Tag Archives: mac

Mac Tip: Renaming a File

If you are a user of a Mac you can easily rename files by clicking on the file name under the file icon. Pause a brief second and click again on the document title. This will allow you to edit the file name. Caution: do not edit the file extension. At the end of the […]

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MacTip: Searching For Files

If you are using your Mac to attach files you may want to filter a search to find the file you are trying to attach. In the window where you can browse for the files you are wanting to attach do a search in the upper right hand corner. After you type in the search […]

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Mac Tip: Use Preview to Sign a PDF

If you are a Mac user the native program to view PDF’s on your computer is “Preview.” If you have even been emailed a PDF to print and sign, Preview allows you to save your signature within the program to sign the document.   Sign a Piece of Paper Get a blank piece of computer […]

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Using Flickr for Creative Commons Images in a Presentation

In putting together a keynote presentation, I try to be mindful of copyright when choosing my images. Flickr Images are Not Free Most images on Flickr, and on the internet, are under copyright. Creative Commons is a license that content owners can place on their works that gives people permission to utilize the content… with attribution. […]

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Office 365: OneNote on the Mac

  If you are a user of Office 365 and are a Mac user you may notice that when you download Office that OneNote is missing. Mac App Store Go to the App Store on your Mac. Click Here to link there from iTunes.   OneNote is available in the App Store for free. Search […]

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Mac Tip: Command Option Escape to Force Quit

  Force Quit If a program freezes or needs to be forcibly quit out of you can use Command + Option + Esc to force quit out of a program. Click on the program you want to quit, choose “Force Quit.” This is NOT how you quit out of an application. Normally you would want […]

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Mac Tip: 2 Fingers Scrolling – Left to Right

Stop using the scrollbars! One of the best things about the Mac is the ability to scroll with just 2 fingers on the trackpad. It does not matter where your mouse is. Left to Right When using a spreadsheet or searching the files on my Mac I need to scroll right and left frequently. No […]

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Mac Tip: 3 Finger Push Up

One of my favorite features on my Mac is the ability to place 3 fingers down on the track pad and push in an upward direction. This sorts all of the programs I am working in and displays multiple desktops. Multiple Desktops You are able to add multiple desktops views to your Mac. This allows me […]

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Search Your Mac: Command Spacebar

If you are a Mac user you may have a lot of icons on your dock to help you to quickly locate and open programs you use frequently. Personally, having so many actually makes it more difficult to find the apps I am looking for. It is also visually over stimulating for me.   Reduce […]

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Mac Tip: A Really BIG Cursor

  If you are demonstrating to students with your mac you might be wiggling around your tiny mouse cursor in hopes that the students can see what you are pointing at. One of the features of the Mac allows you to make your cursor really BIG. Students will be able to easily see what you […]

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iMovie: Show Advanced Tools

  As a teacher I like to add a little commentary to some of the video clips I am sharing with students. iMovie allows me to drag pictures into the timeline. I can then use my webcam to tape myself talking about the pictures or video clips I imported into iMovie. The picture in picture […]

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Scrolling Text in Your Presentation

Today at the OC CUE TechFest event the keynote speaker Catlin Tucker included video screencasts in her slide deck. This was particularly clever as it allows her to demonstrate navigating a website without being held hostage to the internet availability or speed. It also allows her to demonstrate a skill without her being stuck behind the […]

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Navigating Text on a Mac

Taking the time to force yourself to learn keyboard shortcuts can save you a ton of time down the road. Previously I had published a post on using function delete to do a forward delete. Here are some other handy Mac keyboard shortcuts you may want to master. Symbols Usually you can discover keyboard shortcuts […]

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Mac Trick: Text Expander for Giving Comments

When giving feedback to students we can often times find ourselves writing the same feedback comment to students over and over. If you have a Mac you can create shortcuts to expand to a larger sentence or paragraph. Step 1: Click on the apple icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen and […]

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Changing the Background on a Keynote Slide

When creating a presentation using Keynote for your students you may want to deviate from the background slide color. Generally I start with a white background for my presentations, however sometimes a black background looks really nice. Open up the inspector. The 2nd icon is the slide inspector. By default you will be looking at […]

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