Short & Simple, Of Course, Mac Helps You!

        Using your Mac is easy to do.  Here are some shortcuts.  How many are you already using?  Which ones will you try later today?  

        To write anything:  click to open Pages.  Up comes a blank document, ready for your report, a birthday blessing for one of your 45 closest relatives, an anniversary poem to send to some family member, or the first chapter of your fiction piece that’s been brewing in your head. 
        Jot down some key ideas.  Do Command + S to save it, giving it a short title. 
        Off the page where you’re writing do a click with the right side of the mouse which brings up a short list.  Choose New Folder and drag this latest writing into it.  Type a name for the folder.
        When you’re ready to add to that first version of the new writing do Command + D to duplicate what you have and add to it.  Keep Version 1 as is; work on Version 2.  As you think of other bright ideas during the day you make a new version and keep it in the same folder.  
        Your busy brain has thought of some important details to add, or some colorful adjectives, or . . . .   That first idea may present possibilities.  A “I remember when…” piece may have poetic notions.  Now you’ve got a document of prose and a document of delightful rhyme.  Keep these in the same folder.  
        As the deadline approaches you put the finishing touches on the one that fills the bill.  Name the final version  “June handout BEST.”  Those other ideas may lend themselves to some other use, so hold on to them for now.  
        With cursor in the background screen do Command + I to bring up Get Info on the left hand side, a nifty box for you to add info.  Keywords you put in can help you find this new writing later.  
        Command + R  when looking at a list from the Inspector you view a tiny picture of the various files.  Put your cursor on the one you want to find.  Command + R then brings it up in the files so you can see where it’s located. (When you see the one you want in Inspector you can just click on the title you want and it will open, but you won’t know what folder it’s in.)  
        To cut, highlight what you want to remove and do  Command + X.  Paste what you’ve then highlighted with Command + V.  To copy, highlight what you want and do Command + C.
        Find it on your desktop or a file list: On the Menu at top of page that lists Finder first, go to File > Label and choose a color.  Your folder will show up in a list with that color bar around the title. 
        Want to enlarge the type under the folders on the desktop? On the main menu bar on the top go to View > Show View Options.  Experiment with enlarging icon size, spacing, text. 
        On the Internet, Command + D  at the URL line of the website lets you add that site to a folder in Bookmarks. Scroll through the little box to find the suitable home for that URL. 
        Command + Shift + 4 brings up the screen shot that you stretch around the picture or text that you want to copy and saves the screen shot as a file on desktop. 
        Command + B makes what you’ve highlighted turn into a bold font.  Do it again over the bold and it toggles to go back to not-bold. 
        Command and + on a highlighted word lets you enlarge it by repeatedly tapping the +.  The opposite, Command and the - will shrink the highlighted word. 
        On Mountain Lion you can do some of this an easier way.  Highlight the word or paragraphs, etc. Then right click with your mouse on that document.  It lists choices, such as spelling, speech, etc.  Look under Writing Tools and it brings up look up in dictionary, thesaurus, search in Spotlight, Google, Wikipedia, and show statistics. 
        If you’ve set Pages to show word count at the bottom of the page:  click on Words and it gives the total number of pages, lines, paragraphs, characters and characters not counting spaces.  
        If you accidentally delete something -- and before you type in something else -- go to Edit on the menu across the top of Pages and click to Undo Typing.  It will replace what you took out. 
        Here’s 8 pages of shortcuts if you’re REALLY into shortcut info for every possible idea:  Keyboard by category
        Let’s Take a Look at Mail: When you’ve clicked to open a New Message and have written a first draft, then you can click on the last tiny icon on the top right.  Your Mac gives you choices of how to make your email more attention-getting with choices of colorful templates such as Birthday, Announcements, Photos, Stationery, and Sentiments.  You can drag in some photo to make this email personalized. 
        Shop on Amazon:  Go to and click on Sign in to set up Your Account.  Must allow cookies! Command + (the comma) then choose Privacy > Block cookies from 3rd parties.   Go to Your account to see history, using gift cards,  settings,  etc.  Your balance never expires. (I go back afterwards and change Cookies setting to Never.) 
        Start your own FREE blog:  Must allow cookies first.  Then sign in with email address and a password.  Set up your account.  Go to view Dashboard where you have choices to make about web albums, YouTube profile, etc.  Go to to look at available templates.  Here’s links to info: 
        Keep up to date:  If you subscribe to NetNewsWire you can be notified when there’s a new entry to the PMUG newsblog and also to the PMUG website:    Take a look here           
        (That’s all for now!)       This is the PMUG meeting handout for June 15, 2013
from Elaine Hardt 

What Happened to "Read More"?

