Mac OSX – How To Connect To A Remote Mac Using Apple Screen Sharing, For Free!

This article describes how to remote view another Mac using Apple Screen Sharing. There is no need to run any third party software as it can all be done using apple’s built in Screen Sharing services, for free! I’m using OS X EL Capitan, Version 10.11.13.

There is just one catch; both devices must use the same iCloud account. If you’re looking to connect to a Mac using different iCloud account then VNC is a good option. For now, I’ll concentrate on connecting to another Mac logged in with the same iCloud account.

Step 1: Open System Preferences on the Mac you plan to connect to from another device. click the Apple icon in the top-right bar, then select System Preferences

Step 2: Click the Sharing icon.

Step 3: Tick Screen Sharing in the Service list

Step 4 (Optional): That’s all the configuration required to access you Mac remotely if on the same WLAN/LAN. The following step is required if you plan to connect to your Mac from a separate network. Head back to System preferences then select iCloud.

Tick Back To My Mac.

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Step 5: Head over to your other Mac device and open Finder. You should now see your remote Mac’s name under Shared devices. Click your device, then click Share Screen

NOTE: If your remote Mac doesn’t appear in your Shared list, you may need to re-start Finder to scan for your device. (Apple Menu —> Force Quit… —> Select Finder and hit Relaunch)

The Share Screen button will Launch Apple’s built in Screen Sharing app allowing you to view and control your remote Mac.

You can right-click the Screen Sharing app icon from the dock while the app is running, then click Options, then Keep In Dock. This makes it easier to find the app in future. When the app is closed you can you can now right-click the app icon from the dock, then select your remote Mac to quickly connect.




Mac OSX – How to switch between windows of same application

You can switch between applications by using the keyboard shortcut [ Apple + tab ]. Switching between Safari and XCode for example.

This is an invaluable time saving shortcut. But what about switching between windows of the same application?

Thats covered too. You can switch between windows of the same application by using the keyboard shortcut [ Apple + ` ]. Switching between multiple Finder windows or between XCode projects for example.

the ` key is located left of the z-key on a standard keyboard.

Mac – How to remove uninvited Google apps from launchpad

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At the time of writing this, you get stuck with a bunch of Google apps added to your Mac’s Launchpad when you install Google Chrome.

These are:

  • Google Chrome (to be expected)
  • Google Drive
  • Gmail
  • YouTube and
  • Google Search

I found this to be annoyingly intrusive and a modification that I didn’t ask for nor agree to. I found it even more frustrating that you don’t simply navigate to your Applications folder to remove the uninvited guests.

Instead, you must navigate  to your users folder (Right-click on finder icon –> Go To Folder… –> enter forward slash [/] hit enter), enter your user account folder, find the Applications sub-folder and here we find a new folder named Chrome Apps.

Deleting the Chrome Apps folder removes the icons from Launchpad.

MAC equivalent to ctrl+alt+delete for frozen apps, kind of

If you put a lot of demand on your Mac, as many of us do, you may see applications become unresponsive or ‘frozen’ often coupled with the colour wheel slowly ticking away. In severe cases your dock may become sluggish, or stop responding altogether. Mac OSX has a number of ways to deal with stalled apps.

The quickest method involves using the ‘Force Quit Applications’ window built into OSX.

Click the Apple icon on your menu bar.
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Select “Force Quit” from the menu
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Select the problem application which often displays “(Not Responding)” next to the name, then click the button titled “Force Quit”
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But what if I have an unresponsive Mac and can’t click the Apple logo?
Do not fear, this is where the keyboard shortcut may save the day. You can open the Force Quit Applications window pressing Command + Option + Esc simultaneously.
Select the problem application which often displays “(Not Responding)” next to the name, then click the button titled “Force Quit”
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Okay, but I just want to force quit the front-most application
No problem. You can force quit the front-most application pressing Command + Option + Shift + Esc simultaneously.

You won’t need to confirm your action and no further window will show, so be sure you want to kill the app before hitting the command!