PTSLUG - an Apple recognized Mac User Group

Basic Mac/iOS Presentation

Using Activity Monitor to diagnose problems with your Mac

What to do when your Mac starts having problems?  There are a number of diagnostic steps one can take but one of the most informative tools you can use is Activity Monitor.  This small utility can provide a great deal of information about your Mac and what it is doing.  Join us for a discussion of Activity Monitor and how you can benefit from using it.

The presentation will be from 6:30 to 7:00 pm Thursday, March 8th at the Port Townsend Community Center.

General Business Meeting

A discussion of PTSLUG business

Evening Topic

Open Questions and Answers

Join us for a group question and answers session on Mac and iOS.  Bring your questions.  Bring your answers.  We will also discuss topics for future presentations.

Afternoon  Class

Mac Basics

PTSLUG’s free workshop this month will be a continuation of the Mac Basics workshops held in January and February.

The workshop is for Mac users NOT for those with only iPads or iPhones. Those with laptops or iMacs will benefit most, as they can try things out that will be covered during the presentations.

The earlier workshops covered the Desktop, Menu Bar, Finder, Dock, System Preferences and Files & Folders.

This workshop will cover: (1) more essential skills, such as sorting, keyboard shortcuts and working with windows, and (2) using Applications, including getting and installing Apps, using an App’s Preferences, saving, sharing and printing.

The workshop is based on the new Take Control of Mac Basics ebook. This book brings together a curated collection of essential Mac facts, concepts, and skills. Although it covers some features that have been around for decades, it also covers recent innovations. In this workshop Gary Estes and Bob Snow will explore some of the material in the book.

Whether you are new to the Mac, wish you felt more comfortable with the Mac, or just want to brush up on a few skills, this workshop is for you.

We will be meeting, as always, in the Kala Point Club house. The workshop runs from 2 to 4 PM on Friday, March 23rd. It is open PTSLUG members and the public, but space is limited so please come only if you have requested a reservation and it has been confirmed. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Priority given to those who attended one of the previous workshops.

Please do not try to signup from this announcement. Wait for the email announcing the class, which will be sent out later this month, and respond to the email address in the announcement at that time.

Current Handouts and Links

To see the handout for Gary’s iMovie/Photos presentation, click here.

To see older Handouts, please click on the Handouts tab at the top of this page.


Our General Meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month. Our meeting place in even months is at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum, and in odd months is the Port Townsend Community Center. The General Meeting is divided into three segments: 

6:30 PM - Beginning Mac Presentation
7:00 PM - Business Meeting / Q & A Period
7:30 PM - Featured Presentation

You are welcome to attend any or all of these segments. This meeting is free and open to the public.
      Afternoon Class
The Monthly Afternoon Class covers a variety of topics related to both Mac and iOS devices. These are generally hands-on classes to help you better understand both the operating systems and the programs that run on them. This SIG meets on the fourth Friday of the month at the WSU Computer Room. These classes are free, but require reservations via our email list. Please subscribe to our email list above.

From time to time we record the audio and screen actions from presentations, or to illustrate answers to frequently asked questions. These screencasts can be a good source for video tutorials on Mac functions you may not be familiar with. To view these screencasts, please visit our Vimeo Gallery.