How To Set Up iMessages on Mac OS X Yosemite

imessage set up maciMessages on my Mac is something I can no longer seem to live without! This App is brilliant when you tend to be on your computer more than a few hours per day and if you work online like me.

Mac iMessages work pretty much the same as they do on your iPhone and iPad. Sending pictures, videos and messages via iMessage couldn’t be easier. A reason why I prefer to send messages from my Mac is that I’m faster typing on a computer than my iPhone, pictures and video’s tend to send quicker on your Mac, and you can send work documents and voice memo’s in a flash.

Did you know that Yosemite iMessages is now able to send SMS messages via your Mac too, as before you could only send a message to someone that had their iMessages activated my internet, mobile data etc  that’s Pretty cool eh.

 

How To Set Up iMessage on Your Mac Computer

A lot of people can have a few issues on setting up their Mac for iMessages for the first time, but here is a step by step easy guide on how to set up in minute

1) Firstly you will need to locate your iMessages app by either opening it from your Dock with a click or by going to your application folder and opening it from their.

2) Once you have opened up the application go to the above toolbar and click on iMessage that will be in bold.

3) A menu will automatically pop up > Select Preferences from that menu.

4) Now click the tab that says Accounts

5) You will notice a couple of account options such as BonjouriMessage, Aol etcClick the tab iMessage to proceed as this will be your main account for sending messages.

setting up imessages

6) You will need your Apple ID to activate and set up iMessages. If you have your ID at the ready now’s a good time to enter your ID and password.

7) You will now notice that iMessages is activated with your Apple ID email address for your Mac as the main address.

8) If you would like to add your mobile number to the list select your mobile number which should come up by default when you sign in with your Apple ID. If you mobile number is not an option you can choose to add it in manually.

9) Choose which contact details you would like to start new conversations from your email(s) or phone number. Meaning when you send an iMessage from your Mac the message will arrive at your contacts phone or computer from your phone number or email address. I personally prefer to choose start conversation from my mobile number.

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iMessage Set Up Tips

  • To double check your iMessage is definitely up and running try sending a message to yourself. Either by iPhone, iPad etc.
  • If you have multiple Apple devices set up for iMessage you will receive that same message on all your devices that are activated.
  • Sometimes there can be a delay when turning your computer on to receive iMessages you may have already received on your iPhone.

Guide to OS X Yosemite’s Mac Calendar ‘Options’

iCalendar on Mac is a fantastic way to keep your world organised, never forget a important dates or events again. You can keep up to date with loved ones birthday’s, doctors appointments and use it to stay on schedule with work deadlines. You can even set alerts for them so you can be reminded in advance, giving you plenty of time to prepare. You can even create several different Mac Calendar to suit your lifestyle, perhaps one for work, home or even a dedicated Mac calendar for upcoming Weddings etc.

 

How to Set Up Default Mac Calendar

 

Before we explore the various useful Mac Calendar options, we need to set you up with a default Mac iCalendar, then we can jazz it up by activating and editing the various calendar preferences.

How to Set Up Default Mac Calendar

1.) First you need to find your mac calendar app. You will usually spot the calendar icon sitting in your mac doc on the desktop, or by locating it in your Launchpad.

2.) Next click on the Mac Calendar icon to open up the app.

3.) Once the app has fully booted up,  click on the ‘Calendar’ tab in the apps toolbar.

4.) From the drop down menu select the option ‘Preferences’

A new window will pop up, this is your mac calendars personal preferences, In here you will be able to edit settings to ensure your calendar works exactly how you want it to. At the top of the window you will see four tabs: General Accounts, Advanced and Alerts. Lets see what they all offer…

 

Meet the Mac Calendar Options

 

Mac Calendar ‘General’

Below is a list of the general mac OS X Yosemite calendar options you can expect to find, customise it at your will for what suits you best.

OS X Yosemite Mc Calendar general options

  • Days per week – choose 5 or 7
  • Start Week on – Select which day you would like your calendar to start on, default is Monday
  • Scroll in week view by – Choose by Day, Week,
  • Day Starts at – Default is set to 8am
  • Day ends at – Default 18:00
  • Hours at a time – 6 to 12
  • Default Calendar – Choose Work or Home
  • Show Birthday
  • Show Holidays
  • Show alternate Calendar – Choose from Chinese, Hebrew or Islamic.

 

 

Mac Calendar ‘Accounts’

Here you can set up as many accounts as you like from: iCloud, Facebook, Google, Yahoo etc.

