Mac computers are more famous than they’ve ever been, but there was a lot to learn for those switching from Windows to Apple’s operating system at some point. That said, here are our favourite Mac tips that could help you operate your Mac better.
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1. Copy & paste text between devices
A really cool tip I love about Macs and iPhones is the way you can copy the text on one device, and then paste it on another instantly. For example, if you highlight some text on your iPhone and then copy it, you can go to your MacBook and then paste the text.
You will need to make sure that your Bluetooth and Wifi are switched on both devices for this to work. You will also need to be logged into the same iCloud account on the devices.
2. Use an iPad in Sidecar mode with your Mac as an extra monitor
You can utilize Sidecar mode to extend the display on your Mac if you have a compatible iPad.
3. Screenshot part of your screen
Holding Command + Shift + 4 will allow you to take a snapshot of any part of your screen.
4. Spotlight Search extra functions
You can do math computations and currency conversions in the spotlight search bar. Spotlight uses the live market rate for any currency conversions.
Press Command + Space bar to open Spotlight Search.
5. Preview files and media quickly
To preview a file, single click on it to highlight it and then press the Space bar. This will provide you with a short preview of the file without requiring you to open it.
6. Stop all notifications if you don’t want to be disturbed
Turning on the ‘Do Not Disturb‘ or ‘Focus‘ feature will stop all sounds from messages, emails, calls or anything that may disturb you while you are on a call or when trying to focus on work.
You can customise the Focus feature to allow specific apps in different scenarios like Work, Personal etc.
Once you turn this mode off, all notifications will come through so you do not miss any.
7. Swipe gesture with three fingers on the Trackpad
The workflow will be easier and faster if you use trackpad movements such as the 3-finger swipe up to access all open windows, or the 3-finger side swipe to access the desktop.
You can play with your trackpad settings by opening ‘System preferences‘ > ‘Trackpad‘.
8. Copy text from images using TextSniper software
TextSniper is an app that allows you to easily extract text from any image by snapshotting it.
You can also do this directly in macOS using Apple’s new macOS update.
9. For window organisation & snapping, use the Rectangle App
The Rectangle app is a fantastic program that provides Mac users window snapping. You can adjust app windows to fit in the corner in an instant.
10. Toggle Between Light and Dark Modes with ease
By selecting display from the Settings icon in the right-hand Menu Bar, then clicking on Display, you may simply switch between light and dark modes.
11. Best free video editing software for Mac
iMovie and most other free video editing apps suck, so I would highly recommend this one by far. You can find our blog on the best video editing software available.
12. File renaming made simple
To rename a file quickly and easily, highlight it by clicking it once, then click the Return key on your keyboard. When you’re finished, simply press the Return key again, and the new file name will be saved.
13. Add a signature to a document
You may add a signature to the preview app to sign papers fast and effortlessly. Go to the ‘Preview‘ app then navigate to > Tools > Annotate > Signature > Manage signatures.
14. Use Parallels to run Windows 10 on your Mac
Parallels Desktop allows you to run Windows on your Mac as a virtual machine. You can use Windows without having to restart your Mac, move between operating systems, and you can even play Windows games.
15. Use Stacks to clean up your desktop
Using the Stacks feature, you can clear up your desktop. Simply right-click on your desktop and select ‘Use Stacks‘ to clear up your desktop by stacking comparable files.
16. Use AirDrop to send files to and from any Apple device
AirDrop is a brilliant feature that most people may already know about but needs to be mentioned. You can easily send files or photos quickly to anyone Apple device. Simply right-click on the file > Go to ‘Share’ > AirDrop > Then choose the person to send the file to.
The person receiving the file must have their AirDrop setting to be discovered by everyone.
17. Command + Q to quit any window instantly
To quickly close open programs on your Mac, press Command + Q.
18. You might be covered by an extra warranty
There is legislation in various countries that extend the warranty period. In Australia for example, consumer legislation mandates a three-year warranty on laptops.
19. Hide the Dock to free up additional screen space
Make sure that the dock is either automatically hidden or shown by going to ‘Dock & Menu Bar‘ in the Mac settings.
Go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar. Or type Command + Space bar and search for Dock.
This will give you a lot more screen space, which is fantastic for large word documents or browsing the web.
20. Tap your finger on Trackpad to click
You may choose to merely tap the trackpad rather than clicking and making a clicking noise. Make sure the ‘Tap to click‘ feature is enabled by going to Settings > TrackPad > Check the Tap to click setting.
21. Copy & interact with text from images
A new feature that Apple introduced to their macs is that you can open a photo and if the photo includes text, you can literally highlight, copy and paste it as text.
This saves the hassle of needing to retype the text you see in the images.
- Click on a photo – press the Space bar for a quick view or double-click to open
- Highlight any text
- Copy it
22. Import photos to computer with Image Capture
The easiest way you can import photos from your iPhone is by using the Image Capture feature that is available to all macOS users, no matter how old their device might be.
23. Change folder icons
If you right-click on the document or a folder and select ‘Get info’, you will be able to upload any thumbnail you like as a folder icon.
You will need to make sure that you completely open the image that you want to use in Preview, then copy the image from there. It doesn’t work when you copy the image from the folder.
Click on the blue folder icon and paste the image. It will replace instantly.
This will really make the aesthetic of your device much better and make the experience more enjoyable.
24. Group your notifications
If you are sick of having notifications spread all over the place and you want to keep them all in one tab on your desktop, you can edit the Notification centre sort order in ‘System preferences‘ > ‘Notifications & Focus‘.
This will allow you to group notifications in any way that works best for you.
25. Screen Sharing
Whether you need it for work purposes or to help someone solve a problem on their Mac, your device will allow you to do screen sharing by entering your Apple ID of the person you want to connect with.
They will then need to give you permission to see their screen, and when they accept it, you will be able to do whatever you need on their computer.
You can find this by going to ‘System preferences‘ > ‘Sharing‘.
26. Name chat groups on iMessage
Most people have several iMessage groups active throughout the day and if you want to find the groups you want to interact with easily, the best thing you can do is give them specific names that will be visible only to you.
This is available to everyone with a Yosemite update and you can do it both for group chats and for individuals by clicking on ‘Details’ and typing in the name you want to keep.
27. Switch audio settings from the bar
If you are frequently using a headset or a microphone with your Mac, you will now be able to switch between them by just clicking on Options in your taskbar and choosing the volume adjuster that will allow you to select inputs and outputs that you want to activate at the moment.
You can enable the sound settings by going to ‘System preferences‘ > ‘Dock & Menu Bar‘.
28. Close a tab on another device
If you have used the screen sharing options and you have access to another Apple device, with this simple feature you will be able to close all the tabs that were left open on it.
As long as you are connected to another device, you can click on the overlapping square icon in your browser, hover over the tabs, and choose to close tabs that are open both on your, and on the other device.
29. Print on the closest printer
If you are in a hurry and you want to print out all of your documents immediately, all you have to do is open the ‘Printers & Scanners‘ menu in your ‘System preferences‘, choose the closest printer available and finish the whole process easier.
30. Create wireless audio & video
Apple has added the AirPlay technology that will allow you to stream both video and audio to your Apple speakers or TV.
All you have to do is click on the triangle icon that will allow you to send your video or music to another device, and if all of them are connected to the same network, they will automatically appear as recommended devices on your main menu.
You can find this setting by typing Command + Spacebar > type ‘midi‘ > Open ‘Audio Midi Setup‘.
31. Get rid of Safari history
Even though you needed to delete all of your cache and history information from your Safari before, now you can choose to delete just history from a specific day, hour, or minute and never lose all other valuable information you have gathered.
Open Safari and click ‘History‘ > ‘Clear History…‘ > then choose your timeframe > click ‘Clear History‘.
32. Use Touch ID for specific tasks
You are able to use Touch ID for certain things. Go to ‘System preferences‘ > ‘Touch ID‘ and you can make adjustments there.
Apple has been active in the privacy space lately, bringing a lot of new security features to protect users from unwanted tracking.
Block websites tracking your IP and details by opening Safari > click ‘Safari‘ in the menu bar > click ‘Preferences…‘ > go to ‘Privacy‘ > then adjust your settings.
You can choose from:
- Block all cookies
- Hide IP address from trackers
- Prevent cross-site tracking
Using a mac
Overall, using a mac is super easy. I would say it’s the easiest and most intuitive operating system on the market today. They have unique features that not even Windows has thought of, don’t you think?
The copy and pasting of text between devices is one of my favourites, what’s yours? Leave a comment!
Conclusion + more tips
There is a lot to learn about macOS, especially if you are only familiar with Windows. The pointers above will assist you in safely operating and handling your Mac computer. If you want to learn even more about Mac tips, simply visit the video below by Created Tech. Please give him a subscribe too! He put together this awesome video and has a lot of great content.