How to Optimize the Usage of RAM on Mac?

“Beach ball of death”, “spinning wheel” and “rainbow pinwheel” are the things every Mac user hates to see on their machine. These dreadful signs usually reflect problems with the computer, for example, a failing hard drive, lack of free storage etc. However, if you see a spinning wheel on a relatively new Mac, most likely it is the result of insufficient RAM amount or its inefficient distribution among the apps and processes. If you’d like to learn how to manage your RAM effectively and keep your desktop or laptop as fast as it can possibly be – this article is for you.

Before describing methods of optimizing your Mac performance, let’s first find out what RAM is. Long story short, RAM or Random Access Memory is the ‘working memory’ of the computer and a thing that allows applications to be open and running alongside each other at the same time, so the more RAM you have – the better. Modern Mac computers come with at least 4GB of RAM, which can be upgraded (on certain models) to allow users perform more complicated tasks.

Checking your Mac’s Random Access Memory capacity can give you a hint in understanding the reasons for frequent freezes, slow boot, app crashes and other problems. Before taking steps to improve the performance of the computer, identify how many gigabytes of memory you have installed.

Now that you know what RAM is and how many gigs you have on your machine, we can move on to the tips on enhancing the performance of your Mac. Basically, there are three main methods of improving the speed of your computer:

  1. Upgrading RAM
  2. Tweaking and high-tuning the operating system
  3. Using specialized software.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these steps.

 

Upgrading RAM

Upgrading RAM, or, in other words, replacing the original pre-installed memory with a larger amount is an ultimately effective, but at the same time – quite expensive way of making your Mac work better. RAM upgrades are performed by Apple at the time of purchase of the device (certain MacBook Air models) or on demand of the customers, by Apple-authorized service providers or by third-party companies working without Apple’s certification. It is also possible to replace the RAM module on your own, however, if you don’t think you’re skilled enough in tearing down electronics, that’s not the best idea.

Those who want to upgrade RAM at the Apple Store should first make the appointment and come to the outlet at the time they have selected.

If you don’t have an Apple Store with a Genius Bar in your area, try finding your local authorized service provider. The technicians will replace old RAM modules with those of higher capacity. Of course, if your computer supports RAM upgrades.

Turning to third-party services should be considered as an option by those whose warranty has already expired or those who don’t have an Apple Store or Apple authorized service provider in the country.

If you know the difference between a screwdriver and a wrench, you can also upgrade RAM module on your own. You will need a compatible memory module, a set of tools for opening and disassembling your Mac and a good tutorial. Please note that a DIY-upgrade will void the warranty and may brick your computer, so be careful.

 

Tweaking and high-tuning the operating system

That is probably the most interesting part of this post. There’s a handful of methods of speeding up your Mac without replacing the RAM modules installed by default.

If you have a MacBook Air or an older MacBook Pro model, you won’t be able to physically upgrade RAM as it is soldered to the logic board. However, you can use some tweaks to make the operating system consume less memory. If you haven’t got a Mac right now, but plan to purchase it soon, keep one thing in mind: spend extra money, but choose the model with maximum amount of RAM or pay to upgrade the memory on the computers that have it soldered to the logic board.

Manage your login items

If you have a lot of applications set to launch automatically when you log in to your computer, the RAM consumption may rise drastically. To add/remove login items, open System PreferencesUsers & Groups, select a user and hit Login items. Remove the apps you don’t need to boot up alongside your operating system.

 

Control the amount of free storage on your drive

When the amount of RAM is not sufficient to handle all active processes, your Mac uses the free storage available on the hard drive or SSD, so make sure it is not stuffed with unused files (old documents, logs, caches etc.). Having at least several gigabytes of free storage on your Mac ensures you won’t see a beachball after you load your memory with something more difficult than internet browsing or listening to music.

 

Disable resource-intensive visual effects

  • Stop using animated desktop background
  • Open System PreferencesDock and make sure Automatically hide and show the Dock is unchecked
  • Go to System PreferencesDock and select Scale effect under Minimize windows using
  • Open System PreferencesMission Control and disable Dashboard (If you use OS X El Capitan, Dashboard is disabled by default)

 

Using specialized software

Users who are not very computer literate and those who simply don’t want to mess up with system settings, might consider using specialized software as the most acceptable option. Dedicated applications for RAM consumption optimization are much cheaper than physical memory upgrades, yet these apps can give you a hand in freeing up precious megabytes of RAM.

