Recently I installed XAMPP on my MAC and uninstalled it since what I wanted was MAMP and not XAMP. Anyways, today I noticed that there is an empty group/folder on the Launchpad. I tried uninstalling/delete it by pressing down the Option Key but the folder did not showed an X mark. Basically I tried all the ways listed in the Uninstalling Applications on MAC but none of them worked.
I tried looking for an empty folder in the Applications folder too, did not find anything there too.
So the question was How do I remove an empty folder that cannot be Deleted? Tricky, isn’t it?
Let’s see if we can delete this group that is empty and cannot be deleted.
Below are the steps to get rid of this ominous folder and situation:
Drag any app to the Empty Group
Open the Group and you’ll see the App that you dragged in to it.
Drag the App back to the Launchpad
Boom! the Empty Group will be deleted Automatically.
There it is, simple. I know, It’s only simple if you know the steps else it could be like an earworm, constantly irritating & bugging.
Google Chrome is probably the most used Browser in the world. It’s easy to use and multi-featured, along with some secret features which you might not know about.
Let’s see how many do you know about?
This one probably everyone knows about, the T-Rex game, when you are offline you can play a T-Rex game on your browser, all you have to do is tap the spacebar and the game will start.
Yes, that’s correct. It’s not just a Browser, it’s your personal Media player as well. Just drag and drop an audio or video file in a new tab and it’ll play it for you.
Re-Open a closed Tab
Closed a Tab accidently? Re-open closed tabs by pressing the key combination –> Shift + Command + T
Too Lazy to use your Mouse/trackpad
Access Chrome Tabs via your keyboard. Press CTRL[Command on MAC] and the number 1 through 9.
Find My Phone
Lost your phone? Just type “Find My Phone” in the Chrome’s Address bar and it shall show the location of your phone. Of course, you’ll have to be logged in with the same Google Account on both the Browser and the phone.
Once you locate your phone you can – Make the Phone Ring Remotely, even if it is on Silent.
– Lock the Device and sign out of your Google Account. You can also display a message or a phone number on the screen.
– Erase Device – Delete all content from the device. Once device has been erased, you’ll not be able to locate it.
You can play more games in your Chrome directly by typing some text in the address bar, let’s see what are these magic texts.
Play Pacman in your chrome browser? Just type Pacman in the address bar and play on.
Play Tic Tac Toe
Type Askew in the Chrome Address bar and the results will all be, you know, Askewed.
Here are a few that I’d want you to check out yourself
Do a barrel roll
Roll a Dice
Flip a Coin
Well, I’ll let you find out what it does. Go check it out on Google Chrome and don’t forget to let me know.
Every Battery has a life. Your MAC’s battery is no different. The problem is, we don’t know when our Battery is going to die, do we? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we knew when our MAC’s battery is going to die? Well Today is your LUCKY day.
There is a way to know Approximately how many days/Months is your MAC battery going to last. But before we get into that, Let me explain something about the Batteries.
Every Battery has a Battery Cycle. A BatteryCycle is the process of charging a rechargeable battery and discharging it completely as we use it. In general, number of Battery Cycles for a rechargeable battery indicates how many times it can undergo the process of complete charging and discharging until failure or it starting to lose capacity.
When you use your MAC, it’s battery goes through charge cycles. A charge cycle happens when you use all of the battery’s power, i.e., 0% —but that doesn’t necessarily mean a single charge.
For example, you could use half of your notebook’s charge in one day, and then recharge it fully. If you did the same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two. In this way, it might take several days to complete a cycle.
If you know how many charge cycles your battery has and how many are left can help you figure out when your battery needs a replacement. For best performance, replace your battery when you reach its maximum cycle count.
Now the logical questions are –
How do I find my MAC’s Battery Count?
What is the Maximum Battery Count for my MAC?
Let’s learn How to determine the number of cycles your MAC’s battery has. 🙂
Batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles before their performance is expected to diminish. Once the cycle count is reached, a replacement battery is recommended. You can use your battery after it reaches its maximum cycle count, but you might notice a considerable amount of reduction in your battery life.
Follow these steps to access information about your MAC battery, including its cycle count:
Click the Apple menu & press the Option key then click on System Information.
System Information Window will open, Under the Hardware section, select Power. The current cycle count is listed under the Battery Information section.
As you see my MAC’s Battery Cycle count is at 753 and I’ll be needing a new battery pretty soon.
How soon you ask? Well, this next section is all about that. Every MAC system has a specific Battery Cycle count after which you’ll have to replace the battery with a new one.
Battery Cycle Count limits
Below is a table with a list of all the MACs and their Maximum Cycle Count.
Max Cycle Count
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017) MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016) MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013) MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009) MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013) MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009) MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz) MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo) MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy) MacBook Pro (15-inch) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008) MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz) MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo) MacBook Pro (17-inch)
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020) MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019) MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018) MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015) MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014) MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013) MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012) MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011) MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010) MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015) MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014) MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013) MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
MacBook Air (Late 2008) MacBook Air
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Here are some tips to help you get the Maximum out of your MAC battery. Just some simple steps but highly effective.
Always Keep your MAC updated to the latest OS
Always make sure your MAC is updated to the latest version of OS. If you’re connected to the Internet, MAC OS automatically checks for software updates every week, but you still control when the updates are installed. So, make sure it up-to-date
Optimize your Settings
Energy: The Energy Saver preference pane includes several settings that determine power levels for your MacBook. Your MacBook knows when it’s plugged in and runs accordingly. When using battery power, it dims the screen and uses other components sparingly. If you change this setting to maximize performance, your battery will drain more quickly.
Press the > System Preferences > Energy Saver.
Brightness. Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life. To control the Screen brightness quickly use the Function Keys F1(Low) & F2(High).
If you are using Macbook Pro then I’d recommend to dim the Lights on your backlit keyboard as well – Function keys F5 & F6
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi consumes power, even if you are not using it to connect to a network. When you are not using the WiFi connection, turn it off.
Applications and Peripherals: Disconnect peripherals and quit applications not in use. Eject an SD card if you’re not currently using it.
Plug in and power on your MacBook to charge other devices
While charging other devices via USB, make sure to keep your MAC plugged in and powered on. Otherwise those devices may drain the battery in your MacBook faster than normal.
Follow these steps and you’ll see a considerable jump in your MAC’s Battery Life. I noticed at least 25% bump in my MAC’s battery life.