Mac|Life - How-Tos en Ask: Create a New OS X Profile Picture <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we let you know how to create a custom picture for your OS X profile, as well as how to update your pic in Messages.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>When I first set up OS X, I selected one of the profile pictures provided by the setup wizard, but now I would like to switch to a custom photo. If I change this photo, will it also change my photo inside of the Messages application?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Whether you have a photo that is already on your computer, wish to select one of those included with OS X, or want to take a new picture, you can do so in System Preferences.</p><p>To change your picture, perform these steps:</p><p>1. Open Apple menu &gt; System Preferences.</p><p>2. Open the Users &amp; Groups preference pane.</p><p>3. Select your account from the list on the left.</p><p>4. Click the “Password” tab to the right.</p><p>5. Click the user profile photo that is currently set.</p><p>In the popover dialog that appears, you can choose from the many pictures provided with OS X in the “Default” category, which are perfectly sized to fit the allocated space.</p><p>To use a custom picture, drag and drop it from the Finder onto the slot that contains your current picture. Creating a new picture is also easy as pie. choose “Camera” on the left to see the view from your Mac’s camera and take a photo of yourself.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ask_osxpicture2_620.png" width="620" height="453" /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: x-small;">It’s easy to change your profile picture in System Preferences.</span></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This will not change your photo in Messages, however. To change that, you’ll need to do the following:</p><p>1. Open Messages and select Window &gt; Buddies.</p><p>2. In the list that appears, select your profile photo, and then select “Recents.”</p><p>3. Select the photo that you applied to your account in System Preferences, and then click “Done.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask Columns messages OS X profile picture Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Cory Bohon 21103 at How to Fix Mac Boot-Up Problems in Recovery Mode <!--paging_filter--><p>Recovery is a set of tools you can depend on in a rare emergency — typically when something drastic stops you getting into OS X. It looks a lot like OS X proper, but its capabilities are limited to essential maintenance tools that help you get up and running after a critical problem. It’s even possible to download and reinstall the whole operating system.</p><p>If the prospect of fixing something you don’t understand is daunting, there’s one feature you’ll find invaluable: its the web browser. Using it, you can go online to book a Genius Bar appointment at one of Apple’s retail stores, or look up the contact details of an authorized repair center if there are no stores close to you.&nbsp;</p><p>Recovery offers other features we’ll walk you through, including the ability to reset any user account’s password. While this is undoubtedly useful, it also poses a security risk to the files stored on your Mac if someone accesses it.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Quick Look at Recovery Mode</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/recover_annotated.png" width="620" height="467" /></p><p><strong>A. Reinstall OS X</strong></p><p>Recovery provides three ways to reinstall OS X: rolling back to an earlier state using Time Machine; installing OS X over itself to fix some problems; and erasing the internal storage first for a completely clean start.</p><p><strong>B. Research a Problem</strong></p><p>The Safari web browser is available in Recovery to research common problems.</p><p><strong>C. Disk Utility</strong></p><p>You can run diagnostic scans of your Mac’s storage, or erase it altogether.</p><p><strong>D. Additional Utilities</strong></p><p>Firmware Password Utility increases security; Network Utility tests connectivity; and Terminal is a text-driven way to perform a detailed diagnosis.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>How to Use Recovery’s Options</h3><p><strong>1. Start Recovery Mode</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_1.png" width="620" height="335" /></p><p>To start Recovery from your Mac’s internal storage, hold down Command + R at the startup chime. To start it from an external drive, hold Option instead, and when a list of available startup volumes appears, choose the one with an external drive icon and “Recovery” in its label.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Internet Recovery</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_2.png" width="620" height="288" /></strong></p><p>If a Recovery partition isn’t available, holding Command + R starts Internet Recovery (on models released since OS X Lion, and some earlier models — see This shows a globe and a progress bar while your version of OS X is downloaded.