Apple Mail Not Showing Dock Unread Count

Suddenly, the Apple Mail icon in the dock was not longer showing unread items as a number in white against a red background. I wonder whether I inadvertently turned something off.

To get it back, go to Apple / Notifications, and choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Notifications in the sidebar.

Choose which mailboxes to include in the count of unread messages in the red circle, called a badge, that’s shown on the Mail icon in the Dock. In my case I want the unread messages from all the email accounts in Apple Mail.

Then activate the unread count, but note this important caveat. The count appears only if “Badge app icon” is selected for Mail in Notifications settings.

Text Replacement On A Mac

How many times do I type out my email address in a form? Same for my phone number. Too many not to want a simpler, quicker way of doing it. I thought there had to be an easier and cheaper way than using TextExpander at the monthly price they charge for a subscription.

TextExpander can probably do much more than the inbuilt Apple Mac option, but then I don’t want to sink under the weight of all the shortcuts and contractions I might add. That is a road to ruin as I spend time cycling through my mind for the correct keyboard shortcut.

I am not sure what the maximum number I would want is, but it is pretty definitely not more than five keyboard shortcuts, and maybe even not more than three. After all, I have to know these instantly, or they are not worth knowing.

So I googled, and found a video from Gary at MacMost.com who posts the clearest videos you could want on topics like this. The particular one you need is Using Mac Text Replacements and you can find it on the website and on YouTube from MacMostVideos.

That said, this particular shortcut is very simple, so I don’t know whether you will actually need to see the video at all. I am glad I watched it because I learn best with speech plus visuals.

So – for anyone who just wants the most direct instructions, here they are.

If you are on Mac OS Ventura, go to System Settings / Keyboard / Text replacement and you will see one text shortcut has already been set up. It is three characters that expand to ‘On my way!’

You will also see a plus button where you can add new item. Click that and then it’s just a case of choosing an easy to remember shortcut and the text you want to appear when you type that shortcut.

I did it for my email address and phone number.

Make A Disk Image On A Mac

The nice thing about disk images is that you can encrypt them and password protect them.

First make your file or files and pop them in a folder. Then go to Disk Utility (it’s in the Utilities folder in Applications) and then find ‘Files’ in the top line, and choose ‘new image/image from folder.’ Find the folder you want to use and give it a name or keep the one that comes up. Then choose an encryption level and make a password. That’s it. The file will be saved as a .dmg.

If you lose the password you will not be able to recover it from anywhere.

M1 MacBook Pro Tiny Font

The downside of the high pixel count of the M1 MacBook Pro 16″ is the size of the font in the Apple Mail sidebar, the Safari sidebar and Safari Favourites Bar.

To increase the font size in the main body of Mail is easy enough, but how to increase the font size of the sidebar? The answer is System Preferences > General > Sidebar icon size: Large.

That does not increase the font size of the sidebar or the favourites bar in Safari, however.

I will add to this post as and when someone tells me how to do it.

Where Is The Stickies Database

This is for when you are transferring data manually from an old Mac, or in my case from a Time Machine backup. In my case it was because the logic board on the old machine died. It was easy enough to pull over my home folder and its contents. But where was the Stickies Database?

I had gone through the process about a year ago when I erased a disc and started over. But now I was doing it again and I couldn’t remember where the Stickies data is kept. Eventually after reading a couple of articles I decided to look in Containers, and that is where the data is kept.

Users/USER/Library/Containers/Stickies

From inside that folder, just drag the pList and the Data folder into the same Container on your new machine and you are all set.

Dropbox Smart Sync And Monterey 12.3

I received an email from Dropbox saying they were reaching out with an update about Dropbox on the upcoming macOS 12.3 release. They said that Dropbox doesn’t have full support for online-only files yet, and that some apps might have trouble opening Dropbox files while they’re online-only. They said though that I would still be able to open Dropbox files by double-clicking them in Finder.

I asked Dropbox Support about it and Support said that such files are identifiable by the download cloud icon. I said that any files I had un-synced didn’t show at all in my local Dropbox.

That was the clue, and Support then told me that the email had to do with the Smart Sync feature and files that are set to Online-only using the feature, and this will not effect files that have been selected using the Selective Sync feature.

“Smart Sync is a feature of the Dropbox desktop app that allows you to make files online-only so you can save hard drive space on your computer. You can choose which files to make online-only or let automatic Smart Sync choose for you.”

I didn’t know that ‘online-only’ files related to Smart Sync. Now I know.

I never use Smart Sync. I un-sync some files manually to save space on my local hard drive, but they are files (mostly images) that I only need to access very infrequently – as in maybe, never.