That’s Low on Space
Q. For months, I’ve had a message on my iPhone telling me there’s a system update, but when I try to download the software, I get an alert saying I don’t have enough space. What can I do?
A. Released in September, Apple’s new iOS 8 system was promoted as “the biggest iOS release ever,” in terms of features, but the physical size of the update has proved too hefty to download for many nearly full or smaller-capacity iPhones. If you do not have enough space on your phone, deleting photos, videos and other content you do not need anymore frees up space. (You can manually delete files by opening the Settings icon, choosing General and then Manage Storage; select an app to get a delete option.)
If you do not want to delete files, another way to install the iOS 8 software is through the iTunes program on your computer. To update this way, you need to have a recent version of iTunes on your PC or Mac; the free software is available to download from Apple at www.apple.com/itunes.
Once you have installed iTunes, connect the iPhone to the computer with its USB cable. The iPhone icon should appear in the iTunes window. Click the icon and then click Summary on the left side. On the Summary screen, click the Check for Update button to start the process of downloading and installing the update.
If you still do not have space on your phone for the update, you will have to delete more content. If you have the phone connected to the PC or Mac, importing photos and videos from the iPhone’s Camera Roll to the computer is one way to safely offload them.
Q. How do you force-quit a Start screen app to in Windows 8.1 if you don’t have a mouse or keyboard?
A. On a touch-screen computer, you can close an unneeded Windows 8.1 app by placing a finger at the top of the screen and dragging the open app window down to the bottom of the screen. Hold the app there for a few seconds until its window flips over, which signifies that all processes and activity for that app have stopped running.
Even when you are not actively using them, Windows 8.1 leaves open apps running in the background for a while. While Windows closes the apps eventually, force-quitting them frees up memory and shuts down stalled programs.
TIP OF THE WEEK Most modern web browsers work with the keyboard shortcuts for enlarging the contents of a page for easier viewing — just press the Control key and the plus key (+) on Windows to zoom in, or Command and the plus key on a Mac. Press Control/Command and the minus key (-) to zoom out, or Control/Command and zero (0) to return to the standard size. These shortcuts affect the entire page, however, and if you just want to make the text larger and leave the pictures and other graphics at their normal size, some browsers include additional controls.
In Mozilla Firefox, go to the browser’s View menu to Zoom and select “Zoom Text Only.” When you now use the regular keyboard shortcuts for zooming, only the text gets bigger. Apple’s Safari browser also has a “Zoom Text Only” option under its View menu. Even without a keyboard shortcut, the default text size can be adjusted in the settings area of most browsers; the View menu in Internet Explorer 11 even offers a text-size option. Browser extensions like the Zoom Text Only add-on for Google Chrome can also give you more control over the text size on the screen.