Category Archives: Settings

How to find your email server settings

— How to find your email server settings —

You need to know your incoming and outgoing mail server settings when you’re setting up an email program. Apple provides a look-up website that will tell you what the settings are for your particular email address.

Mail Settings Lookup web page on Apple.com

Mail Settings Lookup web page on Apple.com– https://www.apple.com/support/mail-settings-lookup/

They do not save your email address (and you could use a phony one anyway– if your real email address is “myname@yahoo.com” you could enter “joesmith@yahoo.com” and get the same server settings. Obviously you would use your own username when setting up your mail program).

Here’s what you get if you put in joesmith@yahoo.com.

Mail Settings Lookup server settings for joesmith@yahoo.com

Mail Settings Lookup server settings for joesmith@yahoo.com

Note: newer versions of Apple’s Mac Mail program use the same information so when you’re setting up Mail, it often can figure out the settings for you. Apple’s mail settings lookup page is especially useful when setting up some other program.

How to Make Photos App Quit Launching When You Connect Your iPhone

— How to Make Photos App Quit Launching When You Connect Your iPhone —

If you don’t want the Photos app to launch every time you connect your iPhone all you have to do is uncheck one little box in the Photos app. Note that this setting is per device– you can uncheck the box for one device and leave it checked for another.

Checkbox controlling whether Photos will launch or not

Checkbox controlling whether Photos will launch or not


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.

Customize Yosemite’s Share button

share button

You’ve seen the Share button (square with an up-pointing arrow) before. It’s the one that lets you share a web page from Safari, or a vCard from Contacts, or a file from the Finder. “Sharing” can mean a variety of things (email it, post it to Facebook or Twitter, add it to Photos, send it via Messages, etc.). Here’s how you customize the Sharing button so the options you want are present and the ones you don’t are not.

  1. Go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences…
  2. Click on Extensions
  3. Click on Share Menu
  4. Check and uncheck services as desired, and drag to change the order

Extensions

Result: next time you click on the Share button you’ll get just the services you want, in just the order you want. Here’s how it looks on my Mac:

share menu

Add and remove columns from the Finder’s List View windows

finder_icon_small

You can add and remove columns from the Finder’s List View windows very easily. Just open up a window and then go to View/Show View Options. (My friend Dave likes the keyboard shortcut ⌘-J.) There you’ll find all sorts of options, including checkboxes for showing and hiding various columns.

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 10.34.40 PM

The changes you make in the View Options panel are for only the window you’re looking at when you make those changes, unless you check “Use as Defaults.”