OS X Yosemite Mc Calendar accounts

To Add an account, on the left hand side of the options box click the icon that is in the shape of a plus sign (+). Once activated, every time you add an event to these calendars they will all be updated automatically.

To disable an account un-check the option Enable This Account

 

Mac Calendar ‘Alerts’

Listed under the alerts tab are:

OS X Yosemite Mc Calendar alerts

Events – Decide wether you want alerts at time of events, 5 mins before, 10 mins before, 15mins etc or even hours or days before that event has started (perfect to ensure you don’t forget to buy that all important anniversary gift).

All day events – Add alerts for 1 day before even, or the day of the event, 1 week before so you’re extra prepared!

Birthdays – On day of birthday (9am), 1 day before, 2 days before or 1 week before (1 week makes sense to by those pressies early!)

You can select an option use the selected alerts on this computer only, if you deselect the option you will have alerts across your accounts.

At the bottom of the OS X Yosemite Calendar alerts section you will see two final options:

‘Turn off shared calendar messages in Notification Centre’

‘Turn off invitation messages in Notification Centre’

You can turn both both of these one by ticking the relevant boxes, opt to have neither of them activated or just one out of the two.

 

Mac Calendar ‘Advanced’ Tab

Most of these options are unchecked by default, to activate them just tick the box and it will automatically be taken into account.

OS X Yosemite Mc Calendar advance options

Turn on time zone support

Show events in year view

Show week numbers

Open events in seperate windows

Ask before sending changes to events

 

Once you close down your Mac Calendar it will disappear from view but remember all of your events will be securely saved. A great fast track way to view your calendar on mac is to swipe two fingers across your trackpad to the right, this should bring up your dashboard and Calendar options.

Please keep posted for the next part of our Calendar article where we will be doing a tutorial on creating events.

Personalizing Your Mac Part 5 – OS X Yosemite

In part 5 of Personalizing your Mac we will be covering how to add folders to sidebars, setting your screen corners and looking at your mouse and trackpad setting.

Lets get things kicked off with Adding folders to your sidebar.

If you didn’t already know your main sidebar in finder window has three main sections, these sections are:

1) Devices – These will include your disk drives, hard drives, USB’s , DVD’s and so on

2) Favorites – These will include a range of folders from Documents, Downloads, Dropbox, iCloud, Pictures etc

3) Shared – These are your networked drives

 

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Mac Sidebar

If you find yourself working on an assignment, instead of having to go back and forth between folders in your documents which can be a pain at the best of times, you can decide to add your work folders to you Sidebar to make navigating easier.

1) All you have to do is drag the folder onto the sidebar and drop. Another alternative is to drag and drop the folder on your Desktop for another quick way to access an important folder.

2) To access your folder contents double click the folder icon and the items will pop up.

 

Setting up Mac Hot Corners

Sounds a little bazaar but the corner of your display screen can be very handy for shortcuts and multiple functions. To access Hot Corners open up system Preferences.

How to use Mac Hot Corners

Functions that can be activated in hot corners are:

1) Launchpad

2) Applications Windows

3) Start Screen Savers

4) Disable Screen Saver

5) Desktop

6) Dashboard

7) Put Display to Sleep

8) Notification Centre

 

How to customise Mac Hot Corners

1) Open up System Preferences

2) Select Misson Control

3) At the bottom of the window of options you will see a button named Hot Corners, click this button

4) Active Screen Corner will now show, by default they will be empty.

5) Click on the boxes for each corner and choose an option you might want activated.

5) You can leave some corners empty and say 1 or 2 activated.

6) To disable a setting select the (-) dash and that hot corner will no longer be set.

 

Mac Mouse and Trackpad Settings

As you might already know that your trackpad and wireless mouse are extremely customisable. You can change the speed of your trackpad/mouse, gestures, as well as scrolling directions.

 

1) In system Preferences click on Trackpad or Mouse depending on which you are using.

2) Settings will now pop up that you can change.

3) With Point and Click setting you can choose to select the following, Click with one tap, Secondary click with two fingers, Look up tap with three fingers, Three finger drag will move items with Three Fingers.

mac trackpad gestures

Other options in Trackpad include:

Scroll and Zoom

  • Scroll direction natural – contents track finger movement
  • Zoom in or out – Pinch with two fingers
  • Smart Zoom – Double tap with two fingers
  • Rotate – rotate with two fingers

More Gestures

  • Swipe between pages – Scroll left or right with two fingers
  • Swipe between full screen apps – swipe left or right with four fingers
  • Notification centre – Swipe left from the right edge of trackpad with two fingers
  • Missions control – swipe up with four fingers
  • App expose – swipe down with four fingers
  • Launhpad – pinch with thumb and three fingers
  • Show desktop – spread with thumb and three fingers

These are just some of the configurations you can select to get the most out of your Trackpad.

