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The Villages Apple User Group (TVAUG) (formerly VMUG-Villages Macintosh User Group or TVMUG-The Villages Macintosh User Group) help both new and experienced users to get the most from their Macintosh computers and Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). The meetings have a social atmosphere where members can network and connect with each other.

TVAUG, over eight hundred strong and growing, has several meeetings each month to provide help and information on many levels to members.

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TVAUG President Dexston Reed helps two members with their devices at the September 22 Apple Help session. Board Member Carole Martin, in the red shirt next table back, also helps a member with questions.

(photo by Rich Gnaedinger, TVAUG Photographer)


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6:30 P.M

The Villages Apple User Group (formerly VMUG-the Villages Macintosh Users Group) MACINTOSH EASY meeting begins with a business meeting. Business is followed by a presentation of general interest. This is followed by a raffle and a social time. Meetings are held at Saddlebrook Rec Center.

Joe Kissell, author of the Take Control Books will be in person on the screen at our October 22 meeting to discuss Yosemite, iCloud, etc.


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6:30 P.M

The Villages Apple User Group iClub programs are devoted to skills in using the iPad and the iPhone. Meetings are at
Saddlebrook Rec Center.
Get more information at:

On October 13, Carole Martin will present "Let's try some tips and tricks with the new iOS 8."

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12:30 P.M.

The Villages Apple Users Group MAC BASICS session is presented during the first part of the meeting. The rest of the meeting is devoted to Questions and Answers on Mac skills and on switching from PC to Mac. Meetings are held at Saddlebrook Rec Center.


Jim Anderson, winner of the Apple TV on September 16, receives his award from the Apple TV Program Presenter, Tony Crawford.

The Tuesday, October 21 program will be "Everything you want to know about ICloud but are afraid to ask!!!" by Tom Winters

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The Macintosh Users Drop-in is an unstructured drop-in center where users help other users. MUD is in Paradise Center.
You must be a resident in The Villages to attend MUD sessions.

Get more information at:

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APPLE HELP is an unstructured drop-in center where users help other users. APPLE HELP is held in the card room of Saddlebrook Recreation Center. It is open to all members, even if you don't live in The Villages


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The Apple iOS , MacBasics, MacEasy, and the Apple Help meeetings are held at Saddlebrook Recreation Center.

photo by Rich Gnaedinger


NOTE: The Main Website of The Villages Apple User Group, this one, is .org on the end.

The Membership Website of The Villages Apple User Group is .net on the end


We have a Google Group. It is a way for members to talk to members.

To join the Google Group:

1. You must be a paid member of The Villages Apple User Group.
2. Put your full and accurate email address in the box below. 

3. Click on "Subscribe."

4. You will receive a confirmation email to which you need to respond.

Once you are subscribed, you will start receiving e-mails from the Group, and you can respond to posts directly in your e-mail program or you can go to Google Groups in your Web browser to read and respond to e-mails.  The Google Group is essentially a forum for asking and answering questions about anything Apple, Macs, iPads, iPhones, or iPods. 

You can view the group here: but until you are a member, you won't be able to post or respond.  If you are a paid member, you should definitely sign up because this is a great source of information, even if the only Apple product you are using is an iPad.


So join now! Just fill out the form below.

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Carole Martin, a member of the TVAUG Board of Directors, presents the iTunes card to Winner Leonard Hook.

Another $50 iTunes card will be awarded at the October 22 Wednesday night MacEasy meeting. You only need to show up with your membership name tag on for a chance to win.

(Photo by Rich Gnaedinger, TVAUG Photographer)



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Other than the apps on the dock, sometimes it's difficult to quickly look for an app to open if you have many icons spreading across a few screens. Why not create a folder to group similar apps together? It's much easier than you might think.

Create a Folder for AppsTouch and hold any icon until the icons start wiggling.

Drag an icon over the top of another. The system then automatically makes a named folder, with the two icons put under it. Drag more similar apps to the folder when needed.

Click the Home button to finish.
You can rename a folder at any time—touch and hold the folder icon to make it wiggle, tap it to expand, then edit the folder name after selecting it.

While the system auto creates a folder for you, it does the same to removing a folder automatically—make the folder icon wiggling, tap it to expand, then clear all items inside the folder either by dragging them out or deleting them one by one, and the empty folder clears by itself. Smart?




The October Slices newsletter is published!

You can read it HERE


Or download it to your computer

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Note: If your web browser opens the PDF Slices file as a web page instead of downloading it to your desktop, go to "Save As" under "File" next to the browser name in the menu. When you save it, it will download to the desktop as a PDF file.



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Your computer will run better if you keep your desktop as clean as possible.

1. Uses aliases. Do not save files to the desktop. It makes the Finder word harder.

2. Keep your trash can as empty as possible. If, when you are emptying your trash, a locked file won't leave the trash, hold down your option key and select "Empty Trash" under Finder again.

For a list of computer shortcut key combos and handy actions like "compress a PDF" or "make a ZIP archive,"


Tony Crawford has put together an illustrated compendium of the best current free apps for all Apple devices.
CLICK HERE to get your own copy of it.

Note: If your web browser opens the PDF file as a web page instead of downloading it to your desktop, go to "Save As" under "File" next to the browser name in the menu. When you save it, it will download to the desktop as a PDF file.


Meet the 2014 Officers for TVAUG. (left to right) Bruce Mitchell, Second Vice President; Shirley Land, Treasurer; Dexston Reed, President; Ed Muhs, Vice President; Mike Carr, Secretary.
photo by Betsy White (with Shirley Land's camera)

The Villages Apple User Group Officers

President: Dexston Reed


Vice-President: Ed Muhs


Second Vice-President: Bruce Mitchell





Secretary and Newsletter Co-Editor: Mike Carr 352-430-5512

Treasurer: Shirley Land 352-259-9516

Newsletter Editor and
Apple Ambassador
: Sue Tribble


Photographer: Rich Gnaedinger 352-750-2051
Webmaster: Ruth Williams 352-638-2863

MUD (Macintosh Users Drop-In):
Tony Cottell

Vice President Emeritus: Dan Petrucelli 352-245-7117
Assistant Program Chairman: Cyndi Feeney 561-945-1818
Apple iClub: Bob and Judy Voorneveld 352-259-3840
Membership Chairman: Had Oshby 352-753-7237
Membership Assistant: Judy Reed 352-751-7208

Co-Program Chairman: Joan Todd 352-753-0939
Co-Program Chairman: Carole Martin 352-259-1071
Advisory Board: J J McNutt 352-633-9958
Events Chairman: Tom Winters 352-633-7560
Advisory Board: Tom Bonanno 352-750-2200
Advisory Board: Carol Fortlage 216-524-0439
Advisory Board: Tony Crawford 352-321-7845
Past President: Jim Reitz    
Founder and President Emeritus:
Jack Kraft
(deceased November, 2012)

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