MacKeeper Memory Cleaner

MacKeeper Memory Cleaner is simple and effective tool for instant memory cleanup. Once opened, the utility scans all processes loaded in RAM and removes those that are inactive and unused by the system or current user. Apart from that, one can set up automatic cleanups and forget about opening the app each time the computer starts to work slower.

Together with Memory Cleaner, you get 16 other tools developed to make the more secure and efficient and this seems to be a good reason to give it a try. Want to know more? Read Mackeeper Review – Does It Actually WORK?’

You can find additional information about the product at its official website.

 

Memory Booster – RAM Optimizer

Basically, Memory Booster – RAM Optimizer is a Memory Cleaner alternative with a different design and a handy menu bar widget allowing you to keep an eye on the amount of free and used memory. The app utilizes the algorithms used by other popular cleaning utilities, so in terms of functionality is considered to be quite similar to the program described above. It lacks additional features included in the MacKeeper package, so it’s a good choice for those who don’t need any other tools to maintain their machines.

Head to the App Store to read more about Memory Booster – RAM Optimizer.

 

MemoryKeeper

MemoryKeeper is another App Store application for cleaning Random Access Memory. It’s probably the simplest and most intuitive tool among those mentioned in this and it’s absolutely free. RAM maintenance is lightning fast, apart from that, the design of MemoryKeeper is simply awesome. One can set up two cleanup modes, Quick and Full, as well as manage other options easily via the Preferences pane.

Read more about MemoryKeeper at its App Store page.

 

These are the simplest and the most effective steps that can help you perform more tasks with your Mac.

Do you know any other methods of RAM usage optimization on Mac computers? Let us know in the comments section down below.

How to Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus?

What is a Mac Virus

mac got a virusIn short a Mac virus is a nasty piece of code that infects and spreads throughout your cherished computer. Some Mac viruses can be relatively harmless and just cause your machine or certain apps to run a bit slow. Others however can permanently damage your Macs hard drive, delete important files and even spy on you to steal your valuable personal information.

There are different types of Mac viruses – the common Virus, Worms, Trojans and Spyware. Collectively they are sometime referred to as ‘Malware’.

 

How to Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus

Due to the different types of Mac malware having certain characteristics, there are various side effects your Mac can suffer from.

1.) Mac Running slow

Sometimes the rapidly spreading Mac virus can cause annoying physical side effects. You may notice your Mac beginning to run slowly without warning or perhaps your screen randomly freezes from time to time.

If you notice that your Mac is suddenly starts to suffer from any of these physical symptoms, then there is a chance your computer maybe infected with a virtual bug. We suggest you use a ‘Professional Mac Antivirus Software’ to eradicate the multiplying virus and rewind any damage it may cause.

 

2.) Apps Playing Up

Certain Mac viruses prefer to just focus on a single app. So even if your Mac in general is running smoothly but an application has started to act out, being slow, freezing, shutting down on auto etc, then you may still have a pest problem to fix.

 

3.) Can’t find Valuable Files

Some virus can actually munch up and delete saved files. So if you have just spent the past half an hour searching for a file you are adamant you saved, then a lurking infection may be the culprit.

 

4.) Your Internet Browser is Stuck

It is quite common for your internet browsers to get hijacked by a virtual nasty, especially since there are in the front line of fire for online bugs. You will be able to tell if your internet browser is infected as you will not be able to make changes to your homepage and general settings. The viruses can make it so difficult to restore any of the default settings that you usually have to delete you entire web browser and reinstall. Not the end of the world, but very annoying if you have a lot of stored bookmarks and saved passwords.

 

5.) The Worst Mac Virus Effect is…

The worse and potentially the most scary virus effect is noticing NOTHING…. If you have challenged by any of the above physical symptoms then the blessing in disguise it that you will be able to sort out the pest problem before any irreversible damage is done. Spyware infections can easily go unnoticed for quite some time and in my opinion the main Mac virus to be on guard about, especially if you shop online or do any online banking. Spyware is designed to silently go unnoticed. It lurks in the background waiting to take note of your valuable personal details, then it send over the date to a third party criminal.

