Monthly Archives: May 2016

Better way to resize windows

— Better way to resize windows —

You know about holding the Option key down when you click on the green “zoom” button in a window’s title bar. There’s something better than that. It’s “Moom.”

When you hover over the green zoom button with Moom installed you see this:

Moom

Moom

With Moom, when you want to make a window full-screen (ANY window— Safari, Mail, Word, Pages, whatever), you hover over the green button, let Moom’s menu slide down, and then click on the first button. If you want a window to take exactly the left half of the screen, you click the second button. Right half: third button. Top half: fourth button. Bottom half: fifth button. Plenty of options and keyboard shortcuts for those who want them.

Moom makes resizing and relocating windows a one-click move (or a keyboard shortcut– I make a window full-screen with Control-Option-F). Can’t get faster than that.

Get it at the App Store.
Get Moom at the App Store

Make the green zoom window button work the way you expect it to

— Make the green zoom window button work the way it used to —

Click the green zoom button in a Mac window and it not only gets bigger, it goes full screen– and it’s so full-screen that the menu bar’s taken away. That’s not what most of us expect– especially if you’re used to the way that button used to work (it zoomed, but it left the menu bar alone).

Turns out you can make the green button behave the zoom-but-don’t-hide-the-menu-bar way by holding the Option key down while you click it. Apple gives you a tiny visual clue that holding the Option key will give you a different result– try hovering over the green button with and without the Option key held down.

Green zoom button, without the Option key

Green zoom button, without the Option key

Zoom button with Option key held down

Zoom button with Option key held down

Sometimes bigger isn’t better. This is one of those times.

(If you click the green button without the Option key, bring the menu bar back by pressing the Escape key at top left of your keyboard. There are other ways but that’s for another post.)

BONUS: see this article for an even better way to resize your windows.

Enable Zooming on your Mac

— Enable Zooming on your Mac —

Accessibility Preference Pane

Accessibility Preference Pane


You can zoom in and out on your Mac, making tiny type easy to read. Turning the feature on is a two-stepper:

1. Apple Menu/System Preferences/Accessibility
2. Click on Zoom, then check the box.

Accessibility/Zoom

Turning on Zooming in the Accessibility Preference Pane

Now all you have to do is hold the Control key down while doing whatever it is you do to scroll (probably two fingers on the trackpad, or a swiping gesture on the mouse). You’ll turn this

Small text from a website

Text from a website, a little too small


into this.
Zoomed in text.

Same text, zoomed in.

Bigger is better.

Block phishing and adult sites from your home’s network with one easy change

— Block phishing and adult sites from your home’s network with one easy change —

OpenDNS

Change your router’s DNS numbers to the OpenDNS Family Shield numbers

208.67.222.123 and
208.67.220.123

to automatically block phishing and adult sites from being delivered through your network. One change protects every device that uses the network. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy improved performance since OpenDNS has the fastest DNS service in the business.

For more control, use OpenDNS Home. You’ll have to create an account and do a little more work to set this up, but for that you get more options. Either way, it’s FREE!

Time Warner internet customers, in particular, should try the OpenDNS numbers as the servers Time Warner uses by default (their own) are frequently overloaded, requiring restarts of the Time Warner modem.

Restart each device on your network (Macs, iPads, iPhones, or– ugh– PCs) after changing the DNS numbers in order for the change to take effect.

OpenDNS has good tutorials on their website. If you’re using an Apple Airport just launch the Airport Utility and change the DNS numbers there.

See my longer article at christianboyce.com for more information.