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Five Tip Friday ~ Safari on Mac

Safari tips, and make your cursor easier to spot in System Preferences>Accessibility)

1/ Quick address changes — If you’re looking at one site and you wish to visit another, you don’t have to click within the address bar, highlight it and then delete the existing address. Hold down the Command key, and while it’s held down, press the L key and  it highlights the current address. Immediately enter the new one.
It’s also unnecessary to enter ‘http://’ or ‘www’. Simply enter the domain, such as macworld.com, and then press Return to go to that site.
(If you want to always see the full address, choose Safari > Preferences> Advanced and then turn on Show full website address, as Safari no longer shows this by default).

2/ No squinting necessary — If the web page content is too small to read, you don’t have to squint; you can enlarge it by pressing and holding Command and then tapping the + key on your keyboard (Command – [minus or dash] reduced size).
To enlarge the text but not the images, choose View > Zoom Text Only.
To specify a minimum font size for Safari to use, choose Safari > Preferences > Advanced and enter a larger size in the Never use font sizes smaller than field (it’s visible in the screenshot above). Anything over 14 will be eminently readable.

3/ Using Reader View — Ads are necessary to the monetary health of many websites, but they can make it difficult to focus on reading — especially when they blink or talk back to you. Happily, you can eliminate all that by clicking the icon at the far left of the address bar (it looks like four tiny lines). Then Safari enters Reader View.

4/ Share web pages easily — To share a page with somebody else, choose File > Share > Email This Page and Safari opens a fresh email, puts the headline into the subject field and inserts a link to the page in the message body. (Safari helps you send additional webpages to recent recipients by adding their names to the bottom of the Share menu.)
In the email message, use the Send Web Content As menu to choose between sending a link, the whole webpage, a PDF, or the webpage in Reader View. (The last three options keep your recipient from having to click the link to see the content.) Reader View sends a distraction-free webpage to your recipient. (These tips came from Lesa Snyder at Macworld. There are a couple more on the page.)

5/ Keep losing your cursor? No more — The current display trend is towards much higher resolutions: 4K and 5K displays. At these native resolutions , everything is crisp, clear and .. tiny. It’s all too easy to occasionally lose track of the cursor whether or not you have El Capitan’s ‘Shake Mouse Pointer to locate’ enabled. (It’s found in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.)
By making the cursor just a bit bigger to begin with, one doesn’t have to engage quite as often with that (delayed) magnified cursor.

Five tip Friday ~ More iOS 8 features explored

(Please excuse the lateness, I had appointments this morning.)

The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it's customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.
The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it’s customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.

1/Rearrange your Share Pane — iOS 8 introduced Share Pane, which enables sharing for specific apps. This is the screen you get when you tap the share icon (the portrait orientation rectangle with an up-arrow in it). You can actually rearrange the layout so the options you tend to use come up first: tap the icon, hold your finger on it, drag. The other way is to tap More and rag the slider-drawer icon things up and down (to sort the order).

2/ Family Sharing — The previous icloud default mode was Family Tearing (its hair out), but now, if you have two or more iCloud accounts in your family, you can still share items purchased on one with the other. You first need to decide who will have the “main” iCloud account – I’d pick the person with the biggest bank account and/or who does the most online iTunes purchasing.
That person: tap Settings, iCloud, then tap ‘Set Up Family Sharing.’ (The other users don’t need to do this). Type in your partner’s iCloud email address, follow the prompts, and they’re added as a family member under your iCloud account.
Once that’s done, you and your husband will be sharing apps, videos and music you’ve bought from iTunes and the App Store, but you’ll have your own contacts, your own Safari bookmarks and be able to track each other (or not, if you choose) using Find My Friends. [I’m not sure if this works with non-iCloud email addresses, but in my tests, it doesn’t.]

You can hide items you have purchased
You can hide items you have purchased

3/ Hide App Store purchases — Choose the Updates menu, then tap Purchased. If you have Family Sharing enabled, choose “My Purchases,” and downloaded applications — both free and paid — are listed. These can be sorted by “All” or those “Not on This iPhone.”
Simply swipe an app to the right to display the red HIDE option. Tapping this removes the application from the Purchased view.
Doing so hides, but does not remove, the application from past purchases which are all automatically recorded by iCloud, so the app can always be re-downloaded for free: searching for it in the App Store will still show an iCloud redownload button.

iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app
iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app

4/ iOS 8 lets you hide (-ish) photos — Users now have can greater control over their privacy with Apple iOS 8. Pictures can be hidden from the Years, Collections, and Moments views in the Photos app by simply long-pressing a picture. This pops up a menu with options to ‘Copy’ or ‘Hide’ the image.
Once ‘Hide’ is tapped, iOS 8 presents a warning informing users that “This photo will be hidden from Moments, Collections and Years but still visible in Albums.” Users can then choose to verify they wish to hide the picture, or cancel.

5/ Load desktop versions of sites when browsing — Load a website in Safari on your iDevice, then tap the address bar to bring up the Favorite menu. Now swipe downward on the icons to reveal the new “Request Desktop Site” button. (On mine, I have to tap in the URL bar and then flick downwards to get this item – Apple Insider has more detail.)