2 Ways to Disable CleanMyMac Menu from Showing on Mac Menu Bar

I have been using CleanMyMac for quite a while, as recommended by this great Mac cleaning software roundup. I like the app a lot. It’s really simple to use, and it cleans many unneeded files that take up gigabytes of disk space.

But one thing I don’t like that much is that it keeps showing up on my Mac menu bar every time I turn on my MacBook. Well, more specifically, I feel a little disturbing and apps (or services) that add themselves to the startup list is annoying, just personal preferences 🙂

If you are using CleanMyMac and you also want to disable the Menu from showing up on the Mac menu bar, we match! Today, I’m going to share with you two ways to do that.

First off: what is CleanMyMac Menu?

Simply put, it’s like a “mini dashboard” of the CleanMyMac app. According to MacPaw, the CleanMyMac Menu is designed to keep you up to date with what’s happening on your Mac and allow you to access all the utilities of the full app. See this screenshot:

Okay, now here’s how to disable it.

#1: Turn it off in CleanMyMac app preferences

Step 1: click on the CleanMyMac Menu icon on your menu bar. Locate the gear icon at the bottom right corner. Click it and select “Preferences”.

Step 2: a new window (the Preferences) pops up. Under the “CleanMyMac 3 Menu” tab, you’ll see a button (with green color). Click to slide it to OFF. Now the Menu will disappear immediately.

Also, it won’t start when you restart your Mac next time.

#2: Disable it from Login Items

Another method (which I usually do) is to remove it from Login Items. Well, not only can you disable CleanMyMac Menu, but also many other apps or services that launch on startup.

Step 1: click the Apple icon on top left corner, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: On the System Preferences dashboard, locate Users & Groups. Click on it.

Step 3: On the “Login Items” tab, select CleanMyMac application, and click on the minus “-” icon. Done!

Either method works, and it’s up to you which way to go. That’s all what I want to share. Once again, I don’t like apps that automatically launch, but MacPaw makes it a breeze to disable the CMM Menu.

How to Transfer Emails from Microsoft Outlook to Apple Mail

Not sure if you agree with me or not, but most of us who use a Mac today started with a computer that ran Microsoft Windows system. While Macs are definitely easier to use, compared to PCs. The challenges of switching from a PC to Mac are huge. The reason is obvious; we’re all used to the “comfort zone” of old PC ages and hardly willing to change.

Today’s issue comes from a reader question: how to transfer emails from Microsoft Outlook to Apple Mail?

I guess this reader must be new to Mac and maybe have been using a PC and Outlook email client for years.

Well, sadly I can’t write a step by step tutorial as I don’t have that much experience using Outlook. And given the complexities of different versions of Office Outlook, it’s really challenging for me to dig into the topic.

However, I did some research and if you are also facing the situation, here are some useful resources you may find helpful.

Outlook 2011 to Mail migration: When mbox goes bad ? by Jon L. Jacobi from MacWorld. If you were using Outlook 2011, this article is worth exploring. Jon shows several key things you should keep in mind while dealing with the technical issues.

Import Email From Outlook to Apple Mail.app Using Thunderbird ? by Chris from HowtoGeek. He shows us how to move from Outlook to Apple?s Mail.app using Mozilla?s Thunderbird. The link to Thunderbird is here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Mac OS X Mail: How to transfer downloaded email from a non-Mac computer ? from official Apple support. It’s a very comprehensive guide that I highly recommend you take a look before you start.

That’s all. I hope you find all find it helpful. If you find some other useful resources, feel free to let me know. Contact me or simply leave a comment below.

Where’s Hard Drive Icon? How to Get Macintosh HD Show on Desktop

Back to the PC age, I was used to clicking “My Computer” (in Windows 10 it’s “This PC”) to access everything. Likewise, on my Mac, I always go to “Macintosh HD” first and pull out any file or folder.

But, I remember clearly, the first time I got my Mac, the desktop is totally clean ? nothing there. So the question is: where is the hard drive icon on Mac OS X?

Today, I’m going to show you how to get the Macintosh HD icon (or “Macintosh SSD” in case you rename it differently) show up on the desktop. It’s actually very simple.

Follow me…

Step 1: On your Mac desktop, move your mouse cursor to the top left corner. Next to the Apple logo, click Finder and select Preferences.

