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Tiny Tip – How to Get the App Switcher Back to the Correct Display on macOS

Displays preferences arrangementThis might be the tiniest tip ever posted on Podfeet.com.

If you have external monitors hooked up to your Mac, it’s really awesome. Most of the time. Sometimes it gets confused.

You probably know that in System Preferences, you can identify which display is the main monitor, meaning that’s where apps first open and such. It’s an odd little trick. Open System Preferences → Displays → Arrangement. On that screen, you’ll see all of your monitors portrayed.

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Tiny Tip – Screen Record Apple TV

Apple TV selected as camera input to QuickTimeI posted a Tiny Tip recently about how to put your Apple TV and all connected components to sleep with one button press on the Apple TV remote. In the post, I included a screenshot of the Apple TV screen. You might be wondering how I captured it.

The other day I launched QuickTime with my iPhone attached via USB in preparation to make a recording of the screen for my latest ScreenCasts Online video. In QuickTime, you can choose New Movie Recording, and then next to the little record button you’ll see a downward chevron which will show you the available video sources. You can select the iPhone and then it becomes a video source to other applications, such as ScreenFlow.

But when I went into QuickTime’s settings, I noticed that my Apple TVs were in the list of video sources. This had to be tested!
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Tiny Tip – Keyboard Shortcut to Delete in Save Dialog Boxes

Save is defaultIf you’re a keyboard junkie, it bet it drives you nuts that when you try to close a window in which you don’t want to save the file, you have to drag your cursor all the way up to the save window to hit the delete button. You can save with the Enter key, but what if you don’t want to save?

When the save window comes up, hit ⌘-Delete on your keyboard and you will successfully delete the unsaved file!

Maybe you knew this one already but it’s new to me, and it makes me unbelievable happy.

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Tiny Tip – Home Button Can Sleep Apple TV and TV/Receiver

Apple TV remote showing home buttonApple TV Sleep Now

A few weeks ago I was listening to the Clockwise Podcast and Mikah Sargent briefly mentioned something about the sleep button on the Apple TV remote. I couldn’t get it out of my head wondering what he was talking about. I figured out that what he’d mentioned was actually something pretty amazing.

If you hold down the TV/Home button for a full second on the Siri remote (the black one that comes with more recent models of Apple TV, it will pop up on screen an option to put the Apple TV to sleep. That’s not the cool part.

Clicking on this sleep option will also turn off any connected devices. In our house, this sleep option turns off our big TV and the audio/visual receiver to which it’s connected! I tested it on a different TV with a different A/V receiver and it worked there too. I can’t swear this will work for your setup but give it a try.

We watch most things on our Apple TV these days so it’s an absolute delight to be able to shut down all of our components with the little remote that’s already in my hand.

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Can Digital Zoom be Better than Optical Zoom?

Rally Barnard sent in a photo tip I really like, especially because he’s actually quoting me in it! After he sent this in I made some observations that may change my advice. First, let’s hear from Rally.


A while ago Allison in one of her talks on the MacMania Solar-Eclipse cruise said that the best way to take photos with iOS devices was to never zoom the image by pinching on the screen. Always take photos with the default field of view. If you wanted to zoom the picture, do it with Photos or other editing app after you have taken the picture.

Well, as I always dutifully follow Allison’s advice, I always take photos that way. If others aren’t aware of this photographic gem, or want to know the reasoning behind this diktat, I guess that’s the problem to be solved.

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Tiny Tip – Translating Japanese on Your iPhone – by Helma

Google translate showing japanese to englishAs an enthusiastic origami folder, I often buy Japanese books with diagrams. Usually, it’s enough to look at the diagrams to figure what I need to do, but often I wonder if there is an additional explanation in the text.

I cannot read or understand Japanese and I don’t know how to produce the characters to enter them in translate.google.com. So for years, I’ve been pondering on actually taking classes just to be able to understand the text in my origami books.

This weekend I opened the Google Translate app on my iPhone to check the meaning of some Italian words when I noticed the camera icon on the left side of the input box. I switched the language to Japanese, tapped the icon and held the camera over the Japanese text. The app wanted to download a Japanese vocabulary and after that, it showed the text in the camera.

When you do that, there are several buttons visible. The left one is an eye. When this is green it means ‘instant on’. In that setting, the text is realtime replaced by the target language of your choice.

I noticed the instant on mode is quite sketchy. Only a few words were translated and the words changed if I moved the phone a bit.

You get a better result when you take a picture of the text and then mark the text you want to be translated with your finger. Make sure you highlight everything you want to be translated in one go. Once you lift your finger from the glass and put it back again, you cancel the previous selection.

If you wait awhile you can see the translation appear above the image. Press on the blue right arrow and you can see the scanned (and OCR’ed !) text in the source language and the translation underneath.

A tip in a tip: machine translation works best if there is enough context to properly translate words with multiple meanings. So don’t try to have a few words translated, but select a few sentences or an entire paragraph. This will give you a better understanding of what is written and what the word you’re after actually means.

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Tiny Tip – Show Hidden Files

HiddenThis week’s Tiny Tip is from Bart Busschots. The problem he is solving is how to easily show hidden files in the Finder. There are various tools to do this, including using the defaults write command in the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

After which you have to relaunch the Finder. It’s not hard to do but you always have to look it up, and after you’re done looking for the hidden file in question you have to flip the switch to NO, and relaunch Finder again.

The Tiny Tip Bart discovered has been available since Sierra, but I sure never heard about it. It’s a beautiful thing.

With the Finder in focus, simply hold down command-shift-. And instantly all windows will show all hidden files! Hit the same keystroke again and they disappear.

I LOVE this tip. The keystroke is even easy to remember because . is often at the front of all hidden files, so command-shift-. Is entirely memorable.

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Tiny Tip – Starbucks App Confused by Face ID on iPhone X

StarbucksThis one might count as a nano-tip, but if you’ve got the problem this solves, it might be a mega tip for you.

One of the cool things about Face ID on iPhone X is that you don’t have to enable it for sites and apps that already used Touch ID. The API (Application Program Interface) just sees a biometric authenticator and doesn’t care if it’s your fingerprint or your face unlocking the phone.

However, Steve found that after bringing up the Starbucks app on his iPhone X, he could not open the app due to authentication issues with Face ID. When the Starbucks app requested his credentials, Face ID was activated as expected. The app would appear to accept Face ID for authentication, but then the app would freeze.

At first, Steve thought that the Starbucks app was not compatible with Face ID. It’s been really awesome how if you’re in line and you realize your balance is low, you could so quickly reload your card. There was no way Steve was going back to typing in his password every time he needed to reload his code.

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Tiny Tip – Safari’s Reader View

ReaderThe tip I’m going to give you today transformed my enjoyment of the Internet, both on iPhone and on Mac. Oddly I think it’s been around for a long time, but I think it’s been enhanced in recent versions of Safari. If you’ve already been using it, go ahead and say “I knew that!” But if you haven’t used it, you’re going to love this tip. Let’s start with a problem to be solved, shall we? Continue reading “Tiny Tip – Safari’s Reader View”

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Tiny Tip – Previous Recipients

Previous recipientsThere’s a rather hidden feature inside Apple Mail that is helping you right now but may trip you up in the future if you don’t know what it does and how to manage it. It’s called Previous Recipients.

The problem Previous Recipients solves is this. You get an email from someone with whom you haven’t corresponded before. Maybe you know them but you don’t know them well enough to have ever added them to your Contacts.

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