How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

Keep reading this article if you have been wondering how to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac. A while back I was completely baffled as to why my USB had very little storage space, but no files were appearing. I was convinced I had enough tech knowledge to be able to delete files off a flash drive on Mac but there was obviously an issue somewhere.

There are two things that we have to consider. Data storage is essential today as we are using it more than ever. From movies to photos and music, they all have to be stored somewhere safe.

USBs might seem a bit old school, but they are still one of the most important ways to transfer and/or store files. You know that your data is safe and at the same time, your Mac can perform better.

On the other hand, we don’t want to just start carelessly deleting files off a flash drive. Unless you want to start using data recovery software (often at a cost), once you press delete, it’s gone!

We are going to look at two ways to delete files off a flash drive on MacBook. Both are quick and easy, so you can choose the method that suits you.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

The easiest way to show you how, is by using one of my USBs as an example – but no laughing at my music! I also have a photo folder, a PDF, and a video. The total storage capacity is 4GB and the drive has 2.91GB available. To find this information, insert your USB, click on it to get the menu, and choose “Get Info”.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

Delete directly from the USB

The fastest way you can delete a file off a flash drive on a Mac is to open your USB, select the file you want to delete, and click to open the menu.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

Choose “Move to Bin” and the file will disappear from your USB list and goes directly to your bin. You can also use the drag and drop method.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

If you have some files that you want to delete, you can select the files together and either move them to the bin or drag them. To select all of your files on the USB, press “Command + A”.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

At this point, you may want to check that the additional storage is freed up on your USB drive. Depending on your USB brand and Mac version, you might need to empty the bin to see the space on your USB.

Use Disk Utility

Using the Disk Utility to delete files off a flash drive is perfect if you want to clear the drive completely. Begin by locating the Launchpad in your Dock and look for the Disk Utility icon.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

Click to open Disk Utility and a new window opens with “Internal” and “External” options in the toolbar to the left. Under “External”, you will find the name of your USB. Click it to see all of the information.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

In the top right-hand corner, there is a menu. The “Erase” button is what will delete all of your files. But first, it will open a new window.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

If you want to, you can rename the USB before clicking on the “Erase” button. It might take a few minutes, depending on how much data is on your USB. When it is complete, click “Done” and your USB will be empty.

 

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

With this method, you should be aware that the files don’t go into your bin. So, if you accidentally erase a flash drive using Disk Utility, you won’t be able to drag them back out of your bin.

Troubleshooting

If you are running into problems deleting files off a flash drive, you might have to format it. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. First, you need to go back to Disk Utility, choose your USB, and click “Erase”.

How to delete files off a flash drive on a Mac

Under “Format”, you have different options. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is the format for Mac use only. If you switch to MS-DOS (FAT), you can add and delete files from both Windows and Mac. It will still delete all of your files on the USB, so ensure you have a backup before you hit “Erase”.

Wrap Up

Deleting files from a flash drive is the type of job we tend to put off for another day. Before we know it, there are hundreds of files, most of which we probably will never need. If you want to delete individual files or a selection of files, it is best to drag and drop them into the bin.

This way you can double-check you are about to delete the right ones before emptying your bin. If you need to wipe a flash drive completely clean, using Disk Utility takes a few seconds and even fewer clicks.

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

In this article, we’ll focus on how to free up RAM on MacBooks. RAM stands for Random Access Memory and it is the amount of memory your MacBook has to carry out day to day tasks. It’s not the same as, for example, the storage needed to save photos, documents, or other stuff.

The RAM is specifically designed to store working data, speeding up the way you use your Mac. If you have noticed that your computer has started to slow down, you’ve come to the right place.

How much RAM does my MacBook have?

Most of the newer models come from the factory with 8GB of RAM. To check the RAM, click on the apple in the top left-hand corner and select “About this Mac”. A small window will pop-up, and the third line down indicates the amount of RAM:

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

If you notice that the spinning rainbow wheel lasts for a while, applications take a long time to load, or if they are crashing, you may need to free up RAM on your MacBook. Another sure sign is the message telling you that you are low on memory.

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

The simplest way to free up a big amount of RAM is to restart your MacBook. Switching your Mac off and on again will automatically empty the RAM and disk caches.

However, if your computer has frozen in the middle of an important task, you do risk not saving the progress you have made. So, the following steps on how to free up RAM on Mac are better solutions for continuous maintenance.