As spyware is almost invisible but can have devastating effects, it is a good idea to regularly scan your Mac for virtual hidden nasties with a professional Mac Antivirus Software. Compare the top ones here ‘Best Mac Antivirus software Comparison Review’.

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus – OS X Yosemite

Can Macs Catch a Virus?

While Microsoft computers are known for being bombarded by a wall of ferocious viruses every time they go online, Mac computers are infamously naturally stronger. Macs come already equipped with a mild defense against nasty bugs. However, as the popularity of Apple products continue to rocket sky high, so do the amount of intrusive Mac targeted viruses. Unfortunately no Mac computer is 100% bullet proof by itself as mentioned here in this Apple disclaimer…

How to Scan Your Mac for Virus

BUT it can be with the backup of a dedicated Mac antivirus software…

 

What are Mac Viruses?

In a nutshell a Mac virus is a nasty bit of code that can latch onto you beloved computer and wreak havoc. They can damage your Mac internally and make it play up and run frustratingly slow. They can even lurk quietly waiting to take note of your important private details, yikes! They spread and infect via unassuming emails, clicking onto dodgy websites and can attach themselves onto any type of download i.e. apps, games, music etc. External devices such as CDs, DVDS and USB pen drive can even carry an infection.

If you to dig a littler deeper into the dark uninviting world of Mac viruses you will discover that there are several types of Mac viruses – the common virus, Mac spyware, Trojans and worms. They are collectively know as Malware.

For in-depth information on the different types of Mac malware and how they can terrorize your computer and files please check out Mac Antivirus Category.

 

How do You Know if your Mac is Infected by a Virus?

If your Mac has suddenly, uncharacteristically began to run slowly, started playing up or freezing, especially after a suspect download or website then your machine may be infected with a virus. However Mac viruses can be stealthy and room around in quiet disguise and you can go along time before even realising you have one, but then it could be too late… Because of this we suggest that every Mac user should scan their computers regularly with a professional Anti Virus Software, just to be on the safe side.

 

How to Scan your Mac for Viruses

The only answer really is to ‘install a dedicated Mac antivirus tool’ (a professional app from a reputable website and company of course, we wouldn’t want a dodgy free one infecting your computer…that would be ironic!)

For a comparison review with helpful charts, please check out ‘Best Mac Antivirus Software Comparison Review’.

Mac antivirus softwares

 

The best Free Mac antivirus software is probably ‘ClamXav’. While there are no thrills attached to this little app, it can do a good job of ratting out any lurking nastiest. It can scan your main computer and even certain selected files.The only downside is that this tool not very beginner friendly. But if you are a confident Mac user and know your stuff then by all means give it a whirl right now!

The best paid for apps are certainly Mackeeper, Norton and Kaspersky. Anyone of these softwares are the bees knees in the Mac antivirus software world, and know what they are doing. They are very obvious and easy to use and will hunt down and destroy all hidden Mac viruses. They will also help to fix any damaged caused by the once rouge viruses.

These softwares do vary in price quite a lot and come with different bonus features, so I would certainly suggest you check out the comparison review to help pick your favourite.

How to Physically Eject a Stuck Mac Disc

When a disc gets stuck in your Macs drive it can be very stressful. Luckily there are loads of great methods we can explore before you need to book in an emergency appointment with a Mac genius. Most of the tips and tricks are internal and make use of Application options and keyboard shortcuts.

In an ideal world we don’t want to forcefully removing a disc from your Mac as this may clause damage. Before you attempted any of the physical methods listed bellow please check out our articles on ‘How to Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac’ as it is highly likely one of these simple solutions will see an end to this prickly predicament and have your stubborn stuck Mac disc sliding out in a flash.

How to Physically Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac

However, sometimes your CD or DVD maybe jammed inside drive and is genuinely physically stuck. If this is the case then unfortunately it is very unlikely any internal methods will do the job. So If the above solutions have all failed and you are keen to get your surgical hands at the ready, then here are some ways to physical eject stuck disc on Mac…

 

Blow Debris Away

Your Mac disc may be stuck behind a little bit of built up debris.

