Make sure you save your data before deleting an Apple ID account

Apparently, one piece of online folk wisdom goes as follows: If you’re having trouble with your Apple ID, just create a new one and abandon the old one. This actually isn’t a good idea in most circumstances. It usually makes a bad situation worse. Apple IDs can be a problem, …

How to restore items for an external drive that’s backed up using Time Machine

Time Machine’s main purpose is to back up an internal startup volume, but it can also archive the contents of other volumes on an internal drive and volumes on externally attached drives. Check the Time Machine preference pane to make sure those other volumes aren’t excluded if you want them …

Understanding how Time Machine manages its file archive and how it affects what you can restore

Time Machine is an archive rather than a backup, because it retains multiple versions of files as you change them. That’s useful, because if you’re editing an image, a word-processing file, or another document, you can use Time Machine to restore a version before you made certain changes. It always …

How Time Machine manages its file archive and how it affects what you can restore

Time Machine is an archive rather than a backup, because it retains multiple versions of files as you change them. That’s useful, because if you’re editing an image, a word-processing file, or another document, you can use Time Machine to restore a version before you made certain changes. It always …

How to use 2FA on older Apple devices that won’t let you enter a verification code

Most people who own Apple hardware have different generations of equipment in use. And because the company’s gear can last a long time, you can wind up with some old equipment—like an ancient Apple TV or Mac that’s being used to serve up video or what have you. Apple has …

How to “click accept on the account page” with apps in the Mac App Store

Woe to those who receive cryptic messages on their Macs. “Click accept on the account page to update this app” is one of them. Which apps? Which account page? AIEEEE! (Picture Cathy here with frizzy hair, tongue sticking out.) Turns out that this is an easy problem to resolve, and …

Don’t use cloud backup services to make copies of your Time Machine volumes. Here’s why

Time Machine is a simple and generally effective way to make an ongoing archive of a Mac’s files and folder structure. But it’s only a single copy of your data. The same goes for third-party apps that can clone a drive (make an exact duplicate) or make incremental archives that …

How to use Keynote to add text overlays in your iMovie projects

iMovie lets you create movies from photos and videos, and while its interface is a little hard to understand in parts, you can overcome those limitations and master it to produce great results. But it has a few missing pieces that typically require you upgrade to something like Adobe Premiere …

macOS Catalina: How to use the new features in Safari 13

Safari is probably the most frequently used app in macOS. Fortunately, with the upgrade to macOS Catalina, Safari gets a few helpful new features. Here’s a look. Apple The new start page includes Siri Suggestions. Start page The start page has a new way to help you get to the …