Upgrade your system

Keeping your software up to date is essential for a healthy Mac with optimal features. Remember that notifications on app updates aren’t the same as updating the software.

If you open the “About this Mac” window, there is a button for “Software Update”. By clicking on this, you will be able to see if there is a new software version and you can follow the steps to update it.

Use the Activity Monitor

From the Launchpad in your Dock, open Utilities and look for “Activity Monitor”. Open this and select the tab “Memory”. This is a great way to see how much memory is being used and also some of the activities you carry out that eat away at your RAM:

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

Notice that after restarting the computer, the memory is significantly freed up:

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

By selecting one of the processes in the list it will be highlighted. You can then click on the “X” above “Process name” and this will close the activity, further saving your RAM.

Remember to only close those activities or processes that you know. If there is something unknown it is best to leave it running in case your MacBook requires it.

You can repeat the same process to help the CPU usage because this will help reduce the overall processing power that is being taken. Again, only stop the processes that you know of.

Close apps that aren’t needed

It’s normal to have a ton of apps open and not even realize. You should close these because even though not in use, they will take up RAM. Scroll over your Dock. All of the apps that have a dot under them are open. Right-click on the app you wish to close and select “Quit”:

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

Try to get into the habit of either closing apps once you have finished using them or checking your open apps regularly as this will help to free up RAM on your MacBook.

Check the apps that open at startup

There will be some apps that you want to open automatically when you start your MacBook as it will save you time. Still, if your MacBook opens apps that aren’t necessary, you will notice a strain on your RAM.

Open “System Preferences” and then “Users & Groups”. Select the right tab that says “Login Items”.  The apps that open automatically will appear in the list. You may choose not to automatically open any apps on startup.

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

Keep your desktop tidy

It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but your MacBook will treat every icon on your desktop as an active window. Create folders for as many things as possible as it is far better to have one folder with 20 items instead of 20 items on the desktop.

We absolutely love Stacks. Stacks groups together the various files you have on your desktop and group them into one icon. Choosing Stacks means you will have one icon for documents, one for PDFs, another for spreadsheets, etc.

To turn Stacks on, click anywhere on your screen so that Finder appears on the top left-hand side. Select “View” and then “Use Stacks”. It’s the type of thing that once you start using you will never want to stop.

ow to free up RAM on MacBooks

Free up disk space

When you are running low on RAM, your MacBook will look for virtual memory which is the available space on your Mac’s drive. For optimal Mac running, you should try to leave about 20% of your disk space free. To check your available disk space, open the Launchpad and then Disk Utility:

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

You can choose to run First Aid that will help to find issues and fix them. Depending on your system this can take a few minutes or even hours.

Delete all of the larger files that you don’t need. You can open individual files and sort them by size. This will help you to quickly identify and delete those files that will free up more space on your Mac’s drive.

How to free up RAM on MacBooks

Wrap Up

As bizarre as this may sound, learning how to free up RAM on your MacBook is like having a good declutter of your home – it’s good for the soul. MacBooks are notorious for their durability but when you take care of your RAM, you will be able to enjoy a faster Mac for years to come.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook? USBs offer a great way to store precious memories and larger files that may slow your MacBook down. Like everything with Apple, you will notice it is a smooth, sleek process. On top of that, there is more than one way to eject a USB drive correctly.

Regardless of those people who tell you to just pull your USB drive out, this isn’t recommended. Let’s look at why you should take a moment to discover how to eject USB from Mac properly.

Do I really need to eject a USB drive before removing it?

The simple answer is yes! And we will give you three very good reasons for doing so. You should never force eject external hard drive on Mac.

You may corrupt your data

When you insert a USB there is a massive amount of data transfer. The same can be said for any action you carry out while it is inserted. When you eject a USB first, you are stopping that data transfer and therefore data won’t be corrupted when you take it out.

You can damage the logical file system

A USB has cells that store internal drive data and not ejecting it can destroy these cells. If this happens, you might not be able to access the data that you have saved to your USB.

You can lose data

It’s a bit of a hassle having to try and restore USBs that have been removed without ejecting them. In some cases, you might not even be able to recover the data and you will have lost the file for good.

This might not be the end of the world for music and movies, but it’s pretty heartbreaking for photos and your home videos.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

It’s a personal preference as to which method you choose. Neither is faster or does a better job so really it’s about which is easier for you.

