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 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.


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


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 Delete Synced from iTunes in Podcasts App on iPhone

Synced from iTunes Podcast Episodes 

Apple’s Podcasts app can be overly complicated sometimes. I recently synced my iPhone (running iOS 13.3) with my laptop (running macOS Catalina), and a new section called “Synced from iTunes” appeared in a couple of podcast programs on my iPhone.

Synced from iTunes in Apple Podcasts App on iOS

Now, this bugs me for two reasons.

One, those episodes just simply should not be there. They were old episodes that I already listened to, but they do not auto-delete. Swiping or force touching on them does not reveal a delete option either. Because they are in my library, they keep appearing in Playing Next to haunt and taunt me. 

Two, didn’t Apple just split iTunes into three different apps in their latest macOS? So why does it still say iTunes?

I tried to not let those episodes bother me, but finally, it became too much and I had to do something.

How to Get Rid of Them

While I was not able to find a solution for it, I did find a workaround that worked for me. Here’s the link to the original Apple Communities post that contained the workaround.

    1. Tap Synced from iTunes to go into the section
    2. Tap the add button Add button on each episode, and then tap the download button Download button
    3. Once all the episodes are downloaded, Synced from iTunes should disappear
    4. If you still see Synced from iTunes, delete all the downloaded episodes in My Episodes

Following these steps should help you get rid of Synced from iTunes and regain control of the Podcasts app. Hopefully, Apple does not somehow find another way to screw things up.

One More Thing

If you mostly listen to podcasts on the go, you’ll probably want to stop syncing them between your computer and your phone.

Uncheck Sync Podcasts

Let us know in the comments if you had the same issue! We hope this post was helpful!

Apple Podcasts

How to Delete Previously Relocated Items Folder (macOS Catalina, 2019)

Previously Relocated Items

If you recently upgraded to macOS Catalina, you might notice a new shortcut on your desktop called Previously Relocated Items.

Previously Relocated Items Folder Desktop Alias

The folder is located under Users/Shared, and it’s usually not very large. For me, it was just 1 MB. As part of the public beta program, I upgraded a couple of times, so I have three Previously Relocated Items folders.

In the folder, Apple has a note explaining what the relocated items are. Well, in short, they are files Apple did not know what to do with during the operating system upgrade.

Even if the folders do not take up much space, I wanted to delete them, because to me they serve absolutely no purpose. I dragged them to the Trash and then tried to empty it, and it wouldn’t let me.

With macOS Catalina, your operating system and your data reside on different volumes for security reasons. Your operating system now has its own volume called Macintosh HD, while your data lives on another volume called Macintosh HD – Data. This is just so that data can not mess with the operating system.

In the process of creating the new volume, the files in the Previously Relocated Items folder were thrown into limbo, and you as the user have to decide their fate. You could just delete the shortcut on your desktop and leave the folder alone, but if you try to delete the folder too, Apple will throw something called System Integrity Protection (SIP) at you and not allow you to empty the Trash.

How to Delete the Folder

Here’s what you can do. You can temporarily disable SIP to delete the Previously Relocated Items folder, and then, of course, you’ll want to turn SIP back on once you are done.

A word of warning, the site, and the author are not responsible for any possible damage or data loss resulted from this process.

Follow these steps to disable SIP:

    1. Boot to Recovery OS by restarting your machine and holding down the Command and R keys at startup.
    2. Launch Terminal from the Utilities menu.
    3. Type in the following command and hit Enter:
csrutil disable

Now you can reboot your machine and empty the Trash.

Remember to enable SIP again following the exact same steps, just with a different command

csrutil enable

Reboot your machine again and you are good to go on your merry way.

How was your macOS Catalina upgrade experience? Are you enjoying the new OS? Let us know in the comments!

How to Quickly Free Up Large Amount of Storage Space on Your Mac

The Dreadful Not Enough Space Prompt

Of all the prompts an operating system can throw at you, “not enough space” is probably the most dreadful and annoying. In my attempt to upgrade to macOS Catalina public beta 9 today, I had the displeasure of seeing this very message. As you could imagine, I tried having the operating system itself fix the issue. It didn’t work, as you probably could also imagine.

There is really not much the operating system could do. After all, I did cheap out on storage space in the first place. Third-party apps aren’t much help either. Dr. Cleaner could free up a bit over 500 MB, but that is not nearly enough.

Optimizing iCloud Photos

If you look at the very useful visual display of a typical Mac’s storage space, you’ll notice the Photos app is usually eating up a big chunk of it, in my case, 18.5 GB of the measly 121 GB. The Photos library does not necessarily have to live on the hard drive. Apple recommends putting the originals on iCloud while keeping smaller-sized copies locally, with the originals available for download when necessary, and thus optimizing the storage space. Apple calls this Optimizing iCloud Photos.

Optimizing iCloud Photos gives us a lot of free space to work with, and we are now able to download the macOS public beta.

One More Thing

Optimizing iCloud Photos does not always get you where you want to be. If you need even more space, you could completely delete the Photos library, do whatever you need to do with the space, and then create a new Photos library from scratch once you are done.

However, deleting the Photos library is only meant to be used as a last resort workaround. Even though I consider it safe, you’ll need to do this at your own risk.

Before trying this, make sure all your photos and videos have been uploaded to iCloud. Open the Photos application, scroll down to the very bottom, if you see anything being uploaded, wait for it to complete.

With everything uploaded to iCloud, go to Preferences to locate your Photos library and delete it. Empty the trashcan too.

You’ll get a prompt saying the Photos app needs to quit. Worry not and quit the app. We’ll create a new Photos library next. Once you are done having fun with the extra space, launch Photos. The app will remind you that the library could not be opened. Click on Open Other and then Create New

In the next window, create the new Photos library in the default Pictures folder. If there’s already a file named “Photos Library” in the folder, go ahead and delete it. 

Set the newly created library as the “System Photo Library“. You’ll get a warning saying this will turn off iCloud Photos. Click on OK and again worry not because we’ll turn it back on next. Go to iCloud in the Photos app Preferences window. Make sure “iCloud Photos” is selected. Feel free to select either “Download Originals to this Mac” or “Optimize Mac Storage“.

Your photos and videos will download in the background even if you don’t have the Photos app open.

If you came across this post because you were looking to quickly free up a large amount of storage space on your Mac, let us know how it worked out by leaving a comment!