Some of the new default features in Sonoma have caused confusion. We explain why windows hide when you click the desktop, where printer queue apps went, how to turn off the new reaction gestures, and the privacy awareness icons.
Austin Mac Works Blog: Troubleshooting
The minimalist approach with a wireless keyboard and mouse is good most of the time, but if things go wrong, it can be handy to have a wired USB keyboard and mouse available for troubleshooting.
If you’re suffering from Internet slowdowns and dropouts, remember that networking gear and cables can get flaky with age, so it’s worth checking your modems, routers, and switches when troubleshooting.
Do strange things sometimes happen on your Mac when you inadvertently press certain key combinations? Take a trip through the macOS keyboard shortcuts and turn off those you’ll never use intentionally.
We can’t help with a messy office desk, but if your Mac’s desktop is a confusing mess of randomly placed icons, using the Finder’s sort options will make it nice and orderly.
As many parts of the world struggle with record heat waves, remember that excessive heat—operating temperatures over 95ºF/35ºC—is harmful to portable electronic devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Keep your digital friends cool!
Still using My Photo Stream to sync photos between your Apple devices? Apple is shutting down the service in late June, and the path of least resistance is to switch to iCloud Photos, though that might require an iCloud+ subscription.
Given the choice, should you use a native Mac app, an iPhone or iPad app, or a Web app that’s accessible in any standard Web browser? All have advantages, so the takeaway is that you should be ready to use whichever makes the most sense in the moment.
When should you replace the Mac on your desk—or your organization’s Macs? There is no single answer, but we run down some variables that play into the decision and make recommendations for different use cases.
Although iPhones can usually withstand some exposure to water and other liquids with no ill effects, follow our advice if yours suffers a spill or takes a dip.