• How to go directly to your Mac’s Network Settings (not Wi-Fi Settings) from the menu bar in macOS Ventura

    So, you’ve just updated to macOS Ventura. Some things are different. Perhaps you’ve figured out that you can add the Wi-Fi status menu back to your menu bar via Apple > System Settings > Control Center > Wi-Fi > Show in Menu Bar.

    But what if you’re used to being able to go directly to your Mac’s network preferences from the menu bar?

    The Network Preferences… menu item is no longer available in the Wi-Fi status menu. Instead, there’s Wi-Fi Settings…:

    But there’s still a way! Just hold the Option key and Wi-Fi Settings… will change to Network Settings…:

    Ah.. all is right with the world again 😃

  • Movember 2021

    During the month of Movember, I start the month clean-shaven and grow a moustache for 30 days to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues: prostate and testicular cancers, physical inactivity, poor mental health & suicide prevention. Funds raised will back care programs for people affected and leading-edge research into cures. This is my 11th year participating! It’s a rewarding (and itchy) experience. 🙂 My goal this year is to run/walk 60 miles and raise $2750. So far I’ve raised $2147 and I’ve moved 37 miles. Will you help me cross the finish line? Donate to my campaign here: https://mobro.co/krishen

  • How to Speed up Excel

    On a Mac? Excel running slowly for you? Copying four cells causing a beachball? Have a clipboard manager (e.g. PasteBot, or BetterTouchTool)?

    Turns out, in Excel, when you copy something, in addition to copying the text data, Excel also generates a picture. While it’s doing that, it blocks the clipboard manager, causing the beachball. Found this info on a BetterTouchTool user forum post, but it equally affects my clipboard manager of choice, PasteBot. I’m guessing this also affects any other Office application (e.g. Word), but haven’t tested it — just added both Excel and Word to the Pastebot exclusions list. I’ll gladly take the loss of clipboard history for the increase in speed — nothing more frustrating than having to wait on your brand new computer.