Personalising Your Mac In Yosemite – Part 4

Well you’ve made it, we are finally onto the last part of personalising your Mac, the previous four articles covered customisation on your Mac such as Changing your icon and folder sizes, personalising wake and sleep setting, adjusting dock size, setting hot corners and much more.

In this article there will be step by step guides on… customising keyboard shortcuts, experimenting with sound alerts and Trash edit.

Ok so lets get started!

 

Customising  Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

As you might already know there are soooo many keyword shortcuts some default and some you can add yourselves. Most shortcuts cross over into Apps, such as

⌘+C (Copy)

⌘+V (Paste)

⌘+P (Print)

⌘+ X (Cut)

⌘+ Z (Undo)

⇧ (Shift Key)

fn (Function Key)

⇪ (Caps lock)

⌃ (Control key)

⌘+⇧+3 (Screenshot/Capture)

⌘+⇧+4 (Adjusted screen capture)

⏏ (Eject key)

 

1) To change your shortcut settings go to > Apple Menu > System prefrences > Keyboard

2) Now click on Keyboard Shortcuts

3) You can modify the shortcuts to your hearts content!

personalising your mac

Changing Mac Sound Alerts

Sounds alerts are made on your computer when a task is completed, an email comes through, or an iMessage from friends, basically it’s your computers way of communicating with you!

To change the sound of your alerts for something more like minded to you:

1) On your Dock open System Preferences (Or go to Apple Menu) > Sound

2) Click on Sounds

3) Have a stroll through the various sounds and pick which ones you’re happy with

4) When you exit System Preferences it should ask you to save your changes, if you are happy with your choices hit save

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Well did you know you can add sounds of your own? I know pretty cool! but they must be in AIFF format to work. Go on give it a whirl:

1) On your Mac enter ~Library/Sounds

2) Drag your AIFF file into your sounds folder

3) Go to Apple Menu > System prefrences > Sounds

4) Click on the Sound Effects tab

5) Your sounds should now be added to the list! to activate that sound just select it.

 

How To Empty Mac Trash Can Without A Warning Popup

A lot of people find it incredibly annoying that every time you want to delete items from the trash it comes up with a warning popup. If you are one of those folks, then by all means lets get rid of it! BEWARE: by taking the warning popup off you must be 110% certain you are happy for the trash contents to be deleted without the prior heads up. Personally I don’t see any harm in it, and at times has saved me from deleting some previous irreplaceable photos at the click of a button.

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If you’re sure you’d like to process follow these simple steps:

1) Go to Finder > Finder Preferences. Options will now pop up

2) Please select the Advanced tab

3) Uncheck the ‘Show warning before emptying the trash’

4) Congratulations no more trash warnings for you,  just follow the same steps to re-activate the warning.

If you are interested in our other How To tutorials on how to easily personalise your Mac, Please read articles 1-4 below.

Personalizing Your Mac Part 2

In our article ‘Personalizing Your Mac Part 1’, we covered renaming your Mac Hard Drive and setting up WallPapers and Screen Savers. In this tutorial we will be discussing Mac Clock Settings, Icon Customisation and so on.

So lets get started…

 

How To Change Your Mac Icon Size

You can easily change the size of your Mac icons with a few clicks. Some people prefer large icons  images and folders and while others like small neat ones, to clutter or not to clutter ;D

How To Change Your Mac Icon Size

Changing Mac icon Size:

1) Hold Ctrl key and click once on your trackpad or magic mouse. This will bring up a few options, the one we are looking for is Show View Options 

2) A rectangle grid will now put up and icon personalization, options include…

Icon Size – How big you want the Mac icon image to appear on your desktop. Using your mouse simply slide the arrow from side to side to alter the Mac icon size. You can preview the icons new dimensions on your desktop in live time.

Grid spacing – Spacing between the icons on the desktop or in folders. You can space them so it’s easy to distinguish items/ applications from each other.

Text size – The size of the writing on images or folders, the larger the writing is the more it will get cut off, the same applies to grid spacing (but perfect if you have misplaced your spectacles).

Label position – Where you want the text to show, the default is the bottom which I think works best but you can also choose to have the dock appear on the side of your screen.

