How to Configure Safari Pop-up Windows on Mac

Safari Browser

Pop-up windows are trademarks of shady websites, but legit websites also use them. Whenever you get a pop-up window in Safari, by default the browser will block it and notify you. This can be very helpful if it’s a pop-up ad. On the other hand, if it’s a webpage that you need to get to, this is obviously counterproductive. In today’s post, we look at how to configure pop-up windows in Safari running on macOS Catalina.

How to Configure Safari Pop-up Windows

First, have Safari open and click on Safari in the Menu Bar and select Preferences. The keyboard shortcut for this is Command-Comma (⌘,).

Then, click on Websites, and to the left at the bottom, click on Pop-up Windows.

In the Pop-up Windows configuration screen, you’ll see Currently Open Websites and Configured Websites.

To configure pop-up windows for any of the websites, simply pick from one of three options – Block and Notify which is the default option, Block, and Allow.

To remove configuration you had previously saved, select the website and click on Remove at the bottom. 

Finally, if you would like to make changes to how Safari deals with pop-up windows when visiting other websites, choose one of the three options in the bottom right corner.

Configure Pop-up Windows for Safari on Mac

 

How to Take Screenshots on Apple TV

Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote

Taking screenshots on your Apple TV is not as simple as pressing two buttons on your Siri Remote. In fact, Apple does not even talk about this in their Apple TV User Guide. But hey, it’s doable with some work.

Before we begin, it’s important to know you won’t be able to capture copyright-protected content on an Apple TV, or any Apple device for that matter. Try grabbing a screenshot on your iPhone while it’s playing video content from iTunes, all you get will be a black screen.

In order to capture screenshots or record videos playing on your Apple TV, you need a Mac connected to the same network as the Apple TV.

In our demo, we are using a Mac running macOS Catalina (version 10.15.4) and an Apple TV 4K running tvOS 13.4.

Throughout the process, you will see prompts on your Mac asking for permission to access the Apple TV screen. Follow the on-screen instructions to grant access.

How to Capture Screenshots or Record Video on Apple TV

    1. First, make sure your Apple TV and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On your Apple TV, go to Settings and Network to see or change your Wi-Fi network. On your Mac, click on the Wi-Fi icon (Apple TV Network Settings) in the menu bar.Apple TV Network Settings
    2. Once both devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network, use Spotlight to launch Quick Time Player on your Mac. 
    3. In the QuickTime Player menu bar, click on File and then select New Movie Recording.
    4. In the Movie Recording window, click on the dropdown arrow next to the red Record button and select your Apple TV under Camera and Microphone. You should now see the content of your Apple TV’s screen on your Mac in QuickTime Player’s Movie Recording window.QuickTime Player New Movie Recording Select Camera and MicrophoneApple TV Screen in QuickTime Player New Movie Recording Window
    5. To take a screenshot, press Shift, Command and 4 on the keyboard. You’ll see the cursor turn into a crosshair.
    6. Move the crosshair over the QuickTime Player Movie Recording window and press the Space bar. The crosshair will now turn into a camera.
    7. Wait for QuickTime Player’s interface to disappear and then click to take the screenshot. By default, the image will be saved to your desktop on your Mac.
    8. To record your Apple TV’s screen, hit the red Record button.

By now I think you’ll agree taking screenshots on Apple TV is not as simple as it is on an iPhone. Here’s to hoping that Apple will add this functionality to their Siri Remote someday!

How to Recover Closed Browser Tabs – Chrome and Safari on Mac and iPhone

How to Recover Closed Browser Tabs - Chrome, Safari, iOS 13, macOS CatalinaAccidentally closing a browser tab can be infuriating. Fortunately, the process is easy to undo for both Chrome and Safari. Here’s how you can recover closed Chrome or Safari browser tabs on a Mac or an iPhone.

Chrome

How to Recover A Closed Chrome Tab in macOS

To reopen a closed Chrome tab on a Mac, press Shift-Command-T (⇧⌘T) on the keyboard.

Recover Closed Chrome Tab on Mac Shift-Command-T

How to Recover A Closed Chrome Tab in iOS

To recover a closed Chrome tab on an iPhone, first, tap the More (More tab bar icon) button on the bottom right of the screen, and then tap Recent Tabs.

