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    How to add a Microsoft Account to a Mac

    If you have a Mac, then you will notice that you in System Preferences, you can add Google, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, and more accounts to your Macintosh, but there is no option to add a Microsoft Account.


    Why should you add your accounts to your Mac?

     The primary reasons why one might want to add their Internet Accounts to their Mac would be to read and send Email using Mac Mail, see their Contacts in the built-in Contacts app, and access their Calendar using iCal (not to be confused with the iCalendar ics format). Additional benefits would include access to Notes in the Notes app and to-do lists in the Reminders app.


    Adding the Microsoft Account 

    In the Internet Accounts section of System Preferences, click the + button. Then, click “Exchange”. Type your information, which is your full name, your email address for your Microsoft Account, and your Microsoft Account password. If you have 2FA enabled, you need to generate an App Password and use that.


    Then, tick the apps you want to use your Microsoft Account with.

    Here’s what each option means:

    Mail: brings your Outlook.com email to MacMail.

    Contacts: brings your people.live.com address book to the Mac OS X Contacts app.

    Calendars: brings your calendar.live.com calendars to iCal.

    Reminders: brings your Microsoft To-Do task list to the OS X Reminders app.

    Notes: brings your Outlook Notes to the Mac OS X Notes app. For more information on Outlook Notes, go to Outlook.com and select Notes in the folder list. These notes are also available in Office for Android, the Windows 10 Sticky Notes app, http://onenote.com/stickynotes/, and your OneNote Feed.

    Thursday January 7, 2021
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    How to get the Weather Forecast on a Windows or OS X Computer

    While you may not use your computer primarily for checking the weather, it’s a pretty important function for your Computer to have. So, which Computers support the Weather Checker function? Well, here’s a list of Operating Systems on which you can get quick access to the Weather:

    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7
    • OS X Tiger to Mohave
    • OS X Yosemite to Catalina
    • macOS Big Sur
    • Windows 10
    As you will notice, Windows 8/8.1 is not on the list. This is because Microsoft has discontinued Weather for Windows 8/8.1. Sorry Win8 users!
    Let’s start with the Weather on Windows Vista / Windows 7. If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, there is a Desktop Gadget called Weather. However, you may have noticed that now, when you try to use this Desktop Gadget, it produces an error that the service cannot be found. Don’t worry, though. It’s easy to get past this error by downloading the working version of the gadget, where somebody took the pains of creating a virtually identical Gadget that uses the still up and running MSN Weather service. Download here. Then, load this Gadget onto your desktop to get quick access to the Weather.
    Now, let’s move on to how to get the Weather on a Windows 10 Computer. Open the Microsoft Store up. Search for "MSN Weather". Find the app called MSN Weather and install it. Then, pin it to your Start Menu, and turn on Live Tile to get the Weather Forecast in a Live Tile. To get a more detailed forecast, just click the tile and it will open up the MSN Weather app.

    Now let’s move on to how to get the weather on a Mac which is running an OS from OS X Yosemite through Catalina. To start, you’re going to open up the notifications center and click "Edit". Then, you’ll find "Weather" waiting on the right side. Click the green plus button to get a Weather Widget. It’s as easy as that! Running Big Sur? The Weather Widget should already be in your sidebar.

    What about using the OS X Dashboard? As people who use OS X Tiger to macOS Mohave may have noticed, the Dashboard Weather widget is no longer functional. Well, this is because the Dashboard is discontinued, so Apple has removed internet connectivity from the widget. However, similarly to the Vista/Win7 fix, somebody took the trouble to fix the APIs and create a working version of the OS X Dashboard Weather Widget. So how do you install the patch? Well, you download it from here. Then, find the .wdgt file and copy it. In finder, open the folder /Library/Widgets. Delete the Weather.wdgt file there and paste the other, patched one. then, open your Dashboard and click +. Select the Weather icon and get a totally working Weather Widget on your OS X Dashboard.

    Thursday December 17, 2020