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. OS X Utilities</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_3.png" width="620" height="351" /></p><p>When Recovery finishes loading, it displays a list of four commonly needed tasks. “Get Help Online” opens the Safari web browser. However, if your Mac uses Wi-Fi to get online, use the Wi-Fi icon at the top right to ensure that it’s connected to your usual network.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Get Help Online</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_4.png" width="620" height="297" /></strong></p><p>You can use this version of Safari to browse and research your problem by visiting, to look more broadly with a search engine, and to browse to to book a Genius Bar appointment for professional help at an Apple retail store.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. Disk Problems</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_5.png" width="620" height="318" /></strong></p><p>If OS X won’t start, choose Disk Utility before resorting to more drastic options and check your Mac’s drive is shown in the app’s left pane. Select the row that shows disk capacity for options to verify data and attempt to repair structural problems.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>6. Restore Backups</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_6.png" width="620" height="379" /></strong></p><p>If you haven’t excluded system folders from your backups, your Mac can be restored to an earlier state. Choose this option, identify your backup disk, pick an earlier state from the list, and follow the prompts to restore it from your startup disk. Note: this can take a while.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Reinstall OS X</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_7.png" width="620" height="395" /></strong></p><p>This option downloads your current version of OS X and installs it over any existing copy, retaining your files and settings. This can fix damage to the system. The download is several gigabytes, so it can take quite a while over slower Internet connections.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>8. Reset a Password</strong></p><p><strong><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtorecover_8.png" width="620" height="393" /></strong></p><p>If someone forgets their account password, choose Utilities &gt; Terminal. Type resetpassword into that app and press Return. In the next window, select your startup disk, select the account from the list, type a new password into the boxes and press Save.</p> How to Recover from Major Mac Problems Problems Recovery recovery mode Utilities Mac How-Tos Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:12:55 +0000 Alan Stonebridge 21089 at Easy Mac Hacks: Yosemite Dark Mode Shortcut <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_27.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" /><em>Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!</em></p><p>Yosemite features a new dark mode that lets you embrace your inner dark side — or just helps you work better with less eye strain. Either way, it's a cool new feature that we really like. However, visiting System Preferences every time to switch between the dark and light modes can be a drag; fortunately, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to make it faster and easier. We'll show you exactly how to do this in this Easy Mac Hacks article.</p><h3>Enabling the Dark Mode Hotkey</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/darkmode_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/darkmode_2.png" width="620" height="435" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>The dark theme in Yosemite is activated in System Preferences &gt; General by checking the box labeled "Use dark menu bar and Dock." And, while this option is fairly accessible, using the keyboard shortcut is much simpler and faster.<br /><br />To begin, you'll need to open the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities). Once opened, type the following command into the Terminal, followed by the enter key (input it all on one line):</p><pre>sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist <br />_HIEnableThemeSwitchHotKey -bool true</pre><p>After you enter the command, you'll be prompted for your administrator password. Enter it into the Terminal, and then press the return key once more. The command will be run, and your Mac will be eligible for using the hot key. There's only one final step for the changes to take effect: you'll need to restart your Mac.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/darkmode_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/darkmode_1.png" width="620" height="579" class="thickbox" /></a></p><h3>Using the Dark Mode Hotkey</h3><p>Once your Mac has been restarted, you'll be able to use the global hotkey of Command + Alt + Control + T to toggle back and forth between the light and the dark modes on your Mac. Switching becomes more efficient now that you don't need to leave your current application.</p><h3>Disabling the Dark Mode Hotkey</h3><p>If it turns out that having a hotkey for toggling between the light and dark modes of your Mac isn't quite your cup o' tea, then you can easily disable the hotkey combination by opening the Terminal once more and typing the same command as above, but replacing "true" with "false." Finally, give your Mac a good reboot, and you'll be shortcutless when it comes to toggling between light and dark modes.