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Tip of the Day: Customize Spotlight Search Results

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Spotlight Search is a really useful feature because it lets you quickly search your entire iPhone. Just swipe down from the center of your screen to bring it up.

Have a lot of apps? Search for the one you need in Spotlight. The results will even show you which folder the app is in.

Need to find an email or message from a contact? Type that person's name into the search field and their contact info and a list of messages and emails will come up. 

You can also search Notes, Reminders, Music, and a host of other things. And you can maximize its usefulness by customizing what Spotlight searches and the order it presents the results in. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: How to Crop Photos on Your iPhone

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Some people take and edit photos on their iPhone like a pro, using their iPhone's native Camera app along with all sorts of other apps to produce beautiful images. Others feel majorly accomplished when they can just successfully take and post a photo to Facebook.

But what if you're part of the iPhoneography beginner group and you want to post a photo that isn't sharing ready? For example, a friend recently told me she was about to post a picture of some pretty spring flowers when she realized there was a clump of dog waste in the corner of the image. She didn't know how to crop her photo, so she just deleted it.

For anyone who has ever found him or herself in a similar position, here's how to crop a photo on your iPhone:



Tip of the Day: Using FaceTime Audio

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FaceTime is not just for video chatting. If your current smartphone plan offers only limited cellular minutes, consider using FaceTime Audio (FaceTime without the faces!) when calling other iPhone or iPad users.



Tip of the Day: Find Out Exactly How Much Battery Power You iPhone Has Left

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Do you always measure ingredients exactly when following a recipe? Do you say things like, "According to my pedometer app, I've walked 3.8 miles today."? Do you use decimals when filling out your weight on medical forms?

If you do, you'll be happy to know you can also quantify exactly how much battery power your iPhone has left.



Tip of the Day: How to Stop Control Center from Ruining Your Gaming Experience

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Control Center is great because it allows you to quickly do all kinds of useful things like turn WiFi, Airplane Mode, and Do Not Disturb on or off, lock your screen orientation, adjust volume levels, open your phone's calculator, and use your iPhone as a flashlight, among other things. 

What's not so great is swiping up from the bottom of the screen while using an app (especially when that app is a game) and accidentally bringing up Control Center.



Tip of the Day: How to Merge Duplicate Contacts

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It's inevitable that you will occasionally find yourself with duplicate entries for the same contact. Fortunately merging the information into a single entry is relatively simple.



How To Print From Your iPad or iPhone

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Have you ever been browsing Safari on your iPad or iPhone and found something you would like to have a print copy of? Or maybe you're doing work on your iDevice using Pages or Numbers and need to print the document. Using a wireless network, you can print from your iDevice.

There are three ways to do this.



Tip of the Day: How to Focus iPhone Photos without Tapping the Screen

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Tapping your iPhone's screen to take pictures can be awkward and cause you to take shaky photos if you tap too enthusiastically. That's why it's so handy to take photos by pushing your iPhone's volume button. But what if you want to focus the photo before snapping the picture?



Tip of the Day: How to Organize Apps on Your iPhone

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If you've had your iPhone for awhile you're probably starting to accumulate a large number of apps and things may be starting to get a bit unwieldy and disorganized. Fortunately it's easy to move your apps around and organize them in a way that makes your apps easy to find and leaves your home screen uncluttered.



Tip of the Day: How to Insert Email Attachments in the Mail App

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It's easy to email photos directly from your camera roll, but many people don't realize that there is an easily accessed options bar in the Mail app that allows users to insert a photo or video. Here's how to use this option bar to email photos directly from the Mail app.



Tip of the Day: How to Delete Digits in Calculator App

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You know when you're entering a long number in your iPhone's Calculator app and you mistype a digit or two? You don't actually have to hit clear and start over.



Tip of the Day: How to Use Your iPhone's Do Not Disturb Setting

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Thanks to our iDevices we can be connected at all times, never missing a call, email, message, or notification. But there may be times when you don't want to be connected. That's when the Do Not Disturb feature comes in handy.

Turning on Do Not Disturb is easy; you can do it by tapping the moon icon in Control Center or your can just ask Siri to enable Do Not Disturb. But first you will need to choose who you want Do Not Disturb to block and when.



Tip of the Day: How to Turn on Siri Just by Raising Your iPhone to Your Ear

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If you're not already using Siri, you need to start right now. Siri is awesome because it makes doing things like setting reminders and alarms, dictating calls and emails, calculating tips, and creating secure passwords quick, easy, and hands free. 

You can make Siri even more convenient to use by using the Raise to Speak feature. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: How to Lock Your iPhone or iPad Screen's Orientation

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Nothing is more annoying then having your iPhone or iPad screen's orientation flip back and forth between portrait and landscape mode when you don't want it too.

Here's how to lock your iPhone or iPad screen orientation. Keep in mind that not all apps are designed to rotate.



Tip of the Day: How to Create a Secure Password Using Your iPhone

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The other day I was changing my Yahoo password and the site didn't like my chosen password because it included letters from my name and a number from my birthday. I wasn't intentionally using my birthday and it's pretty hard not to use at least one letter from my name, since my name is long and includes 11 letters out of the 24-letter alphabet. Fortunately, I had my iPhone right next to me and I was able to quickly generate a secure password using Siri. Here's how:



Tip of the Day: How to Permanently Delete Apps and Other Content

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Remember when you could get rid of unwanted books, CDs, and DVDs by giving them away or selling them? Or if you really hated them, hurling them into a trash can? The digital age has made purging much more complicated.

You can delete an app you don't use or a song you don't like from your iDevice, but it will still be hanging around in the iCloud, wasting space, hoping you'll re-download it. Fortunately there is a way to permanently delete content through iTunes, even if it lacks the satisfaction that comes with defenestration.



How To Use Game Center

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My grandmother lives in a retirement community, and several times a week she heads up to the social center and plays cards and other games with her friends. For the rest of us, most of our gaming entertainment comes from an interactive screen. Our iDevices provide that entertainment and Game Center ties it all together.



Tip of the Day: Turn on Private Browsing in Safari

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We all have our reasons for wanting to browse the web privately occasionally. And I think we can all agree that we'd rather not know each other's reasons. Here's how you can keep your web browsing history private:



Tip of the Day: Shake to Undo

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When Autocorrect fails you or a message arrives that renders the lengthy epistle you just typed irrelevant, you can easily delete entire messages or emails.



Tip of the Day: Calculate Your Tip with Siri

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If you can't figure out a basic 20 percent tip at a restaurant (take 10 percent and add it to itself. Be generous and always round up) then you might want to revisit your elementary math skills. If you think tipping is optional then you need to revisit your basic being-a-decent-human-being skills and also, read this.

However there are times, such as at the end of a long dinner with a large group of friends, when figuring out a tip requires more advanced math skills or sobriety than you currently have. In these situations, Siri can do the math for you.



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