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DVMUG Mac Clinic Saturday, March 24th

DVMUG Mac Clinic

Saturday, March 24th, from 10am to 4pm

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill


Leader: Rick Calicura

Clinic volunteers include,
John Sobrero
Anne Griffin
Don Nelson
Tina Tanenbaum
Brenda Boswell
Chris Wysocki

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Previous Clinic Lunch Photos at,

Dedicated to making sad Apple devices happy. A staff of experts will help you add RAM, upgrade your operating system to the latest version, put in a new hard drive, or fix your slow-running or bad-acting Mac, iPhone or iPad. Appointments for the MacClinic must be made by phone (for triage), then time slots will be assigned. Just as a reminder, while the MacClinic is free, the club relies upon your donations to help offset the club’s ever growing expenses.

Add RAM to your Mac
Upgrade your Mac to an SSD drive
Install a backup drive or recover data from a hard drive
Upgrade macOS or iOS to the current version
Migrate your apps and data to a new Mac
Securely erase an old Mac for ewaste or donation
Backup your iPhone or iPad to your Mac
Sync your iCloud to your Mac, iPhone and iPad
Perform housecleaning and remove old apps and downloads from your Mac

MacClinic Favorite Apps

malwarebytesMalwarebytes app cleanerAppCleaner macupdateMacUpdate
etrecheckEtreCheck mactrackerMactracker
DiskWarriorDiskWarrior Carbon Copy ClonerCarbon Copy Cloner SuperDuper!SuperDuper! Easy FindEasy Find

Disk Utility


DVMUG iPhone-iPad Meeting Tuesday, March 27th

DVMUG iPhone-iPad SIG Meeting

Tuesday March 27th from 7pm to 9pm

Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive, McHale Room
Pleasant Hill


This meeting location is for the iPhone-iPad SIG only.
All other SIG meetings will continue to be at the DVMUG office.
The DVMUG Main meeting will continue to be at the Pacheco Community Center.

Chris Wysocki

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Facebook You can RSVP on the Facebook meeting page

iOS 11

The iPhone-iPad SIG is meets at the Pleasant Hill Community Center in the McHale Room, just down the road from the DVMUG Office.

Bring your iOS toy to the iPhone/iPad SIG and we’ll do more interactive training. If you’ve installed iOS 11 and have questions, we’ll answer them. Also don’t forget to share any fun apps you’ve found with the group. If there is something you would like answered or covered in the SIG, let me know in the iPhone/iPad SIG conference on the BBS

iOS 11


LastPass at the DVMUG Internet SIG Meeting Tuesday, April 3rd

DVMUG Internet SIG Meeting


Tuesday, April 3rd , 7pm-9pm
New Day and Time

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill

(First Tuesday of the month)

John Leader: John Sobrero

Leader: Anne Griffin

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As always, any topic related to the Internet, DVMUG BBS, Google, Facebook, Email and the Web are fair game.

This month will be looking at LastPass.




GmailGmail Google CalendarCalendar Google+Google+ Google VoiceGoogle Voice YouTube
Google PhotosPhotos Google NewsNews Google MapsGoogle Maps Google MusicMusic Google Dashboard


Internet Utilities

DropBoxDropBox LastPass

We can also explore any Web Publishing options you bring to the table.



TumblrTumblr WordPressWordPress



The DVMUG BBS FirstClass 16 Client download is available from the DVMUG web page at,

FirstClass Mobile 16 for iPhone and iPad is available at,

If you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad bring it to the SIG and we will help you get it set up to login to the DVMUG BBS.



DVMUG Mac Essentials Saturday, April 7th

Mac Essentials

Saturday April 7th 10am to 12pm

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill

Learn the basic ins and outs of the Macintosh computer, the core interface elements—the menus, Finder, and Dock—so you can start working with files, folders, and applications right away. Learn also the core applications that come bundled with the Mac OS (Mail, Calendar, Messages, iTunes, and Safari), and how to install new apps from the Apple Store. Each meeting will start with YOUR questions.

Robert Skapura
Leader: Robert Skapura

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MacMost A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Video Tutorials

