How to Find Your Available Storage Space

Let’s talk about storage! Today we’ll explain in easy-to-understand terms, how to find your available storage on your Apple computer’s hard drive.  This can be helpful if you are looking to download or install any new applications or programs or if you are considering an external hard drive. Side note:  We recommend that everyone get an external hard drive to get a time machine backup of your computer. (Don’t know how to back it up? We’ll explain in our next video)

Starting on your home screen, click on the apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Choose ‘About This Mac’ from the drop down menu.  After clicking ‘About This Mac’ you will see a window pop up that tells you what OS (Operating System) you are running. At the bottom of this window click the ‘More Info…’ button. In the next window you will see your computer overview. Click the tab labeled ‘Storage’ on top of that window.

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Under the storage tab you will be able to see your Macintosh Hard Drive as well as any other storage options you have plugged in to your computer at the time, ie: SD cards, External Hard Drive, USB, etc. It also categorizes the storage into what is taking up the most room. If your HD is almost filled up with photos, then consider getting an external HD and keeping your photos on it.

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Another way to access your available storage space on your hard drive is simple. If your HD is showing on your desktop, click once on your HD to highlight it, then press ‘Command + I’ to open the Information window, and follow the rest of the steps from there.

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How To Delete Texts in iMessage

Seems like every day there is a new update coming out for our Apple devices. With every update there are small changes, in both visual appearance and functionality that can make it difficult to use your devices the same way. Here are a few changes in iMessage that came with the last updates.

1. You may notice you don’t automatically see the times that texts have been sent. That might leave you wondering ‘when did I send that again? has it been that long? am I crazy?’ No, you’re not crazy. Simply drag screen from right to left to see your texting times reappear in the right margin of your screen.

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2. How to delete texts in the latest iMessage. Why would you want to delete texts? We won’t ask, we don’t need to know, but in case you wanted to delete some texts for obviously very moral reasons here’s how. Tap and hold on any text in your conversation, a few options will pop up. Tap on ‘more…’ From this screen you will be able to select the texts you want to delete and select the garbage/trash icon in the bottom left corner of your screen. Another option is to ‘Delete all’ in the upper left corner of the screen.

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There you have it! For more 1 minute tutorials and videos on how to get the most out of your Apple videos visit our YouTube channel! And make sure to subscribe or follow us on Twitter so you’ll never miss a weekly video.

How to Fix a Scratched CD With a Banana

How to fix a scratched CD with a banana! You may have heard of crazy fixing ideas in the past and you can add this one to the list. Although we here at the store have not tried it personally, (we have CD cleaners for that kind of thing…) we have heard great things about it working and thought we could give a little tutorial about it for you folks at home.

What you will all need: 1 ripe banana, scratched discs, glass cleaner, clean cotton cloth.

1. Find scratched CD. Obviously this technique will work the best with a minorly scratched CD. If your disc has been laying on the floor of your car or the bottom of the purse for months chances are this won’t revive it – but you can try.

2. Rub the freshly cut banana in a circular motion all the way around the disc.

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3. Firmly wipe down with the inside of the banana peel. The wax from the inside of the peel will help fill the scratches.

4. Using the clean cotton cloth, wipe with moderate pressure in the same circular motion for about 3-4 minutes. This should clean the remaining banana residue off.

5. Spray with glass cleaner and wipe clean. Ta da! Your disc should look good as new. Make sure you take your time with the steps, that will help with the end result.

The photo is from Don’t Pin That, where you can go and read about the science behind why this works! Follow our YouTube channel to learn more helpful apple product tips and tutorials.

Understanding the New Photos Layout

The latest OS upgrade to Apple devices has left some people scratching their head as far as the new Photos layout is concerned.  We are used to Albums, Events, etc. and now have to adjust to Moments and Collections. Here is a basic explanation of the newest Photos layout.

1. First off there is a very different look to the new Photos icon.  The icon has changed from a sunflower to a more graphic rainbow colored ‘flower’ concept. Here’s the new look.

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2. Tap on the new Photos icon to see all your photos. When you are under the ‘Photos’ section in the bottom of the screen you will see one of 4 displays of photos. You can back up as far as Years. Click on one photo and it takes you to Collections. Collections is the new “Events”.  Tap on one photo under a collection and it will take you to ‘Moments’, and then tap on a photo to open it full screen.

Years view

Years view

Collections View

Collections View

Moments View

Moments View

Full Screen Photo

Full Screen Photo