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.

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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.

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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.

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.

How to Change Mac Calendar Views in OS X Yosemite

4 Main Mac Calendar Views…

There are four main ways we can view our Mac Calendars and saved events: by day, by week and by year.

Day View –This is the default view setting that will greet you every time you open up your Mac Calendar. It is the most useful view point as it allows you to access and read all of your saved events and details.

OS X Yosemite Mac Calendar views

The day view is split into three columns.

First column – Will show a list of your multiple calendars (if you have created more than one that is). There will also be a list of categories where you can search for specific events such as birthdays.  At the bottom is a layout of the current month (click on a date in this section and the details of that day will popup).

Second column – The second column is dedicated to the entire day. It will show todays date, what day of the week it is as well as highlight any upcoming saved events and appointments. The day is broken up into hours.

Third column – The third column displays as small image of the month you are on. You can flick through the months by clicking on the little black arrow.

If you would like to see the events of a day in the future, click on a specific date within the Mac calendar and a list of that days events will show. The events will be listed in order of time. Like in a diary, you can enter events every hour if you wish, essential for appointments and handy to keep you on track with your day to day tasks. To read more about a certain saved events just click on it. Depending on how comprehensive you have been you will be able to see the assigned times, map of location and helpful addition notes attached to the event.


Weekly View –This will of course show the saved events and appointments you have coming up and scheduled in the weeks ahead. It is always a good idea to take glance at your weekly calendar view at least once a week, maybe every Sunday, just incase you need to urgently order something or prepare yourself to, i.e. buy an birthday gift, or finish of a work assignment.

Mac Calendar view OS X Yosemite


When you look at your weekly view you will see the seven days of the week laid out and each ones hourly time slots. The red line is useful incase you do not have a clock around as it shows you where you are in your day.

The week you are currently on will be the first to show however scroll through horizontally to see the weeks in the entire year.


Monthly View – The monthly view depicts the same traditional calendar layout we are all accustomed to, listing every day of the month individually and which days of the week they belong to. This is a great way to see what exciting things you have planned, as well ad your cherished days off!

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Flick through all twelve months of the year by scrolling downwards.


Yearly View – This is just fun way to take a quick glance at your year ahead, perhaps see how may weddings and family dinners you have to sit through. The yearly view is particularly useful to help you decide which dates you would like to books off work, for a holiday perhaps.

OS X Yosemite Mac Calendar

Unlike the others, your yearly Mac calendar view is static and will show every month, every week and every day of the current year at once.


How to Change Mac Calendar Views in OS X Yosemite

You can easily switch between these four viewing formats with just one simple click.

1.) In order to change and switch between the Mac calendar views you have to have your calendar application up and running. Locate your calendar app icon and click on it to boot it up. You will find the icon ready to go in your Mac dock or in the Launchpad.

2.) As soon as your Mac Calendar window appears you will notice that it is in the ‘daily view’ as this is the default setting.

3.) At the top of the Mac Calendar window are four clearly marked tabs – Day, Week, Month and Year.

4.) Using your cursor simply click on and select the view point you would to view. You can flick through them as many times as you like.

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.