1.) Blow into your Macs disc drive opening to try and release any build up dust, muck and debris.
Ideally you want to use an blowing instrument such as camera lens cleaner or an airbed or bike pump. If you don’t have access to any such tools then you can try blowing with your mouth, just be very careful not to spit into the disc drive, that would certainly set you back a little…

Tip: If you have a little make up or artist paint brush to hand then you could try and gently brush any debris away.

Note: There is much emphasis on the word ‘gently’ as inserting foreign objects can cause more damage!!

 

Push the Disc in further

It is possible that your Macs internal commands to eject your Macs stuck disc are not being correctly carried out because the disc is no fully inserted and therefore the computer can not read it. Gently persuading the disc to sit in the correct position can help to eject it.

1.) Locate another CD or DVD disc.

2.) Gently push the new disc into the drive and lightly nudge it against the existing one.

3.) Carefully pull out second disc.

4.) See if this has worked by carrying out some of the traditional internal disc ejection methods i.e. Holding down the eject key from the top right of your keyboard, or by drag and dropping the external devices icon over to your Trash Can located in your Mac dock.

 

Eject Mac Disc with a Business Card

Perhaps the disc is slightly jammed in the opening and is struggling to push out.

 

1.) Find a thin clean card, could be a plastic credit card or paper business card.

2.) Carefully insert it into your Mac disc drive and gently push pulsingly against the jammed disc.

 

Pull Out your Mac Disc Tray

If your Mac has a tray disc drive then you are in luck, these can be pretty easy to open up physically.

1.) Shut down your Mac computer first.

2.) Next look for the small hole on the disc tray.

3.) Straighten out a paperclip or find something of a similar size.

4.) Insert the end into the small hole to force eject the disc.

Another tip you could try if you have a tray disc drive is to restart your computer and gently push a thick piece of paper against the spinning disc for about a minuet. This slight pressure should prevent the CD or DVD from doing what it is supposed to do ‘spinning’ and in return the computer should automatically eject it thinking there is an error.

 

Visit an Apple Mac Technician

If you have exhausted all of the tips and tricks we have outlined in our stuck disc trouble shooting articles, then i’m afraid the final trick is to book your computer in to see a professional. Either a reputable computer shop that regularly deals with such problems or a take it to your local Mac genius bar and have a professional remove your stubborn stuck Mac disc.

Force Eject Mac Disc in OS X Yosemite – Pt3

In this batch of troubleshooting articles we are exploring the numerous ways to eject a disc stuck inside a Mac. While a jammed disc can induce heart palpitations, i’m sure one of the 17 easy tricks outlines in this chapter will getting it popping out pronto! Catch up with the previous articles here…

How to Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac OS X Yosemite – Pt1

How to Force Eject Disc Stuck in Mac OS X Yosemite – Pt2

Now lets get back to work!

 

Force Eject stuck Mac disc with ‘Power Restart

This is a restart with a difference. There are two main power eject restarts we can explore. Before you execute any of them of please make sure you turn off your Mac the correct way and leave it to rest a few minuets.

force eject disc mac

Method one

1.) Restart your Mac by pressing the power button.

2.) As soon as the Mac starts to spring into life, hold down your mouse or Trackpad button. Keep this button firmly held down until your Mac has fully rebooted. In theory the disc should automatically slide out.

Method two

1.) If the method above fails, try restarting your Mac whilst holing down your ‘Option’ key. (The option key is located two keys to the left of your space bar).

2.) The special key configuration should open up the  ‘Startup manager’.

3.) As soon as the ‘bootable Volume’ window appears, release the Option key and press the ‘Eject’ button in the top right hand corner of your keyboard.

4.) The disc should now eject by itself.

 

Eject with a Shut Down and Reboot

Often when technical things go wrong with any type of computer, a simple breather is all it needs, and 9 times out of ten the machine will be back to normal once rebooted.

force eject disc on mac

1.) Turn off your Mac the proper way.

This means shutting the machine down respectfully by either selecting the ‘Shut down’ via the Apple menu in the toolbar or lightly pressing on your power button to bring up the window of options.

If your Mac is frozen then by all means result to desperate measure and forcefully hold down the power button until the black screen shows.

2.) Now wait a few minutes for your Mac to take a breather, pop and grab a cup of tea and a mars bar to calm the nerves.

3.) Now press the power button to reboot the machine.

4.) As soon as your Mac has finished waking up (you don’t want to rush and start throwing commands at it as this may delay and even freeze it).

