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In OS X 10.11 El Capitan Apple offers a better solution: Pinned sites. A pinned site appears as a tiny square icon, located to the left of your tabs. The best part: it never goes away, keeping the site open and up to date.
Pinning a site in Safari is easy; the browser itself doesn’t tell you how to do it, but we’re here for that. Chances are you might have stumbled on it yourself mistakenly. To pin a site, all you need to do is drag its tab to the far left side of the tab bar and drop it there. And you’re done!
The small “M” logo in the top left corner of the browser shows an MTE-pinned website in Safari.
The downside to this is that Safari doesn’t show the website favicons of its pinned websites (a favicon is the small logo of a website that usually shows up next to the website name in a tab). Only some sites show favicons; it’s most likely an issue with Apple’s implementation. We should be seeing more websites update their favicons according to Apple’s specifications.
This is an easy and efficient way to manage your Safari workflow. Do you have any other tips you’d like to see featured on MakeTechEasier? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Shujaa Imran is MakeTechEasier’s resident Mac tutorial writer. He’s currently training to follow his other passion become a commercial pilot. You can check his content out on Youtube
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Encrypting folders and requiring passwords for access is an excellent way to store and protect private data on a Mac. Now, there is a new means of password protecting folders and sensitive files introduced in Mac OS X that lets you create a new encrypted disk image directly from a specified folder.
Though you can still create a blank disk image and fill it as you see fit by using the older trick, this new option in Disk Utility is easier to use and extremely quick, making it the preferred method to add a very strong layer of encryption to a folder, securing itself along with all of its contents.How to Encrypt a Folder in Mac OS X
This specific “Image from Folder” trick requires a modern MacOS release, anything from Mac OS X 10.8 or later will have this as an option to use:
Open Disk Utility, found in /Applications/Utilities/
Pull down the “File” menu and select “New” and then “Disk Image from Folder”
Set the Image Format to “read/write” and the Encryption to “128-bit AES”
If you do not intend on using the encrypted image as a working folder that you can add and remove documents from, you can choose an Image Format other than “read/write”.
An encrypted disk image will be created based on the folder you specified, it may take a while if the folder is large or your Mac is slow.Accessing the Encrypted Folder & Contents
After the encryption procedures is finished, you’ll now be able to access and use the encrypted folder. To summarize steps of accessing the encrypted folder and how to properly use it to maintain security:
Enter the password used during the initial encryption setup – do NOT check “Remember password”
Access the encrypted folder and the contents as a mounted virtual disk, you can modify, copy, edit, delete, and add to it
When finished, close the files and eject the virtual image to re-secure the folder and files and require a password for future access
Just as when creating the disk image password, always uncheck the box saying “Remember password in my keychain” or else you will store the password and lose the security benefit of the encrypted image since anyone with access to your user account could open it. This also applies to transferring the encrypted folder image to another Mac.
With a readable and writable encrypted disk image, you can treat it as a normal folder and copy, delete, or move files from the image. Anything brought into the image while mounted will become encrypted automatically under the same protective layer with the same password.
When you are finished working with the folder and want it password protected again, simply unmount the disk image.
Regaining access again will require the password before it can be mounted and available.
The short video below demonstrates the entire process, in less than a minute you can encrypt a folder with password protection and mount it for access.
Remember, do not forget the password, or else you will lose access to the data stored within the encrypted folder for good. This is important, because the security level of the encryption format is so strong that it’s virtually impossible to break, thus a lost password means lost data.
Note: This will only encrypt and password protect the folder specified, if you are looking for full disk encryption for literally every single thing on the Mac, you would want to enable FileVault instead. FileVault applies similar encryption methodology to the entire hard drive automatically.
Apple during the keynote here at San Francisco’s Moscone West just announced the next major version of its desktop operating system powering Macs. As rumored, Mac OS X 10.10 is codenamed “Yosemite” and focuses on clarity, translucency and precise typography resembling iOS 7. It also has a dark mode and much more, detailed right after the break…
Apple CEO Tim Cook opened his segment by noting that while the computer industry as a whole has declined five percent year-over-year, Macs grew by twenty percent.
The installed base of Macs has swelled to 80 million as a result.
Over 40 million copies of Mavericks have been installed sine its debut last Fall. That makes over 51 percent of installed base working on Mavericks versus just fourteen percent of Windows adoption.
It’s the fastest adoption ever of any operating system in PC history he said, jokingly remarking that “I knew somebody was gonna ask so I did a chart.”
There’s an all new Notification Center akin to that in iOS 7, except it can now show widgets from apps that export them.
There’s a brand new dark mode UI as well.
And, the all-new Spotlight appears anywhere on the screen under the mouse cursor and it now taps into the information both local and online, using a number of web sources, making it that much more useful.
For example, it’ll do movie showtimes, entries from Wikipedia, online maps, Bing results, restaurants and so forth
Spotlight will now collate information from a bunch of sources like before, presenting different pieces of data in a more obvious manner.
For example, searching for a contact would also produce a list of recent documents and email messages sent to Phil. Again, like before, only presented in a more visually pleasing manner.
