App ag­gra­va­tions

Learn the best quick fixes for your app trou­bles

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21 Use Word docs with­out Mi­crosoft Of­fice

The iWork suite (which con­sists of Pages, Num­bers, and Key­note) is now avail­able for free in the Mac App Store, though you need macOS Sierra. They can open Mi­crosoft Word, Ex­cel, and Pow­erPoint doc­u­ments, re­spec­tively. Each can also ex­port your work to the cor­re­spond­ing Mi­crosoft Of­fice for­mat. Go to File > Ex­port To and then choose the rel­e­vant for­mat, such as Word, from the op­tions. Click Next in the sheet which ap­pears, then Ex­port.

22 Remove “Your browser has been locked” alert

If your Mac’s been in­fected by ad­ware, your browser may show the mes­sage “Your Ap­ple com­puter has been locked,” pre­vent­ing you from vis­it­ing other web­sites. To fix this, start up macOS in safe mode by hold­ing at startup, then open Fin­der. Choose Go > Go to Folder, then type ~/Li­brary/LaunchA­gents. Delete any un­fa­mil­iar files from this folder. Do the same for /Li­brary/Launch Agents and /Li­brary/LaunchDae­mons. In Sa­fari, go to Sa­fari > Pref­er­ences > Ex­ten­sions and dis­able any of them you don’t rec­og­nize.

23 Change your de­fault web browser

Sa­fari is the de­fault web browser for macOS. Not all web­sites work well with it, how­ever, so you may pre­fer to in­stall an­other one. Most third-party browsers will, when first opened, ask if you want to set them as your de­fault. Oth­er­wise click > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Gen­eral and choose your new browser from the “De­fault web browser” pop-up menu. You can change back to us­ing Sa­fari in the same place.

24 Remove or change a pay­ment method

If you want to remove or up­date the credit card you have on file with the App Store, go to > App Store, then, in the store’s Fea­tured tab, click Ac­count on the right-hand side and sign in with your Ap­ple ID. Click Edit be­side Pay­ment In­for­ma­tion. Un­der Pay­ment Type, se­lect a new card type, or click None to remove your card. (If you’re the or­ga­nizer of a Fam­ily Shar­ing group, you must have valid card de­tails on file.)

25 Run Win­dows pro­grams

If you need to use a Win­dows pro­gram for which there’s no macOS equiv­a­lent, you can run a vir­tu­al­ized ver­sion of Win­dows from the macOS desk­top us­ing soft­ware such as VMware Fu­sion or Par­al­lels Desk­top. Th­ese pro­grams are con­ve­nient but not free, and will not give you the very best per­for­mance, as Win­dows is con­tained in­side a vir­tual ma­chine. In­stead, you can in­stall Win­dows along­side macOS us­ing the Boot Camp As­sis­tant tool. See ap­ple.co/2tZowsu for a full guide.

26 Fully get rid of an app

Al­though you can drag any app from the Ap­pli­ca­tions folder into the Trash, this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily remove it from Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, your user’s Li­brary folder, or the menu bar. To remove an icon in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences,

≈- click on it, then choose “Remove [name] Pref­er­ence Pane.” Next, switch to Fin­der and choose Go > Go to Folder. Type ~/Li­brary/Ap­pli­ca­tion Sup­port and click Go. In the win­dow that opens, find the folder that re­lates to the app you’re get­ting rid of and move it to the Trash. Restart your Mac, then empty the Trash.

27 Up­dates need an old Ap­ple ID pass­word

If you in­stalled an app on your Mac us­ing a dif­fer­ent Ap­ple ID to the one you use now, the Mac App Store will need that ID’s pass­word to up­date the app. If you know the pass­word, you can keep up­dat­ing and us­ing the app as nor­mal. If this gets too an­noy­ing and the app is free to down­load, sim­ply open the Ap­pli­ca­tions folder, delete your ex­ist­ing copy of the app, then make sure you’re signed in to the store with your cur­rent Ap­ple ID, and sim­ply re­down­load the app.

28 Re­store a miss­ing Mac App Store app

If you have a new Mac or have been forced to wipe the startup disk to fix an er­ror, some of your apps may be miss­ing. To re­store any app you’ve pre­vi­ously down­loaded from the App Store, go to the store’s Pur­chased tab to see a list of them. Click In­stall next to an app to re­down­load it. To do this, you must be signed in with the orig­i­nal Ap­ple ID you used to down­load the app.

29 Re­store a miss­ing third-party app

If you can’t find an app you pre­vi­ously down­loaded, this may be be­cause it’s no longer avail­able on the App Store, or you in­stalled it a dif­fer­ent way, such as from a CD. If you keep Time Ma­chine back­ups you can re­store miss­ing apps from them us­ing Mi­gra­tion As­sis­tant (see

bit.ly/mi­gasst). If you ob­tained an app from a third-party site or on­line store, rather than the Mac App Store, many of those sources en­able you to re­down­load apps, or re­cover the key that re­moves re­stric­tions from a trial ver­sion, as long as you are able to sign in to your ac­count.

30 Change the app used to open a file type

Many file types, such as text files, can be opened by var­i­ous apps. If you want to change which app is used to open a file, click on the file in Fin­der and choose Get Info. In the win­dow that opens, click the tri­an­gle next to “Open With” and choose your pre­ferred app from the pop-up menu. Click the Change All but­ton to ensure your Mac uses this app for all files of this type.

Remove ad­ware to free up your Mac once more.

Use Fin­der’s Get Info win­dow to change the app that’s used to open a par­tic­u­lar file type.

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