How to find your Documents and Desktop folder contents after disabling iCloud sync

Apple added an option in late 2016 to give you the equivalent of cloud-based bottomless Desktop and Documents folders in macOS to pair with iCloud Music Library and what’s now called iCloud Photos. In the iCloud preference pane, you can click iCloud Drive and then check the Desktop & Document …

Can’t find an app on your Mac? Pinpoint it with System Information

While software programs usually live in the Applications folder in macOS, they can be found all over the place. That’s because some apps are really tiny utilities that applications or services require and which shouldn’t be launched by a user. Others have to be in a particular folder to be …

Time Machine volumes can’t be included in Time Machine backups

Time Machine in macOS can automatically back up every volume you have mounted on a Mac except those that you exclude. You manage the exclusions list by opening the Time Machine preference pane and clicking Options, where you can also add particular folder hierarchies, which appears as paths. (To exclude …

How to find out if your Mac’s software is 32- or 64-bit

One of the major announcements (among many) at Apple’s 2018 WWDC was that macOS 10.14 Mojave, the current version of the Mac operating system, is the last version that supports 32-bit software. With macOS 10.15, only 64-bit software will be supported. The clock is ticking. We’ll probably see macOS 10.15 …

What to do if your Mac’s hard drive starts unmounting itself unexpectedly

When you mount a drive in the Finder, you expect it to stay there. If you’ve found that your previously reliable external hard disk drive or SSD starts ejecting itself, trouble is obviously afoot. Apple The message “Disk Not Ejected Properly” usually appears when you unplug a cable or disconnect …

How to delete unneeded Time Machine backups on Apple’s Time Capsule

Apple’s Time Capsule combined a Wi-Fi base station and a hard drive for networked data access and Time Machine backups. The company discontinued the device and other related network gear, but there are plenty still in operation. A problem with Time Capsule is that its drive can get filled with outdated backups …

Siri in macOS 10.15 might finally be able to set alarms and timers (plus Shortcuts and Screen Time)

After unveiling some of the major new features expected in iOS 13 earlier this week, Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac is back with a report on macOS 10.15—and it looks like it might be a substantial upgrade. While we learned earlier this week that Apple was reportedly developing a way to …

It’s about time! Siri in macOS 10.15 might finally be able to properly set alarms and timers

After unveiling some of the major new features expected in iOS 13 earlier this week, Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac is back with a report on macOS 10.15—and it looks like it might be a substantial upgrade. While we learned earlier this week that Apple was reportedly developing a way to …

How to find and clean what’s eating up your Mac’s disk storage

MacOS can act in mysterious ways, and it can be difficult from either the Finder or through  > About This Mac > Storage view to figure out exactly what is eating up your disk storage. Especially on external drives, which the Storage display doesn’t break out into categories, or when …

Safari: macOS browser now autosubmits logins. Here’s how to disable it

Apple changed the behavior of Safari in macOS 10.14.4, and you may have noticed it and thought it was a bug. Now, if you have stored a password for a website, when you select a login entry to autofill, Safari 12.1 for macOS automatically submits the login. Previously, it would …