

4. Filters: Reveals nine thumb nails of your image each in a different tone, such as mono, noir, fade, tonal, etc. Click thru them to select the one you want or None.

5. Adjust: This gives you seven adjustments for Light, and slide adjustments for Color and Black & White and three for intensity. Plenty of options for the patient individual. Play with it and remember you can always “Revert to Original”.

6. Retouch: Allows you to make adjustment to parts of the image such as cloning out blemishes, wrinkles, etc. See bottom right of screen for procedure.

7 Red eye: “Red eye” is a condition created by your camera’s flash or a bright light shining in the subject’s eyes. Red-eye can easily be removed using Photos red eye removal tool. However, when I told someone that recently, they replied: “I don’t have that tool it. I had expected to see Red-Eye on their iMac, as it is on mine, but it wasn’t. After a few minutes of thought I went to the menu bar in Photos clicked on View and in the drop down menu selected “Always Show Red-eye Control”, now it’ll always be there with the other seven adjustments. W

8. Extension: This has two functions - the first is Mark-Up which allows you to, yes, mark up your image by scribbling on it, typing neatly, adding shapes, etc. in various colors and fonts; the second is that it’s a gateway to using other photo editors you may have on your computer.

Once you have your image the way you like, click the yellow Done (top right corner).

Apple Club Website: have you visited our website lately, There is a lot of information there for you. Have look at http://mac.computerctr.org/ and remember your suggestions are always welcome.



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Leisure World News Edition 20 January 2017 - Deadline 9 January 2017
By Brent Malcolm
What Can Siri Do For You
As you know, Siri, your personal assistant, can do a multitude of things. In this article, I hope to reveal some of the not-so-ordinary functions that Siri can do for you and that you might have overlooked.

Calculator: Just say, “What’s 85 plus 24.5 plus 39”.
Convert Measurements & Currencies: How many Euros in $500.00 or what is 100 kilometers per hour in miles per hour.
Decision Help: Just say “Flip a coin” or “Roll the dice” or “Pick a number”. The latter defaults to the range of 1-100 but you can specify any range.
What Movies are Playing: Just say “What movies are playing” to get times and nearby locations.
Identify a Song: Just say, “What song is playing”.
Launch Applications: Say “Launch Mail” or “Launch Safari”
Create and Edit Calendar Events: Say “Make a lunch appointment with Jon for 2 pm on Thursday”. Or, “Change my Thursday lunch to 1:30 pm”
Create Reminders: “Remind me to wash the car when I get home”
Play a specific song: “Play Beethoven’s Fifth”
Sending Text Messages: “Send message to Steve that I’ll be late”. Remember that you can add punctuation by saying, “comma”, “period”, etc.
Make Calls: “Call my wife” or “call Fred”. You can also make FaceTime calls, “FaceTime Joe”.
Make Speakerphone Calls: “Call Sam using speakerphone”.
Search for Photos: To find photos of a particular place/time, “Show me photos from Rehoboth Beach last September”.
Make Restaurant Reservations: “Make a dinner reservation for 4 at 7 pm”. Siri will show you restaurants, you select one. If you have OpenTable app installed she will make the reservation.
Sports Information: “Who do the Redskins play next?”
Check Stock Prices: “What is the price of Apple stock?”
Find Owner of Lost iPhone/iPad: If the user of the device allows Siri from the lock screen, say ”Who does this iPhone belong to?” The owner’s contact information is displayed.
Set an Alarm or Timer: “Wake me tomorrow at 6:30 am” or “Set the timer for 30 minutes”.
Bluetooth & Wi-Fi: Turn either of these on or off.
Screen Brightness: “Make the screen brighter”. It will do your bidding and also show a slider to make more adjustments.
Lastly, Siri uses Wolfram Alpha a fact-filled web site. So you can ask, “What planes are overhead?” or “How many calories in an apple”.

Apple Club News
The next scheduled meeting will be on January 24 when we will welcome back Aaron Davis from Apple. Aaron’s last visit ran well over the allotted time and left many members unable to ask questions. So he’s back for an encore visit devoted mainly to questions. See you at 10 am in the Exercise Room in Clubhouse 2.

 Please visit our web site: http://mac.computerctr.org.

Today’s Tip - Quick Camera Access
Before iOS 10, if you wanted to take a photo you had to get past the lock screen either using your finger/thumb or by entering the access code. A real pain if you wanted to take a picture in a hurry. Not anymore. All you do now, with iOS10, is to click the home button to wake the phone and swipe to the left. There’s your camera!



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Leisure World News Edition 6 January 2017 - Deadline 19 December 2016
By Ron Masi
Apple Support App & Contacts Tips
Although getting Apple support has always been easy, they have just opened another way to get it. In mid December Apple released a new free App called Apple Support. Once installed, takes about 45 seconds on your iDevice, and after you sign in with your Apple ID and password, you are presented the main page with images of all your devices registered with Apple. It showed my 8 devices. (If you have devices not linked to your Apple ID, the bottom of the page has a link to a page for linking them. (I recommend all your devices be linked.)

Click on the icon of the device you are having a problem/question about and you’ll be presented a list of relative areas such as: Battery Power & Charging; Apple ID and Password; Setup and Usage; Repairs and Damage, and a few more. After selecting a category, you are shown another list relative to your selection. After making that selection you get these options:
1. A phone icon stating “Talk to Us Now” with a blue link Get Started.
2. “Schedule a Call” where you tell them when to call you.
3. “Call Us Later” where you confirm your info and set up a time you will call them. You are also advised what you should do before you call them, like update your software, reboot etc.
4 “View All” which brings up the above options plus an option to “Chat” and “Bring in for Repair”.

The bottom of the main page continues with several Featured Articles, the one I’m looking at while writing this had three: How to back up your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch; Use Messages on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch; and Take and Edit Photos with your iPhone and iPod touch. Clicking on each brings up a nice, graphic heavy, step-by-step procedures that appear very easy to follow.

I recommend all users of Apple products get this free app and try it.
This is a new app so by the time you read this there may have been some updates to what is outlined above.

Here’s how to get the Apple Support App: From your iPhone, iPad go to the online App Store (blue icon with white compass and ruler in a white circle). In the search box at top right type in Apple Support and it will show up (looks like a blue field with a small Apple logo in top right corner); click “Get” and you may be asked for your Apple ID and Password. It then downloads and the App icon, blue field small apple, appears on your device ready to use.

Contacts Tip:
Sorry the following currently only applies to your iMac. In Contacts don’t you wish you could see giant size phone numbers —and more—?
Here’s how: Open Contacts, go to any phone number and right click on the number, a drop down window appears with lots of options you may not be aware of such as:
Large Type. Selecting this put the giant numbers across you whole screen.
Call xxx using iPhone (makes the call through the iPhone associated with your iMac)
Face Time, or FaceTime Audio. Opens Face time window and call.
Message. Open Message window
Create New Contact. Creates a new contact in Contacts
Add to Existing Contact. Adds number to a contact you select

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