macOS Archives

How to type a £ British Pound sign on a US keyboard (Windows and Mac)

I no longer have a UK keyboard on most of my everyday computers, so there’s no obvious way for me to press the British Pound £ sign anymore (much like the € Euro sign). Thankfully there are reactively easy ways to make this happen without having to resort to switching keyboard drivers. I’ll undoubtedly forget … Read more

How to fix “active developer path does not exist” with git on macOS

I’ve recently removed Xcode from my ageing MacBook. Ever since then, I’m getting an error when I try to run git from the command line. The error goes something like this: xcrun: error: active developer path (“/Library/Developer/CommandLineTools”) does not exist That’s because Xcode had installed several command line tools provided by Apple, and one of … Read more

How to setup AirPods (1st generation) with a MacBook Pro (2011)

I really like my first generation AirPods. I use them on my 2012-2018 devices all the time, but I had never tried them on my old MacBook Pro from 2011. I had always assumed they probably use some low-energy version of Bluetooth 4 or whatnot, expecting they won’t work. But I was wrong! They DO … Read more

Creating New Emails in Split View on macOS

I’ve discovered that when I respond to emails on my Mac Book, the default Apple Mail programme started opening my new message windows in a split screen view. Previously this wasn’t happening, and instead a new message would be presented as an overlay on top of the whole mail window (I believe they called it a Modal Dialogue).

Don’t get me wrong, I like the split screen thing – but I always wanted to know where this setting was, and why it was now magically switched on since I wasn’t involved in this design decision. I’m a bit of an stick-in-the-mud sometimes and a tad pernickety about preserving my user experience.

Thankfully it’s easy to find – but in case you’re stumped, here’s where to enable/disable this experience. In Apple Mail, head over to Preferences – General (the first tab). At the bottom you’ll see a tick box labelled prefer opening emails in split view when in full scren.

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