</p> Columns Dark Mode Easy Mac Hacks hot key How to shortcut switching Terminal Terminal 101 yosemite Mac How-Tos Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:07:48 +0000 Cory Bohon 21082 at Ask: Automatic Renaming of Downloaded Files <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll tell you what to do when your downloaded files start changing their names all by themselves.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I use the Outlook Web app to access my company’s Exchange email and to download work file attachments. When I do so, they download correctly, but the file names have “%20” in the places previously occupied by spaces in the file name. It is very time consuming to fix this manually. Is there any way to prevent this in the first place?</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>When downloading files online, the “%20” is a web standard to replace the &nbsp;spaces in words and phrases. The best way to prevent this by only uploading files with underscores (“_”) instead of spaces. However, with a little Automator action, you can completely rid yourself of these issues with some on-the-fly renaming of files when they are added to the Downloads folder.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ask_downloadname.png" width="620" height="283" /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: x-small;">Some Automator magic can rename files as they are added to Downloads.</span></p><p>In Automator, follow these steps:</p><p>1. In the template chooser, select Folder Action.</p><p>2. In the “Folder Action receives files and folders added to” drop-down menu, select the Downloads folder.</p><p>3. Find the “Get Folder Contents” action in the pane to the left, drag it into the workflow, and check its option for “Repeat for each subfolder found.”</p><p>4. Add the “Rename Finder Items” action into the workflow underneath the previous action. When prompted, choose not to add the Copy Finder Items action as well, then set the action’s options to “Replace Text”, and set “Find” to “%20” (without the quote marks), “in full name,” and put a space in the Replace field.</p><p>5. Save the action by pressing Command + S, then specifying a name.</p><p>Each time a file is added to the Downloads folder, this action will run, and it will automatically rename files with names containing “%20” to use spaces instead.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask attachment automator download Email Outlook tip trick Mac How-Tos Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Cory Bohon 21065 at How to Improve iOS Autocorrect <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtoautocorrectmain.png" width="310" height="549" class="graphic-right" />Even if you’ve never experienced a full-on, mortifying “Damn you, autocorrect” moment of the kind we’ve all seen shared online to much hilarity, you’ve probably still had your irritations with the system on iOS. Autocorrect might have taken a backseat to predictive text recently, but we still happen to think that autocorrect is largely quite a good thing, and it's useful to know how to manage it effectively.</p><p>The first thing, which you most probably know already, is that you can cancel out its corrections either as they’re happening, or just after. If iOS is going to correct a word as you’re typing, it pops up a bubble next to it, telling you what it will correct it to. To stop it changing, tap the bubble. However, if the word is correct, just press the space bar to add it into the message you’re typing.&nbsp;</p><p>If you realize it corrected a word after typing, just hit backspace to delete into the word and retype — autocorrect won’t kick in again unless you drastically change the word. When you fix autocorrect’s changes, the dictionary learns your new words, so it won’t bug you for corrections next time.</p><p>You can turn autocorrect off in Settings &gt; General &gt; Keyboard, if you’d rather, and if you feel you’d be better off starting with the system afresh, you can reset your autocorrect dictionary in Settings &gt; General &gt; Reset &gt; Reset Keyboard Dictionary.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Cheat with TextExpander</h3><p><strong>1. Teach TextExpander</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtoautocorrect1.png" width="620" height="447" /></p><p>There’s a great but little-used feature in iOS called TextExpander, which lets you set shortcuts for longer messages. Apple’s example is that you can type “omw” and it autocorrects to “On my way”. This ties into the general autocorrect system, so we can use it to make some tweaks. Go to Settings &gt; General &gt; Keyboard to begin.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Specific Replacements</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtoautocorrect2.png" width="620" height="435" /></p><p>If you’ve made autocorrect learn a mistake that it should be correcting (something like “youre”), use TextExpander to fix it. Tap Add New Shortcut… In the Phrase field, write the correct word, and in the Shortcut field, write the one that you incorrectly type. Save it, and now when you write the latter, it changes to the former.