5 Useful Mac Features That You Forgot

Increasingly I am convinced that makovods with experience do not even know primitive methods of working with macOS. They do not penetrate, are lazy to understand, do not want to bother and even forget about the convenient features of the system.

At this moment we connect, we study each chip along and across and give out ready-made scenarios of its use. You are welcome.

This time we identified 5 cool Mac features that you forgot, use incomplete or do not know.

How to take screenshots with standard OS tools

First , you can use the “Screenshot” application, which is installed on each Mac by default.

Open the application, go to the “Snapshot” menu and use one of the suggested options:

  1. “Selected area” – select the portion of the screen that will get to the screenshot (Command + 4)
  2. “Window” – select the window that you want to remove (Command + 5)
  3. “Screen” – screenshot of the entire screen (Command + 3)
  4. “Screen with a delay” – screenshot of the entire screen with a delay of 10 seconds (Command + Option + 3)

When you select the type of screenshot that you want to use, a hint window will appear on the screen. Do not pay attention to it, it will not get into the frame.

After shooting, you can save the picture to any location on the hard disk. And in the settings there is a function of adding the cursor to the screenshot to make it more visual or to show the specific object in question.

Secondly , you have the ability to use global keyboard shortcuts to capture your computer’s screen:

  • Command + Shift + 3 – snapshot of the whole screen
  • Command + Shift + 4 – a snapshot of the selected area
  • Command + Shift + 4 and select the window – a snapshot of the window
  • Command + Shift + 6 – a snapshot of the contents of the Touch Bar

All pictures are saved to the desktop. To change this, open the “Terminal” program, enter the command “defaults write location”, add a space, drag the desired folder to the application window and activate the action via Enter.

For the changes to take effect immediately, use the “killall SystemUIServer” command.

If you add the Control button to these combinations, the screen shots will not be saved as separate files at all. Instead, they will remain on the clipboard for pasting into the image editor and other applications. This will be more common for those who recently switched from Windows.

Thirdly , if you have a modern MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you can output a separate button for shooting the screen to it.

Working with it almost does not differ from the use of keyboard shortcuts.

Screenshots of super-useful. They will help to quickly share with the interlocutor specific information or teach him to use any element of the application or operating system.

How to add the iCloud Drive folder to the Dock

First , you can find the Finder application through the Mac file manager search engine.

Simply enter the “Finder” query in the search box, select the “This Mac” location and click on “Show package contents” in the additional actions menu.

After that, go to the Contents> Applications directory and drag the iCloud Drive application to the Dock.

Now you can navigate to the contents of your Apple cloud storage with one tap. If you use it as actively as I do, for you it will be super-relevant.

Secondly , you can use the menu “Go”> “Go to the folder” or the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + G.

In this menu you just need to enter the path to the additional Finder applications directory “/System/Library/CoreServices/ ” and click the “Go” button.

Now just drag the iCloud Drive application into the Dock.

In the same directory there are also shortcuts for a quick transition to AirDrop, network resources, all and the latest documents – all this you can also put on the Quick Access toolbar.

How to turn your Mac on and off on a schedule

You can configure this option in the System Preferences> Energy Saving> Schedule menu.

Here are two points:

  • “Enable or disable sleep mode”
  • “Sleep Mode”, “Restore” and “Turn Off”

For each of these options, you can set the time and activity days: weekends, weekdays, or specific week. But at the same time you can use sleep, reboot and shutdown will not work.

There are plenty of scenarios for using this system. For example, I turn on the shutdown at night if I watch a movie on my MacBook Pro in bed and I’m not sure I will not fall asleep under it.

This helps me not to be with a discharged laptop in the morning, when it is already necessary to go on business for a whole day.

The only bad thing is that the Mac needs to be connected to the power source for automatic power-up, and to shut down the device correctly, it should not be in sleep mode.

How to set up work with text throughout the system

To get started, go to System Preferences> “Keyboard”> “Text”. And now I have several recommendations for you to set up.

First , be sure to use keyboard shortcuts.

For example, the “-” is transformed into one “-” normal-sized dash, and the banal combination of the letters “ng” introduces the address of my email, which I use and as a login for all kinds of services, and for work purposes.

Note that the automatic replacement settings are synchronized between devices that are tied to a single Apple ID.

Second , deal with automatic replacements and adjustments.

Do not refuse that the system itself starts each sentence with a capital letter, as well as from the intellectual replacement of double and single quotes. In the normal text, “”, “” should only be for code.

Moreover, set the spelling control. You can use standard dictionaries, but I prefer the advanced package “ORFO 2016”.

How and what keyboard shortcuts to use

I chose only the most common shortcuts that are most commonly used in macOS. You must learn them to make it easier to manage the operating system and applications.

Here are some:

  • Command + M – collapse window
  • Command + W – close the window
  • Option + Command + W – close all application windows
  • Command + Tab – switch to the previous program
  • Command + Q – close application
  • Command + Option + Escape – forcibly close the program if it hangs
  • Command + T – create a new tab in Safari
  • Control + Tab – switch to the next tab in Safari
  • Command + X – cut
  • Command + C – copy
  • Command + V – paste
  • Command + F – find

These are just a few key combinations that I recommend that you remember.

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