Mac OS Tips & Tricks

The MAC Ways is an attempt to make it easy for new MAC users who have Windows experience. In the coming weeks, I’ll post the most sought after Mac queries for the new Mac Users. If you want to read other blogs in the series, here are the links:

  1. The Mac Ways
  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet

Let’s get on with this brand new topic for the blog – MAC OS Tips & Tricks

I’ve tried to compile a list of MAC Tips & Tricks that is most useful. This is not at all an exhaustive list. However, you’ll find some of these really interesting. I’m willing to bet that there are some of the tips that you already know, some that you’ll come across for the first time and will really be happy to learn. Whatever is the case, do let me know.

MAC Tips & Tricks

Command + Delete to delete the file & send it to Trash

Option + Command + Delete to permanently delete a file.

Command + Tab shows open applications. What you don’t know is while tabbing to a specific app press the up or down arrow key, at which point all the open windows in that app will be shown.

※  Command + Tab – press Q key with Command held down to close an open app.

Command + Tab – if you have multiple windows open on an app, it will only show the active window or the one you last activated. to access all the windows of the same app use Command + `(grave) key to cycle through the windows of the same app.

Command + P to print

Command + C to copy the files you want to MOVE to another location and then Option + Command + V to MOVE those files to a new spot.

※ Keep the Command + Space pressed – It launches Siri

Rename a file on MAC. Just select the file, hit enter & rename the file

Shift + Command + 3 takes a screenshot on your entire screen

Shift + Command + 4 lets you select an area of the screen to screenshot

Shift + Command + 5 brings up an interface that lets you Record Video or just take a Screenshot your screen or a portion of your screen.

Shift + Command + Control + 4 copies the screenshot to your clipboard instead of saving as a file to your desktop.

Shift + Command + 4 to select an area of the screen, if you press spacebar, the icon turns to a camera 📷. From there, you can click on any open window to get a screenshot of just that window or interface element like dock or menu bar.

Command + V – is paste, I know, You know. What you might not know is Option + Shift + Command + V is Paste Special

Cmd+Shift + . to show/hide invisible files in Finder

F1 – Dims your screen brightness

F2 – Brightens up your screen

F3 – Opens Mission Control

F4 – Opens Launchpad

F5 – Dims the backlight on your Keyboard

F6 – Brightens the backlight of your keyboard

F7 – Play previous track, rewind

F8 – Play/Pause

F9 – Play next track, fast forward

F10 – Mute Speakers

F11 – Lower Speaker Volume

F12 – Increase Speaker volume

Option + Shift + Functions keys (eg. Vol Up/Down, Brightness, Keyboard backlight) will allow granular control over each instead of the preset steps.

Type the Apple symbol  in a jiffy – Press Option + Shift + K –> 

※ Press the Function key twice to activate the Voice-to-Text tool. You can use it to type long emails. Just speak clearly and slowly and you’ll be amazed to see how much it can help you.

※ Autocomplete the Text by pressing option + escape key

Now let’s get in to some fun & exciting ones!

Hot Corners – If you don’t already use Hot Corners, they’re worth checking out. You can set tasks that will happen when your mouse hovers in a specific corner, like launching Mission Control, showing the desktop, and more. Set them up in System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners.

Hot corners can get irritating in the long run. To avoid triggering Hot Corners everytime you accidently hover your mouse to a screen corner, hold down the Option key while Setting up a Hot Corner. This will allow you to trigger Hot Corners only when you hover on a corner with your Option Key pressed.

Command + Space – launches Spotlight, It’s a more powerful tool than you think. Spotlight can do all kinds of things, from locating files to answering basic questions to solving math problems to even do Currency Conversions for you.

Command + Control + Space will launch the Emoji Picker. It’s not just limited to emojis, but the full character viewer! Great for getting to special symbol & characters quickly.

※  Rename multiple files at once – Renaming the Camera images could be a pain in the @$$ moment. However, MAC provides you to rename files in Batches in a certain format & incrementing numbers. Select a group of files then select Rename from the right-click contextual menu, on a new popup you get the option of adding text, replacing text, or applying a format such as a name and an automatically incrementing counter.

Split Screen – If you’re on MAC OS Mojave or older, you can hold down a left-click on an app’s green maximize button in the top-left hand side, then drag it to be positioned on the left or right-hand side of the display. Then choose a second application to be shown on the split screen. If you have MAC OS Catalina installed, You simply left-click and hold on that green maximum button, which brings out a dropdown menu in which you can choose to Enter Full Screen, Tile Window to Left of Screen, or Tile Window to Right of Screen. No matter what way you try to split your screen, it’ll only work if you choose a second application for the second window.

Don’t know your version of MAC OS? Check my blog on how to find it.

Screen Recording – Launch QuickTime Player. The chose New Screen Recording from the File menu. It allows you to record videos using the MAC’s built in camera.

Hide your MAC Menu Bar – System Preferences > General Check the checkbox that says Automatically hide & show the menu bar. Your Menu Bar will be hidden. When you take your mouse to the top of the screen only then it will slide down.

Start your MAC and have all your favorite apps be opened for your automatically. System Preferences > Users, make sure your user account is highlighted, then click Login Items. Click the + sign to add your favorite application, file server, or basically anything else you can imagine that should open when you turn on your Mac.

So, how many did you already know? I bet there were some that you did not know about. Do let me know in the comments sections.

Forgot my password and I’m Locked out of my Computer, How do I regain control over my MAC? This is the most common question that I’ve come across in the recent years. Nevermind, I have the solution for you. Check the link and you’ll find a rather detailed explanation & steps to reset your MAC password.

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