Archive (March 2019)

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Since the iPhone X-series models have no Home button, new users sometimes struggle with how to exit apps and get back to the Home screen. The Home indicator line at the bottom of the screen is the key to doing this. However, it is important to realize that this line is at the bottom of the screen in any orientation. So it won't appear on the right when you are playing a game in horizontal mode, but at the bottom of the screen under the game or sometimes over the graphics at the bottom of the game.

Watch the video:
How to convert a DOCX file to Pages on macOS

The DOCX file format is a proprietary file format that Microsoft Word saves documents to. There are quite a few other word processors that can open a DOCX file but none can edit them as well as Microsoft Word can. That said, most can convert them to their own format and edit them afterwards. If you’re on a Mac and prefer using Pages over Word, you can convert a DOCX file to Pages with the Pages app.

DOCX file to Pages

In order to convert a DOCX file to Pages, you need to have the Pages app installed on your system. Once you install it, double-click to open the DOCX file and it will automatically open in Pages.

When you open the file, you will see a message at the top ‘This document has missing fonts’.



You can convert the DOCX file to Pages without fixing this but it’s a bad idea. Click the dropdown next to the missing fonts and select a font to replace it. You will only have to replace the Calibri font as that’s a proprietary font. The others will most likely be available on macOS but you still need to select them.



After you replace the fonts, go to File>Save. In the save file dialog box that opens, select where you want to save the file. By default, Pages will always save it to the Pages file format.



That’s all you need to do. A new file be saved and it will preserve the formatting of the original DOCX file.

Microsoft Word is available for Mac so if you’re in a pinch or the document that is converted by Pages doesn’t look very good after conversion, you can use it instead to edit the document.

Microsoft Word on Mac isn’t as good as its Windows counterpart. For one, it was late to arrive on the OS and in many cases it is still playing catch up. This, unfortunately, holds true for all the apps in the Office Suite. Their Mac versions lag behind their Windows counterparts.

The second reason is that while Microsoft doesn’t tend to lock its services and apps to its platform, it won’t want users to have as good an experience on Mac as they do on Windows. Lots of people, especially in corporations, tend to use the Office Suite so it can’t just lock out users who are on a Mac. Between promoting its own product, and making sure that maximum people use it, this is possibly the only outcome you can expect.


The Notes app for iPad has a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts available for usage within the app when a keyboard is connected to the device.

If you’re a Notes app user and use an iPad with an external Bluetooth keyboard, a keyboard case, or with an Apple Smart Keyboard, you may find this collection of keyboard shortcuts to be helpful to your workflow.


Note you must use iPad with a physical keyboard to gain access to the keystrokes listed, as the onscreen virtual keyboard does not support these keyboard shortcuts.

Notes Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

Bold – Command + B
Italics – Command + i
Underline – Command + U
Title – Shift + Command + T
Heading – Shift + Command + H
Body – Shift + Command + B
Checklist – Shift + Command + L
Mark as Checked – Shift + Command + U
Table – Control + Shift + T
Indent Right – Command + ]
Find in Note – Command + F
Note List Search – Control + Command + F
New Note – Command + N
End Editing – Command + Return
Don’t forget the standard copy, cut, and paste keyboard shortcuts on iPad work in the Notes app too:

Command + C for Copy
Command + X for Cut
Command + V for Paste
Note that you can initiate some of these keystrokes at any time in the Notes app, while others you will need to have selected text or an item within Notes app to be able to perform the function (like Copy or Cut).

If you can’t remember all of the Notes app keyboard shortcuts, you can see a screen popover of available keystrokes in the Notes app on iPad at any time by holding down the COMMAND key on the external keyboard (this trick works in many other Apple iPad apps too).

Notes app keyboard shortcut cheatsheet on iPad

Many of these keyboard shortcuts are also the same in the Notes app for Mac, and in other iOS and Mac OS apps too, so keep that in mind if you use both platforms.


Here is a small pdf to show you how to keep your junk mail box clean on your mac.

Just click on the below secure site link to see the pdf:

https://mespn.com/AutoDeleteJunkMail.pdf
I had the pleasure of meeting pastor Michael Gaude on the radio. From there I found out they had a need to share so a website was hosted, designed and built by Michling Consultants.
They are providing a great ministry in Los Cocos Nicaragua.

Check out he website by clicking the below link:

http://calvario-emanuel.com

A little Safari history

Safari was introduced at Macworld San Francisco in 2003 by Steve Jobs who modestly claimed it to be the “First major new browser in five years,” which it sort of was, and sort of wasn’t.

Three times faster than Internet Explorer for Mac, Safari included a range of enhancements that were at the time quite new, such as integrated search.