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Manually Add Words</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtoautocorrect3.png" width="620" height="423" /></p><p>Use TextExpander to add words to autocorrect’s library. Add a new shortcut, and type the word you want into the Phrase field, formatted correctly as far as capitalization (or not) goes. Don’t put anything in the Shortcut field. Save this, and the word is effectively added to your autocorrect dictionary.&nbsp;</p> autocorrect iOS text expander Tips tricks iPad iPhone How-Tos Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:56:43 +0000 Matt Bolton 21056 at Easy Mac Hacks: Set Your Default Finder View Options <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_26.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" /><em>Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!</em></p><p>Have you ever switched viewing modes in the Finder, hoping that it would apply to all new windows, but it doesn't? We can change that easily with a little Terminal hack to ensure that the Column view layout (or any other layout) is always used when a new Finder window is opened. Continue reading to find out more and learn how to make this hack work.</p><h3>Choosing Your Layout</h3><p>There are four different layouts that you can choose in the Finder, allowing you to customize your file-browsing experience. These different layouts and their codes that you will enter into the Terminal are as follows:</p><ul><li>Cover Flow Layout: Flwv</li><li>List View: Nlsv</li><li>Column View: clmv</li><li>Icon View: icnv</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Setting the Desired Layout</h3><p>Using the Terminal, you can set the desired layout for a particular view. This means that when you open a new Terminal window or tab, that default layout will be in effect, so you should never have to manually switch to your desired layout.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/layout_1.png"><img src="/files/u12635/layout_1.png" width="620" height="283" class="thickbox" /></a><br />To set the default layout for the Finder, do the following:</p><ol><li>Open the Terminal application (located /Applications/Utilities).</li><li>Type the following command, followed by the enter key:</li></ol><pre>defaults write FXPreferredViewStyle clmv</pre><p>By entering "clmv" your preferred viewing mode will be set to Column View, but you can replace it with any of the layout short codes listed above to have that particular layout applied to the Finder. Your selected viewing mode will now be the default view when opening new Finder windows and tabs.</p><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/layout_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/layout_2.png" width="620" height="389" class="thickbox" /></a><br /><br />Once you've applied the layout to the Finder, you'll need to restart the Finder by entering the following command (then pressing enter) to have that new look take effect:</p><pre>killall Finder</pre><h3>Reverting to the Default Layout</h3><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/layout_3.png"><img src="/files/u12635/layout_3.png" width="620" height="232" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>Longing for the Icon view again? No worries. You can easily set that view back as the default by typing in the following command into the Terminal:</p><pre>defaults write FXPreferredViewStyle icnv</pre><p>This will set the icon view back as the default view in the Finder, allowing you to bask in the loveliness of the larger icons. Remember that in order to have the new layout visuals take effect, you'll need to restart the Finder again with the "killall Finder" command.</p> column Columns Easy Mac Hacks finder How to Mac Terminal Terminal 101 views Mac How-Tos Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:04 +0000 Cory Bohon 21047 at Ask: Change the Desktop Pictures Folder <!--paging_filter--><p>Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this week's Ask, we'll show you how to further customize your Mac's desktop background by modifing the contents of the Desktop Pictures folder.</p><h3>Question</h3><p>I was wondering how to add my own photos to the Desktop Pictures folder that is listed in System Preferences on my iMac. I would also like to remove at least one photo that comes up (the zebra eye creeps me out). I currently have the background set to change every 24 hours, and I want to mix in a few of my photos.</p><h3>Answer</h3><p>Those desktop pictures are in a folder that’s tucked away, but you can easily reach it by doing this:</p><p>1. Open a Finder window.</p><p>2. Press Command + Shift + G (or select Go &gt; Go to Folder...).</p><p>3. In the dialog that appears, type in “/Library/Desktop Pictures/” and press Enter or press the “Go” button.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ask_desktopbackgrounds.png" width="620" height="352" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>The Desktop Pictures folder contains all of the Apple-included desktop images.</strong></span></p><p>The Finder window will open to the Desktop Pictures folder, allowing you to add, edit, and remove the files that are contained inside. Note that when deleting or adding files to this folder, you may be required to enter an administrator password due to it being a system-owned folder.