How to Create a New Folder in the New Pages

Apple's support page describes how to add a new folder

Apple’s support page describes how to add a new folder


I’ve been using Pages for many years and I love the power of it combined with its simplicity. That’s saying a lot…because I had been a diehard Microsoft Word user. I really didn’t think anything could change that.

As  life intervened I shifted to primarily using iPads for my work. This was still before Word for iPad even existed!

Incidentally, now that Word for ios does exist…it’s the bomb! And by that I mean it’s great! It’s super easy to get started using and it’s powerful!

I quickly became a Word Processing aficionado for ios. Mainly because there weren’t really any good ones back then. I wrote a lot…even back then…so, I was determined to discover any hidden gems. Sadly…that never happened.

Good Word Processors did finally arrive on the scene…but they were from the big players that you’d expect. So where there was once a dearth of good Word Processing Apps for iPad…now there are probably a few too many. Yet, even with all the great choices, I still really love Pages!

Some Handy Links for Pages & Word Processing

Apple’s Online Support Pages for ios 

Pages 4.1 New Features

How to Remove Red Lines Under Misspelled Words in Pages

My Overview of Word Processing Apps for ios

Advanced Tips for Pages

How to Add A New Folder in Pages

Personally I liked the old method of creating a new folder in Pages better. There was just one problem with it. The older method required you to have at least 2 documents to put into the new folder. That was mainly because you needed to smush those 2 documents together to create a new folder…the new method let’s you only put 1 document into the newly created folder.

Intuitively I figured there would be a + somewhere for me to use to create the New Folder…and in the end I discovered that I was correct in my assumption. But no + for that purpose could be found…anywhere. I literally spent 15 minutes trying to find it before deciding to use an iPad that’s still on ios 10 to accomplish the task (using the smush method ;-) Which I did and it was faster than my trying to use Google to find the answer.

The solution is so simple…but a bit infuriating too!  Please refer to my screenshot below for the answer.

Below:  The trick to create a new folderThe trick to create a new folder

It’s infuriating because Apple is constantly doing things like that! Things like hiding important commands or tools behind a view that is intentionally presented to the user with those elements hidden out of sight.

Why?  I have no idea, but I suspect it’s that kind of behavior that so angers many Android users and causes them to conclude that Apple is arrogant. I mean…it’s kind of a dick move truthfully. I NEVER use that kind of language, but in this instance it seems like the best, maybe even the only way to describe it. I finally ‘get’ just a little bit why there are hoard’s of Android users who lose it and exhibit such over-the-top hostility towards Apple.

So…that’s one good thing to come out of this frustrating experience…I finally understand something I’ve been puzzled by for years. There’s quite possibly another good thing too.

I’ll never again forget how to add a new folder to Pages!


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3 Free Collections of Master-Class Notification Tones & Ring Tones

Happy Labor Day!


I’m an ironclad skeptic when it comes to free deals. I rarely bother to even look at something offered for free when it crosses my path.

But its Labor Day and I’m chilling just a little instead of working on a video for YouTube about decluttering a free Amazon Fire tablet’s homescreen. So, when I saw this today on How-to Geek I was in the right frame of mind to be summarily disappointed.

A 1 in a Million Chance Prevails

It wasn’t immediately obvious to me that this was a scam…but the reverse wasn’t true either. It really only dawned on me how unique this offer was when I arrived at the download page. But one thing on the information page leading up to it did sound promising (shown below.)


We created the tones we’ve always wanted; sophisticated, professional, and envyingly fashionable.  


There are 3 Collections which are described here. All are prefaced with the above statement. The site seems safe enough and nicely designed too.

The Download Page Confirms My Good Fortune

I’ve been there before…everything seems good until that very last moment when I click on the download link.

Once again however I was in for a surprise. I was met with the webpage shown below when I clicked on the download link.

Still not entirely believing my luck I scrolled down a little further looking for the box where I was required to create a user account and enter my credit card #…which wouldn’t really be charged but was needed for some bogus reason.

Instead I found the statement below and I finally understood that this wasn’t a scam at all but a pretty cool sort of tribute to the author’s former business partner, Jeff Essex. The author is Joel Hladecek.

Joel's tribute to Jeff was free tones


What to Do After Downloading the Notification Tone Collections

I downloaded the ios collection which is in a zip file, so I imported it into GoodReader. You can use any file sharing app to place it in. Then I opened GoodReader and unzipped the file to view its contents. Inside the file are Read Me Instructions which explain how you import the tones into iTunes and then sync them to your device.