Right-click

When you right-click on your USB drive from the desktop, a window will open in the same way it does with any other file. The second option will safely eject your USB.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

Quick tip, you can also use this window to rename your USB which is very handy if you have various different ones.

From Finder

Click anywhere on your desktop so that Finder appears in the top left-hand corner. Choose “File” and “New Finder Window”.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

Under “Locations”, you will see all of the USB drives or hard drives that are connected to your MacBook. Choose the name of the one you want to eject and click on the eject button to the right of the name.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

Drag and drop

For those who love to drag and drop, you can select your USB on the desktop and drag it straight into the bin on the right-hand side of your dock.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

Use the shortcut

Make sure your USB is highlighted by clicking on it once. You can either go to “File” and click on Eject “your USB name” or you can press Command + E together.

How to eject a USB drive from a MacBook

How do I know if my USB has been ejected correctly?

If your USB has a light indicator it will flash when you carry out any action. This could be adding or removing files, or inserting and ejecting.

Using either of the four methods above will cause the light to flash and when it stops, you know it is safe to remove it. You will also notice that your USB icon will have disappeared from the desktop and/or the sidebar in your Finder window.

Wrap Up

Learning how to safely remove USB from Mac is incredibly useful and it is the same process for all other hard disks or storage devices you want to connect to your MacBook.

External hard drives and USBs are a great way to store important documents, images, and videos that you don’t want to take up storage space on your Mac.

It only takes seconds to eject a USB drive correctly and safely. Trust us, it will take a lot longer to try and recover data lost by just pulling your USB drive out.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

How to delete movies from a MacBook

How to delete movies from a MacBook? It’s normal to end up with quite a significant movie collection on your MacBook and this is likely to cause some strain on your operating system because of the amount of storage these movies take up. By learning how to delete those movies, you will be able to keep your computer running more efficiently.

But, it’s not just the latest movies you have downloaded to watch at home. We can also have music videos or videos we have taken and uploaded to keep safe. Let’s start by looking at where our various movies could be saved.

Where are my movies on a MacBook?

This will very much depend on how you have set up your MacBook. There is a dedicated Movie folder on MacBook, you also have Movies in iTunes. When uploading from your smartphone, videos might be saved on your desktop or into your downloads folder.

If you know the name of the movie (as it is saved) you can search for it in the top right-hand corner of your desktop. This will allow you to see where it has been saved. Alternatively, you can use Finder to search for your movie/video.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

How to delete movies from a MacBook

From your Movies Folder

There are two ways in which you can delete movies from the Movies Folder. First, use Finder to open your movies folder.

  • Click anywhere on your desktop so Finder appears in the top left-hand corner;
  • Open a New Finder Window;
  • Click on “Movies” in the Sidebar (Favourites);
  • Select the movies and videos you wish to delete;
  • Choose Move to Bin and it will be sent straight to the bin.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

You can also select the movies you want to delete and drag them into the bin on your Dock. You will hear a click when you drop it into the bin and it will disappear from the Movies folder.

From your iTunes

When movies and videos are saved in iTunes, they can be found in Music Videos. The process for deleting movies from iTunes is the same as from your Movies folder. There are two options. First, click on the movie you wish to delete and you will see a small window with options pop up. The last option is to “Delete from Library”.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

A second window will open with three options:

How to delete movies from a MacBook

If you choose to keep the file, you will still be able to find it in your Movies folder on the desktop, so essentially it is moving it out of iTunes and into your Finder. If you choose Move to Bin, it will go straight to the bin to be deleted. You can also choose to drag and drop movies into the bin and the same window will appear.

From your Downloads folder

Again, you have the same two options to download your movies that are saved in Downloads. First, you can open Finder and click on “New Finder Window”. In the Sidebar, you will see the Downloads folder. Click on it to open and then select the movie you want to delete.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

You can choose “Move to Bin” or you can drag and drop it into the bin in your Dock.

From your Desktop

You have to love Mac for its easy user interface. You have the same two options as previously mentioned. From your desktop, choose the movie or video and click to see your options, choose Move to Bin. Here you can see the drag and drop option.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

Deleting movies from a MacBook to save storage space

It’s important to remember that although you have put the movies and videos in the bin, it doesn’t mean you have deleted them from your MacBook. When movies are in the bin, they still take up storage space. You need to empty your bin to free up memory.