It began life as a Mac-only product, was available to Windows users between 2007-2012, and was a key part of the iPhone announcement in 2007, when Jobs exultantly called it “The first fully usable HTML browser on a phone,” which was completely true.

So now you have a little Safari history, here's the tips:

We all know: Request Desktop Site

There are still lots of websites that want to give you mobile versions of the site when you visit them in Safari – they obviously didn’t get the Steve Jobs ‘proper browser’ memo all those years ago. Don’t worry, you can make the full site load – just long press the arrowed circle in the search bar and select Request Desktop Site when it appears.

Long press everywhere

Long press any of the buttons (except Share) at the bottom of the Safari window and you’ll find useful options – for example, long pressing Bookmark lets you bookmark the current page or send it to your Reading List.

Long press links on a page

Long press any link on a Safari page and gently swipe up. You’ll get a range of options including opening he site, adding it to Reading List, copying and sharing the URL.

Long press the Safari icon

Long press the Safari icon on your Home screen and you can open a new tab or private tab, show your bookmarks or get to your Reading List.

Take command of tabs

Tap the tab icon at the bottom right of Safari to get to the carousel view of open tabs and you can tap the + button there to open up any previously closed tabs.

Tap and hold (good old long press) the tab icon to find controls to close all your tabs, create a new private or normal tab and/or close the current tab.

Find a tab

While in the tabs browser carousel view turn your iPhone into landscape view to get to the tab search bar to find specific tabs by name and content.

Three ways to find something on a web page

When on a website there are three ways to find a specific word or phrase on the page:

Read through every word till you find it (long, wrong).
Type the word/phrase in your search bar while on the page, then scroll down the suggested results to get to On This Page right at the bottom (good but sometimes you tap in the wrong place).
This is the one most of us don’t use – tap the Share menu then scroll through the bottom row of options to find the magnifying glass icon to Find on Page. Enter your term and it will be shown to you. (Fast, effective).
Why not use Reader View?

While not every site supports it, most of us know to tap the four lines to the left of the URL title in the search bar to enter Reader View, which makes the page much easier to read.

However, long press the icon and you get additional options: to set Reader View so the site always opens in that view, or to set it so it works on every website you visit – just tap the Reader View icon to return to normal view.

Long press Bookmark to send to Reading List

Long press the Bookmark icon to Bookmark the current site or add it to your Reading List. This is faster than the Share icon.

Reading list offline

Check Settings>Safari and ensure that in the Reading List section you have ‘Automatically Save Offline’ checked. Now any items you choose to add to your Reading List will be available when you are online.

Save the web page as a PDF

On a page and want to save the content? Tap Share and you can add it to Notes or iBooks, or tap Share>Print to get to the Printer Options page where you must select a printer -- except: Don’t select a printer, instead pinch out on the image preview to open the page as a PDF. Now you have a PDF you can save, share and more.

How to choose the right URL suffix

Typing a URL in Safari? Gently press the full stop and you’ll be rewarded with a bunch of URL suffixes you can quickly place.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7HrSMgVMSA

How to use Siri on your Apple Watch version 4


Somebody asked me is the new AFPS file system better? You be the judge: 1. Speed It is fast. Managing files, copying, and transferring files is insanely fast. For some users with massive files, this could be a very important plus. 2. Security It contains full single or multi-key encryption to keep all data safe. (I like this a lot!) Again, for many users, this will be a huge benefit when dealing with file sharing and other transfers. 3. Less Corruption File corruption or metadata corruption is not as common as in HFS+. Nothing can put a damper on a full day of work like discovering a corruption on a data file that may impact your work progress in a negative way. You don't need to "defrag" AFPS either... 4. Less Crashing It has far better crash protection. Nothing brings a project to a screeching halt like a crash. It isn’t always easy to get back to that momentum once the system is back up and running. Great for running a server IMHO... So there you have it without getting too much into the technical aspects of it.
Somebody asked me is the new AFPS file system better?

You be the judge:

1. Speed

It is fast. Managing files, copying, and transferring files is insanely fast. For some users with massive files, this could be a very important plus.

2. Security

It contains full single or multi-key encryption to keep all data safe. (I like this a lot!) Again, for many users, this will be a huge benefit when dealing with file sharing and other transfers.

3. Less Corruption

File corruption or metadata corruption is not as common as in HFS+. Nothing can put a damper on a full day of work like discovering a corruption on a data file that may impact your work progress in a negative way. You don't need to "defrag" AFPS either...

4. Less Crashing

It has far better crash protection. Nothing brings a project to a screeching halt like a crash. It isn’t always easy to get back to that momentum once the system is back up and running. Great for running a server IMHO...

So there you have it without getting too much into the technical aspects of it.