Here’s a cool feature hidden in Apple macOS Sierra. If you double click on the left, right, top, or bottom of a window, the program window will expand to fill the width or height of the screen.
- Move your cursor to the edge of a window.
- Wait until your mouse pointer icon is showing up as a left-right or up-down arrow.
- Then double-click and your program window should fill the height or width of the screen depending on where you clicked.
You may notice that your Apple MacBook or iMac computer is running slow, the fans are spinning very fast, and the Activity Monitor (found inside of Applications > Utilities) indicates very high CPU usage for the accountsd process. If you have a multi-core processor the percentage of CPU usage may exceed 100% because more than one full CPU is dedicated to serving that task.
The accountsd process seems to have something to do with the System Preferences > Internet Accounts functions including the real-time continuous notification system. This is why it may seem that some runaway task has monopolized your computer’s CPU and is causing it to slow down.
According to some Apple Discussion threads about this issue, Google accounts may be causing problems. However, our tests show that the CPU usage remained high even after deleting all Google accounts. Other accounts that could cause high CPU usage would be Facebook or Twitter since they are always monitoring for recent updates to notify you about.
Removing unnecessary accounts can help get the CPU usage down to about 30-40% which will result in the fans not running so fast.
Apple computers have the ability to run Windows, Linux, and Apple operating systems. Here are some reasons why purchasing an Apple laptop or desktop computer is a good decision for Windows users.
- Design. Apple computers are known for their beautiful design. This makes them pleasant to interact with.
- Displays. Apple has always had nice computer displays and the latest computers include Retina display technology in their laptop and high-end desktop computers. With ambient light sensors and keyboard controlled brightness, you can personalize the display making it very easy on your eyes.
- Keyboard. The Apple wireless or wired keyboards are excellent for those working long hours on the computer. The keys have short travel, and entry errors are almost non existent. Apple keyboards feature short-travel keys, which means your fingers don’t need to push the keys down as far, and you can type faster with less effort.
- Multiple Operating Systems. Using a product like VMWare Fusion, you can run multiple operating systems on an Apple computer. You can have Apple, Windows, and Linux. If you’re a computer and technical support professional, you’ll likely need to support Apple and Windows computers. With virtual computing, you could have Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 running at the same time.
- Portability. The newer MacBook computers are thiner and lighter than previous models. The new MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers are very thin and light.
- Security. Although Apple computers aren’t entirely impervious to viruses, they are much more secure than Windows computers.
- Space Savings. Apple iMac computers are slim and accommodate an aluminum wireless keyboard that takes up very little desk space.
- Touch Pad. For those concerned about repetitive stress injuries, the Apple touchpad is essential. It’s highly accurate, easy to use, and with multiple gestures that require a very light touch.
- Voice Dictation. Apple uses the same Siri voice recognition technology in their desktop/laptop operating system as with the iPhone. It’s quite accurate in a quiet environment.
In previous versions of Apple OS X, users would mistakenly remove items from the dock when clicking on them.
As the icon would move up a smidgen, it would suddenly and without notice pull off the dock and “poof” disappear.
Attempts were made to correct this problem by having a delay before icons would be removed from the dock completely. However, this confused users who were intentionally trying to remove icons from the dock.
Finally in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple has included a label that appears for icons being moved off the dock.
After a short period of time, the word Remove will appear above the icon to indicate it will be removed if not returned to the dock (before letting go of the mouse button).
This is helpful for people who might be organizing their dock icons.
If you’re a user of Internet Explorer on Windows and moving to Apple, follow these instructions to get your Favorites/Bookmarks moved over.
Google Cloud Solution
It’s possible to use Google Chrome to transfer your bookmarks by following these steps:
- Using Google Chrome, you can sign-in using your Google/Gmail login. Usually Chrome will ask you to sign-in, or you can find it on the menu (three lines found at top right).
- Once you’re signed in, the Bookmarks will automatically synchronize with your Google account to any Chrome browser.
- So, using the Import Bookmarks and Settings (found under Bookmarks in the Chrome menu) import bookmarks from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
- Then these will be synchronized and accessible on any computer or device where you are logged in with Chrome.
To manually transfer your Bookmarks follow these instructions:
- Go to Chrome, and from the menu choose Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
- Select Internet Explorer and/or Firefox as needed for importing.
- Then, once all bookmarks are imported, go to Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager > Organize > Export Bookmarks to HTML file.
- Put that file on a USB flash drive and put it on your Apple computer.
- In Google Chrome, from the Menu, choose Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
- On the From dropdown selection menu, select Bookmarks HTML File, then click Choose File.
- Select the file you exported in step 3 and 4.
- The Bookmarks will be imported and put in a folder called Imported from IE or Imported from Firefox.