        This is the latest on  -- yes, this blog.  Apparently, on April 23 Blogspot made changes to their procedures and an aggravation has surfaced here.  When you subscribe via RSS, clicking on the upper right hand side of the top bar, you'd be notified via your own email program when something new was posted here.  About 4 lines would give the opening of the article, and then came those helpful words, "Read More."  Clicking there took you immediately to this website and you could read the whole article and see the whole newsletter.
        Now the "Read More" is missing.  Until the solution is found I will start each new posted article with this in the first line, so you can click on that and go straight to the whole blog.  That's the to see if it works for you!

A Look at Google+ . . . Updated

Here's a Computerworld look at the many features of the new Google+ which declares it will replace email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, blogging, RSS, Gmail and email newsletters.  The writer says that spammers can't copy, retain and sell your email address.  He says the term "social networking" is not an adequate term for Google+.  Jim Hamm sent us this info. Just now (7-12)  this PCWorld article tells about security risk issues involving an app that allows Firefox and Chrome users to view Facebook data within Google+.

Ready to Blog

Ready to blog?  Why?  Why not?  It's fun, it's easy.  Take a tour, watch the video, read the Buzz.   Maybe you've noticed this PMUG newsblog and have seen the results of the new template: "Simple." You have other choices in Template Designer.
(Double click to enlarge the following illustrations.)

It's easy to post text, photos, links.  You can restrict who can view it or set it up so it is available to all on the Internet. 
Note: you must allow Cookies in order to post to your blog, but you can delete them and change to "Never" when you're finished posting.
 Like other features on Mac you will have fun experimenting and learning by doing.  Take a look at other blogs and see what you like.  Type "blog sites" and explore.
This is the menu bar for our PMUG blog.
Try it -- you'll like it.  If you have a blog ready to view let us know.
(The above is the April 16, 2011 handout at the PMUG meeting from Elaine Hardt.) 

Where in the World?

Wouldn’t it be fun to see people from all over the US -- and the world! -- come to this PMUG newsblog to read it? has a nifty feature of Stats that brings up a map of the world to show where our viewers sign in from. We also get a listing of key search words they’ve used to find the blog. Last month someone did a search for “how to pronounce laudenslager” which brought a smile to our faces, around here. So, why not pass along to your relatives, friends, colleagues this  and suggest they check us out? Next month we’ll pass the results on to you.

Make a Better Blog

Our PMUG webmaster John Carter has been researching possibilities for improving the website and blog. If you're considering starting your own blog, or already have one, John's info might be helpful.

"I have no update for the website at this time other than saying that I have scrubbed the idea of using WordPress as the website editing tool. I have also had some difficulty with Dreamweaver for the past few months (which probably means I need to delete the user preferences for Dreamweaver like I did for Firefox to get it running right again). In the interim, I am back to using Coda on the Mac.

"A decent, and free, alternative for editing web pages is KompoZer - which is available for the Mac, Windows, and Linux. That app is every bit as good as iWeb on the Mac. That being said, if anyone takes over the webmaster job in the future, installing KompoZer will provide them with totally free tools for excellent WYSIWYG editing for web pages.

"An excellent alternative for designing new web pages is available in the form of templates using Artisteer, which is now available for the Mac ($49.95 for the Home & Academic Edition). Using Artisteer to cobble together a template and then exporting that template as an HTML file is probably the fastest and easiest way I can think of for creating new web pages with spit and polish. You can even (dare I mention this again) include a newsletter in such a template."

This Blog Gets Fixed

If you've scratched your head over some previous posts on this PMUG blog, wondering if your computer or your technique needed fixing hopefully the problem is fixed.  I was excited several months ago to find the Jump To feature available on Blogspot.  It enabled me to add, "Click to Read More."  Then the rest of the article would come in view.  Alas, something at Blogspot quit working.  An SOS went out to PMUG board, but John Carter looked into it and advised to not use it anymore.  So, I've deleted that line of code from 90 postings!  Scroll up or down, look through the Labels and the Archives.  You should be able to read the entire entries with no problems.