The Mac is one of the most powerful and versatile computers currently available. There are so many amazing features bundled with your Mac that it is almost impossible to know them all. There is much more to your Mac than meets the eye, from simple screen captures to the addition of emojis to your conversations.
Check out these 15 Mac hacks you’ve likely never seen before and get to know your Mac like never before.
1. Master The Image Capture (Screenshot)
Screenshots on the Mac are really cool, and there are three ways to take one:
- When you press Command + Shift + 4, a crosshair appears that you may move with the mouse to capture the precise area you desire.
- Command + Shift + 4 simultaneously, then release and press the Spacebar. You may now click on any window to capture the entire window, including its shadow.
- Command + Shift + 3 will capture the full desktop. You will receive a file for each connected display.
2. Utilize Spotlight As A Calculator
Mac users can use Spotlight as a calculator by following the steps below.
- Press Command + Space to initiate Spotlight
- Type your equation (for example, 1 + 1)
- The response will immediately display in Spotlight’s search results.
3. Open The Mac Emoji Keyboard And Add Emojis
As emojis become more prevalent in everyday messaging, it’s excellent to be able to access the emoji pane simply and rapidly. To accomplish this on a Mac, simply follow these steps:
- Place the cursor on the text field where you wish to insert an emoji.
- Command + Shift + Space (For additional information, see our article on Mac keyboard shortcuts.)
- The emoji keyboard panel will appear.
- Use the search bar at the top of the window to browse all of the available emojis and categories.
- When you click on the desired emoji, it will display in the text field.
Please note that this does not function in all text entry fields, but it generally does in messages and emails. When an emoji fails to render, it is often represented by a triangle.
4. Transfer The Dock
First, press Command + Option + D on your keyboard to hide the Dock immediately. Press the keys again to restore it. What if you have many displays and wish to relocate the Dock to a different display rather than hiding it? Simply move your mouse to the other display and keep the cursor in the screen’s bottom center. The Dock will relocate to the new display unless you do the same operation on the old monitor.
5. Create Apple Icons Everywhere
To quickly and easily create an Apple icon in text messages, emails, and text documents, use Option + Shift + K.
6. Quickly Delete Files
Simply select the file, then press the Command and Delete keys, and it will be moved to the trash. To fast clear your trash, press Command + Shift + Delete and confirm the action. No more files.
7. Rename Multiple Files
Renaming files in bulk can save time and help maintain consistent file naming standards. To rename several files in Finder:
- Mark the files you wish to rename
- Use the right-click menu on any of them
- Choose ‘Rename # Items’ from the drop-down menu that displays.
- The renaming tool will appear over your files.
- You can now choose the format for your filenames. If you write “Travel Photo” into the “Custom
- Format” textbox, the selected files will be called “Travel Photo 1,” “Travel Photo 2,” etc (you can change the format and the numbering as you wish)
- When finished, click “Rename.”
8. Access The Dictionary From Any Location
Spotlight allows Mac users to look up the definitions of words. There is an easy method to accomplish this:
- Move the mouse over the questionable word
- Tap the touchpad three times with three fingers
- This will result in a pop-up window containing the word’s definition and thesaurus-derived synonyms.
It may take a few tries to learn the three-finger tap, but once you’ve mastered it, the technique will become muscle memory and you’ll find it easier to launch every time on the first try.
9. Create A Signature
Electronic document signing can be significant pain. With a Macbook equipped with an iSight camera and OS X Yosemite, you may generate a digital signature and apply it to documents in both Preview and Mail.
10. Turn Off Notifications
If you wish to disable notifications for your Mac, click on the Notification Center icon in the OS X Menu Bar and select “Do Not Disturb” (DND) from the Today tab.
Even quicker, simply hold the Option key on your keyboard and click the Notification Center icon in the Menu Bar, and it will automatically become darker. This indicates that DND is enabled.