Recover Recent Chrome Tabs on iPhone

Safari

How to Recover A Closed Safari Tab in macOS

To reopen a closed Safari tab on a Mac, use the “undo” keyboard shortcut Command-Z (⌘Z).

Recover Closed Safari Tab on Mac Command-Z

How to Recover A Closed Safari Tab in iOS

To recover a closed Safari tab on an iPhone, tap the Tabs button on the bottom right of the screen, and then tap and hold on the Plus (Add navigation bar and tab bar icon) button in the middle of the screen to bring up the Recently Closed Tabs window. From there, you can pick any tab to recover.

Safari on iPhone Add New Tab Tap and Hold to Recover Closed Tabs

Do you find these tips on how to recover closed browser tabs helpful? If you would like to learn more Safari keyboard shortcuts, check out this post.

How to Change Icons in macOS

Changing your Mac’s user interface can be difficult. Apple thinks they have the best UI and they don’t really offer their users the chance to spice things up. 

For example, you can feel so utterly powerless when you need to do something as simple as giving a folder a new icon.

That is if you didn’t know where to start.

If you do, it’s actually very easy.

Here’s how you can change icons in macOS. This works on folders, as well as files, drives, and apps. If something on your Mac has an icon, this will work. Although if you are changing the icon of a stock macOS application, like Mail or Music, you’ll need to turn off System Integrity Protection first. Once the change is made, you will want to turn SIP back on.

How to Change macOS Folder, Drive, App or File Icons

Let’s say for whatever reason I wanted to change a folder’s icon to the logo of everyone’s favorite search engine.

Here’s what the macOS default folder icon looks like. Simple yet still reminding you of the letter folders that people used to carry around in the office.

macOS Default Folder Icon

And of course, here’s the Google logo, in all its glory.

Google Logo

And now onto changing the folder icon.

    1. Go to google.com, right-click on the Google logo and select Copy Image, or better and easier still, right-click on the image above and select Copy Image.
    2. Right-click on the folder you want to change and select Get Info.
    3. In the Folder Info window that appears, click to select the folder icon on the top left and press Command-V on your keyboard – see screenshot down below
    4. You have now successfully given your folder a new icon.

How to Change Icon in macOS

Did I mention this was going to be easy?

Want to learn more macOS tricks? Check out our Mac and macOS tags.

What other issues have you come across while working on your Mac? Let us know in the comments and we might just have a solution for you.

How to Add Words & Spellings to macOS Spellcheck

You would think your Mac should know every word and spelling you throw at it since it must have a huge vocabulary. However, that is not always the case. Every so often, you’d see something you type highlighted with a dreadful red dotted line below it. The line means either you just made a typo, or macOS does not know the word. If you did type correctly and want it remembered for the future, here’s how you can add the word or spelling to macOS Spellcheck.

Before we dive in, it’s worth mentioning that in order to teach macOS Spellcheck new words and spellings, you can use any text editor application you have available on your Mac. Apple’s Pages and Microsoft’s Word are two nice choices. Something simpler like the TextEdit app is a good way to go too.

In our example, we will be using the Notes app built into macOS.

How to Add Words and Spellings to macOS Spellcheck

    1. First, begin by typing up the word or spelling you want to add to Spellcheck. If you see the dotted line, that means the word or spelling is not recognized.
    2. Then, control(⌃)-click or right-click on the word or spelling. If you have a trackpad, click or tap with two fingers.
    3. In the menu that appears, select Learn Spelling on the top and you are all set. You’ve now taught macOS the word or spelling.
    4. Now, this happens sometime. If you don’t see Learn Spelling on the top of the menu, select Spelling and Grammar further down instead and click on Show Spelling and Grammar.
    5. In the Spelling and Grammar window that appears, click on Learn and that does the trick too.
    6. You’ve now added the word or spelling to Spellcheck. To confirm, type it again and you should no longer see the dotted line.

macOS Spellcheck - Learn Spelling

macOS Spellcheck - Spelling and Grammar

macOS Spellcheck - Spelling and Grammar Window - Learn Spelling

What are some of the words your computer could not recognize? Want to learn more about checking spelling and grammar on a Mac? Here’s the link to Apple’s guide on the topic.