5.) Finally attempt to eject the stuck disc once again using one of the simple methods outlined previously.

 

Download DiscEject for Mac

DiscEject is a handy little Mac software that specialises in evicting CD and DVD squatters from your disc drive.

disc eject mac

It is fast and easy but more importantly it is highly rated by its users. I wouldn’t typically suggest installing a third party softwares unless it was entirely necessary but if you have fallowed all of the tips so far and still can not get the disc to slide out, then DiscEject a great App to turn to at this point. It will only with OS X 10.5 or later.

Click here to download DiscEject safely for FREE!

 

Call a Mac Genius

We want you to fix this problem for free, so before you book an appointment at your closest Apple Store or local tech shop, we suggest you give Apple support a call. If you have insurance or an Apple Care plan then all of their help will be free. If you do not have insurance or backup or any kind, it us still worth giving them a ring as you may just get a helpful fellow at the end of the line who is only to glad to give you some free technical advice, it has happened to me…

 

Lets Get Physical

You have no doubt noticed that all of the tips and tricks displayed above are internal methods to eject a stuck disc on Mac. If none of the above solutions have worked and seen your Mac spit out the naughty disc, then naturally we turn towards exploring a more physical approach. Please see our article…‘How to Physically Eject Stuck Mac Disc’.

How to Force Eject Disc Stuck in Mac OS X Yosemite – Pt2

In this series of troubleshooting articles we are listing the best ways on how to eject a stuck disc on Mac. Having a disc jammed in your Mac can be a bit brow sweating, but with loads of different tips and tricks to try out, rest assure at least one of them will work for you!

In the previous article we took a look at the most basic and traditional methods of how to get your Mac to spit out a stubborn DVD, but in this article we will be to explore more inventive methods…

 

Eject Mac Disc with Finder

This is yet another trick we could try to get that pesky disc unstuck. Using your Finder to eject a disc on mac is not the most usual way but it could be a saviour in a crisis like this…

eject mac disc

1.) Open up your Finder window (Click anywhere on the desktop to bring you your Finder toolbar. Now please click on the ‘File’ tab. From the drop down menu select the ‘New Finder window’ option).

2.) On the left hand side of your Finder window is a column. if you have an external device connected to or inserted into your machine, the icon for it will show up here under the heading ‘Devices’.

3.) Browse for the name of your disc or device.

4.) Hover over the name and a little eject symbol will pop up next to it. Click it.

 

Eject Disc through iTunes or DVD Player

Interestingly you can use other Disc related app such as iTunes and various DVD players to eject your stubborn stuck mac disc.

Eject Mac Disc with DVD Player

Force Eject Disc Stuck in Mac

1.) Open up your installed DVD player. (Any DVD Player app should provide the eject option but Macs homegrown DVD player certainly come with it, so I would give that one a try first).

2.) From the apps toolbar select the tab titled ‘Controls’.

3.) A drop down list appears. Inside this list should be an option to ‘Eject Disc’. Go ahead and click on this option, fingers crossed the disc will pop right out.

Eject Mac Disc with iTunes

Force Eject Disc Mac

1.) Open up your iTunes app.

2.) Click on ‘Playlists’ so that the left side bar shows.

3.) Look for the CD icon marked with the appropriate name.

4.) Notice the mini eject icon directly next tot the CD name, please click on it.

 

Use Spotlight Search to Eject Disc on Mac

You would never think that your spotlight search tool could stretch its powers to ejecting a stuck Mac disc! Although this is where it can start to get a little bit technical…

force eject mac disc

1.) Type the word ‘Terminal’ into your Spotlight search bar.

2.) From the list of suggestions provided select the ‘Terminal’ tool.

3.) Inside the Terminal window please type either “drutil eject” or “drutil tray eject”. Wait an few seconds to see if any of these commands spring into action.

 

Eject Disc with Disk Utility

Once again we are going to call up on the help of the spotlight search bar, but this time it is your Disk Utility we are looking for…

eject disc on mac

1.) Type ‘Disk Utility’ in to your Macs Spotlight search field.

2.) Select the ‘Disk Utility’ option from the suggestion list.

3.) Take a glance at the left side of the Disk Utility window, you should spot the stuck disc.

