• How to login to Google without a Password

    How to login to Google without a Password

    Google have recently enabled ‘passkey’ access to their accounts. This means you can sign into Google directly using your Touch ID from your Apple computer or device. Here’s how to set up passkey access to your Google account. This is a handy piece of integration between Google and Apple who don’t usually play nicely together!…

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  • Time Machine, Migration Assistant or a fresh start?

    Time Machine, Migration Assistant or a fresh start?

    If you have access to an external SSD hard disk, Time Machine is the safest bet to copy your files to a new computer.

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  • How to get your MacBook to sleep when you close the lid!

    How to get your MacBook to sleep when you close the lid!

    Here is the behaviour when you close the lid: External Power and External Display: will always stay awake. External Power, no External Display: You can choose stay awake or sleep. Battery Power and External Display: will always go to sleep when closed. To force it to sleep when closed use “Clamshell”. To force it to…

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  • 85% off webhosting at Siteground

    85% off webhosting at Siteground

    This website macintoshhowto.com is hosted at siteground.com Siteground is great! They just sent me an affilaite coupon discount link. This link gives you a massive 85% off!

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  • Independent Left-Right EQ

    Independent Left-Right EQ

    I’ve started another feature request on Spotify: Independent Equaliser for left and right ears. This will help people with hearing loss as often your hearing goes lop-sided and this will allow you do do the best EQ for each side. Please vote it up!!!!

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  • Equaliser on Apple Watch for Spotify

    Equaliser on Apple Watch for Spotify

    I’ve posted a feature request on Spotify for an Equaliser in their Apple watch. This would allow you to turn the bass and treble up or down. I don’t think it’s mainstream enough for many people to want it, but it’s great for people with hearing loss. If you want to help ‘upvote it’ as…

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  • Running a static website from Amazon S3 (or not)!

    Running a static website from Amazon S3 (or not)!

    How to serve a static website using an Amazon S3 bucket, and upload to it using the Amazon Transfer Family, via Transmit software on a Mac.

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  • Voice Control in Mac OSX Sonoma

    Voice Control in Mac OSX Sonoma

    In MacOS 14 Apple have introduced Voice Control that has correction of dictation, selection of buttons, good on the screen and more. It’s great for full voice control of your computer. Here’s a little video I found showing off some of the features. You turn on Voice Control in the setting here: Then you can…

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  • How to find missing OSX fonts in Keynote

    How to find missing OSX fonts in Keynote

    Last week I installed a new font, but it was not available in my keynote. It turns out the Apple font dialog doesn’t display all the fonts anymore. (Not sure how long it’s been doing that!) But here’s where to find them.

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  • Adding a device to Home Assistant

    Adding a device to Home Assistant

    I am running home automation using Home Assistant. It’s a very good option of you want to tinker with things like turning appliances on and off, monitoring solar generation, turning pumps on and off, etc.Here is a series of videos showing how to connect a LoraWAN end device into Home Assistant.

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  • Hearing Test apps on Apple and iOS

    Hearing Test apps on Apple and iOS

    Here’s a summary up of how you can do a hearing test at home using an iPhone or Macintosh computer and what the quality is like.

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  • Sync from Notion to Google Calendar

    Sync from Notion to Google Calendar

    I have just spent (way too many) hours trying to sync a simple Notion database to a Google calendar. Wow what a mess! And the winner is… notion.cafe

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  • Macintoshhowto has been running 18 years!

    Macintoshhowto has been running 18 years!

    As we draw towards the end of year, I’m proud to say that macintoshhowto.com has now been running for over 17 years! Here’s the story of how it began. How it all started I was working at Dubbo Presbyterian Church in Australia with two other Mac users, Bryson and Paul. Every now and then a…

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  • Creating ‘shorts’ from videos

    Creating ‘shorts’ from videos

    Ever wondered about the simplest way to turn talks or sermon videos into snappy shorts? I tried out 4 different platforms that do just that. Opus Clip, Sermon Shots, Vidyo and Descript. I started with a 20-minute Talk on Matthew 1:1-16. I wanted to grab a snippet to use in a Facebook reel and add…

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  • How Google rewards websites for making articles harder to read

    How Google rewards websites for making articles harder to read

    I have been running a Macintosh how site for 17 years, long before ‘how to’ websites became popular. I’ve noticed in that time a change in Google’s search algorithm where Google penalises sites when people leave. My Experiment Do you see the problem? Did the user leave because of bad content, or did the user…

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  • Can you use Galaxy Buds2 on an iPhone?

    Can you use Galaxy Buds2 on an iPhone?

    I am not sure if I am unusually gullible, naive, or just optimistic, but after listening to a great review of the Galaxy Buds2 by Crinacle I ordered a pair of Galaxy Buds2 for my iPhone from the Samsung online store. (I even checked there was a Samsung Buds app on the Apple App store…

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  • Is the iPhone wedding dress in the mirror Instagram photo real or not?

    Is the iPhone wedding dress in the mirror Instagram photo real or not?

    If you have not come across this story yet, firstly check out this photo and see if you can spot the problem. It’s a bit of fun. (Used with permission from here.) Once you’ve spotted the ‘glitch’ read on – spoiler alert.

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  • Broken iPhone button

    Broken iPhone button

    This post is just me being a bit sad. I have an iPhone 12 mini. It’s under 3 years old. The power button just stopped working. This means you can’t verify any Apple Pay Purchases when you are shopping and you can’t even verify any App Store downloads.

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  • How to change the iPhone headphone balance while on a call

    How to change the iPhone headphone balance while on a call

    You can’t! Here’s a problem I don’t have an answer to. If you use the built-in balance control on iOS to move the balance to left or right, this setting is over-ridden during a mobile phone call. Worse still, even high-end headphones like Sony or Bose rely on the built-in iOS balance. (They do not…

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  • CIST therapy with an iPhone

    CIST therapy with an iPhone

    CIST is a therapy for SSHL – sudden senero-neural hearing loss. I have been using this therapy for my own hearing loss. I created a separate website explaining how to do it on an iPhone using spotify here.

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  • How to speed up screenshots in Sonoma

    How to speed up screenshots in Sonoma

    You can easily take a screenshot of your Macintosh computer screen by holding down Shift-Command-4. A cross-hair appears and you can click and drag over the area you want to screenshot. I just upgraded to MacOS Sonoma and there is a delay of 2 seconds for the cross-hair to appear. Here’s a very simple fix!…

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