How to delete movies from a MacBook

Click on your bin in the Dock and select Empty Bin. Another window will appear asking if you are sure. Be sure! Once you have emptied your bin, you won’t be able to retrieve the contents.

Wrap Up

It’s true that we don’t always pay attention to where our movies go and how much storage they take. You only start to think about it when you notice your computer isn’t running as quickly as it did.

Learning how to delete movies will really not only keep your laptop or desktop nice and organised, it will also keep it running at the optimal level.

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook? One of the most exciting things about getting a new computer is personalizing it. Nobody wants that boring default desktop image, so you add your own. Then you want to organize your MacBook Dock so that you have everything you need.

That leads you to many questions. It’s normal if you are unsure about this, especially if you are coming from a different operating system.

Not to worry, we promise. As soon as you get into the Apple swing of things, personalizing your Favorites will take you no time. But first, let’s clear up what your Favorites actually is.

What is Favorites on a MacBook?

There are two answers here. When you start using Mac you will hear people talking about favorites in Safari. In Safari, there is an option to create Bookmarks. As the name suggests, these are your favorite websites that you want to save to quickly open. The bookmarks you create are saved in “Favorites”.

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

Sometimes, our favorites are also the folders that we need to access regularly. This is actually called the Sidebar. But it’s understandable to confuse both. This is what your Sidebar looks like.

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

When learning how to add a folder to favorites, we are referring to the Sidebar. Normally, when you start up your sparkly new MacBook, you will have AirDrop, Applications, Desktop, Documents, and Downloads. You will also have your iCloud Drive.

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

Method 1

  • Click anywhere on your desktop so the Finder appears in the top left-hand corner of your desktop. Choose “Preferences”;

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

  • This will open a new window for four tabs at the top, select “Sidebar”;

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

  • By selecting and deselecting the different folders, you can easily choose which ones you want to see in your sidebar.

Method 2

It might be that you have created some new folders and they do not appear in the options to select in Method 1. In that case, we can drag and drop them. Click on your desktop so that Finder appears in the top left-hand corner. Select “File” and the first option, “New Finder Window”;

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

This will open a new window. Choose the location where you have saved the folder you want to add. For example, I want to add Briefs 1/10 to my sidebar. Click on the folder and drag it into the sidebar. Release the folder when you have it in the position you prefer. The blue line will indicate where the folder will appear;

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

If you want to remove the file from your sidebar, select the folder and choose “Remove from Sidebar”. Don’t worry, because this won’t make any changes to the actual folder.

Method 3

There are plenty of shortcuts on Mac, one of them is to add a folder to the sidebar. Select the folder you want to add to the sidebar and go to “File”. Towards the bottom of your options, you will see “Add to Sidebar”. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut buttons Option + Command +T, just don’t forget to select the folder first.

How to add a folder to Favorites on a MacBook

What if you can’t find the folder you want to add to Favorites?

From your New Finder Window, you have the option to use the “Search” button. Just type in the name of the folder you want to add to Favorites, and it will pop up ready to drag and drop into your sidebar. You can also use the search button in the top right-hand corner of your desktop, whichever is more convenient for you.

Wrap Up

You might not think that taking the time to organize your folders is really necessary, especially when your MacBook is new and you don’t have anything yet to organize.

It’s worth learning how to create folders and how to add them to favorites beforehand. Doing it this way round allows you to change your default settings so that images and documents can be saved straight to the folder you choose.

 

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook?

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook? So, you have found Photo Booth and taken a photo, probably made yourself look like an alien or have bug eyes in the effects, but what next? Where do you find all of your pictures on Mac? And where is the Pictures Folder?

The Desktop Folder, Downloads, and Documents all appear in the sidebar of Finder, but not Pictures. Before you get to know where is pictures folder on Mac, let’s explore our photos and where they go.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook?