Step 2: In the pop-up window Finder Preferences -> General tab, under “Show these items on the desktop:” you see the checkbox “Hard disks“? Yes, make sure you check it.

Step 3: Now take a look at the top right corner, does the “Macintosh HD” icon show? Voila!

Likewise, if you don’t want the icon to show up. Simply go to the Finder Preferences and uncheck the hard disk option. That’s it.

Note: By the time wrote this tip, my Mac is running under OS X El Capitan. It’s possible that the steps above can be different if your Mac is with other OS X version. Therefore, I’d appreciate it if you let me know if this trick doesn’t work out for you.

Happy reading.

iPhoto Won’t Open? Here’s How to Fix it (You Have 2 Options)

Yesterday a reader left a question for me. It’s related to iPhoto. Well, I’ve to admit that I’m using Photos (yes, the upgraded version of iPhoto). Anyhow?

The question:

“Hi Tysa, I upgraded my old MacBook Pro to the OS 10.11 El Capitan, and now the iPhoto app won’t open. It says the version of iPhoto installed on my Mac is not compatible with the current OS X. And it asks me to download the latest version for free from the Mac App Store. I’m not sure what I should do. I don’t want to lose any precious photos. Please help.”

The solution:

Well, as far as I can recall. I faced similar problem while I was upgrading OS X Mavericks to Yosemite. The iPhoto app wouldn’t open, and it was resolved after download the new Photos app. Yes, according to Apple official announcement, starting with OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, every Mac now includes the Photos app.

I had no problem upgrading iPhoto to Photos app, and all my pictures were 100% kept intact there (thank God, had I known it would cause photo loss, I would have hesitated). So, I’d assume it’s safe to do so. But, just in case it’s best to backup all your pictures before proceeding.

How to upgrade iPhoto to Photos and migrate all pictures

Matt Elliott from CNET has contributed an excellent guide on how to move your photos and videos from iPhoto to the new Photos app, the details about iCloud Photo Library, how to optimize storage, and what you can do with your old iPhoto library.

Also, iDB has shot a great YouTube video which explains pretty much the same thing. If you are under Wi-Fi, watch it.

In the meanwhile, many users reported that the new Photos app is less intuitive, and it took time to get acquainted with using new software. If so, you can continue to use iPhoto but it has some restrictions on the versions you can use, and you have to reinstall the iPhoto app.

How to reinstall iPhoto app on Mac El Capitan

If you are not a fan of the new Photos app, Ross McKillop from SimpleHelp has a step-by-step guide that shows you how to re-install iPhoto on OS X El Capitan. Initially, the guide was written for OS X Yosemite, he later updated the post and claimed it works on OS X 10.11 as well.

No matter which way you go for, you shouldn’t have any problems opening iPhoto (or Photos).

One last tip: do make regular backups of your precious pictures.

How to Resize Partitions on Mac OS X El Capitan

Being well organized doesn’t have to be limited to work and life, it can be applied to computers too. I found myself extremely messy at managing my Mac files. Many times, I have to find a file, a question always pops up in my mind: where the hell did I save it?

Why that always happens to me? I’m not well organizing my Mac data. More specifically, I am used to keeping everything in one partition. So, here’s the trick – resizing or adding a partition helps.

Today, I’m going to show you how to resize a Mac partition under OS X El Capitan.

Is it safe to resize a Mac partition?

Well, I’d say it’s relatively safe (not 100% though). Why is that? Because your Mac probably has only one partition, and it’s the main boot volume. Resizing mounted boot partition is not the best idea no matter what computer or operating system you use. Since all your operating system files store in that partition, a tiny misoperation could go wrong and cause data loss – the worst thing you’d ever want to happen.

So, what should you do first?

Backup! Though it’s an old term that has been over-emphasized in the Mac world, still I’d strongly recommend you backup your data before proceed. The easiest way is to use Time Machine. This Apple support article has more.

Resizing Mac partition using Disk Utility

Step 1: Open Disk Utility. In Spotlight search box, type “Disk Utility” and double click on the first result that shows.

Step 2: Select the Mac hard drive you want to partition, click the “Partition” icon (next to “First Aid”). Now navigate the circle to adjust the size you want, and hit “Apply” button to continue.

Step 3: Wait for the process to complete. Done.

