10 useful tips for Mac computers

If you’re looking for useful tips to help you get the most out of your Mac computer, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 easy and helpful strategies to optimize your Mac, providing you with a smoother, user-friendly experience.

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There are many hidden functions (which doesn’t mean they are secret either) in the computer operating system developed by Apple. Many Mac users may be unaware of them, especially those facing the transition between Windows and Apple’s environment, but they are very useful. These include the following:

Many features of the operating systems.

-Use split screen: This option allows you to have two applications running side by side on the same Mac screen without having to resize either window. This saves having to switch between applications.

To enable and disable the feature you have to open the two applications and place them on opposite sides of the screen. In the upper left corner of the window of one of the applications, place the cursor over the green bubble to open a drop-down menu, where the “Align window to the left of the screen” option must be selected.

In the other application you will have to select the opposite side of the screen so that the application fills the rest of the screen. To exit Split Screen, click on the green bubble again or press ESC on the keyboard, leaving the other application in full screen mode on its own desktop.

-Forcing an application to close with the Option key: If an application on Mac has frozen or is not working properly you can use the Option key to force close it quickly.

To do this simply hold down the Option key and then click on the icon of the application that is causing problems in the dock at the bottom of the screen. Then you choose the “Force quit” option to close the faulty application.

-Use Spotlight for simple conversions and calculations: You can use the built-in Spotlight search function on Mac to perform simple searches, conversions or calculations.

To open Spotlight you have to press the key combination Command + Spacebar or click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen in the menu bar. Then just type in a math problem or whatever you want to convert (such as gallons to liters) and Spotlight will do the rest.

-Different shortcuts for taking screenshots: On Mac there are a few shortcuts for taking screenshots. One of them is obtained by pressing Command + Shift + 3, which takes a screenshot of the entire screen.

Pressing Command + Shift + 4 turns the pointer into a crosshair pointer. This allows you to click and drag the frame of the part of the screen or application window you want to capture.

Pressing Command + Shift + 4 and then pressing the spacebar turns the pointer into a camera icon, allowing you to take screenshots of the window, application or other item the pointer is over.

When the pointer is over a specific item for a screenshot, that item will have a light blue filter to show that it is selected. Taking a screenshot this way also makes the image look cleaner.

-Make a screenshot recording: This option is similar to a screenshot but the result is not a physical image but a video recording of what is being displayed. To do this press Command + Shift + 5, then in the toolbar that appears near the bottom of the screen click on any of the highlighted icons.

The icon with the dashed border on the right will allow you to set the frame containing what is to be recorded, while the icon on the left will record the entire screen. Once you have selected the one you want to use, just click on “Record”. To stop recording, click on the Stop icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen or press the key combination Command + Control + Esc.

-Save screenshots and recordings to a different location: Screenshots and recordings are saved to the desktop by default and can quickly fill up your workspace, but you can choose a new location to save these files to keep your desktop tidy.

To do this you have to press Command + Shift + 5, access Options and under Save select one of the preselected locations, such as Documents or Messages or a specific folder.

-Preview files easily: If the files in Finder or on the Desktop have a similar name or look very similar you can preview their contents without opening them. To do this, click on the file once and then press the space key. This allows you to view the file without opening the Preview application.

To close the file you have to press the space key again. You can also quickly view and exit a file by selecting the file, holding down the space key to preview it and then releasing the space key.

-Copy text while previewing files: If you have a document or screenshot full of text you can copy the contents of those files while previewing them.

You preview the file by selecting it and pressing the space key, then move the mouse over what you want to copy and the pointer will change to the cursor icon. Now you can select and copy the text, which is especially useful if you have taken a screenshot with a lot of text.

-Writing with emojis online and in applications: Most people know how to access the emoji keyboard on their iPhone but not everyone knows that the same keyboard can also be accessed on tel Mac. The emoji keyboard can be used in certain applications, such as Notes, online social networking chats and search tools, such as Google, although it does not seem to work on certain sites, such as Google Docs.

To access the emoji keyboard you have to click in a text box or other place where you would type a message and press the Function (Fn) key or Control + Command + Spacebar. Both options will display the emoji keyboard as it would appear on the smartphone or tablet.

-Rename files easily: Renaming files can help keep folders organized. To easily rename items simply select a file and press the Return key. The file name will be highlighted and you can start typing the new file name.

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