</p><p>However, if you're only interested in seeing your own photos as backgrounds, you can simply go to the Desktop &amp; Screen Saver system preferences, hit the + button in the lower-left corner, and then select the folder that contains your photos.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/ask_desktopbackgrounds2.png" width="620" height="497" /><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><strong>Say goodbye, zebra eye!</strong></span></p><p>Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.</p><p>Got an Apple tech question? Email <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Ask background desktop pattern Desktop Pictures Photos System Preferences Tips tricks Mac How-Tos Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:57 +0000 Cory Bohon 21036 at 7 Apps to Keep Your Mac Running Right <!--paging_filter--> Gallery Activity Monitor AirPort Utility gfxCardStatus iStat Menus Mac MenuMeters PeakHour Features Mac How-Tos Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:17:43 +0000 Craig Grannell 21017 at How to Browse Anonymously on iOS <!--paging_filter--><p>Many of us are becoming more and more concerned about having our online activities tracked. Some of us want to avoid a barrage of constant marketers and spam, while others want to dodge overzealous content blocking from their Internet service provider. Generally, though, most of us simply want to use the Internet as we please without our browsing being snooped on and logged by the authorities.&nbsp;</p><p>The default iOS web browser, Safari, usually tracks your web movements with cookies that enable you to quickly return to the pages and products you’ve looked at previously. It also saves your web history, which can be useful if you want to quickly return to a page you’ve visited before. You can use a Private version of Safari that doesn’t track you in this way, as we show you below.</p><p>However, for complete privacy it’s better to use a proxy server that can mask your real details. So here’s how you can temporarily surf in secret in Safari, and how to use the Tor network and the Onion web browser to surf stealthily all the time.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Stay Anonymous in Safari</h3><p><strong>1. Delete Yourself</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_1.png" width="620" height="437" /></p><p>If you’re worried about someone checking the websites you’ve visited, delete your Safari browsing history by tapping Settings &gt; Safari &gt; Clear History and also Clear Cookies and Data. Next, tap Advanced &gt; Website Data, and tap Remove All Website Data. To stop your web use from being snooped on, use a private browsing session. Launch Safari, tap the tabs button, then hit the Private button.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. A Private Session</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_2.png" width="620" height="220" /></p><p>A “Close All Tabs?” query box appears. Tap either Close All or Keep All, depending on whether you want to return to those pages later. When you surf in Private mode in Safari, web pages are distinguished with a black URL bar. Otherwise, browse the web as normal. Tap Private again to revert to standard web browsing. You’ll get a prompt about keeping tabs for sites you’ve just visited.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Lose Trackers</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_3.png" width="620" height="497" /></p><p>Safari has a Do Not Track setting you can switch on permanently, as well as an option to limit the amount that your web browsing is logged. In Settings, tap Safari &gt; Privacy &amp; Security and turn on Do Not Track. Not all advertisers respect it, but this will stop some of them tracking you. We recommend you turn on Limit Ad Tracking and reset the Advertising Identifier under Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Advertising.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>4. Limit Trackers</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_4.png" width="620" height="373" /></p><p>Apps that don’t really require your location often collect it to help advertisers target ads. You can turn off Location Services in Settings &gt; Privacy &gt; Location Services, but this is a bit drastic. Instead, switch off apps individually in the Location Services screen. Tap System Services at the bottom and switch off Diagnostics &amp; Usage, Location-Based iAds and Popular Near Me. Finally, tap the Status Bar Icon to On.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. See What Tracks You</strong></p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_5.png" width="620" height="398" /></p><p>Although lots of services log what you do online, the purpose of this tracking varies greatly. To see what web trackers are active, install the free Ghostery app from the App Store. This lets you block or allow trackers and analytics tools. Ghostery also includes the DuckDuckGo search engine. Tap the blue Ghostery tool icon in the browser to select View All Trackers, Block All Trackers, and so on.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Hide Your Location and Surf in Secret</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_annotated.png" width="620" height="466" /></p><p><strong>A. Use Tor</strong></p><p>Install Onion Browser ($0.99 from the App Store), tap to launch it and allow it to connect to the Tor network. The initial connection will take up to a minute.