You can also watch this video for how:

If you have installed Boot Camp (Windows) on your Mac

Chances are that you also have Windows 10 (or 8, 7) run on your Mac, besides the main OS X El Capitan. In this case, you won’t find Disk Utility useful. But still, it’s doable with a third-party Mac partition manager.

One last reminder – before you proceed, make sure you have backed up important files or the entire drive, just in case.

MacBook Pro Won’t Remember WiFi Passwords? 3 Tips to Fix It

So, your Mac won’t remember your Wi-Fi passwords? And you are tired of manually inputting passwords for the Wi-Fi networks at home or work? In this post, I’m going to show you a few tricks that may work. By the way, I’m on a MacBook Pro that runs OS X El Capitan. The other Mac models and OS X versions are supposed to work as well.

Tip 1: Make sure you checked “Remember this network”

Check this only for Wi-Fi networks that you trust, for example, at home or in the workplace. After you input the right password, check the remember this network option below “Show password”. Then click the blue “Join” button to continue.

Tip 2: Delete Keychain and retry

Do this only if tip 1 doesn’t work out, or your Mac fails to memorize the passwords for other reasons.

Step 1: In the Spotlight search box, type “Keychain Access”, double click the first result.

Step 2: A new window pops up, under “System” (on the left panel), select your Wi-Fi network, right click and delete it.

Step 3: Now re-join the network and don’t forget to check the “Remember this network” option as I showed in tip 1.

Tip 3: Reset NVRAM

If your MacBook is suffering some other issues such as your Mac is super slow to start up, Bluetooth won’t work, screen resolution not display properly, etc. besides won’t remember WIFI passwords issue, resetting NVRAM may help. Note: this tip originates from an Apple Discussion. Personally, I haven’t suffered the issues above.

Resetting NVRAM is harmless, and it only takes a minute. Follow the guide in this Apple support article, or watch this YouTube video:

That’s all. Let me know if these tips help.

How do I edit a scanned PDF file (on OS X El Capitan)?

Documents in PDF format are difficult to deal with. I’ve personally experienced a lot of hard times tweaking PDFs while I only have a PC. Now on my Mac, it’s become way easier. Why? Because of the Preview app. But, editing a normal PDF file and a scanned one may be quite different. Here’s a question I got asked a few days back from a reader:

“Hi Tysa, a colleague of mine sent me a PDF file; it is basically an image as I can’t select any text or element on it. I guess she just used a machine to scan it and export it in such a ‘weird’ format. How do I edit it as a normal PDF? Thanks.”

Here’s my answer:

Well, it depends on how you want to edit it. By editing, do you mean to add a few texts, highlight a sentence, embed a digital signature to authorize, etc.? Anyway, the point is it can be easy as well as challenging based on your needs.

I’ve outlined a couple of options below.

#1: Preview app is enough to handle basic editing

I love using the Preview app for viewing and editing images. Yes, a scanned PDF file is like an image too. To edit on it, you first open the scanned PDF document in Preview app. Now under Tools > Annotate, you’ll find a lot of smaller tools like adding a rectangle, line of text, or mask, etc.

But, as I was trying it, there are some functions you can’t use to deal with a scanned PDF, for example, highlight text, underline text, etc. which requires you to be able to select targeted text elements. You just can’t do this with a scanned PDF. You’ll have to try a PDF editor, continue reading.

#2: An online PDF editor may help (but use wisely)

I tried a free online service called PDFEscape and it worked nicely (though not great). All you have to do is upload your PDF by dropping it to the zone (see the screenshot). Then you’ll see a number of editing tools listed on the pane.

Warning: the reason why said use it wisely is that the service requires you to upload your file to their server. That means somebody else could have access to the content of your file. If your file contains private or confidential data (most likely), I’d recommend you think twice before you try this option.

Also, PDFEscape has some limitations such as the file can’t be more than 10MB in size, and no more than 100 pages.

#3: Use a desktop PDF editing tool (not free though)

Note: this option is not free. The price of desktop software ranges vary, some cost $50 bucks while others may charge a few hundred. The most well-known program is Adobe Acrobat DC for Macintosh, free to try, $299 to buy (there is also a subscription-based pricing model recently). If you prefer a cheaper one, this article reviewed several good PDF editor apps. Bottom line – always test the trials or evaluations before paying for anything.