4.) Right click on the disc (hold down ‘control’ key and click on the subject).

5.) A  box of options should appear. Select ‘Eject’.

6.) Alternatively click on the disc icon and proceed to click on the blue eject button that appears in the toolbar of the Disk Utility window.

For more tips and tricks check out ‘How to Force Eject Stuck Mac Disc – Part Three!’

How to Eject a Stuck Disc on Mac OS X Yosemite – Pt1

Unlike the good old vintage computer models where if faced with a DVD stuck in your disc drive, you could simply use a toothpick to carefully coax the tray out of the machine and victorious retrieve the stubborn DVD. Now Mac computers and laptops swallow up your discs entirely, leaving you left to the mercy of the machine to push it back out after an eject command.

But what if the computer ignores your eject commands and your disc gets stuck?…

Luckily there are a shed loads of easy tip and tricks we can use to tackle this rather hair raising problem. In fact there are a whopping seventeen simple methods we can explore. These simple solutions are all outlined step-by-step in this set of Mac troubleshooting articles. So rest assure at least one of them will have your stubborn stuck disc popping out of your Mac in no time.

Note: As you are currently conscious your Mac disc appear stuck, you have no doubt already attempted a few manoeuvre of your own. In the upcoming articles we are going to cover every possible way there is to force eject a disc on Mac, by all means overlook the ones you have already wrestled with and skip ahead to the new tricks.

Lets begin with the basics. Bellow are the most traditional, fastest and easiest ways to Eject s stuck Disc on Mac.

 

The Drag and Drop

This is my favourite method to remove any external device such as a disc or USB drive.

drag and drop mac eject

1.) Highlight and select the external devices icon by clicking on if from your desktop.

2.) Hold down that click and carefully drag the icon towards your Mac Dock.

3.) Drop the icon on top of the Mac Trash Can icon in your Mac Dock (bear in mind this will transform from an metal bin into an eject icon when your hover over it).

4.) If this method works the devices icon should disappear and be ready to eject.

 

Meet the Mac ‘Eject’ Key

Ejecting a Mac disc using your keyboard is the the most simple method imaginable.

Eject a stuck disc on mac

1.) In the top right of your Mac keyboard you will see a single key displaying the famous ‘eject’ symbol (a triangle sitting above a horizontal line).

2.) Press and hold down that key until your disc pops out.

Tip: You may have to hold down the key for a few seconds. Sometimes tilting your laptop to the side and gently shaking can help the disc to eject.

 

Eject with a Fancy Keyboard Shortcut

Fortunately there is another slightly more fancy keyboard shortcut we can use to eject a disc on Mac.

eject mac keyboard shortcut

1.) Press and hold down the ‘command’ key, then at the same time reach over and press down the ‘E’ key.

 

Close down Conflicting Programs

Sometimes when we attempt to eject an external drive such as a disc or USB pen you are notified that the drive is in use. Perhaps you have a file open in Word or another similar app and have not yet saved or closed the files down properly. This albeit rather annoying alert only shows up as a reminder to save your documents properly.

eject on mac

To fix this situation…

1.) Save or close down any open documents you are working on.

2.) Then try and eject the external device using one of the traditional methods above.

Tip: If the above fails, perhaps you have not identified the app causing the issue, one by one close down any suspect open apps and try to eject once more.

For more tips and tricks check out ‘How to Force Eject Stuck Mac Disc – Part Two!’

How to Attach Location Map onto Mac Calendar

Your handy Mac Calendar app allows you to add a map to any event. The map will show the ‘exact’ location of the event, perfect if like me you have absolutely no sense of direction and are forever getting lost.

 In order to add a location Map to an event you either have to create a ‘new event’ or ‘edit’ an existing one. Bellow is a mini guide on how to quickly do both, just pay attention to the one that suits your needs…

Note: By default your Mac Calendar app will already have one calendar up and running for you to go ahead and personalise straight away. However there is the option to create multiple calendars, ideal if you wish to keep your work and social lives separate. If you have more than one calendar created in this app you first need to select the calendar you wish to save an event to.

How to Send an Invitation on Mac Calendar

 

How to Create a New Calendar Event in OS X Yosemite

1.) Click on the calendar you wish to add an event to. (If you have several calendars created you will see a list of them displayed in the first left hand column in the Mac calendar window).