Since I don’t have an Android phone…just a tablet…I didn’t download the Android tones, so I can’t give specific instructions for what to do. But the ios files seem very easy for anyone to use just by following the great written instructions.

Sample of Some of My Favorite ios Tones

I’ve never tried to upload an audio file to WordPress, but I’ve been wanting to give it a shot. So, below is (hopefully) an audio file you can play which is a sample of some of the tones I liked the best in the ios collection (there were a lot to choose from and this sample is tiny!)

More About Joel Hladecek (the free tone benefactor)

I always want to know the reasons behind things. In this case I was curious about who Joel and Jeff really were. I can’t say that I got too far in that pursuit because I became immediately distracted with a section on Joel’s website entitled ‘Messages from the Future.’  I found this to be so entertaining that I never really moved past it…and then it was time to go. So, while I can’t tell you much more about our benefactors, I can tell you that The Interactivist’s Messages from the Future are fun and interesting!


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2 NEWS UPDATES: News of the New iPhone Event | News of YubiKey for ios


Dedication to my Nephew
Above: The small iPhone image above is from idownloadblog’s Wallpaper post.

The New iPhone Live Event Will be on September 12, at 10 am Pacific Time

Below:’s August 30th Post Reveals Leaked iPhone Xs Image

New iPhone Xs


For months before Apple’s September Live event, people around the world begin to speculate about what form the new iPhone will take. Rather than write one more such speculative post, I’m including links to and descriptions of the best ones so you can decide which you’d like to visit and read yourself.

Also, it just so happened that some pretty big Yubikey news also recently hit the stands. So I’m including a brief overview of that, also with links for readers to find out more.

1st: New iPhone Live Event News | Sources: Apple Insider & 9to5 Mac

The photos shown above and below are from 9to5 Mac, (the only source we know of to find Apple’s leaked iPhone Xs images…presumably streamed publicly by accident when Apple tested a stream for the live event.)  Apple Insider’s August 30th update is the most comprehensive one I’ve found. They describe in detail what users should expect from the new iPhone Event scheduled for September 12.

In their August 30th post, Apple Insider includes iPhone Xs model speculation, new Apple Watch images and thoughts, as well as speculation on the likelihood of other product announcements such as iPads or MacBooks.

9to5 Mac’s Most Recent Coverage

In addition to discovering the leaked images of Apple’s new iPhones, 9to5 Mac’s ongoing coverage may be the most frequent with updates as well as the most detailed in terms of their speculation…while concurrently providing perhaps the most plausible speculation available.

Today Chance Miller, who may be 9to5 Mac’s most prolific Apple writer, shares a ‘concept video’ created by Korean Lee gunho, which aims to show off the new gold finish better.

To read an entirely different take on the upcoming event and the devices to be announced on September 12th, Gizmodo in Australia offers a unique viewpoint and extensive coverage.

Do You Want to See Apple Announce the New iPhone Lineup Live?

Below: Info.About Watching the iPhone Xs Event Live

Here’s a link to Apple’s live event page where you can view past live events in their entirety or where you can watch live as new events unfold. Here’s one more link in case the first one doesn’t work correctly. In addition to watching the event live here using any Apple device, you can also watch it on newer Apple TVs by downloading Apple’s Live Event app to Apple TV.

Some iPhone Xs Wallpapers Have Already Been Created

Below: Birch Tree’s @mattbirchler has already created some great new wallpapers based on this 2018 invite.

idownloadblog is where I discovered these cool wallpapers.

Below: tips for using these wallpapers.

“For the following set of wallpapers by @mattbirchler, keep in mind they will fit for most screens, including up to 4K monitors. The resolutions are 3840 x 3840, which means you can set them on either of your devices and simply scale, or place it as you prefer. In fact, it looks pretty cool just to have a partial Apple Park ring on your iPhone.”


2nd The Tech Crunch Report: Yubikey for iPhone & iPad gets better.

The Tech Crunch Article can be read in full here: Yubico launches an SDK that lets iOS devs add support for its NFC keys.

At the end of May 2018, Yubico (maker of the popular YubiKey) announced plans for a new ios SDK, making Yubikey the only hardware authentication device officially supported on all major platforms with SDK’s.

Above: This is what a YubiKey Looks Like

What is a YubiKey?

YubiKey is a newer, better way to secure data for our devices.