This actually depends on your settings. If you are downloading images from the internet, they will go to the location that you have selected. If you open Preferences in Safari, you can change where your downloaded images go by selecting “File Download Location”.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

When you take photos from Photo Booth, they are stored in a Photo Booth Library, which is slightly trickier to search for manually:

  • From Finder, click Macintosh HD;
  • Users;
  • Your user name;
  • Pictures;
  • Photo Booth Library;
  • And finally pictures again.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

If you have an iCloud account or another cloud account, you can also choose the location that you want your photos to appear. When you select any photo from your cloud account and select “Download”, the photo will automatically open in Preview. Here, you can choose to rename it and the location where you want to store it.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

When you want to upload images from a camera, you will need to use the Photos app. The photos app is very straightforward to operate, and you can follow the prompts to import images or drag and drop them from other locations. You can also sync Photos with your iCloud account.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

Needless to say, you don’t want to have to open 5 different folders every time you want to want to access your photos, so it is easier to add your Pictures folder to the sidebar of your Finder Window.

How can I quickly find My Pictures folder on Mac?

One of the quickest ways is to open the spotlight search in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Type in pictures and double click on the folder. This is a good solution for not so regular users. Another way is to add the Pictures fto your sidebar. There are two ways you can do it.

The first method is to manually search for the Pictures Folder and drag and drop it into the sidebar:

  • Click anywhere on your screen so that Finder appears at the top left-hand side;
  • Choose File and select the first option “New Folder Window”;
  • Once your new window is opened, type “Pictures Folder” into the search box.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

All of a sudden you will go from finding no Picture Folders to finding several. Make sure to select the Folder that has the camera on the front. You can now drag this folder to the left-hand side in the position you prefer (i.e. between Desktop and Documents).

The other way to add the Pictures Folder to your Finder sidebar is to Click on the “Preferences” in Finder. There are four tabs on the top, select “Sidebar”. You can select any folder you want to appear and unselect those that you don’t.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

For even faster access, you can keep your Picture Folder in the Dock at the bottom of the screen. From the New Finder Window, once you have searched for the Picture Folder, drag and drop it next to your bin.

Where is the pictures folder on a MacBook

None of these options is permanent, so to remove the Pictures Folder from your sidebar, you can drag and drop it to a different location, or you can click on it and choose “Remove from Sidebar”. To remove it from your Dock, click on the folder image and choose options, then “Remove from Dock”.

Wrap Up

It’s a bizarre thing with Mac, everything is so accessible and easy to find it doesn’t make sense that so many have difficulties finding the Pictures Folder.  The good news is that it takes just minutes to locate it and choose the best place on your MacBook for quick and easy access.

A word to the wise, before you start importing and downloading all of your photos, check the location where they will go in your settings. It’s much faster to ensure they go straight to the folder you want rather than moving them all again later.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook? When you get a sparkling new Mac, one of the first things you will probably do is look at your Dock. You will see awesome icons pop up and want to personalize them so that you have easy access to all of your favorites.

Knowing how to add the Desktop folder to your Mac Dock is quite a high priority as it’s one of the quickest ways to get an overview of your contents. If you are struggling with the Mac lingo, you might also be asking how to do it on a MacBook, but we will clear that up later on.

What Is a Mac Dock?

The Mac Dock is a bar that appears at the bottom of your screen (by default). It may come up when you scroll down, or it can be permanently displayed. The first apps in the Dock are Finder, Siri, Launchpad, Safari, and Calendar.

Not only can you customize the icons that appear in your Dock, but you can also customize the Dock itself. Click on the Apple Icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen and choose “System Preferences”, then select “Dock”.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

You will see that you can change the size of the icons and the position of the Dock as well as plenty of other options.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

If you are wondering how your desktop can be a folder when you are looking at the whole screen as a desktop, you came to the right place. You will also be able to find the desktop as a file and all of the contents of your desktop inside this file. It is very convenient if your Desktop Folder is in the Dock.

In the first place, you should click anywhere on the desktop so that Finder appears at the top. Click on “File” and then select “New Finder Window”.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

Once your new Finder window appears, you will see on the left-hand side your list of favorites. The Desktop Folder is here by default, as well as other common folders.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

Select Desktop and scroll down to Add to Dock.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

Now, you will see that your Desktop Folder appears next to the Bin. You can repeat the same process with any of the folders from the list of favorites. You can also drag and drop other folders into the window to appear as a favorite, or straight into the Dock itself.

How to remove the Desktop folder from Mac Dock

If your Dock is getting a little too full, you can easily remove the Desktop Folder. Scroll down until you Dock appears and click on the Desktop Folder.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

When the cursor scrolls over “Options”, you will have two choices: “Remove from Dock” and “Show in Finder”. By choosing “Show in Finder”, you will add Desktop to favorites, as it will reappear in the sidebar in your Finder window.

