Ask TAB: What would you like to know?


Here at TheAppleBlog, we spend all day working on how-tos and tutorials to help you get the most out of your Apple (s aapl) products. But then we thought: Maybe we should ask you what you need to know.

We’ve come up with a new idea that we’re calling Ask TAB. Once a month, we’re going to run a post asking you for ideas. If there’s something Apple-related you wish you knew how to do, or do more easily — from the basics like rearranging your Mac’s Dock to advanced topics such as setting up file sharing between a Mac and a PC — leave a comment below. We’ll go through all the suggestions, assign a bunch to writers and post the articles throughout August.

The more of you who get involved and ask questions, the better this will work. Since Lion has just been released, why not ask a question about the latest version of OS X? Post anything that comes to mind. If we’ve run an article on it, we’ll point you in the right direction with a link to something from our huge archive of content.


G. Apter

One important question for the Apple iOs team. Why can’t I filter mail at the device level. Doing it at the server is NOT an answer.

David Leong


I want to learn more about archiving emails, how to use it, benefits etc. Thanks

Jake Bondurant

I have my 2008 macbook connected to my flat screen. Before Lion, I would hook up the mac to the tv with the lid closed and use the apple remote to wake it. Then with the mac screen staying off I could use the keyboard on it. Now every time I open the macbook lid, it turns on dual screen mode. Is there anyway to prevent this?

Sondre Selnes

How can I lock the icons in OS X Lion Launchpad, so that the icons always stay in same place ?

Simon Altman

I’d love to see a good tutorial about upgrading your mac and moving all your files / settings over so you don’t miss transferring important settings, itunes music, etc.


Simon, have a look at this. I think there’s a second article somewhere on the site on preparing for the upgrade, but I couldn’t find it. Anyone else?

Bas Meijer

How can we download the international language voices for Lion’s text-to-speech? On the 250 new features web page it says prominently that there are 27 languages available, but it seems that this is well-hidden in the system.

Josh Sunshine

They can be downloaded in System Preferences. Open up System Preferences and go to the Speech panel. Then click on Text to Speech, and under the System Voice drop down, choose Customise. You can then preview and download the other voices from that screen.

Kyle Rea

Just upgraded to Lion and I’m a dual screen user. Any way to have two apps running on both of my screens in full screen mode? The full screen app looks great on my primary monitor, but the brushed metal wallpaper shows up on my second – what a waste of space! Any way to put another app there, or maybe even a widget?

Don O'Rourke

Great idea-
How about deleting photos off my iPhone ? I had always kept photos after a sync with iPhoto and now need to get rid of 4000 pics to create some space- the sync function seems to work only with albums and faces
Thank you!

G. Apter

to delete those photos and movies, tap the share icon. then you’ll see an option to delete there. You might have to select an image first. Works easily – gary


To delete multiple photos from your iPhone’s library.
Tap on the share button (as Gray mentioned) then tap and hold on one of the photos you’d like to delete then drag your finger to the next photos you’d like to delete and ping!

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