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Launch files and apps on a scheduled date

If you've ever wished you could schedule the opening of a specific file, or set an application to launch on a specific date and time, either on a one off basis or on a recurring scheduled event, you can actually do both right in macOS with the help of none other than the default Calendar app.

• Open Calendar in macOS and create a new event, either by clicking the [+] plus button or by double-clicking on any date
• Double-click the event to display event details
• Click on the date and time section
• Pull down the "alert" menu and choose "Custom…"
• Pull down the "Message" menu and choose "Open file"
• Directly under the menu, pull down the next menu and choose "Other...", then use the file browser to select the file you want to open on a schedule
• Choose "OK" when finished

Once the date arrives, the selected file will launch automatically in the default application at the date and time specified in Calendar as the alert. Use the “repeat" function to set the file to consistently relaunch on the given date and time provided. These can be standard, or custom repeating schedules like every last Friday of the month. The repeat feature is an excellent additional trick for repetitive tasks that use the same file, like a weekly or monthly earnings report, tax document, expense sheet, or whatever else requires regular use on a scheduled basis.

 

Safari ".com" shortcut

Posted in Safari Tips & Tricks

In the previous versions of Safari you could navigate to a URL without having to type ".com". The same can be done in Safari 10 with one extra keystroke.

Entering "apple" in the location bar of Safari will yield you Google search results for those terms. However, including a trailing slash will cause Safari to add the ".com" to a logical location in the address, and take you to that URL. So, "apple/" will take you to "apple.com". Finally, if you type “apple/macbook”, Safari will go to "apple.com/macbook”.

Sharing Apple notes

Posted in Notes Tips & Tricks

One of the features macOS Sierra brings to the table is collaboration, specifically in Notes. Sharing notes is a great way to collaborate with your friends, family or coworkers.

Sharing notes is simple. Open Notes - you’ll find the app in your Applications folder or in Launchpad. You’ll see a new sharing button next to the share button on top. Click on it, and you can type in names or email addresses from your Contacts.

Once you choose people to share with, you can send the invitation in several ways:

• Mail
• Messages
• Link
• Twitter
• Facebook
• AirDrop
• LinkedIn

Once the person accepts the invitation, they are free to edit the note as long as they are running iOS 10 and/or macOS Sierra. You can change the level of access that each person has too.

Keep in mind that you can only share notes stored in iCloud, not notes stored on your device. You also can’t share password-protected notes. It’s easy to see which notes you’re sharing because the person icon will be presented in the list.

Window snapping in macOS Sierra

Mac users now have a window snapping feature built directly into macOS Sierra, which allows users to easily snap windows to aspects of the screen or against one another. This offers a nice way to quickly and precisely align windows, and it's more or less the Mac equivalent feature of window snapping from the Microsoft Windows world.

Window snapping on the Mac will snap windows to any of the following targets: edges of other windows, the menu bar, the top of the Dock (if visible), and the sides of the screen.

With several windows open on the Mac display, grab one and drag it against a snap target. You'll "feel" the dragged window snap to place, repeat with additional windows as desired

The window snapping ability in macOS is a bit more full featured than what is offered in the Windows world, with a broader range of snap targets. You can snap however many windows together that you can fit on screen, regardless of their size.

While you can't completely turn off window snapping, you can temporarily disable window snapping in macOS with a keystroke action when moving windows around on the screen. To temporarily disable window snapping, hold down the Option (alt) key when you're dragging and moving windows around.

Arrange, remove and add menulets

Posted in Tips & Tricks

Most Mac users have a clock and some other small icons in the upper right corner of their screen. Apple calls these Menu Extras but Mac users generally refer to them as menulets. What many people have not learned is that those menulets can be repositioned, deleted and customized.

Simply hold down the Command key and your mouse button and drag a menulet to a new position. The other Menu Extras will scoot out of the way as you drag. Release the mouse button to drop the menulet in its new position.

Removing is the same process as moving, with the exception of you drag downward and release the mouse. On release, a poof of smoke animation will appear, to let you know you have removed the item.

Apple provides Mac users with over two dozen handy menulets. Go to your startup disk and select System > Library > CoreServices > Menu Extras. The menulet names should give you an indication of their intended function. Double clicking a menulet will automatically add that menulet to the main menu.