What are Favorites for a Mac user?

The favorites you see in Finder is what is called the Sidebar. Normally, when a Mac user hears the word favorites, they assume this relates to internet searches and the pages they like to save as favorites. This is what is known as Bookmarks.

How to add Desktop to Favorites on a MacBook

When you open Safari and click on Bookmarks, you will see the last option as “Favorites”. Any website page that you frequently visit can be saved here so that you can open it straight away. When you are on the page you want to save, open Bookmarks and choose “Add Bookmark”. You can also use the shortcut “Command + D”.

Wrap Up

If you are new to the Mac operating system, all these new functions may seem strange at first. Luckily, knowing how to add the Desktop Folder to your Mac Dock and how to add favorites are all very simple to do. It won’t be long until you have personalized your Mac desktop to your liking.

How to clear Recents in Finder

How to clear Recents in Finder

How to clear Recents in Finder? The Recents folder in your Mac isn’t a typical folder that stores files. You can’t add to it because it automatically updates by itself. Recents don’t clutter your computer, however, it is still handy to know how to clear it, especially for privacy reasons, if you share your Mac with other people.

In Recents, you will find a list of the last 10 apps you used and the last 10 documents you opened. More than anything, it can be used as a shortcut to find files that you have been working on recently rather than having to keep them all open.

Let’s look at a step by step guide on how to clear Recents, including apps, documents, and folders.

How to clear Recents in Finder

Clearing Documents

To clear documents, follow the steps below:

  • Begin by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • When you scroll down to Recents, a second window will pop up with your last 10 apps and documents. If you want to open one of them from here, place the cursor on it and click;
  • If you want to clear your Recents, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Clear Menu” and click it. This won’t remove any of the files or apps from your Mac;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • Once you have pressed “Clear Menu”, you can go back to recent items and all of your options will appear in light gray. This indicates that the Recents have been cleared.

How to clear Recents in Finder

Clearing Apps

  • Click anywhere on your desktop so that Finder appears next to the Apple Icon. Click on “Go”;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • You will see an option for Recents. This will take you to another window with a far more extensive list of your recent documents. You can also see the Option + Command + F for the shortcut;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • When you scroll down to Recent Folders, a list of the 10 last folders you opened. Scroll down and select “Clear Menu”. You will notice that Recents appears as one of the folders. This is because when you open Recents from Finder, it will open a Recents folder. Using the first method with the Apple icon only shows you a Recents list.

How to prevent files from appearing in the Recents

If you would prefer for certain files to not appear in Finder, you can adjust your privacy settings. We promise it is much easier than you are thinking! Take a look at the steps below:

  • Go back to the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner and click on “System Preferences”;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • Once in “System Preferences”, look for “Spotlight”. It’s usually on the top row, third from the right. Click on Spotlight and a new window will open;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • There are two tabs in Spotlight: “Search Results” and “Privacy”. Choose “Privacy”;

How to clear Recents in Finder

  • Now you can drag and drop your folders that you don’t want to appear in Finder. Alternatively, you can add them by using the + button. You will be prompted to click on the lock to prevent further changes.

Wrap Up

It might seem that you want to learn how to clear your Recents folder because you are trying to hide what you have been doing. Essentially, this is true and very sensible. Many of our folders and files will have generic names that don’t give away any personal pieces of information, i.e. Photos.

On the other hand, people may save files based on the clients they are working for or other personal details. Some of which you may not want others to see if they open your Finder on Mac.

How to create a folder on a MacBook

How to create a folder on a MacBook

How to create a folder on a MacBook is the doubt you’ll solve with this article. The feeling you get when you look at someone’s chaotic desk and it makes you feel all nervous is exactly how others feel when looking at an unorganized desktop. The explosion of files and icons as your screen wakes up can be stressful and even more so when you can’t find the document you need.

Keeping your desktop tidy is essential for organization and efficiency. Not only this but having such a beautiful piece of Apple technology deserves an equally beautiful desktop. Creating proper folders is a crucial part of that organization.

That being said, we have some answers and tips on how to create folders on Mac.

How to create a folder on a MacBook

What can you do with folders on Mac?

Let’s say you have Excel documents for work. Then your kids have saved their Word documents and you have a few songs that you have just downloaded. More often than not, there will be a few PDFs and photos in there as well. By creating different folders you can store a range of files in one place.

The number of folders you create will depend on the uses of your Mac. If it is only for personal use, you might choose a folder for photos, for music, and for videos, etc. Here are some example folders that you can create:

  • Personal – photos and PDFs of scanned documents, passport, driving license, birth certificates;
  • Finance – 2020 bills, receipts, work invoices;
  • Finance – folders from 2017,2018, and 2019;
  • Current work – the tasks you have to do this week;
  • Work – folders with different projects.

How to create folders

It is a very simple process, as with most things on Mac:

  • Click anywhere on your desktop so that in the top right-hand corner you can see “Finder”;
  • Next to Finder, you have the tab “File”, click here;
  • The second option is “Create New Folder”, select this;

How to create a folder on Mac

  • On your desktop, you will see a new blue folder called “Untitled Folder”.

How to create a folder on Mac

You now know how to create folders, but you will have to learn how to name your folders so that you can easily identify what is in each one:

  • Right-click on “Untitled Folder” and it will turn blue;
  • Press “delete” and type the name you want to appear under the folder;
  • Click anywhere on the desktop to save the change.

If you want to tag a folder you can choose a color to easily identify it. Click once on the file you wish to tag. Open File and scroll down to the bottom to choose a color.

Manage your created folders

It will depend on how you have your trackpad set up, but normally, one-click will select a folder while a double click will open it. On the top, left-hand side of the folder, you will have four different ways you can choose to view the files in your folder. For example, you can have them as icons or in a list. You can play around here and choose the one you like best.

To move items into a folder you can select a file and drop and drag it into the folder. The folder will shrink a fraction and you will hear the file drop in. The file will no longer appear on the desktop.

If you open a particular file, you can also select a file to drag and drop back onto the desktop. By pressing the command button, you can select multiple files. You can also select one or multiple folders to drag and drop into your new folder.

What is the difference between a folder and a smart folder?

Smart Folders will automatically update themselves by finding and moving files into itself based on the criteria you set. Smart folders are great time savers. If you look back at the previous image, you will see that under “File”, there is the option to create a “New Smart Folder”.

To select the search criteria for your folder, click on the “+” button on the right-hand side of your new Smart folder.

How to create a folder on Mac

You will find “kind” and “any”. When you click on “kind”, then “other”, you have a very extensive list of criteria you can select. “Any” will let you choose more general criteria such as app, movie, document, etc.

How to create a folder on Mac

How to create a folder on Mac

Another way to manage your desktop

One thing that I recently discovered is Stacks. When you choose to use stacks, your files will group themselves on the desktop while remaining visible.

All of your documents will appear in on stack which you can click once on to show all of your documents on your desktop. Your Mac will organize spreadsheets, images, screenshots, PDFs, and more into separate stacks. If you download a lot of files, it will help you to keep your desktop clean until you organize them.

  • Again, click anywhere on your desktop for the file to appear at the top;
  • Select “View”;
  • Choose “Use Stacks”.

How to create a folder on a MacBook

You can organize your stacks as you prefer, by kind of file, date, or tag.

Wrap Up

Learning how to create a folder on Mac, Smart folders, and stacks is not only time-saving, it will also reduce the amount of stress you feel when your screen comes to life. When someone calls you asking to send a file urgently, it can be quite tense scanning your desktop, especially when you can’t remember the name of the file.

Managing folders and smart folders is the same, and the drag and drop feature makes it quick and easy. And, if you add the use of stacks, files and folders will all be neatly organized on the right-hand side of your desktop.

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac?

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac? Taking fewer efforts and giving more ease is what technology is all about. It’s the friend that everyone desires.

Tech has been fulfilling its primitive promise to humankind with the help of automation. Keeping in view the dynamics of technology today, it would not be wrong to say that today “automation is the mother of innovation”.

The technology uses many tools at hand to automate its functions. Syncing is one such tools. Syncing allows you to access and transfer your data from one device to another anytime, anywhere.

We all know the traditional wired method to transfer data from your smart devices to your desktop computer. However, with technology religiously fulfilling its promise, this function has also been updated to less effort and more ease.

In this article, we are teaching you precisely numerous ways on how to sync photos from iPhone to Mac automatically.

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac?

What is syncing

Syncing allows you to access your data by storing it in a folder on your device that is accessible anytime. So, if you want to access your photos taken from your iPhone on your Mac laptop, you need to sync those photos to your Mac device.

Great apps to sync photos

There are a couple of built-in features and third-party apps that allow you to sync photos on your Apple devices. We are providing you with a combination of both so you may decide which suits your needs best.

Photos app

Photos app is the built-in app in all Apple parented devices to sync photos. Since the app is factory set to sync pictures, it is the most used method to sync photos from your iPhone/iPad to your Mac.

How to use it:

  • Connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac using a USB cable;
  • Open the “Photos app” on your Mac;
  • The Photos app opens with an import window showing all the synced photos and videos from your connected device. If the import window doesn’t automatically appear, select your device’s name from the app’s sidebar;
  • If asked, unlock your iOS device using your passcode. If you see a prompt on your iOS device asking you to “Trust This Computer”, tap “Trust” to continue;
  • Select the photos you want to import;
  • Click “Import Selected”.

Key features:

  • Traditional wired method;
  • Supported by all Apple operating system versions and devices;
  • Does not demand any prerequisites to fulfill;
  • Does not require Internet/Bluetooth services.

Apple iCloud Photos

The most popular method for syncing photos from iPhone to Mac is iCloud Photos. iCloud is an Apple parented cloud storage and cloud service. iCloud Photos automatically syncs every photo/video from your photos folder to its iCloud library so you may access them from any device at any time.

To access or transfer photos from iCloud photos, there are two prerequisites you need to fulfill:

  • Make sure you have the latest Apple operating systems on all your devices;
  • Log in from the same Apple ID on all your devices.

How to sync/store/access photos on iCloud from your iPhone/iPad device:

  • Go to Settings> [your name] > iCloud > Photos;

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac

  • Turn on the iCloud Photo Library.

How do I automatically sync photos from iPhone to Mac

To sync/store/access photos on iCloud from your Mac:

  • Go to System Preferences > Apple ID;
  • Click iCloud in the sidebar;
  • Select Photos.

Key features:

  • Cloud storage service;
  • Uses WiFi/ data connection to sync/store photos;
  • Automatic uploading of your photos and videos;
  • Any change/edit to your iCloud photo library is automatically updated on all your iCloud supported devices;
  • You can transfer photos from one device to another device;
  • Can be accessed from Windows OS desktops through iCloud.com.

AirDrop

Another reliable built-in feature of Apple to transfer photos is Airdrop. Airdrop functions as a Bluetooth sharing service.

To transfer photos from one device to another via AirDrop, there is one prerequisite you need to fulfill:

  • Make sure your Apple operating systems/devices support Airdrop.

To access and transfer photos to/from your iPhone/iPad:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen>open “Control Center”;
  • Tap on AirDrop;
  • Set your preference from “Contacts Only” to “Everyone”.

To access and transfer photos to/from your Mac OS:

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop;
  • Turn ON Bluetooth and WiFi to turn AirDrop ON on your Mac;
  • Set your preference “Allow” to be discovered by as “Everyone” or “Contacts Only”.

To transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac with Airdrop:

  • Go to “Photos” on your iPhone;
  • Select the photos you want to transfer;
  • Click the Share button and select your Mac device in the AirDrop section.

Key features:

  • Allows wireless transfer of your photos;
  • Can only be used on iOS operated devices.

EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover is another reliable name for effortless and efficient photo syncing and transfer. EaseUS MobiMover is a third-party application that allows you to manage and transfer data between any iOS device.

To access and transfer photos from your iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable;
  • Run EaseUS MobiMover software on your Mac. You can download the software from https://www.easeus.com/phone-transfer/mobimover.html;
  • On the left side of the interface, there is a selection panel. Choose “Phone to Mac” from the data transfer segment;
  • Click on “Next”;
  • Select the category of data you want to transfer;
  • Specify the computer path to store data;
  • Click “Transfer”.

Key features

  • Traditional wired method to transfer data;
  • Can also transfer data from Mac to phone;
  • Allows to manage and move between any two iOS devices.

Wrap Up

Syncing photos from your iPhone/iPad to a Mac device has been a tedious and time-consuming task. However, the design of these built-in tools and apps has elevated the efficiency of this task.

These advances pave ways for technology to fulfill its promise of more ease and less effort.