Archive for January, 2018

Contra Costa Library at the DVMUG Main Meeting 1-17-18

DVMUG Main Meeting

Wednesday, January 17th · 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Pacheco Community Center
5800 Pacheco Blvd
Pacheco, CA


Elaine Tse of the Contra Costa Library will be our speaker for January. She will discuss all the ancillary benefits of the County Library system including the latest addition – Now Available!

Contra Costa County Library now offers top-quality video courses from to all its cardholders.

Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development, and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals.

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The Diablo Valley Mac Users Group helps Macintosh users get the most out of their computers. Software, hardware, digital filmmaking, photography—these subjects and more are covered in the club’s monthly General Meeting, workshops, and Special Interest Groups.

You are invited to attend our general meetings at the Pacheco Community Center for vendor and club presentations on new hardware, software, and other items of Mac interest. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. with a Question & Answer segment where you are welcome to ask about your own Mac problems; there’s a break during which the club Mac experts answer your questions one-on-one, and a raffle in addition to the main presentation, usually by a software publisher or hardware manufacturer.

Dues for the entire family are $40 per year-a bargain! Especially since it includes access to the club’s award-winning monthly newsletter, ApplePRESS, and attendance at all Special Interest Group meetings including the monthly MacClinic, where club experts diagnose and repair what’s wrong with your Mac as well as helping you with software upgrades, hard-drive replacement, and similar improvements.


The Finder at the DVMUG macOS Meeting 1-9-18

DVMUG macOS Meeting

Tuesday, January 9th from 7pm to 9pm

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill


Questions, answers, and demonstrations of the features of our current operating systems—Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra and High Sierra. Questions on your own setup welcome.

macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra

This month will will be looking at the Finder


How to customize Finder views, Part 1
To help us easily find, access, and organize our files, the Finder offers four different methods of viewing the filing system.
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How to customize Finder views, Part 2
For Part 2 of our series on customizing the Finder, we’re going to look at the two remaining views: Column and Cover Flow.
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MacMost Finder Video Tutorials

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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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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Using 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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Using Finder Views
When you view files in the Finder, you have a choice between four views: icon, list, column and cover flow. Each one can be useful in different situations, so it is best to know how to use all four. Find out the differences between them and the basics of each.
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Using Mac Aliases
Aliases are shortcuts to folders and files that you can place anywhere in the Finder, on the desktop or in the Dock. You can use Aliases to have quick access to folders and files, while leaving those folders and files in their original locations. You can create folders full of aliases for even better access to items on the Desktop or in the Dock.
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Sizing Finder Columns
If you use Column view in the Finder, it can be useful to understand how you can right-size columns so they are exactly the width the need to be to fit the longest file name. You can also change the default size of all columns in all Finder windows.
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Customize the Toolbar In the Finder
You can customize the toolbar in the Finder and many apps. You can add buttons, spaces and other controls. Some apps have a large selection of buttons you can add. You can also revert to the default set easily. See what is available in the Finder, Mail, Pages and other apps.
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Apple Airport Wi-Fi at the DVMUG Internet SIG Meeting 1-2-18

DVMUG Internet SIG Meeting

Tuesday, January 2nd , 7pm-9pm

DVMUG Office
396 Civic Drive
Pleasant Hill

Apple AirPort

Apple Airport Wi-Fi and Wireless Internet Networks

How to increase your Wi-Fi coverage with an extra AirPort Base Station!
Do you have spotty Wi-Fi coverage in some parts of your home or office? Are your Wi-Fi connected devices causing connectivity issues? You can do something about it by extending your current Wi-Fi network with an extra AirPort Base Station!
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AirPort Utility Explained
AirPort is Apple’s term for all things WiFi, from the technologies built into your Mac to its own lineup of routers and base stations.
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How to Tell if Mac is Using 802.11ac, 802.11n or Other Wi-Fi Protocol
Most users connect a Mac to a wi-fi network and donít think too much about which 802.11 wi-fi band protocol is in use, but many advanced users and network administrators do want to know which 802.11 wireless standard is in use.
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MacMost Video Tutorials

Understanding Wi-Fi Signal Strength
It is important to understand that just because you have a great Wi-Fi signal, it doesn’t mean that your Internet speed will be fast.
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Connecting Your Mac Through Your iPhone with Personal Hotspot
If you are out of the house and need to connect your MacBook to the Internet you can use your iPhone’s personal hotspot function.
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Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Network
If your Mac has a wired connection to the Internet, and there is no Wi-Fi network available, you can use your Mac as a Wi-Fi network to connect other devices like iPhones, iPads, laptops and game devices.
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Testing Your Broadband Speed
You can use various websites and apps to test your home broadband speed. Compare that to the speed you are supposed to be receiving from your provider and call them if you see a problem. You may be able to get better speeds without spending anything extra.
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