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A: Apple work hard to make sure there are distinct differences between the Mac and their iPhone and iPad operating systems, but over the years that line has got blurrier. As a result, some useful iPhone innovations have made their way to your desktop or laptop computer.
However, just like on your iPhone when you first started to use it, those features aren’t on by default on your Mac. If you’re not into exploring the various options available to you (and let’s be honest, who truly has the time to do this unless it’s their profession?), that feature can remain dormant forever. So where does this particular option lie?
Go to the Apple menu, click on System Preferences and select the Keyboard option. From there, click on the ‘Text’ tab and you’ll see a series of tick boxes on the right. ‘Capitalise words automatically’ and ‘Add period with double-space’ are the ones you’re after. Tick them for the feature to be implemented systemwide – or so you’d expect. Sadly, some apps don’t seem to accept auto-capitalisation, like Mail (Pages has a similar yet overriding option in its own Preferences), but Messages, Notes and TextEdit will happily allow it. All these apps change a double space into a period though. Your mileage may vary, but at least the option is there. Try it and see if it works for you.
STEVE PARIS is an Internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and provides consultancy, training and trouble-shooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on 077-8866-0407.