A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Modifier Keys
If you are new to Mac, then you may not be familiar with the modifier keys like Command, Option and Control. These each have special symbols that you will see in articles and the menu bar.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Windows and Tabs
If you are new to using Macs, then you may not know how useful tabs can be as an alternative to using multiple windows.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Drag and Drop On the Mac
A basic technique on the Mac is to drag and drop an object. You can use this to move files, but you can also use it to open files, import objects into documents, move objects around inside documents, move objects from one app to another, and perform otherwise difficult-to-implement actions.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons
If you are new to Mac, then the uses for the red, yellow and green window buttons at the top left corner of every Mac window may not be obvious. The red button closes the window.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Copy and Paste
Copy and Paste has been around for a long time, but if you are new to Mac you may not know all of its uses.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Finder Views
When you view files in the Finder, you have a choice between four views: icon, list, column and cover flow.
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A Beginner’s Guide To the Mac Trash
The Trash is a temporary storage location for files you wish to delete. You can put files into the Trash in a variety of ways, and take them back out again.
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A Beginner’s Guide To the Mac Dock
The Dock is one of the primary elements of the macOS user interface. You can use it to launch apps. You can customize which apps appear in the Dock and in what order the appear.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Notes
If you are new to Mac, you may not yet be using the Notes app. This is a handy built-in app where you can store small pieces of text and create lists.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Mac User Accounts
New Mac users may not yet be using multiple user accounts, one for each individual using the Mac. Using accounts is a good way to keep from stepping on each other’s toes when more than one person share a Mac.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Sending Images In Email Messages
There are several ways to attach an image to an email message. You can place the image anywhere you want in the message, or at the end. You can choose a size for the image, sending a smaller version or the full resolution image.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Cursor
The cursor is the visual representation of the point on your Mac’s screen where you are about to perform an action. It is typically an arrow, but can change to a special line when over text.
Watch more here

A Beginner’s Guide To the Mac App Switcher
You can use the App Switcher to quickly and easily switch between running apps. It is a keyboard shortcut, but not as simple to use as just pressing the keys. You can use it to see which apps are running and pick which one to bring to the front, all without lifting your fingers off of the keyboard. You can also use it to quit apps.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Context Menus
Context menus are menus that appear when you Control+click on an object in the Finder or an app. Context menus allow you to find many functions of software that aren’t obvious or are impossible to know about any other way.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Safari Tabs
Over the last few years, browser tabs have become the standard way most people view multiple websites at the same time.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Renaming Files On Your Mac
There are three different ways to rename a file in the Finder. In addition, you can also rename a file while you are working on it in an app.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Selecting Items On Your Mac
While most Mac users know how to select a single item simply by clicking it, it is a little harder to select multiple items. You can use the Command and Shift keys to select multiple items in places like the Finder, Photos and many other apps.
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A Beginner’s Guide To Whether To Shut Down or Sleep Your Mac
Typical Mac users never need to shut down their Macs on a daily basis. It is better to let your Mac go to sleep so it can handle maintenance tasks while you aren’t using it. This will make your Mac faster when you are using it, and also allow you to avoid any delay while it starts up. A sleeping Mac uses very little power.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Previewing Files On Your Mac
You can easily preview the contents of a file before opening it. Take a look at four methods of previewing files such as images, PDFs or text documents.
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A Beginner’s Guide To the Desktop Folder
The Desktop folder is just a regular folder with the special property of existing over your desktop background as well as in Finder windows.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started With Time Machine
Every Mac user should be backing up the files on their Mac. The easiest way to do this is to use Time Machine, which is part of macOS. You can get a cheap external hard drive and start doing this today.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Status Menus
If you are new to Mac, you may not have yet explored or customized the status menus. These are also known as menu bar icons and are links to functionality in System Preferences or third-party extensions.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
If you are new to Mac you may not yet be taking full advantage of keyboard shortcuts. You can find almost all shortcuts by simply looking at the command in the menu bar.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Trackpad
New Mac users who have trackpads may not realize how many gestures there are and how you can customize them. In System Preferences you can not only control which gestures are available, but customize some and see demonstrations of all of them.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Typing Special Characters
If you are a new Mac user, you may not know how to type special characters like vowels with accent marks, symbols or emoji. You can easily get accent marks and other letter variations by holding down the key on the keyboard and selecting the variation.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Maps App
The Maps app is a handy way to find a location, get directions, or view satellite imagery on your Mac. You can see traffic conditions and look at a 3D view of buildings and terrain.
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A Beginner’s Guide To Renaming Files
New Mac users sometimes struggle learning how to renamed files and folders. You can rename items in the Finder simply by selecting the file and pressing Return to select the name, then typing to replace it. You can also rename files while you are working on them by clicking on the title bar of the window, or using File, Rename.
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DVMUG Photos Meeting Tuesday, April 10th

DVMUG Photos SIG Meeting


Tuesday, April 10th, 10am to 12pm
(Second Tuesday)

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill


Leader: Susan Shoemaker

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As usual, we will discuss a variety of topics pertaining to Photos; including iOS Camera features, storage and backup options, fun editing ideas, sharing, etc.

As always, we will try to help with any questions and concerns you may have about Photos for macOSPhotos for iOS and iCloud Photo Library. Also, feel free to share a favorite photo, or a few!

Photos for Mac: The ultimate guide
Photos for Mac brings it into the modern age of picture and video management, tying it into both the operating system and the cloud.
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MacMost Photos Video Tutorials