How to Get the Windows 7 Snap Feature on a Mac to Maximize Windows or Split Screen

BetterTouchTool IconYou may remember the Windows 7 marketing campaign where they kept accentuating the snap method of splitting your screen when using two different programs. By dragging a program to the left it would automatically reshape your window to take up the left half of your screen. Then you can do the same thing to another program on the right side. This way you can easily use both programs simultaneously. Writing a paper? Have Safari open on the left side and Microsoft Word on the right.

Microsoft calls this Windows Snapping. You can also drag a window to the top and it will maximize automatically. Now you can bring Windows Snapping to Mac!

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How to Set the Green Button to Maximize Windows the Right Way on a Mac

rightzoomiconIf you’re coming from Microsoft Windows and start using a Mac you probably expect the green button to maximize your window. However, the maximize button behaves differently on Mac. When you hit the green button it widens your window just enough to the point where all your content fits horizontally. So you can still see your desktop or other programs in the background. There is, of course, the full screen button that will have your program overlap the toolbar on the top. Unfortunately, not all programs have the fullscreen button. Also, if you’re used to Microsoft Windows you may prefer to just have your program maximize by taking up the entire desktop area but still leave you with the toolbar on the top. Thankfully, there is a way to do that.

By downloading an application called RightZoom it will automatically have the green button on the top left of all your applications maximize the way it does on Windows; by taking up your whole desktop without hiding the toolbar on the top.

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iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

How To: Change Your Wi-Fi Name & Password on Xfinity or Comcast

comcast_xfinityEver get annoyed at the ridiculously long and confusing password for your wi-fi network given to you through your internet provider? Usually when you get your internet installed the wi-fi name and password is predetermined for you and the password is annoyingly long and often difficult to remember. It’s even more embarrassing when friends come over and ask for your password and you have to play the game of reading it slowly for them to type it into their device. Fortunately, there is an easy way to change the wi-fi name and password. The following directions are for Xfinity or Comcast.

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How To: Set Xfinity or Comcast Remote to Control Volume on a Surround Sound Device

Silver_with_Red_OK_Button-small.ashxWhen you get cable installed the installer usually programs your cable box remote to also control the power and volume for your TV. However, if you use a surround sound system for audio then you still need a separate remote just to control the volume. There is a way though to have the volume buttons control your surround sound system rather than your TV or cable box no matter what mode your remote is on – CABLE, TV, or AUX. These simple instructions are for Xfinity or Comcast users.

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App Review: RetailMeNot

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RetailMeNot is a handy money-saving coupon app. Whenever I buy anything through a retail outlet, whether it be online or in-store, I check this app to see if there are any coupons I could use. It saves you from having to cut out or print coupons and its convenient because your phone is always with you anyway. Whenever I’m at a store and I decide on something to buy I quickly search to see if the store has a coupon. Just show the cashier at the register the coupon and they just scan it. Simple as that you save yourself a few extra bucks. It’s a free app so why not?

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iPad Tip: Using the Split Keyboard

First point I’d like to bring up is typing on the iPad. Typing on the iPad is a lot more cumbersome than it is typing on a regular keyboard or on a smartphone. The keyboard is big and typing on a big touch screen keyboard is awkward so if you are expected to write paragraphs, short stories, or multiple-page papers it may take them much longer than just using a computer with a regular keyboard. Some people hold their iPad portrait style and use the pointer finger to type. Others lay their iPad flat on a table and put it in landscape to try to type like on a regular keyboard. Every person has their own preferences which also depends on what mood they’re in or what it is they’re actually typing. If time is always a factor then typing in either way you may get easily frustrated. So in many situations typing on a computer or laptop is simply the way to go.

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