Show icon preview – Having this clicked will show you a miniature preview of the image before you open it. Say for example you have loads of photos sprawled your desktop, you won’t have a clue which ones which if there is not a preview of each image. Very handy option indeed!

Sort by – If you are like me and have important folders on your desktop which you like to easily access, to prevent disorganisation you can sort them by name. Sort by options include – None, Kind, Date Modified, Date Created, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Size, and Tags. This options also apply to any items in documents and folders on your computer.

 

How to Change Mac Clock Display

1) On your Dock open System Preferences.

2) Click on Time & Date.

How to Change Mac Clock Display

3) You can select to show your clock in your menu bar or disable it, it will be activated by default.

4) Choose whether you would like Digital ( Numbers e.g 12:25) or analog. You can also display time with seconds!

5) Want the date to also show in the main menu bar, no problem just click this option to activate it.

6) Some folks prefer a 12 hour clock and some a 24, click the option that suits you best.

7) A bit strange and not many people have this option activated but you can choose to have a voice activation to annoucne the time on the hour. Quite handy if you are on a tight schedule.

 

Set Time Zone on Mac

You’ll want to set the correct time zone on your Mac so it will the correct present time for current location. This is also useful for your Mac calendar and certain Applications.

1) Make sure you check the box that says Set Time Zone Automatically Using Current Location

2) Once selected a Map will show and a pin will drop on your current location.

How to Personalize Your Mac Part 1

In this article I will be showing you how to personalize certain aspects of your Mac computer, such as customising Wallpapers and Screen savers, clock setting, and naming your Hard Drive.

Firstly lets start with naming your Hard Drive, so instead of it being called the default ‘Macintosh HD’ which I think is rather impersonal lets shake it up and add a custom name to make that computer really feel it’s your own.

1) The first thing to do is make sure that your Mac’s Hard Drive is showing on your desktop. If your HD is not already on your desktop go to your Finder toolbar and select Preferences > Show these items on desktop, and just make sure you highlight Hard Disks. Your Mac’s Hard Drive should now show on your desktop ready for personalisation.

2) Double click on the name of Macintosh HD on your desktop, be careful to click twice slowly.

3) After you have double clicked the name it will highlight in a colour (usually purple) and is now ready for editing! Delete the original name and add your own.

Change mac hard drive name

 

4) If you no longer want your Hard Drive to show on the desktop, just go back to step one and un-click Hard Disks from the list of items you want to see on your desktop and it will disappear.

Congratulation your Hard Drive now has a personalised name rather than the same name as millions of people around the globe!

 

Changing a Screen Saver on Mac

Screen Savers have been trending for quite some time now and show no sign of stopping, while I personally no longer use them they do inject that extra bit of personality for your computer. Changing a screen saver is pretty simple and you can experiement with loads of different types of designs.

1) On you Dock open System Preferences and click on Desktop & Screen Saver.

2) There will be two options to click, Desktop or Screen Saver – Choose > Screen Saver

3) Default Apple options will come up, select which one which suits you best. Once you have chosen which layout you prefer you can now add your own images, either from iPhoto or one you have selected from Google images.

Change Mac Screen Saver

4) When your image has been chosen you can now select a time after which you want your Screen Saver to pop up and start, a good timing is usually between 15-20mins but you can pick any time that suits you best.

 

How to Change Wallpaper on Mac

Basically very similar to activating a Screen Saver but even easier! Adding a wallpaper will activate an image onto your entire desktop screen and will be there permanantly until you change the image. Choose a favorite photo or a scenic landscape, whatever floats your boat as they say in England 🙂

1) On your Dock open up System preferences

2) Click on Desktop & Screen Saver

3) Click on the tab that says Wallpaper

4) As you will now see you will be presented by Apple’s default Wallpaper selections, choose from landscape, to animals and plants.

5) To add your own image drop your chosen image onto the square where it shows the current desktop picture, once dropped into the square it will automatically fill your desktop screen. If the drag and drop method isn’t for you then there is a folder on the left hand side menu that says ‘Pictures’ then browse though your photos and choose this way.

Changing Mac Wallpaper

In part 2 of personalizing your Mac, we will be covering customising your Mac icons options and setting up and changing your Mac Time and Date display.

How to Use ‘Mac Spoken Word’

Apple Mac computers are fantastic machines as they can be adapted to every users personal tastes, but most importantly – their needs! They have cleverly designs features that can enhance access and enjoyment for those of us who have visual and hearing impairments as well of the Mac enthusiasts who find using the mouse and trackpad tricky. For more information of these fab tools and features, please see our article ‘Mac Accessibility Features’.

