How to add spaces to your Mac’s Dock using Terminal

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How to add spaces to your Mac’s Dock using Terminal
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Want to better separate the apps within your Dock? Try adding a space to break them up.

OS X Yosemite’s Dock gives you a handy way of launching applications that you use the most frequently with a single click. To organize them, you can click and drag them around however you like. What you can’t do, at least not directly from within the Dock’s preferences, is divide up the apps using an easy visual separator. Fortunately, there’s a workaround — if you’re comfortable using the Terminal command line.

I’ve set up spaces to separate the apps I use: My Internet apps are all grouped together, as are my writing tools and creative apps, all with spacers in-between them. The other apps I still want access to are there, but out of the way.

Spaces break up the apps I use visually by function and makes it easier for me to locate them at a glance. As a result, I spend less time scanning through the Dock and more time working.

How to add a space to your Dock to separate your apps

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock and press return.

(You can copy the text above and paste it into Terminal if you’d prefer not to type it out.)

That’ll create a single space in your Dock. Click and drag that space wherever you’d like it to go, just as if it were a standard app icon. (But notice that if you click on that space, nothing happens — it’s truly just a space.)

If you want additional spaces, just repeat the same command in Terminal. Each time you do, another space will be created.

If you decide you don’t want the space, just click and drag the space out of the Dock in one fluid motion; after a couple of moments, you should see a “remove” popup appear. It’s the exact same process if you were removing an app from your dock.




How to read email on your Apple Watch

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How to read email on your Apple Watch
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You can’t send email from your Apple Watch, but you can read any email sent to you.

While you can use your Apple Watch to dictate text message replies, the inability to edit text makes the same system ill-suited for longer and potentially more complex emails. So, there’s no Siri for Mail, but there is a read-only version of the Mail app on your Apple Watch. You can see what’s been sent your way, and can even mark mail as unread, flag it, and delete it. To respond, however, you’ll have to hand off to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Here’s how it all works!

How to set email notifications on the Apple Watch app for iPhone

The easiest way to read new emails on your Apple Watch is as they come in, and that means using the Apple Watch’s notifications system.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. Tap on Mail.

  5. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same notification settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to set additional options.
    1. Tap an Inbox you want to enable.
    2. Toggle Show Alerts to ON.
    3. Toggle Sound and/or Haptics on to choose between audio or physical notifications, or both.
  6. Repeat for each inbox.

There are additional, general options you can set, including the notification indicator and Notification Center, which lets you view notifications you didn’t open when they came in.

How to set Mail options on the Apple Watch app for iPhone

The Mail app on your Apple Watch serves as a repository for all recent email messages you’ve received. You can configure it to match your iPhone settings, or customize it just for your Apple Watch.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Mail.
  4. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same mail settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to set up additional options.

    1. Tap Include Mail to choose between All Inboxes or just a single sub mailbox.
    2. Tap on Message Preview to choose between none, 1 line, or 2 lines.
    3. Tap on Flag Style to choose between color and shape.
    4. Toggle Ask Before Deleting to ON if you want to confirm before any emails are trashed.
    5. Toggle Organize by Thread to group all emails from the same conversation together. (As opposed to single messages in reverse chronological order).

How to read email in the Mail app on your Apple Watch

You can use the Mail app’s read-only status to see the contents of an email, then mark it as unread, flag it, or trash it.

  1. Tap the Digital Crown to go to the home screen (if you’re not there already).
  2. Tap on the Mail app icon.
  3. Tap on an email message to open it.

  4. Press firmly on an open email message to see options.
  5. Tap on Flag, Unread, or Trash to quickly triage the message.

How to hand off email and respond on your iPhone or iPad

You may not be able to dictate a reply to email on your Apple Watch, but you can hand off the exact message you’re reading to your iPhone or iPad and answer it there. While reading an email on your Apple Watch, just pick up your iPhone or iPad.

If your iPhone or iPad is locked:

  1. Swipe up on the Mail app handoff icon from the bottom left corner of the lock screen.
  2. Unlock your iPhone or iPad, if prompted.
  3. Tap Reply.

If your iPhone or iPad is unlocked:

  1. Double press the home button.
  2. Swipe all the way to the left.
  3. Tap on the Mail app handoff icon.
  4. Tap Reply.

How to hand off email and respond on your Mac

In addition to your iPhone or iPad, you can also hand off email to your Mac and respond on the big screen and with its full-size hardware keyboard.

  1. Click on the Mail app handoff icon in the far left (or top) of the Dock; or alt/option-tab to it in the App Switcher.
  2. Click Reply.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap on Notifications.
  4. Tap on Mail.

  5. Tap Mirror iPhone to use the same notification settings as on your iPhone. Tap Custom to set additional options.
    1. Tap an Inbox you want to enable.
    2. Toggle Show Alerts to ON.
    3. Toggle Sound and/or Haptics on to choose between audio or physical notifications, or both.
  6. Repeat for each inbox.




How to Batch Rename Files on Mac OS X Easily from Finder

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How to Batch Rename Files on Mac OS X Easily from Finder
// OS X Daily » Tips & Tricks

Modern versions of OS X include a built-in batch file renaming tool that allows Mac users to instantly rename large groups of files, folders, photos, or anything else residing on their file system in a single action. This bulk rename item utility is part of the Finder, meaning there are no add-ons, downloads, or DIY … Read More

How to quickly respond to messages on Apple Watch

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How to quickly respond to messages on Apple Watch
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Apple Watch buzzing with text messages? Responding to important ones is quick and easy.

