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Use Markup within Mail

If you are about to send a photo or image using Mail you may notice that it would be more useful if part of it was emphasised in some way?
There is no need to go back to Photos (iOS) or Preview (Mac).
You can select Markup (top right of the image) and added a circle or arrow without leaving Mail.



In the sample image I noticed the tree had no decorations
so I selected Markup and then added a star
with yellow fill and yellow outline using Markup.





To duplicate a selected star
hold down the option key and drag the star.
Recolour any of the stars and the image is ready to send.

More details of this tip can be found in AUSOM News December 2017 HERE

Taming Shapes in Pages

If adding shapes to your Pages Document on your Mac causes havoc to your text this tip is for you.

Having typed a great deal of text you may want to draw a border around it or place a vertical line beside it.

If you add a shape your text will move every time you move your shape.

To ‘tame your shape’:

•Select the shape,

•Select Text Wrap > None from Arrange Tab.

More details of this tip can be found in AUSOM News December 2017 HERE

Summarise Text

Summarize service on macOS
Why might you use this?

  • If you have a very large document to read reducing the number of words will save you time.
    You will need to decide if it is worth missing out on the content, or
  • If you have written an article try running summarize and read the summary.
    Has the summary omitted the points you wanted to make?
    Consider altering the original to ensure your message really shines.

To use Summarize select the text you want to summarize, and then invoke the service.
This can be found by selecting Services under an App’s Menu item, or
by right-clicking (ctrl-clicking) your mouse or trackpad.



Example: within TextEdit select the text then chose TextEdit>Services>Summarize, or
right-click the selected text and click Service>Summarize.

(Tap/Click to enlarge the image and see the content)

A new window appears showing the selected text with a slider and other options below.


(Tap/Click to enlarge the image and run the animation. A tap will stop the animation).

The animation shows the text reduce and increase
Using the sentences setting nearly always give better results.

If you cannot see the Summarize service you may need to open System Preferences, and the Keyboard section.
Select Shortcuts in the toolbar, then click Services in the list on the left.
Scroll down until you find Summarize in the list.
Check the box to activate it, and Summarize will appear in the Services menu.

Quickly Obtain Help for Your macOS

Have you just updated your macOS?

Are you New to Mac?

Many people using Macs need assistance:

  • when starting out using a Mac, and
  • when the macOS is updated.

Apple offers an easy way to locate well illustrated information within Finder.

From the Help menu select the item you require.

This will take you to the Internet — the pages shown will provide information for the macOS version you are using.

Reinstate Files from the Trash

If you have a file or folder that you accidentally put into the Trash on your Mac and want to restore to its original location.

Open the Trash Folder, select the file in question and press Command + Delete on your keyboard.

Alternatively, you can select File > Put Back from the Menu Bar, or right(control)-click and select Put Back from the drop down Menu.

The file will then be returned to the folder from which it was originally moved to the Trash.




Tap/click the image
to see a small movie showing this process

Alternatively, you may wish to place the file in another location.

To do this, click and drag the file out of the Trash to your desktop, or another folder.

Finally, if you delete something accidentally, and want to get it back, you can also press Command-Z immediately to undo the move to Trash.

The following support article from Apple covers deleting files AND removing files from the Trash.

Be aware that Sierra allows you to Empty Trash Automatically. This permanently deletes files that have been in the Trash for more than 30 days. Further details can be found in this Apple support article.