You may have read stories about how passwords aren’t necessarily going to be our best way to protect digital data in the future. There are a few reasons why that might be true. Some of the reasons are concerned with the ability to create ‘unhackable’ passwords in the future. As our current technology continues advancing in capabilities, breaking the passwords that protect them becomes easier and easier.

Another concern is that as social engineering techniques grow more sophisticated, more and more people may get duped. The end result is that using only digital means of securing important data is slowly becoming less secure.

One possible solution for better future security involves the use of a hardware authentication device. The YubiKey is one of the best in this new class of device. You can learn a little bit more about how YubiKey’s work in the video below. .

YubiKey Video Introduction

How YubiKeys Work

Everyone is probably familiar with 2 factor authentication by now. Using 2 factor requires the use of first a password, and then another means of proof that you are who you say you are. Oftentimes this second form is received in a text message or an email. But looking towards the future…because those can be readily hacked…that 2nd form will be a separate piece of hardware that you carry with you, and that no one else has access to. That’s what YubiKey is..the 2nd factor in 2 factor authentication…in the form of a little piece of hardware that only you have access to.

YubiKeys & Mobile Devices

Since different mobile devices utilize different hardware technology, fashioning YubiKeys for the plethora of device types out there can prove challenging. Yubico does have a method that ios users can utilize currently for employing the use of YubiKeys…but it’s very limited.

That’s why their May announcement is important.

In May 2018 Yubico Made an Important Announcement About YubiKey & ios Integration

The best way to see this news is with Yubico’s Vimeo video which both breaks the news and demonstrates how the new YubiKey will work with ios in the very near future.

The announcement says that Yubico is developing a new SDK for ios developers. This SDK will allow ios developers to easily link with and incorporate all the cool features YubiKeys employ in apps for Apple mobile devices.

The Tech Crunch Announcement

Yubico’s May announcement has now been realized which is why Tech Crunch shared this most recent news with readers. What the news means is that the SDK for Apple Developers is now available.

But users will need to wait a bit longer for Apple Developer’s to write the necessary code to work with Yubico’s keys. This will more than likely be available to us in the form of apps.

Yubico makes many different YubiKeys. My guess is it’s more than likely that any new code will be created for their newest mobile friendly key, the Neo first. I say this because Neo is already available for Android users.

Wrap Up for YubiKey

In closing I thought readers might be interested in knowing more about how they can benefit from using YubiKeys. You can read about how they can protect individuals data and accounts here. Yubico has this cool tool which helps you to determine which YubiKey might be best for you. I ran the tool through it’s paces and the screenshot below shows my result.

Later in the same day that I read the Tech Crunch announcement, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Wired Magazine offers a free YubiKey to every new subscriber.

While reading about that I ran across this list of YubiKey benefits and features that Wired created…shown in the screenshot below.

That concludes my highlights of what I believe to be the 2 most important news items for Apple mobile users as August 2018 drew to a close.


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Find Any Apple Link…Apps, Books, Media…even without an Apple Device!

I almost couldn’t believe this tool existed when I discovered it today! I’ve been using Apple devices from almost the very beginning of Apple’s existence. I’ve been writing about them for upwards of 3 years.

So how could I have not known about this tool?  The only thing I can conclude is that if I didn’t know about it, it’s a safe bet many others don’t too!

Link builder works for a lot of countries

Link builder works for many different countries

Introduction to Apple’s Link Builder Site

Link to Apple’s Link Builder Tool

Bloggers, vloggers, writers, and even regular people need to find links to apps, songs, iBooks, podcasts, TV shows, movies…and more. This tool helps anyone quickly find any Apple link regardless of whether or not you’re an Apple user yourself.

A huge part of bloggers and writer’s work involves writing about things that Apple sells through what’s known as iTunes. In reality, the iTunes moniker is sort-of a catch-all phrase that refers to all of the various stores where Apple sells many different kinds of content and media to their users. To say that there are a lot of stores included under the iTunes umbrella would be a gross understatement. Virtually every device Apple sells has its own App Store, and many have multiple stores like music and book stores too. Even less obvious devices like Apple Watch and Apple TV have their own stores. More recently Apple launched a separate store just for text messages (called iMessages in Apple-speak.)

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Apple makes a significnt and growing portion of their profits from selling content and media. These profits are rapidly gaining on those from hardware sales.

Yet finding and adding those links to documents, webpages, emails or texts can be one of the more onerous tasks facing online writers and regular people alike!