2.) Next locate the date you wish to add the event to and click on it.

Tip: I think the best View style for this is ‘Day’. To activate this just click on the Day tab at the top of the Mac Calendar window.

3.) In Day view you will be presented with all the time slots of your chosen date. Simply double click on the one that is most appropriate to your event.

4.) A new blue event box will automatically appear.

5.) Double click on the blue box once more to edit.

6.) In the edit box that appears type in the title of your event i.e. Dinner out!

That is the basics for setting up an event in Mac calendar!

 

How to Edit an Existing Calendar Event in OS X Yosemite

Simply editing an event, perhaps altering the time of the occasion, changing the location or adding notes to it, is even easier than setting on up.

1.) Again click on the calendar that houses the event you wish to edit.

2.) Locate the date on which the event occurs.

3.) Double click on the event box, or title and a box will pop up displaying various option you can edit.

 

Adding Location Map to the Event on Mac Calendar…

1.) As described above, as soon as you double click on an event a new box will pop up displaying various details you can add to your event. Directly underneath the event title if an option marked ‘Add Location’.

2.) Click on the ‘add location’ option.

3.) Go ahead and type in the location of your event.

If the location is a business…

a.) If the location is a business such as a local hair dressers or a restaurant like Pizza Express, just type in the name into the location box.

b.) As you tap out these details your Mac calendar will cleverly search for the various addresses and locations. The results will be displayed in an drop down.

c.) Keep an eye on the results, if you spot the correct location simply click to select it.

d.) As soon as you select a suggested address a map of the specific location will automatically load and attach itself to your event.

If the location is an address…

a.) If the location is a just an address, perhaps you are having a friendly gathering at your friends house, just type in the address i.e. 6 Kensington Gardens London…

b.) Using the information you type in your Mac Calendar will automatically generate a location Map and attach it to your event.

Tip: The map attached to you event is only a small image, of you want to get a closer look and the location and surrounding area simply double click on the map and it will enlarge.

How to Search Mac Calendar Events on OS X Yosemite

Mac Calendars are perfect for those of us who leave busy lives and like to take note of all the planned day to day appointments, tasks, social gatherings in one convenient place. It is a great way to stay ahead of the game and on top of everything.

Unlike the traditional paper calendars we use as an excuse to hang cute pictures of piglets on our kitchen walls, with Mac Calendars there is no space limitations and we are free to save as many daily events as we like, one every hour if you wish. This is perfect for forgetful peeps like me who hate dashing around last minuet and are forever turning up late to things. But of course the more you record on your calendar the more information you have to sieve through, which can be problem….

Say you are in a mega rush because you snoozed the alarm one too many times and you just remembered that you have an new job interview booked in this morning, but can’t remember where on earth it is being held…?! Instead of wasting time manually trawling through your countess calendar entries franticly looking for an familiar word, your can locate the event, date, time and location in an instant with your Macs clever in built spot light search feature…

how to search mac calendar

 

How To Search Your Calendar for an Event

If you are anything at all like me you will have added possibly hundreds of event and notes to your Calendar, while it’s great to do so they can easily get lost. Instead of manually searching for them day by day follow these simple steps to make thing a lot easier…!

1.) First and foremost you need to boot up your Mac calendar Application.

Usually you will find the Calendar icon quietly sitting in your Mac dock on your desktop. If it is not there then you can find it by either looking inside your Launchpad app.

Tip – If you are going to actively use your Mac calendar you need to put it somewhere convenient and easy access, I suggest storing it in your mac doc (if it is not there already of course). If you are not confident on how to do this please check out our article ‘How to add and remove Dock items on Mac’.

2) Once inside your Mac Calendar application you will notice a familiar search bar in the top right hand corner named ‘Search’.

3) Enter a keyword that might be related to your event and hit the enter button. The more specific you are with your keyword or phrase the more direct the result will be.

4) This clever search feature will automatically search through all of your saved events, and will whittle the results down to only provide the ones best matched to your search term.

5.) All the events which are returned containing your keyword will be displayed in a list. Browse through the list for the event you are hunting for. If you find it simply click on it to pull it up to reveal the information you need. However it the first search attempt proves fruitless simply go back to the search box and tap in a new search term clue.

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.

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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.