My personal favourite feature is the the Mac ‘Spoken Word’ tool. While this tool is brilliant to help anyone who has recently sat on their spectacles and would like a little extra help reading the screen, it is also brilliant if you are feeling really lazy and can’t be bothered to command and control your screen using the mouse or trackpad.

 

What is Mac ‘Spoken Word’?

The Mac Spoken word is a great dictation function. It allows you to speak into your computer and control your screen. You can open up apps and even tell safari what keywords or phrases to search for on the internet.

Mac Spoken Word

 

How to Activate Mac Spoken Word

1.) Open up your Apple menu by clicking on the mini apple logo perched in the left corner of your toolbar.

2.) From the drop down menu please select the option ‘System Preferences’.

3.) Your System Preferences window will pop open displaying an array of handy icons. From the fourth row down, click on the icon titled ‘Dictation & Speech’ (it looks like a microphone).

4.) By default your ‘Dictation & Speech’ tool will be turned off. After all, it would be rather frustrating trying to do a bit of festive online Christmas shopping whilst your partner is watching Eastenders in the background, and all your computer is doing is acting on strange commands caught from the television set.

5.) We need to activated your Mac Spoken Word function. Once inside your Dictation & Speech window you will see the option ‘Dictation: On Off’. Click on the check mark next to ‘On’ to activate this groovy function.

6.) Finalise by pressing the ‘Enable Dictation’ in the mini pop down window.

mac dictation feature

7.) In the Dictation & Speech window you can also select the language you are speaking and edit and customise the keyboard shortcut.

 

How to Use Mac Spoken Word

1.) As soon as you switch on your Mac Dictation & Speech function, you can accessed via any relevant connected apps, by selecting ‘Edit > Start Dictation’ from the appellations toolbar.
2.) You will know when your Mac and application is ready to listen and take vocal commands when the mini microphone icon appears. Clearly say your command i.e. ‘save document’ then click on the ‘done’ button underneath the microphone when you have finished recording your text.

Tip: Did you know that even punctuation can be added with the dictation function. As normal just clearly speak in the terms such as ‘comma’ or ‘question mark’. These will then be cleverly converted into the appropriate symbols.

 

Text to Speech – Give Your Mac a Voice

As well as telling your computer what to do with vocal commands, you can set your computer to read out text to you.

How to Use Mac Spoken Word

You can edit and personalise your Mac ‘Text to Speech’ settings in the ‘Dictation & Speech’ window. At the top of the window are two tabs – Dictation and Text Speech. If you click on the ‘text speech’ tab you will pull up and array of functions to edit…. You can select a voice type from several female and male options. You can alter the speed in which your computer speaks to you. You can even ask it to vocally announce alerts and tell you the time and date.

How to Change Mac Accessibility Features

It is vital that everyone can get the same use and enjoyment out of using an Apple Mac computer. Apple Macs are particularly fab as they allow us to control and customise certain key features, such as setting groovy Mac screensavers, to assigning special icons and even setting our own made up keyboard shortcut codes. Even better than editing and personalising the visuals, we can also make sure the machine works smoothly for all our needs and abilities. This include those of us with visual and hearing impairments and also Mac lovers who have difficulties using the mouse and keyboard. In Mac OS X this is achieved through the functions of the ‘Accessibility Preferences’…

There are quite a few things we can edit to enhance different areas of your Mac, lets explore…

How to Change Mac Accessibility Features

 

How to Find Mac Accessibility Features

1.) Click on your Apple logo perched in the left corner of your toolbar.
2.) From the drop down menu please select ‘System Preferences’.
3.) From the fourth row, select the icon titled ‘Accessibility’.
4.) In the Accessibility window you will noticed there is a column displaying all of the items you can edit and enhance. Scroll through the list and click on whichever icon is appropriate to you. Once the icon is highlighted you will see the various customisable options in the right hand section of the window.

Mac Accessibility features are broken down into three main categories – Seeing, Hearing and Interacting…

 

Mac ‘Seeing’ Category

Change Mac Accessibility FeaturesDisplay
At the very top of the list is an icon that looks like a mini Apple Mac monitor, this is the ‘Display’ functions. If you click on it you will get options to alter the display colours, enhance the contrast and alter the size of the all important cursor head.

Zoom
Making the most out of your Macs zoom features and shortcuts is a very useful if you don’t want to dramatically increase the size of everything on screen, instead you can just zoom in and enlarge areas when you need. Perfect for when I loose my spectacles.