I love using the Apple Watch for text messaging: It lets me rapidly scan new messages and triage what’s important without needing a digital or physical keyboard. In just a few taps my response is on its way and it’s one less thing I have to worry about later.

How to quickly read messages on your Apple Watch

You can primarily view messages you’ve been sent by checking Notification Center.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the clock face.
  2. Tap on the message in question.

Additionally, if you have Activate on Wrist Raise turned on (Settings > General on your Apple Watch), you can automatically preview individual messages.

  1. Lift your wrist whenever you feel the buzz of an incoming notification. If it’s a text message, you’ll see a short look version displaying the name of the sender and the Messages icon.
  2. Hold your wrist up for a moment to see the full message appear. If you don’t see the full message appear, you may have Notification Privacy turned on (On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and go to My Watch > Notifications); in that instance, just tap the display to see the full message.

  3. Scroll through the message by using the Digital Crown or a swipe.

How to quickly respond to messages on your Apple Watch

  1. When you view a new message on your Apple Watch, tap Reply, say “Hey Siri, reply [message]”, or hold the Digital Crown and say “Reply [message]”.
  2. If you tap Reply, you’ll see an assortment of suggested responses and custom responses (if you’ve set them up) along with two buttons for 3D emoji or dictation.

    1. To send a suggested entry, tap one of the pre-written responses.
    2. To send an emoji, tap the emoji button.
    3. To send a custom message or voice memo, tap the microphone icon.
  3. After you’ve chosen your message type, tap Send or say “Hey Siri, send.”




How to transfer a call, message, or email from Apple Watch to iPhone

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How to transfer a call, message, or email from Apple Watch to iPhone
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Need a more substantial device to carry on your conversation than your Apple Watch? Use Handoff to switch to your iPhone!

The Apple Watch is great for quick responses, but if you find yourself needing to chat in a lengthier fashion, your iPhone is here at the rescue. Whether you’re talking on the phone, via Messages, or via email, here’s how to quickly switch from your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

How to transfer a call from Apple Watch to iPhone

  1. If the call is still ringing your Apple Watch, use the Digital Crown to scroll down until you see the Answer on iPhone button. Tap it, and your recipient will be placed on hold until you can pick up your iPhone. (There’s even a Ping button to find your iPhone if you’re not sure where it is in the house.)

  2. If you’ve already answered the call on your Apple Watch, you can transfer it to your iPhone in one of two ways:

    1. If your iPhone is locked, swipe up on the Phone icon from the bottom left corner of the screen.
    2. If your iPhone is unlocked, just tap the “Touch to return to call” green bar at the top of the screen.

How to transfer a message from Apple Watch to iPhone

  1. Open the Messages app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap on the thread in question you want to reply to. You can then open the message thread on your iPhone in one of two ways:

    1. If your iPhone is locked, swipe up on the Messages icon from the bottom left corner of the screen.
    2. If your iPhone is unlocked, double-press the Home button to enter the multitasking screen, then swipe right until you see the Messages Handoff screen and tap on it.

How to transfer an email from Apple Watch to iPhone

  1. Open the Mail app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap on the thread in question you want to view or reply to. You can then open the message thread on your iPhone in one of two ways:

    1. If your iPhone is locked, swipe up on the Mail icon from the bottom left corner of the screen.
    2. If your iPhone is unlocked, double-press the Home button to enter the multitasking screen, then swipe right until you see the Mail Handoff screen and tap on it.




How to set up and use the Apple TV Remote on your Apple Watch

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How to set up and use the Apple TV Remote on your Apple Watch
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With the Remote app on your Apple Watch, you can control your Apple TV right from your wrist.

The Remote App for Apple Watch works similarly to the Remote app for iPhone, but you don’t have to download it from the App Store — it’s built right in. With Remote, you can pair with your Apple TV — or iTunes on your computer — and use your Watch just like the hardware remote. Menu, select, pause, play, skip forward or back, it’s all there. All you have to do is set it up first.

How to set up the Remote app for Apple Watch with your Apple TV

  1. On your Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen. (If you’re not there already.)
  2. Tap on the Remote app.
  3. Tap Add Device to get your passcode.

  4. On your Apple TV, press and hold down the Menu button to go to the home screen. (If you’re not there already.)
  5. Click on Settings.
  6. Click on General.

  7. Click on Remotes.
  8. Click on Select to Add, next to the name of your Apple Watch.

  9. Enter the passcode.
  10. Click on Done.

An Apple TV icon will appear in the Remote app on your Apple Watch. (If it doesn’t, rebooting one or both can get it to appear.)

How to use the Remote app for Apple Watch with your Apple TV

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen. (If you’re not there already.)
  2. Tap on the Remote app.
  3. Tap on the Apple TV icon to connect to your Apple TV.
  4. Swipe up, down, left, or right to move through the Apple TV interface.

  5. Tap the anywhere on the screen to select.
  6. Tap the list button at the top left to return to the device selector screen.
  7. Tap on the Menu button to go back up a level.
  8. Tap on play/pause to start and stop video or audio playback.

How to remove an Apple TV from the Apple Watch Remote app

  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen. (If you’re not there already.)
  2. Tap on the Remote app.
  3. Press firmly on the screen to bring up the options menu.
  4. Tap on Edit.
  5. Tap on the X button next to the device icon you want to remove.
  6. Tap on the Checkmark button to finish.

How to remove an Apple Watch from Apple TV remotes

  1. On your Apple TV, press and hold down the Menu button to go to the home screen. (If you’re not there already.)
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on General.

  4. Click on Remotes.
  5. Click on the name of your Apple Watch.

  6. Click on Remove.