Got a Mac?
Who doesn’t these days? The OS is so popular there are now over 100 million Mac users out there today. Apple engineered Mac to both promote a better user experience and to step above and beyond the basic functions, and they seem to have succeeded in this.
There are tons of cool things to do on a Mac that let you improve your productivity and get your money’s worth.
Unfortunately, a majority of Mac users don’t know about the cool Mac features that Apple offers. We’re here to help you get the most out of your purchase. We put together this list to uncover some useful Mac features.
Keep reading to learn about all the cool things to do on a Mac.
1. Use Emojis to Express Yourself
Emojis are a popular feature that the majority of the population uses today. Almost every mobile messaging system has them. Mac now has a command that lets you open an emoji picker.
To do this, press Control + Command + Spacebar. An emoji picker will show up, containing the exact list of emojis you can find on your iPhone and iPad. You can even search for your desired emoji.
2. Speech-To-Text Conversion
Voice dictation is a great way to keep track of speeches or lectures when your hands are too busy. Press the ‘fn’ button twice to use this feature. Your Mac does rely on Apple servers, so you will need an internet connection to use this.
You may need permission from System Preferences before you can use this Mac secret. To do this, open up System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen. You can find Dictation and Speech under the View menu.
Set your preferences for voice dictation. You can make it so that your Mac will only convert text through a specific microphone. This ensures it’s not capturing everything all the time.
3. Manage Multiple Apps
If you tend to open up lots of applications while working, this is a useful trick for you. Using the combination ‘Command + Tab’ allows you to flip through multiple programs. You can easily manage your apps while multitasking.
Running many apps at the same time can slow down your Mac. If you need to quit programs on the go, you can use the same combination. Press ‘Q’ to close the application, or ‘H’ to minimize it.
4. Preview Files
Mac’s operating system allows you to preview files without launching them. Quick Look works for all file types, including videos. This feature also works when selecting multiple files.
To do this, highlight a file, then press the spacebar to preview. If you want to display the full file screen, click the expand button that looks like two arrows pointing diagonally.
5. Save Your Signature
Open up Mac’s built-in preview app. To open the annotations toolbar, click on the icon that looks like a pencil. You can also do this by going to View > Show Markup Toolbar or pressing Command + Shift + A.
Preview allows you to create signatures using the trackpad and save them for future use. Just click on the signature button and follow the on-screen instructions.
6. Improved Screen Capture
Using the combination Command + Shift + 3 allows you to take a quick screenshot. But Mac allows you to use a wide variety of options for screen capture. You can even record a video on a Mac.
Use Command + Shift + 4 to take a trimmed screenshot. Your cursor will turn into a crosshair that you can drag out. This command allows you to capture a specific portion of your screen.
Using Command + Shift + 5 gives you even more options for screen capture. It allows you to record specific parts of your screen. You can play around with the options for further customization.
7. Rename Multiple Files
With Mac, you don’t need to go through the arduous process of individually renaming your grouped files. Open the folder with the desired files and select them all. You can do this by highlighting the first file and pressing Command + A.
Right-click on the highlighted files and choose ‘Rename X Files’. You can use the drop-down menu to adjust the settings. Select ‘Rename’ once done to apply your changes.
8. Spotlight Search
Command + Space will open up Spotlight Search. This allows you to search for a specific app or file when you’re in a hurry. Spotlight also offers other useful services.
Spotlight Search can serve as your calculator. If you need to do some quick math, open up Spotlight Search and get to it.
Did you know Spotlight Search can also help you track flights? Type in your airline name and flight number, and your Mac will pull up the flight details. It will show you its current location, destination, and time until departure.
Talk about helpful!
9. Free up Space
Are you running out of space for your files? Mac OS Sierra comes with a new feature to work around this.
First, find the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen. Select About This Mac > Storage > Manage. Doing this will open up a window that shows different storage management tools.
Here, you can choose to store your files and photos on iCloud.
This option will keep only the recently opened files and optimized photos on your Mac. Optimized storage will save space by removing movies and TV shows from Itunes into iCloud.
10. Save Battery
Is your Mac battery draining too fast? Sierra comes with a feature that helps users cut down battery drainage. Clicking on the battery icon at the top-right of your screen will display a drop-down list.
The list shows apps that use significant energy, along with other helpful information. It’ll show Mac users if their brightness is high enough to impact battery life, for example. The drop-down menu will give suggestions that can help with conserving battery life.
Try These 10 Cool Things to Do on a Mac!
There are so many cool things to do on a Mac. Apple packed the Mac operating system with so many features, even expert Mac users may not even be aware of them!
Don’t be afraid to explore your Mac. You may even find other cool, useful features that we didn’t cover in this article.
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