On the right side you will see there are options to activate various keyboard shortcuts to multiple zoom functions and styles.

VoiceOver
The VoiceOver option is a brilliant features that provides spoken descriptions of what is showing on your screen and makes it easy to control your computer through the use of your keyboard.
Just click on the box to enable this fab feature. Here you can also get some useful VoiceOver training.

 

Mac ‘Hearing’ Category

Mac Accessibility FeaturesAudio
Generally we are made aware of Mac alerts with a little ping sound, which is not very useful if you find this tone difficult to hear. Under the Audio section you can enable ‘flash’ alerts instead. You can also make adjustments to your Sound preferences here.

Captions
A bit like subtitles on a TV programme, Mac have their own version called Captions. Here you can pick and choose different styles you would like to activate to pop up and greet you on screen.

 

Mac ‘Interacting’ Category

find Mac AccessibilityKeyboard
Inside this keyboard section you can enable and select various options for Sticky keys and Slow Keys.

Mouse & Trackpad
OS X comes already pimped out with some handy (excuse the pun) and fun trackpad and mouse shortcut gestures. Here you can go through video tutorials and even edit and personal the movements to make them easier to remember.

Switch Control
Switch control is a cool and powerful tool that allows your Mac to be controlled using one or more switches. These switches can come from your mouse, keyboard, gamepad buttons or dedicated devices. At the top of switch control sections you will notice four tabs labeled General, Switched, Navigation and Timing. Inside each one are further options you can edit and select.

Speakable Items
Mac speakable Items is a truly awesome function, my favourite in fact. It always you to control your computer with your voice. You can opening up apps, chose items off a menus and more…
There are quite a lot of options you can activate, just navigate your way through the three tabs – Settings, listening Key and Commands.

Tip – At the bottom of the Accessibility window is a the option ‘Show Accessibility status in menu bar’, tick this for easy access to your saved options in the future.

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

One of the many reasons I love Apple Mac computers, is because they make it super easy to customise so many important elements of your computer, making your Mac really suit your needs and personality. On top of fun customisations, such as jazzing up your screensaver image and even personalising your keyboard short cuts, you can change your Macs resolution…

Unless we are using our Macs to listen to the latest chart topping tunes, we are using it directly and (in my case) spending hours at a time starring at a screen. As so much of our computer lives are spent exploring the screen it is vital that we set the resolution that best suits our needs.

For example, the resolution controls how big or how small an item or icon appears to us as well as the clarity. If your folders and apps are too small you can easily end up suffering from eye strain, and if they are too big, you will be left endlessly scrolling up and down your screen trying to see everything.

 

What is Mac Screen Resolution?

Effectively, resolution is the number of colour dots displayed in an area of  a screen, this could your a computer screen, TV monitor, phone screen etc. Computer screen resolution is all to do with picture quality and sharpness, so the higher we set our resolution (squeeze in more coloured dots per fixed area) the sharper the the image will appear. The lower the resolution the more graining and pixilated an image can look.

Tip – Discovering this, you may ask yourself ‘Why on earth would we not just set our screen resolution to the max and be wowed by the incredibly sharp image each time we log on?’ Did you that the higher your Macs resolution, the more power it will consume. If you are running low on battery power and are in the sticks with nowhere to charge your computer, then a trick to save energy is to lower your resolution.

 

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

1.) As usual, customising your Macs functions always begins with a trip to your System Preferences. So go ahead and click on the mini Apple logo in your toolbar (aka Apple menu), then select ‘System Preferences’ from the drop down.

Change Resolution on Mac

2.) From the second row, select ‘Displays’.

3.) A ‘Display’ window will pop up housing various options.

a.) If you wish to cruise around your Mac with the best picture quality available, under the Resolution category select the option ‘Best For Display’.

How to Change Screen Resolution on Mac

b.) If you want to go eco friendly and save some power or generally prefer the slightly more grainy look, then select the ‘Scaled’ option and select from one of the pre installed resolution settings.

4.) Inside this Display window you have no doubt noticed that you can edit the brightness of your screen using the slider. Perfect if have to work but are starting to feel a headache looming, as in you can just turn down the brightness.

How to Change mac Resolution

5.) Towards the top of the window you will see an additional tab titled ‘Colour’. Here you can select options for using different colour profiles and also calibrating your monitor. For general use, keep it switch on to ‘Colour LCD’ for a pleasing even blend of colour in your graphics.