Adding to the complexity of the task is the fact that historically it was next to impossible to find links for Apple content while using non-Apple hardware. That level of difficulty is unique to Apple content since most other platforms stores can be accessed even if you aren’t using one of their devices.

A Detailed Look at Why This is So Unique

If you’re writing about Android for example, and you’re using an Apple device…let’s say for the sake of argument, an iPad. Things won’t be too difficult for you link-wise because the Google Play Store is accessible to anyone using any kind of device. That’s perhaps in part due to Google’s ubiquitousness…also to its open source nature.

See...I'm able to access the Google Play Store from my iPad.

See…I’m able to access the Google Play Store from my iPad.

But if you intend to do the reverse…write about Apple devices using an Android…you might be in for a bit of a rough time. That’s due in part to a difference in attitudes about how Apple views their customers versus how Google does. Apple takes a very paternalistic approach. One that keeps a constant focus on safety. That is precisely where the notion of Apple’s sand boxed approach comes in. No doubt you’ve heard the phrase Apple’s sandbox…at least in passing. But, do you really know what’s meant by it?

What’s Apple’s Sandbox?

Truth be told, Apple’s approach utilizing sand box principles is kind-of a metaphor..and a very apt one at that!  What sand boxing really means is that Apple alone decides and polices what privileges and limitations their users have with regards to their data.

Apple does this by delineating the outer confines of a conceptual (or virtual) sand box. Then they make sure that users don’t stray beyond its protective walls. (In many ways Apple resembles the kind of strict parent that you may remember from your teenage years.) Whether or not you function well in Apple’s more restrictive environment can in all likelihood be determined by how you functioned as a teenager in an environment domianted by an authoritative parent or adult.

Getting back to my example, if you’re writing about Apple content, be it apps, tunes, books or whatever, and you happen to be using a non-Apple device to do so…you’ll have you’re work cut out for you. Because Apple will only let Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod users access apps in their own App Stores. The same holds true for all the App Stores even Apple TV and Watch.

That’s why Apple’s iTunes Link Builder is such a huge find!

I'm able to access the Windows Store from my iPad too.

I’m able to access the Windows Store from my iPad too.

The Standard Method of Finding App Store Links

The most typical method of finding a link for an app is to access it from the App Store of that device type. So, an ios app link can be found using an iPad, iPhone, iPod or iPod touch.

Below are 3 examples of app store links:

First is an example of what a link from the ios App Store would look like in its ‘raw’ or original form:

App Link in ‘Raw Form’

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App Link ‘Prettified’

What I usually do after I paste this link somewhere is to format it a little like this:



App Link from Apple’s Link Builder Site

Link to Apple’s Link Builder Site for App Links

When I use Apple’s Link Builder Tool the Link Looks Like This:

Direct Link:

Apple's Link Maker Returns with a Link

How to Use the Link Builder Tool

When you first arrive at Apple’s link making site using this link, you’ll see this:

Apple's Linnk Maker Home Page

You just tap or click on the words ‘Apple Music’ in blue and then tap or click on the appropriate media type in the drop down dialog box. As you can see there are many different kinds of links which are available.

For the sake of example, let’s say we’re looking for an ios app for photo editing called Photoshop Express. After changing the search selector to ios App…just type Photoshop Express into the search box and hit Enter or Return or Go.

Below:  Entering the name of the app I’m looking for

Entering the name of the app I'm looking for

Below:  Apple’s tool displays several options.

The options the tool returns with

Below:  Select the one you want and then find the link

This is the results returned.

Other Ways that Link Builder Can Save You Time

Apple’s Link Builder was created specifically for use by their affiliate partners who earned tiny commissions on the sales of apps and content they recommend.  I say ‘earned‘ because in August 2018, Apple informed all of their affiliate partners that they would be dropping app commissions from the affiliate program in October 2018. Since apps are the primary source of income for many affiliate partners, this has caused quite an online controversy amongst the thousands of publishers who’ve relied upon that income for a very long time. For some smaller sites app sales have been their only source of income.

Hopefully, Apple will find a way to not destroy the livelihoods of these small businesses like YouTube did when they destroyed thousands of small businesses last February.

Also hopefully, Apple won’t remove this great link building tool too!

I mention the affiliate aspect because it adds context to the other features that Link Builder offers. Once you’ve found a link, you can utilize the tool to create banners and App Store Buttons which take readers directly to the apps in their appropriate app store. The tool also provides code for those features which affilate partners can use to add directly onto their webpages too.

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