You’ll also notice the translucent title bar of each window showing your underlying content.
Mail in Yosemite promises to be more powerful while addressing the fundamental problem with email – large attachments.
Now, with a technology called Mail Drop instead of your message bouncing off mail servers, you can send your attahcment up to five gigabytes in size encrypted via iCloud.
If your recipient has a Mac, they get the message just like before. If they are someone else, they get a secure link to an attachment where they can download the file. More on that feature in another article here.
The new Markup feature in OS X Yosemite Mail allows you to touch up image attachments without using a third-party application. For example, you could draw pretty arrows, add text, created cartoon bubbles and much more.
Sfari in Yosemite shows all your smart search suggestions and Spotlight suggestions right there in the completion menu, with previews of suggestion snippets, which is really nice. It can now Subscribe to RSS feeds that show in Shared Links and it’s better with a reworked tab view, with stacks for invidivual websites.
You can create a new Private window alongside your ordinary windows. Previously, launching a Private window would close all your existing windows.
It now supports SPDY, WebGL, HTML5 Premium Video to efficiently stream video and other modern technologies.
It’s more power efficient, too – up to two hours longer battery life for streaming from Netflix on a MacBook.
Another new Yosemite feature – Continuity.
This allows for much easier and seamless transitions between mobile and desktop devices. This extends to the new Instant Hotspot feature, Messages, phone calls and more.
For instance, when you receive a phone call, you Mac shows a notification. You can accept a call on your Mac and it can even use the computer as a speakerphone. More on Continuity is available in this post.
OS X Yosemite will be available this Fall as a free download this Fall.
Registered Apple developers can download a preview version of the software today and people who are on the OS X Beta Seed Program will be able to download Yosemite betas during the summer (so, not immediately).
The Mac now has the highly desirable “Cut and Paste” file feature throughout the Mac OS X desktop and Finder, allowing users to truly cut and paste to move the selected documents or folders to a new location, rather than just making a copy of them. In this sense, the cut & paste ability behaves much like the Windows explorer counterpart, and it represents a fast and efficient way to move and relocate files from one location to another location, without using the standard drag & drop approach that has been standard on the Mac since the origins of the OS.
Using the cut and paste file feature can be seem a little tricky at first, but it’s really not complicated. All you need to do is learn to differentiate the keystrokes that make the action happen. Let’s cover exactly how to cut and paste to move files and folders around on the Mac.
How to Cut & Paste Files and Folders in Mac OS X with Keyboard Shortcuts
What you need to do first is select files in the Mac file system browser, known as Finder, and then combine a series of keyboard shortcuts. The keystrokes necessary for cutting and pasting files on the Mac are as so:
FIRST: Command+C copies the files or documents in the Finder, note they won’t be ‘cut’ yet
SECOND: Command+Option+V pastes the documents into the new desired location on the Mac, cutting it from the prior locating and moving it to the new location
Remember, you must have a file selected for the cut & paste to work on Mac.
Important: If you just hit Command+V you will only move a copy of the files into the new location, as in a true copy and paste, rather than a cut and paste function. Notice holding down the Option key also changes the menu text to show “Move Items Here” to further signify the difference if you use the menu based approach described below.Cutting & Pasting Files on Mac with Menu Options
You can also cut & paste files and folders entirely from the Edit menu in the Mac Finder.
Select the files / folders you wish to move in the Finder, then pull down the “Edit” menu and choose “Copy”
Now navigate to the new location in the Finder where you want to ‘paste’ the files to
Go back to the ‘Edit’ menu in Finder and hold down the OPTION key to reveal “Move Items Here” (the Paste command changes to this, choose that to complete the file cut and paste in Mac OS X
You must hold down the “Option” key to reveal the “Move Items Here” choice to actually cut and paste (move) the files.
You’ll notice that you can’t select “Cut”, which is why you choose “Copy” in the Finder instead. The Copy command turns into “Cut” when you go to “Move” with the Paste command. You can watch this sequence directly by pulling down the menu itself to see the accompanying keystrokes as well, you’ll find it in all modern versions of MacOS and Mac OS X:
Being able to cut and paste files and folders is a feature many Windows converts have been wanting for a long time. Prior to this, users would drag and drop items into their new locations to move them, or use the command line mv tool. Those methods still work too as well, obviously, but the cut and paste methodology is a very welcome addition for many Mac users.
This works the same within MacOS Mojave, Sierra, macOS High Sierra, El Capitan, OS X Yosemite, OS X Mountain Lion and Mac OS X Mavericks, and will likely continue as a feature in the future versions of the MacOS desktop as well.
Drag and drop is an essential feature on the Mac that is used frequently for interactions in the Mac OS Finder and throughout other applications, so obviously if drag and drop stops working seemingly out of the blue, you’ll want to resolve that fairly quickly. While this is a somewhat rare issue, a failure of drawing and dropping capabilities does happen frequently enough that we get questions about it, and it’s thereby worth covering. You’ll find that if you can’t drag and drop at all, troubleshooting the issue is the same regardless of whether you use a trackpad or mouse with a Mac, so read on to resolve the issue.
