Mac Format - - YOSEMITE TIPS -

Click De­tails at the top-right of a con­ver­sa­tion to ac­ti­vate Do Not Dis­turb for that thread alone. This set­ting per­sists un­til you re­turn to the con­ver­sa­tion and turn it off. You can tell who is muted, as you will see a moon icon to their left in Mes­sages’ main win­dow. Click De­tails at the top-right of an iMes­sage con­ver­sa­tion and, next to the phone and video icons, you’ll see an icon that re­sem­bles two over­lap­ping rec­tan­gles. Click it to find op­tions for shar­ing your screen with the con­tact, and to re­quest to see their screen – handy for help­ing out with tech­ni­cal prob­lems. Mes­sages’Video menu in­cludes three items at the bot­tom that de­ter­mine what com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods are ac­tive. You can dis­able screen shar­ing, video chats and audio chats if you like, and stick to text mes­sages. Writ­ten words don’t al­ways ex­press ex­actly what we want to say, but in Yosemite you can re­ally make your­self heard. Just like on your iPhone and iPad in iOS 8, you’ll see a mi­cro­phone icon next to the com­pose field when send­ing an iMes­sage. Click it and you’ll start record­ing an audio mes­sage. Press Space once to stop record­ing, and again to send the sound­bite. Once you get used to this you'll prob­a­bly won­der why you bother with text-only mes­sages! Call for­ward­ing is a nice mod­ern con­ve­nience, but per­haps you don’t want to re­ceive phone calls on your Mac, or else only on some of your de­vices in ad­di­tion to your iPhone (we now ex­actly what it's like to have all your de­vices go­ing off at once!) Un­der Set­tings in FaceTime’s pref­er­ences, the check­box la­belled ‘iPhone Cel­lu­lar Calls’ de­ter­mines whether calls will come through to the Mac you’re us­ing. On your iPad or iPod touch, the same op­tion is found in Set­tings > FaceTime. You will of course have to be run­ning iOS 8. When our iPhones are in our pock­ets, we rarely miss a call, but when we’re work­ing at our desks we don’t al­ways hear it buzzing. Yosemite un­der­stands this predica­ment. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion banner will alert you when a call is com­ing in on your iPhone, and you can an­swer it right on your Mac. And you can make calls, too; sim­ply click a num­ber in Con­tacts or Sa­fari and it will start di­al­ing.

In or­der, for phone calls to work on your Mac, your iPhone will need to be run­ning iOS 8 (or 8.1 if you also want to see SMS texts in the Mes­sages app). Nat­u­rally, both your Mac and your iPhone need to be signed into the same iCloud ac­count, and they must both be con­nected to the same Wi-Fi net­work, too. Mes­sages no longer al­lows fancy cus­tomi­sa­tions for the fonts and colours of its mes­sage bub­bles (a loss for some), but it does in­clude a new slider for set­ting a per­sis­tent size at which to present things in the iMes­sages win­dow. There are now seven op­tions to choose from, which can found in its pref­er­ences un­der Gen­eral.

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