New and experienced Macbook users both know how difficult it is to adjust to the Mac operating system. The learning curve is relatively steep and some of us just do not have the time to learn all the tips and tricks the Mac OS has to offer. At Flippa, we know how frustrating this can be, so we decided to compile a list of the top ten macbook hacks that will make your tech life easier and more efficient!
1. Paste Text Without Formatting (⌘ + Shift + V)
This one is for the avid copy and paste specialist. We all hate copying text and pasting it into a clean document with it’s original formatting that makes things look unorganized. This can easily be bypassed with a nifty little keyboard shortcut, Command + Shift + V. This saves a ton of time by automatically removing all formatting so that your text sits fresh in its new document.
2. Easily Access All Open Applications (⌘ + Tab)
If you have multiple applications open and are constantly switching back and forth between those applications, there’s a solution. Command ⌘ + Tab allows you to scroll through all your open applications and choose the one you wish to view. In order for it to work, make sure you hold the Command Key down and tap the Tab Key to scroll through each app. Simply let go of the Command Key when you wish to view an app. If you want to hide the app, tap the H key while holding Command or to quit the app, tap the Q key.
3. Email Shortcut (⌘ + Shift + I)
Emails are the new wave of online communication. We all send daily emails, whether work related or for personal use. If you use the Mail application in OS, we found a great little shortcut for you. Command + Shift + I composes a new email in a new window instantly without having to open or switch the application. It goes one step further; if you use the shortcut while in Safari, it will paste the link to the page you’re currently on right in the email for you. Handy if you need to share links with friends or colleagues.
4. Custom Shortcuts
Not finding any of the above shortcuts useful? Well, Mac OS allows you to create your own shortcuts for pretty much anything you want. Simply go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard, and then click Shortcuts. From there, click on Application Shortcuts from the left menu bar, click the (+) at the bottom of the open space box, and choose the app you want to open along with the command. You can also set up shortcuts for actions or modify default shortcuts.
Probably the most underused and hidden gem of Mac OS is its Spotlight feature. Spotlight not only allows you to search for files in your computer easily, but it also offers suggestions and results from the web without having to open your web browser. It will also calculate math problems (2+2=4) and conversions (meters to feet) by simply typing the numerical figures straight into the Spotlight bar.
6. Quick View
Need to view a document quickly without waiting for it to load? Simply highlight the file you need quick access to and click Spacebar. You will be able to view the contents of the document without waiting for it to open. Great for anyone who constantly refers to files on a daily basis. Saves time and increases the speed of your system by not having multiple files open at once.
7. Hot Corners
Not only can you use keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier, but so can the corners of your desktop screen. Hot Corners is a great feature of Mac OS that allows you to give general commands for your mission control based on which corner you point your mouse. Simply go to your System Preferences, click on Mission Control, and then click Hot Corners in the bottom left of the screen. You will get 7 choices to choose from:
– Application Windows (Highlights all the open windows for the app you’re currently using)
– Desktop (Reveals your desktop by making all open windows fly off the screen)
– Launchpad (Allows you to see and open all Apps in one place)
– Mission Control (Arranges windows into separate screens)
– Dashboard (Access your Mac’s dashboard widgets)
– Start (or Disable) Screen Saver
– Put Display to Sleep
8. Sign Documents with Managed Signatures
Hate the process of having to email, print, sign, scan, and re-send signed documents? Well the Preview feature in Mac allows you to create a signature with your finger and trackpad. Open Preview app in your Mac, click Annotate, scroll down to Manage Signatures, and click Create Signature. You will be able to create and save a signature by running your finger along the trackpad. Whenever you receive a document online that needs to be signed, just open it up in preview, follow the above process, and sign the document.
9. Record Your Screen
If you’re not comfortable downloading a third-party software to create screen capture videos, Quicktime has you covered. Open Quicktime app, and from the File drop down, select New Screen Recording. From there, you can start recording with default settings or click the drop down arrow located in the top right to change the audio, size, and saving preference.
10. Speed Up Your Mac
Is your Mac consistently running slow or taking forever to open applications? These simple “in-system” tricks can help speed up your Mac.
Reduce Logins: If your computer takes a long time to boot up, go into your System Preferences, click Users & Groups, and then click Login Items. Choose the users you wish to modify on the right and delete any items by highlighting the application on the right and clicking the (-).
Activity Monitor: Simply search in Spotlight for Activity Monitor and click the Return/Enter key. You will see a screen that shows you what is using the most system resources. From there, just close or delete anything you’re not using.
Delete Unused Apps: From Finder, click Applications, and sort them by Icon. You will be able to see the amount of space your Apps take up. Sort by highest bytes and go through the list, deleting any apps you don’t use.