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How to use Twitter: Tweeting Tips & Tricks

Twitter is an amazing public resource, and has grown from a niche micro-blogging website into a valued communication tool that is often the worldwide source for breaking news. Anyone can set up and use Twitter, and sometimes it seems like everyone already has. The basic premise of only having 140 characters with which to say something has become something of an art form for some users – depending on who you decide to follow on Twitter, your timeline will be…

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Apple File System (APFS) FAQ

With the release of macOS High Sierra and its upgrade for SSD-based startup volumes to Apple File System (APFS), Macworld readers had many questions about how this new filesystem—more efficient and reliable for SSDs—will interact with older Macs, hard drives, networked filesharing, and more. Here are the answers. Many questions revolve around a concern that files stored on an APFS-formatted volume won’t be readable or usable elsewhere. Generally, a filesystem structure only affects the way in which documents are stored…

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Learn How to Code and Program

If you want to learn to code, we explain which languages you should learn and how to start programming and creating your own apps, websites, and more. Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, programming is not only rewarding – it can earn you good money, too. From 7-22 October 2017 it’s EU Coding Week (the astute among you will note this is in fact two weeks) and this makes it is an ideal time to learn to code. You…

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How to use Spotify Time Capsule

Two years ago Spotify introduced Discovery Weekly, a playlist compiled every Monday with two-hours of personalized music tailored specifically to a user’s musical taste. The feature combines the musical preference of the listener with popular songs enjoyed by other Spotify users, resulting in a unique mixtape full of new discoveries. Discover Weekly appeared to be an instant hit, reaching 1.7 billion streams in between July and December of 2015. According to Spotify, the number of users that enjoyed this feature has…

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macOS High Sierra: Startup SSD volume must be APFS; other drives can wait

Some Macworld readers are concerned about upgrading to macOS High Sierra, which offers the new APFS (Apple File System) that replaces the nearly 20-year-old HFS+ filesystem. APFS offers a lot of advantages for SSD performance and durability, as well as encryption for any type of drive. But it’s not backwards compatible with older versions of OS X or macOS. You’re required to upgrade any SSD startup volume when you install High Sierra—there’s no way to prevent it. There was a…

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How to remove old sent messages from Mail in macOS

Email is one of those programs that you use, and then you realize that you have files dating back from a long time ago. Macworld reader Chris want to take control of the message in Apple’s Mail, specifically the messages he has sent. I swear I used to be able to control how long my sent mailbox kept old sent messages—I’m sure I set it to 1 month! Now, however, I cannot find any pop-up or drop-down menus (like Junk…

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How to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets in Apple Numbers on a Mac

How to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets in Apple Numbers on a Mac | Macworld Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Roman Loyola Senior Editor, Macworld | Sep 9, 2017 3:00 AM PT “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); If you use Microsoft Excel on your Mac, you can save the spreadsheets you create and open them in Numbers, Apple’s spreadsheet app. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access…

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How to open Microsoft Word documents in Apple Pages on a Mac

How to open Microsoft Word documents in Apple Pages on a Mac | Macworld Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Roman Loyola Senior Editor, Macworld | Sep 9, 2017 3:00 AM PT “);});try{$(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({threshold:0,forceLoad:false,onLoad:false,onComplete:false,timeout:1500,debug:false,xray:false});}catch(exception){console.log(“error loading lazyload_ad “+exception);}}); If you use Microsoft Word on your Mac, you can save the documents you create and open them in Pages, Apple’s word processor. It’s a handy feature to use in case you can’t access…

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How to copy a Live Photo from your Mac back to an iOS device

Apple’s Live Photos are a lot of fun and provide more context than your typical photo. When your iPhone is full of them, you may want to offload your Live Photos to your Mac. That’s easy. But what if you have a favorite Live Photo on your Mac and you want to move it back to your iPhone? Reader Jonas Marel has this problem. How can I transfer my Live Photo from my iPhone 6s to my Mac and back…

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15 Google Docs tips everyone should know

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus Google offers one of the best word processors in the market with its Docs app. It is responsive, built into the cloud and comes packed with advanced collaboration features. But like most things, it can also be infuriating, tricky to use and sometimes limited. To make your overall editing experience a bit better, we offer some tips on how to get the most from Google Docs. Here are 15 Google Docs tips everyone should know… Read…

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How to make a bootable USB installation drive

Apple distributes macOS High Sierra through the App Store. You need an internet connection, and the download will be over 5GB, so it’ll take a few minutes. For a single Mac, the installation process through the App Store works well, but if you have several Macs, it’s not efficient. That’s why I like to create a bootable installation drive. I can use the drive on each Mac I need to upgrade, saving me from the process of entering an Apple ID and…

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How to recover your files when your Mac won’t start up properly

When your Mac won’t finish its startup process, how do you get access to the data? That’s the problem facing reader Norma Moncrieff with her 2013 MacBook Pro. It won’t boot up. It does turn on, starts to load then freezes. I took it into Apple and they suggested a recovery service. She’d like to recover her photos. While Norma writes that she tried a lot of advice she’d found on the internet, I’m not sure precisely how Apple evaluated…

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How to Download YouTube Video to Android

Watching YouTube video is one of our favourite pastimes on an Android phone or tablet, but doing so out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot can place a heavy burden on a mobile data connection. Thankfully, you can use an app such as Tubemate to download YouTube videos for offline watching. If you want to download videos to something other than an Android device, you might also see how to download YouTube to an iPad or iPhone, and how to download YouTube to…

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iTunes 12.7: How to cope with the abrupt changes

iTunes 12.7 appeared Tuesday following Apple’s slate of product announcements, and its version number hides how much that’s disappeared and changed in this release. The iOS App Store is wiped out, as are ringtones. iTunes U and Internet Radio have moved locations. And iTunes for Windows lost its ability to manage books in iOS. IDG The first time you launch iTunes 12.7, it gives you this hilarious bit of fluff about the changes made. While many people have argued iTunes’…

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How to Post a GIF on Facebook

Facebook has in the past avoided the use of GIFs on its social network, fearing that along with its autoplaying video the News Feed would become overly cluttered. But Facebook users love a meme, and memes and GIFs go hand in hand. GIFs are about to get even more popular too, now that they can easily be created within iOS 11 as well as on top-end smartphones such as the Galaxy S8. These can be posted on Facebook simply by clicking…

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