You may think it hard to come up with a password that is easy to remember and not easy to guess (hack). Actually, your brain is more powerful than you might think. Apple’s got a neat way to come up with a new password that is safe to use and can be easy to remember. When using Mac OS 10.4 through macOS 10.15…
1) Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups (Accounts) > Change Password…
2) Click the ‘key’ icon and – voila! – you’ll see Password Assistant
3) Move the slider to see randomly generated passwords and choose your favorite.
You’ll be surprised to find that when you’ve used one of these passwords three to five times, your brain will begin to remember it. And if you’re frustrated? Your body will release adrenalin which is what we call the ‘glue for your memory’.
On rare occasions your Mac might not behave properly. Did you know that holding down the ‘Shift’ key (even on macOS) can have a medicinal effect on your Mac? After restarting, your screen should show “Safe Boot” atop the Login dialog box. Restart… and although it may take a few minutes for your Mac to get back to its normal start up appearance, your Mac’s cache ‘closets’ have just had a spring cleaning. This can be helpful for some ‘garbled fonts’, and other issues your Mac may be experiencing.
Woo Wooo! This is a slick little option. Next time you’re having trouble sending a file via email, while at the Finder, try holding down the control key and clicking on the attachment you want to send. Apple’s OS makes a zip file on the fly right next to your original. If you select more than one file at a time, ‘control-click’ at the finder and the zip file created will take the name of “Archive.zip”. Handy, huh!
Right-Click! Yep, even without a two-button mouse, Apple computers running macOS can ‘right-click’ and get properties (Get Info), Cut, Copy and Paste with a pop-up (contextual menu) just like our PC pals.
Just hold down the ‘Control’ key and click (hold for a second) on a file or folder in the Finder… You’ll see stuff that will provide relief to the heart of a PC user who otherwise thought the Mac ‘single-click’ mouse was exclusively one-dimensional.
For most users, figuring out where to keep files is an on-going issue. Remember, in macOS you want to put all your files in Documents or on the Desktop, unless they’re Music, Movies, or Pictures. Never save files outside of your Home folder/directory unless you place them in the ‘Shared Folder’ (located just outside of your ‘Home’ folder). MacPCtech.com experience indicates that the older files get — five, seven years old — the less important they become. So generally, we advise users to add the year to the end of the folder name (i.e., topic-2021, subject-2022),.
‘Desktop‘ is for keeping files you’re working on, while the ‘Documents‘ folder is for files after you’re done working with them. We suggest…
1) In ‘Documents‘ folder you make an ‘Areas of Improvement‘ folder.
2) Put a ‘Personal‘ and a ‘Professional‘ folder in that.
3) In ‘Personal‘ folder, add a folder for each ‘role’ you have, (such as student, fitness advocate, spouse, mom, home-manager, friend, spiritual follower, support to others, financial coordinator, etc.). Once you’ve created your ‘role’ files (you can adjust them as needed), you’ll see that everything has a place to go. We’ve found most people only have about seven to ten roles. More than that and you may be over-lapping. Do the same with Professional.
4) Later, inside each ‘role’ you can add topics and subjects, and THAT is where we suggest adding the year. (for example, ‘Areas of Improvement’>Personal>Fitness Advocate’>Nutrition-2021’.)
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