12 helpful tips for Mac owners

If you like our articles with tips for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch owners, we recommend reading this one too. We’ve put together a dozen valuable tips for Mac owners in it.

Control the cursor using the keyboard

In System Preferences → Accessibility → Mouse and Trackpad, check the box next to Enable Mouse Buttons. You will then be able to control the cursor using the keyboard.

Move the cursor

  • With the help of numbers: 7, 8, 9, 4, 6, 1, 2, 3.
  • With letters: 7, 8, 9, U, O, J, K, L.

Clicking the mouse

  • With the help of figures: 5.
  • Using letters: I.

Holding down the mouse button

  • With the help of figures : 0 (zero).
  • Using letters: M.

Release mouse button

  • With the help of numbers: “.” (dot).
  • With the use of the letters: “.” (dot).

This trick is beneficial not only in cases where the mouse or trackpad breaks but also when the cursor needs to be moved with great precision, for example, in an image editor.

Adjust volume and brightness more precisely

By default, pressing the brightness and volume keys on a Mac keyboard changes one indicator unit. You can fine-tune these metrics if you want.

To change the volume and brightness, not in whole units, but in quarters, hold down the Shift + Option keys and press the advisory buttons for changing the indicators.

This trick is useful when you need to set the screen brightness as low as possible or adjust the volume so that the sound does not interfere with others, but you can hear it well.

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Quickly open volume and brightness settings

To quickly open Sound or Display settings, hold down the Option key and press the Volume or Brightness buttons. After that, the settings window will immediately open.

The Option key is used for many other keyboard shortcuts.

Use the “picture in picture” mode on sites without its support

The Picture-in-picture (PiP) video mode is very convenient if you want to watch your favorite TV series while working. However, it is either not supported at all on some sites or hidden, like on YouTube.

Double-click the right mouse button on the video to open the menu with hidden PiP mode. Then click Enter Picture-in-Picture Mode. This method works great on YouTube.

When you activate the mode, a small video window will appear in the corner of the screen, from where you can move it by holding down the Command key.

Swap the icons on the menu bar

The menu bar in macOS displays the most commonly used system functions. Fortunately, their order can be changed.

To swap the icons on the menu bar, hold down the Command key and simply drag.

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Hide the Dock and Menu Bar

The Menu Bar and Dock take up valuable space. To see more content in programs, you can hide them.

You can only display the menu bar when the cursor is in the upper right corner of the screen. To do this, go to System Preferences> General and check the box next to Automatically hide and show the menu bar.

To automatically hide the Dock, go to System Preferences> Dock and check the box next to Automatically show or hide the Dock. It will appear when you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen.

You can also hide and show the Dock with the Command – Option – D keyboard shortcut.

Clean up your desktop with the Stack feature

Stacks is a new macOS Mojave feature that makes it easy to clean up your desktop. When you use Stacks, your files will be automatically sorted by type. For example, screenshots will be merged into one folder, text files into another, etc.

Click the View menu in Finder and select Stack to quickly clean up your desktop.

Use smart folders

Smart Folders in Finder make it easy to find all your files that match specific criteria in one place. They collect all files not only of one type but also on one topic, etc., and they are also constantly updated automatically.

Select the File menu in the Finder and then click New Smart Folder to create a smart folder.

Use smart playlists

iTunes has a similar feature, Smart Playlists, which automatically collects songs based on criteria. Playlists update automatically too. Find out how to create and use Smart Playlists below.

You can create a smart playlist with your favorite songs, songs that are no longer available online, etc. Please note that only regular playlists can be made in the Music app, but you need to use iTunes for smart playlists.

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Recover previous versions of documents

When you save a file on a Mac, macOS keeps a history of all the changes that you can quickly revert to.

Check your Mac’s uptime

You can find out the exact time to start or restart your computer, which is very useful for solving various problems.

Customize the touch bar for yourself

The standard touch bar icons for programs are not very useful. Fortunately, they can be customized to your liking. You can add the icons you like and remove those you don’t need. To do this, open the program you want, click the View menu and select Customize Touch Bar.

Use the Tekpad to drag icons from the screen to the touch bar. You can also swap the icons on the touch bar itself.

That’s all! These little tricks are worth remembering as they will significantly increase your productivity.

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