Apple Tips & Tricks

Easily add Calendar entries with Quick Events

calendariconAdding entires into the Mac Calendar App can be very frustrating, with lots of clicks and tabbing and scrolling. I have found it is much quicker and easier to use the Quick Event button.

Quick Event tips and tricks

In the top left hand corner of the Calendar is the “Create Quick Event” plus button.

How to stop your iPhone or iPad connecting to wireless hotspots

wifiHave you ever been out and about with your iPhone, gone to check your email and nothing happens? A quick glance at your status bar shows full Wi-Fi signal, but you have no connection. If you switch to Safari and try to load a webpage there is a very good chance you will have joined a Wi-Fi hotspot from companies such as BT Openzone, The Cloud, Virgin Media or O2.

When you search for a Wi-Fi network on your iOS device, you will notice some have a small padlock icon, and some don’t. The padlock means the network is secured with a password. So that must mean that any without a padlock are free to join, right? Well, not necessarily…

Free Wi-Fi isn’t always free!

In many bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels you will find what appear to be free Wi-Fi hotspots. They will show up on your device as a network with no password. Your iOS device will appear to be connected but if you were to jump straight in and check your email, the chances are nothing will

Quickly jump to your Camera Roll from your iPhone or iPad Camera

This is one of those tips that is so simple you wonder how you have never tried it before. I learnt this tip after using iPhones for about 3 years!

When you take a photo, instead of tapping the little picture icon in the bottom left, or indeed leaving the Camera App and jumping to the Photos App, simply swipe from left to right. This will take you straight to your most recently taken photos.

So simple!


Useful Mac Key Commands for PC Users

Apple Macs have a very ergonomic and compact keyboard. However, for those PC or Windows users that are used to an extended width keyboard with a number pad, there seem to be some important functions missing. Here we show you how to find them.

Where is the Delete key on a Mac?

The Delete or Backspace key on Mac works from right to left – you place your cursor at the end of the word of phrase and delete backwards. The Delete key on a PC works the other way, from left to right, effectively deleting forwards. This is easily done on a Mac keyboard by combining the Function or fn key in the bottom left of the keyboard with the normal Backspace key in the top right. Simply hold down the fn key with your left hand and tap the Backspace key with your right.


Where are the Home and End keys on a Mac?

We can replicate these functions by using the Command key along with the Arrow keys.


Command and the Up Arrow – this takes you to the top of the page or text.
Command and the Down Arrow – this takes you to the end of the page or text.
Command and the Left Arrow – this takes you to the start of the current line.
Command and the Right Arrow – this takes you to the end of the current line.

Apple Tips, Tricks & News

In this section you can find text and video tips to help you get the most from your Apple Mac, iPad or iPhone. Browse the categories in the Topics section on the right hand sidebar (bottom of the page if viewed on a phone) or use the search box.