27 Cool Mac Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know: Part II

27 Cool Mac Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know: Part II

So here we are, with the second installment of smart tricks so you can use your Mac  more efficiently. Read Part I here.

14. Create a new desktop

create a new desktop

Working on multiple desktops simultaneously sounds interesting. You can control many desktops with ‘Mission Control’.

To access Mission Control, just click on its icon in the Dock. You can find it next to the Launchpad icon on the left side of the Dock. You can also access it in Launchpad or in you Applications folder, or you can press the F3 button on your keyboard. If you have a trackpad, swipe up with three fingers.

To add another desktop in Mission Control, move your cursor anywhere to the right of the desktop thumbnail. A pop-up with a ‘+’ symbol will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. Click on it, and a new desktop will appear. With a simple drag and drop, you can move windows to your new desktop.

15.Amazing shortcuts for taking screenshot 

shortcut for schreenshot

? + ? + 3 Capture entire screen + save

? + ctrl + ? + 3 capture entire screen + copy to the clipboard

? + ? + 4 Capture dragged area + save (the one I use the most)

? + ctrl + ? + 4 capture dragged area + copy to the clipboard

? + ? + 4 then Space Capture a window +save

? + ctrl + ? + 4 then Space Capture a window + copy to the clipboard

You can also share screenshots instantly using Dropbox, as it will automatically create a sharable link for you. This link can be copied to your clipboard and can send to anyone instantly.

16. Create a new text file with selected text

text file with selected text

Select text anywhere, click & hold and move it where you need to create a net text file with the selected text inside.

17. Install Windows (the real deal)

install windows on mac

If you wish to use Windows and Mac altogether, that can done. The only thing that you have to do before starting with it is to, make sure that you take backup of the data and have the latest updates from Apple on your Mac. This is necessary as Boot Camp will be moving and re-allocating space on your hard drive, in case anything becomes corrupted during the process, your data is safe.

How to run Boot Camp assistant

  1. Quit all open applications, and then open Finder window and click Applications, Utilities.
  2. In the Utilities folder, double-click Boot Camp Assistantto launch the assistant. Boot Camp Assistant will walk you through the setup process.
  3. Click Continueto begin setup.
  4. If prompted, select download the Windows support software for this Mac. Click Continue to proceed.
  5. When prompted for your administrative credentials, enter them and press Enterto start downloading the software. After the download is complete, save the files to a flash drive or burn them to a disc.

18. Hot Corners

hot corners

Hot Corners allow you to trigger certain functionalities by touching the corner of your screen. You can start and disable a screensaver, open mission control, application windows, show the desktop, dashboard, lauchpad, notification center, or put display to sleep.

Also you can assign a key to hold down to accidentaly trigger an action.

To open Hot Corners settings, go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver tab > Hot Corner.

19. Use Siri to change system settings on your Mac

use siri

You can use Siri to quickly make changes to your settings and save time. To do so, activate Siri by pressing cmd+spacebar and then:

Say “increase brightness” and Siri will brighten the display for you.

Or “turn on bluetooth” to activate Bluetooth.

20.  Copy and Paste between devices

copy paste mac

With Universal Clipboard you can cut and copy items on your Mac OS and iOS devices, and paste them on other devices.

For this feature to work, Bluetooth has to be turned on both your Mac and iPhone.

To copy the text, press Control-C on your Mac and then hold down and select Paste on your iPhone (or vice versa).

It will work automatically if you are logged in using the same Apple Id on both devices.

21. Rename files and folders while saving

rename files

To rename a file, right-click any file or folder without opening Finder.

This is useful when you want to use a filename that’s already in use.

22. Record your iPhone or iPad’s output

iphone output record

Did you know you can view your iPhone or iPad screen on your Mac’s display and record the content displayed there?

To get this done you need to attach the device to your Mac via USB and then open QuickTime Player.

Select File > New Movie Recording.

22. Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch

unlock mac with apple watch

If you have an Apple Watch you can use it to unlock your Mac!

If your Apple Watch, and your Mac, have the right version of their respective operating system (macOS Sierra, iOS 10.3, watchOS 3), then the computer should automatically unlock without requiring a password.

23. Night Shift on your Mac screen

night mode on mac screen

Speaking of display brightness, the Night Shift feature added in version 10.12.4 of Sierra, helps to tone down display to make it more comfortable to use at night.

If you implement the feature your Mac’s display, it will use what Apple calls “the warmer end of the spectrum”.

How to setup Night Shift

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Displays.
  2. Click the Night Shift tab.

Schedule: Create a custom Night Shift schedule or have Night Shift turn on automatically.

24. Make a keyboard shortcut

Keyboard shortcuts are time saving. You should not only rely on the ones made by developers; you can create shortcuts for yourself.

To do so, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts. Click the + button to add a new shortcut.

25. View someone’s screen remotely

You can help someone in troubleshooting a problem by Screen Sharing. To do so, you have to search for it with Spotlight by entering the Apple ID of the person you’re trying to contact.

If you or they don’t know it, just have them to look in the iCloud pane of System Preferences. And while they’re there, make sure Screen Sharing is enabled in the Sharing pane of System Preferences.

To start screen sharing, they’ll have to grant you permission. Click on the screen sharing icon in the menu bar to grant the ability to remotely control their mouse and keyboard too.

26. Send and receive SMS on your Mac

To do so your iPhone needs to be running iOS 8.1, and you need to sign into your iMessage account which has your phone number linked to it both on your iPhone and on your Mac or other iOS devices. Now turn on the Text Message Forwarding option under Settings > Messages on your iPhone and all set to go.

27. Share your purchases

With Family Sharing, you can share your purchase with up to six people in a family. Also as a parent you can approve or reject any purchases made by your children.

To set it up, go to the iCloud section of System Preferences and click Set Up Family, then follow the prompts.

Know more such Mac tricks. Let us know which ones we missed!

Preeti Seth

Preeti is a technical writer with Systweak. She covers new technology and troubleshooting. She loves gadgets and is an avid reader. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places solo.

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