How to Fix Drag & Drop Not Working on Mac : 6 Troubleshooting Tips
For best results you’ll probably want to try these in order, they’re arranged in order of simplicity to slightly more complex.WAIT! First, Check the Hardware for Gunk & Grime!
Before we get started with any of the software based troubleshooting tips, check to see if there is any material, gunk, or grime buildup on the surface of the trackpad, or in the tracking surface of the mouse, and in the buttons. If there is, clean that off first, as physical obstructions can definitely cause weird behavior with input interfaces. If you’ve done that and you’re certain it’s not the cause of an inability to drag and drop, carry on with the tips below.Wait! Is the Mouse or Trackpad Bluetooth?
If the Mac Trackpad or Mac Mouse is Bluetooth, try simply turning Bluetooth off, and then turning Bluetooth back on again.
An easy way to turn off and on Bluetooth is through the Bluetooth menubar item near the top right corner of the Mac display. You can also toggle Bluetooth off and back on again from the Bluetooth preference panel within System Preferences, accessible from the Apple menu.
Sometimes simply toggling Bluetooth off and on again resolves quirky issues including a failure of drag and drop to work. You will also want to make sure the batteries or battery of the Bluetooth mouse or trackpad is charged and they are working, if the battery is low you may notice weird behavior like some mouse and cursor activity not working as expected.
If you’re still experiencing issues with drag and drop on the Mac, proceed with the next set of troubleshooting steps.1: Forcibly Restart the Mac Finder
If drag and drop is failing in file system interactions, often the easiest solution is to simplyrestarting the Finder, which is quite easy:
Hit Command+Option+Escape to bring up the “Force Quit” menu
Close the Force Quit menu
Try using drag and drop again, does it work? It should work fine now, but if it doesn’t we have a few other troubleshooting trick…2: Reboot the Computer
Rebooting often works to resolve drag and drop issues when restarting the Finder has failed. This is particularly true if you’re one of us who basically never reboots their Mac.
Go to the Apple menu and choose “Restart”
When the Mac boots up again, try to use drag and drop as usual
Drag and drop working in Mac OS X now? Great! If not… well we have yet another solution, so fear not!3: Trash Related plist Files & Reboot
If you have already forced the Finder to relaunch and rebooted the Mac but you’re still experiencing issues with dragging and dropping, it’s quite likely the problem comes down to a preference file. Thus, we’ll trash the preferences and start anew, which is an effective technique for troubleshooting strange behavior for a Mac mouse and trackpad, and then reboot the Mac again.
You’ll be deleting some user level preference files here, it’s a good idea to complete a back up of the Mac first just in case you break something:
Locate the following plist file(s) from the user Library Preferences folder:
Delete those preference files and reboot the Mac again
Once again, try using drag and drop where you were experiencing the original failures in Mac OS X, it should work just fine at this point.
Go to the Apple menu and to System Preferences
After iTunes erroneously deleted my music collection a few years ago, I started looking for alternatives. Being a part-time Windows user, I had grown to love the simplicity of Winamp, with its file and folder based music management. Unfortunately there was no port available on OSX. Thankfully, I stumbled across a little open source project named Cog.
Cog is a lightweight music player, which supports many audio file-types including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, Apple Lossless, Musepack, Monkeys Audio, Shorten, Wavpack, Wave/AIFF and much more. It also offers HTTP streaming, as well as some neat features like gapless playback, support for Apple remotes, chúng tôi integration and Growl notifications. Additionally, it lets you specify which audio output device to use, should you happen to have more than one.Layout
The layout is as straightforward as they come. It has a window which serves as the playlist, into which you can drag and drop music from Finder or the “file drawer”. You are able to save and load playlists, and both m3u and pls formats are supported. There are also options to turn on shuffle and repeat as one would expect from any music player, and you are able to search the playlist to jump quickly to a specific file.Music Library
Some people find iTunes’ management of our music folders less than ideal, in the way that it reorganises and renames files and folders. As mentioned earlier, my music collection suffered a catastrophic setback a few years ago when iTunes decided to delete the entire collection of files. I was able to recover most of it, but needless to say I’ll never trust iTunes again. Thankfully, Cog takes a very hands-off approach to managing your music.
Cog has what it calls the “file drawer”, which is basically an integrated finder window attached to the main playlist window. The first thing you’ll need to do is specify which folder to use as the base for the file drawer in the application preferences, as per the image below.Shortcut Keys
Cog supports the Apple remote and also lets you specify shortcut keys in the preferences, under the “Hot Keys” tab. It also offers full support for media keys, should your Mac keyboard have them. One issue you might run into, however, is that iTunes might also start when you use one of these keys.Conclusion
All in all, if you’re looking for a music player that won’t chew up a lot of RAM and is fast and functional, Cog’s the app you’ve been waiting for.
You can find and download the latest release of Cog here.
JJ runs a company that specialises in IT Support and cloud IT Solutions in Australia. He also moonlights as a tech blogger.
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