Hope my answer helps :=)

How to Fix USB Stopped Working on MacBook Pro

Today’s issue is related to one of the most popular portable storage devices ? USB flash drive. A reader asks me this question:

“I have a 4GB Kingston USB drive, it worked fine on my MacBook Pro. But when I insert it into the port today, it can’t be recognized. What could be the cause and how to fix it?”

I have an 8GB SanDisk flash drive. Unfortunately, I don’t use it that often after cloud storage like DropBox and Google Drive show their advantages. Thus, I haven’t personally encountered such issue myself.

As usual, I’d be more than happy to direct my reader to useful resources that are yet to be covered in this blog. Here’re a few I found that could be helpful.

Mac USB Ports Stopped Working? It?s Likely Easy to Fix ? by Paul Horowitz from OSXDaily. He shows a couple of common fixes such as resetting SMC and NVRAM, and other considerations for USB not working on a Mac. Very thorough.

OS X Yosemite: If a USB device isn?t working ? from official Apple support. Well, it’s more like a checklist for you to narrow down the causes, and then fix the problems after that. Also highly recommend.

This YouTube video “MacBook Pro USB ports not working” made by Leon Stacey.

One last tip: do make regular backs of the data. I quite agree with Paul said in its article that “sometimes a USB device itself can fail, which may have nothing to do with the Mac itself.” Digital device will fail, it’s just a matter of time. But, don’t let that happen before you realize you’ve tons of precious files to be transferred.

Using an external hard drive (or several) is good, but I prefer online backup services like Google Drive. Anyhow, it’s your choice.

How to Change Admin or Guest Account Password on OS X El Capitan

Should you change your password on a regular basis? I couldn’t find an affirmative answer.

LifeHacker says that changing passwords often may be a waste of time and they have Microsoft study and university research to back up the statement. But, I also read this article from Stanford University that “You should change your password periodically, ideally at least every six months.”

So, yes and no, there is no right or wrong answer. For me, I am used to changing passwords every three months or so, mainly for security concerns. One of the password changes including my Mac admin and guest passwords.

Today, I’m here to show you how to change Admin or Guest password on Mac OS X Capitan. It’s quite easy.

Step 1: on your Mac desktop. Click on the Apple logo, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: here, click on “Users & Groups”.

Step 3: here select the user (Current User or Other Users), under Password tab, click “Change Password” button. Input your old password and the new password you’ve already prepared. If you want, it’s a good practice to write a note as password hint (in case you forget).


For more information about Mac passwords, for example, how to reset it using Apple ID or File Vault, check out this Apple article.

How Can You Transfer Applications from Windows to Mac OS X

Getting a new Mac is exciting, but moving all the files and settings from old Windows to OS X isn’t always easy. Most likely, it’s a daunting task. Plus, if you are still on the learning curve of Mac OS X, the whole process can be even quite time-consuming.

This week, a read of my blog asked me this question (it’s kind of interesting, I laughed but just for pure laugh, nothing more).

“I’ve managed to move all my documents and files from the old PC to a new Mac. Now it’s the challenging part. How can you transfer applications from Windows to OS X?”

As far as I am aware of, there is no better way to get this done.

The reason? Simply put, Microsoft and Apple often don’t work well with each other. Well, they are not supposed to do so, because they are competitors.

If you are into technology and read a little bit about the history of computers, you should know they were energies and fought with each other a lot of times. Even today, they are direct competitors in most fields. Look at this CIO article; you’ll understand why I say so.

A bit far away from the topic?

Okay, applications that run under Windows operating system won’t work under OS X. Speaking from a technical point of view, all third-party programs that run on Windows are in the .exe format, while apps on Macs are either in .dmg or .pkg format. These are entirely different application packs with totally different working mechanisms.

What does that mean? You can’t transfer apps from Windows to Mac OS X. That simply won’t work. You’ll have to manually download these apps from Mac App Store or the official websites of the app providers.

Note: not every Windows program has a Macintosh version. For example, one of my favorite Windows tools for screenshotting is Greenshot, isn’t available on OS X. However, most programs run on PCs have lots of alternatives on Macs. A good example is Preview app perfectly replaces Greenshot.

Welcome to the Mac World! 🙂

To help yourself get more familiarized with Mac and smoother the switch, these two articles are worth giving a read: