macOS is an easy-to-understand operating system that gives many features to explore. If you are switching from Windows, you may find it to be a little complicated at first. Once you start to dig in deeper, you will find it easier to use.
The article aims at simplifying the macOS for new users. Here, we enumerate several tips that will enable you to discover more in less time.
Open Spotlight Search
When you don’t want to interact with Siri and are looking to operate your Mac computer with minimal effort and clicks, press Command + Space. You will be directed to the Spotlight search, where you can further select what you need to do next.
Take a Screenshot
Sometimes you need to capture a selected area on your Mac screen to get an image or maybe some text that might have inspired you. Press Command + Shift + 4 keys altogether and adjust the selection to pick the stuff you need to capture.
Use Split Screen
Sometimes you need to work on two different apps side-by-side, maybe to save time or to meet the deadlines. Split View in macOS allows you to open two windows in parallel and work in both of them. Now, you can type a document without toggling the windows.
Adjust Volume Quickly
Want to learn the quick way to raise or lower the volume while listening to a podcast or a song? Press down the Option + Shift keys to get control over the volume. The same key combination can be used to adjust the screen brightness.
Rename Bunch Files
When you want to rename bulk files altogether, select all of them and right-click. Click on the Rename items option from the context menu. All the files will be named in a sequential manner. Store all these files in a single folder for better management.
Force Quit App
Most users must have faced this situation when an unresponsive app puts a halt on a computer's overall functioning. If you are stuck in that situation, press down the Command + Option + Esc keys to force quit the unresponsive application and resume functionality.
Enable Do Not Disturb
The Do Not Disturb feature in macOS prevents you from receiving Notifications that seem annoying when you are working on an important project. Press the Options key and tap the Notifications icon available on the top-right side of the screen and check if it is grayed out.
Set Up Time Machine
Whatever operating system you use, backing up data at regular intervals is important. Time Machine is Apple's proprietary backup utility that captures every single bit on your computer. Setup backup using the native app, and do not forget to connect the external hard drive.
Record Unsaved Document
Have you ever deleted a file accidentally without realizing that you may need it for your future project? If you are facing this situation and need to recover the file, navigate to the Trash folder or search for the file in the AutoRecovery folder.
Speed Up Computer
Not just one, but hundreds of reasons are responsible for a slow computer. The same goes with the fixes, as you will find countless ways to speed up your computer. You need to follow the steps carefully to improve your computer performance multifold.
Recover Forgotten Password
In the digital world, having multiple accounts for almost everything is quite common. If you struggle to learn the login and password credentials for all your online accounts, from eCommerce to banking, Apple's native password manager, 'Keychain' is there to help.
Personalize Your Shortcuts
Keyboard keys are a great way to improve productivity while working on a computer. On macOS, you can custom create keyboard shortcuts by navigating to the System Preferences. Select Keyboard, tap Shortcuts, and select App Shortcuts. Next, click on the + sign, select the app and the shortcut key combination you want to assign, and click Add.
Start Your Mac Silently
Mac startup chimes often annoy new users each time they turn on their system. If you are one of these users, no more worries, as we have a solution. Press the power button and hold down the Mute key to start your MacBook silently.
Use Multi-Touch Gesture
Using multi-touch gestures on the Trackpad, you can perform a required function in the open window for better productivity. You can use the trackpad gestures to rotate, scroll, zoom in, zoom out, drag, swipe, click, and more.
Record Mac Screen
Want to share your gameplay to show your friends the trick you used to win the tournament? Here’s a quick guide. Open QuickTime, click on File and click on the New Screen Recording. Add sound to the recording by clicking the Options pop-up menu.
macOS gives you different ways to perform any action, from deleting an app to searching a file to installing an app to edit a document. Learning different macOS tips will make your work easier and improve your productivity to a great extent.