</p><p><strong>B. Spoofing Your IP Address</strong></p><p>Connect your device to and you’ll get a message confirming that your web surfing is now being routed through it. You’ll see a message showing the IP address your device now pretends to be using — this process is called “spoofing.”</p><p><strong>C. Use Anonymous Search</strong></p><p>You can now explore the web using Onion Browser. It works well with the search engine, which prides itself on its lack of tracking.</p><p><strong>D. Unstick Onion Browser</strong></p><p>Sometimes, typing in a web address in Onion Browser has no effect. This is because it occasionally conflicts with dormant apps in iOS. Tap the arrow at the bottom of the browser screen to bring up its menu, then tap Help/Support and click the force-quit link. Then launch Onion again to start a new session.</p><p><strong>E. Get a New IP Identity</strong></p><p>If you think your cover might be blown, tap the arrow at the bottom of Onion Browser, then tap New Identity in the menu that appears. A new IP address will be generated for you.</p><p><strong>F. Bookmark Useful Pages</strong></p><p>You can still bookmark useful sites in the usual way by tapping the menu arrow at the bottom of the page followed by Bookmark Current Page. To view these Onion bookmarks, tap the book icon at the bottom right of the page.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Private Networks</h3><p><img src="/files/u332541/2014/12/howtobrowse_privatenetwork.png" width="620" height="412" /></p><p>Tor is useful if you need to be sure that no one can identify your iOS device or the sites you visit, but it’s slow. Another way to surf privately is to use a VPN (virtual private network). This creates a tunnel through which your device establishes a web connection. If you need to send private emails at an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, using a VPN is a must. Install TunnelBear VPN (free from the App Store), create an account, then allow TunnelBear to install its VPN software profile on your device. Type your passcode to confirm and tap Done. To use TunnelBear, select it from the Settings &gt; VPN menu and tap VPN to enable it. The status will then show Connected. You can now get online securely, although the app requires a monthly subscription.</p> browse anonymously iOS Onion privacy Safari Tips Tor tricks web browser iPad iPhone iPod How-Tos Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:19:09 +0000 Rosie Hattersley 21018 at Easy Mac Hacks: Batch Rename Files in the Finder <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u12635/easy_mac_hacks_icon_flat_25.png" width="200" height="200" class="graphic-right" /><em>Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using with Mac OS X. Sometimes it's a tutorial on a lesser-known feature, other times it's a trick that uses built-in functionality such as Terminal — either way, these simple tips can make life better and easier, and they don’t require any special knowledge. All you need to do is follow the instructions!</em></p><p>There's a new feature in OS X Yosemite that we bet you haven't heard of yet: Batch renaming in the Finder. It's hidden, it's cool, and yes, it can replace even the best batch file renaming tools available on the Mac. From a simple replace to a more sophisticated renaming convention, the Finder has you covered in its latest iteration. Continue reading to learn more about this new feature and how to use it.<br /><br />This new Finder batch rename feature can be found whenever you select more than one item in the Finder, then right-click on one of the selected items and choose "Rename x Items."<br /><br />When the renaming window appears, you'll have the choice of how you wish to rename: You can do a simple replace text, you can add text to the existing file names, or you can format the name with name and index, counter, or date.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img src="/files/u12635/rename_1.png" width="306" height="493" class="thickbox" /><br /><br />For this tutorial, we'll use the Add Text option. To use this feature to rename a group of files in the Finder, use these steps:</p><ol><li>Select a group of files, then right-click on one of them.</li><li>Select "Rename files."</li><li>Select "Add Text" from the left-hand drop-down menu.</li><li>In the text field add the new text that you wish to add to the files that were selected.</li><li>Select "after name" or "before name" in the right-hand drop-down menu to choose where the new text will be added to the existing file names.</li></ol><p><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u12635/rename_2.png"><img src="/files/u12635/rename_2.png" width="620" height="389" class="thickbox" /></a></p><p>Underneath the renaming selection, you'll see an example of what your file names will look like when you're done renaming. When you're ready to accept the changes, click the "Rename" button and the files you had initially selected will be renamed to reflect the changes that you made in the renaming dialog.</p> batch rename Columns Easy Mac Hacks Files finder How to Mac renaming Mac How-Tos Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:35:57 +0000 Cory Bohon 21009 at