How to Log Into Your Mac Automatically Without a Password

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Security is super important, but sometimes speed is of the essence. If you live and work in an environment where you are confident of your privacy, your Mac can automatically sign you in without a password. Here’s how.

Warning:  If you follow this process and your Mac is lost or stolen, anyone with access to it will be able to access your data, completely unfettered. That may be a risk that is worth taking, but only you can make that decision. If you use this technique, we recommend enabling it when you’re at home or in another secure location and disabling it when you’re not.

Assuming you want to proceed, let’s get started. We performed this process on macOS 10.14 Mojave.

How to Enable Automatic Login on Your Mac

To start, lock the Apple logo at the top of the screen and then click “System Preferences.”

Click the Apple Logo, followed by System Preferences

Next, click “Users & Groups.”

Click Users and Groups

Click the padlock icon and enter your account password. This needs to be an account with administrator privileges to work.

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How to Validate and Remove Fonts on a Mac

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The humble font isn’t as humble as you might think, especially on a Mac. Fonts are more like plug-ins than you’d imagine, and because they’re loaded by macOS and the apps that run on it, a bad font can have some unexpected consequences.

Those consequences can range from the relatively benign, like some characters being displayed incorrectly, to something more annoying, like apps refusing to load or functions not working quite as they used to. Faulty fonts are rarely the cause of macOS system problems, but if you’re experiencing issues that don’t make a great deal of sense, checking out your fonts is a great first troubleshooting step to take.

Thankfully, Apple includes a tool for installing, validating and generally troubleshooting fonts with each Mac. The next time your Mac is misbehaving, and you’re out of ideas, validating your fonts is a good troubleshooting step.

How to Validate Fonts on a Mac

To begin, open the Font Book app. You’ll find it in your Applications folder. (Open Finder and click Go > Applications to open the folder.) Once open, select all of your fonts by clicking one and pressing Cmd+A.

Click a font and press CMD+A

Right-click one of the fonts and click “Validate Fonts.”

Right click a font and click validate fonts

Once the validation is complete, a new window will appear confirming whether any of your faults are damaged. A green icon indicates they’re fine, a yellow icon indicates there are warnings about the font, and a red icon indicates validation failed.

How to Remove Damaged or Duplicate Fonts

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How to Quickly Search a Website Using Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

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Apple’s Shortcuts app is as powerful as you want to make it, and it can do some incredible things if you know how to wrangle it. You can also use it for some super simple things, like searching a website for text.

If you find yourself needing to search a website for something regularly, then you’re no doubt familiar with the site search operator. Head to Google—or use the address bar—and enter “ keywords” to search that site. Searching the How-To Geek website for Shortcuts, for example, would require “ shortcuts” and you’ll be rewarded with the results.

It isn’t a complicated process, but it’s cumbersome to type out every time. That brings us to Shortcuts. And don’t worry, if you want to skip to the end and download the shortcut, that’s fine, too.

How to Create a Shortcut to Search a Website

As Shortcuts go, this one’s pretty simple. It consists of two variables and a text box, and it needs just four actions to function.

To get started, open Shortcuts and tap the little “+” icon at the top-right of the screen.

Tap the Plus icon

Next, search for “Ask for Input” and tap it. Do this twice to create two actions.

Search for Text Input and tap it

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How to Add Data to the Health App’s Today Screen on iPhone

Health app in iPhone Dock

Apple’s focus on health doesn’t end with the Apple Watch. The Health app on your iPhone is a treasure trove of information, but some of it can be hard to find. Why not set up favorites to make it more accessible?

Third-party apps and the Apple Watch itself feed data right into Health, so it’s probably been quietly collecting mountains of data without you really noticing. That’s great, but the Health app isn’t exactly Apple’s most user-friendly creation. Instead of digging around for details, you can add your favorite information to the app’s Today screen. Want to know how long you meditated? How high your blood pressure was? How far you walked? Add it all as a favorite and set up a custom health dashboard you’ll actually use.

Adding Health Data to the Health App Today Screen

Adding any type of data you wish to the Today screen is super easy. First, open the Health app and tap “Health Data” at the bottom of the screen.

Open Health and tap Health Data

Next, find the type of data that you want to add to the Today screen. In our example, we’re going to use Mindful Minutes by tapping “Mindfulness.”

Tap Mindfulness

Now, tap “Mindful Minutes.”

Tap Mindful Minutes

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How to Add a Contact to Favorites on iPhone

Phone app

The Phone app on your iPhone has a convenient “Favorites” section where you can find your most important contacts. Here’s how to choose which contacts appear here.

You can also set Do Not Disturb so that your favorite contacts can always reach you—even if other incoming phone calls won’t ring your iPhone. This can be vital in an emergency.

Favorites have been around since the very early days of the iPhone, but that likely means that you’ve forgotten that they exist. And that’s a real shame because this feature is so useful.

How to Add a Contact to Favorites

To add a contact to favorites, open the Phone app—the one with the green phone icon—and tap the “Favorites” button before tapping the “+” button in the top-left corner.

Tap Favorites followed by the Plus symbol

Next, find the contact that you want to add and tap their name.

Tap the name of the person you want to add as a favorite

You will now be shown all of the types of entries you can create for the contact you selected. Those include “Message,” “Call,” “Video,” and “Mail.” Tap the type of favorite you want to create. When tapped, that is the action that will be performed when the favorite is activated. For this how-to, let’s select “Message.”

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