By the time you finish reading this article – 7 Essential Tips & Tricks For Mac Owners, bet you’d realize there’s so much more you can do with your mac that you probably never knew before. These shortcuts, tips and tricks not only saves your time but also helps you get the most out of your device.
Some of these tips need recent versions of the Mac operating system (OS) – such as OS X 10.11 El Capitan or even the new macOS Sierra – but not all of them do.
In some cases, some are little features that Apple has sneaked into upgrades that you might have totally missed. To get the most of your device & work smarter, see the below:
7 Essential Tips & Tricks For Mac Owners
- In addition to being able to do calculations in spotlight, you get an extra trick with Yosemite – Currency conversion.
Type in an example amount and you’ll immediately be told what that is in Sterling (based presumably on what’s set as your native currency in the Language & Region pane of System Preferences), and then when the window folds down to show more results, you’ll see Euros, Yen and so on.
- Want to run windows on your Mac? Well sometimes it’s handy, whether to play the latest games or run some niche piece of software that has no Mac equivalent. You can either run Windows alongside macOS with a virtualization app such as VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop or VirtualBox, or partition your hard disk to install Windows on to run it full-bore on your hardware using Boot Camp Assistant (in your Utilities folder).
- Here’s how you can auto hide or show the menu bar. Since 1984, the menubar has been a fixture on the MacOS, however since OS X El Capitan, you can hide the menu bar. Here’s how – Open System Preferences, go to General, then click “Automatically hide and show the menu bar.” When you tick this box off, the menu bar will reappear as you glide your mouse arrow towards the top of the screen, allowing you to get at all your menus.
- Sign PDF right in Mail! If you are emailed a PDF to sign, though, you don’t have to faff about printing it, signing it, then scanning it back in: you can actually sign it right in Mail.Drag a PDF into the email you’re sending, hover over it then at the top right you’ll see a little button appear; click it, and you get a range of Markup options, including one for signing documents. Best of all, you can either add your signature by holding a signed piece of paper up to the webcam on your Mac – and it does a great job of cutting it out of the background – or by drawing on your trackpad.
- Share your passwords and credit card details across other apple devices. If you have more than one Apple device – whether that’s a work and a home Mac, a Mac and an iPhone, or a couple of iOS devices – then it’s worth turning on iCloud KeychainThe iCloud keychain lets you keep your Safari website usernames & passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information in sync across all your devices.
- Keyboard shortcuts are great for saving time. You can create keyboard shortcuts for almost anything on mac. if there’s a particular menu option you use all the time that doesn’t have a shortcut, you can create it yourself. From this tips & tricks for mac owners, below is how you can configure this;Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts. Click the + button to add a new shortcut. You can choose which app you want to apply it to from the drop-down list, but you must know the exact name of the menu command to type into the next box, including the correct case and any special characters such as ellipses. Lastly, choose a unique key combination to invoke the command, then click Add.
- If you’re only working on a couple of things, you can take them into a cleaner, Split View layout by holding down the rightmost (or green) button at the top of a given window.
With these 7 tips & tricks for mac owners, we do hope you have been to identify some you’d find quite useful & handy. If you are experienced Mac user, kindly share other tips and tricks in the comment section below.
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