5 unknown Mac tips that can not be skipped

We have prepared a selection of tips that will help you move from the kindergarten of amateur makers to the makovodov-pro circle. 4 of the 5 described in the selection of techniques you do not exactly know, but we have already fixed it.

The material will help you quickly use the emoji smiley panel, set a specific application to open a specific file, find out the temperature of the components inside your Mac, quickly change the size of the images without additional software via the Automator, and add web page shortcuts directly to the Dock.

How to quickly use Emoji smiley panel

While working on this material we talked to more than ten makovods with experience.

It turned out that most of them do not know how to normally use Emoji on a Mac, others use a whole labyrinth from the system menu for this, and only one was aware of quick access to them.

The first way for beginners is to add access to the menu with symbols and Emoji in the language icon in the system line macOS.

To do this, first go to “System Settings”, go to the “Keyboard” section and check the “Show the” Keyboard “and” Symbols “panels in the menu bar”.

Now, when you click on the language icon in the system bar, the Show Emoji and Symbols panel will be displayed.

Would not call this way to use all these signs and emoticons in the correspondence is really convenient. Moreover, I have another option …

The correct way is to quickly add emoji and symbols to the text through the special menu that you see in the screenshot below the title of this item.

To use it, you need the combination of the keys ^Control + ⌘Command + ␣Space .

I emphasize , except for emoticons in this menu there are alphabetic symbols, pictograms, technical symbols and other signs. It is from this menu that I extended the symbols to indicate the keyboard shortcuts in the previous paragraph. Conveniently!

As always, open a file in a specific program


This technique is designed for those who use the Mac not so long ago and still miss computers on Windows.

For some reason, very few people are talking about this, but initially macOS uses a different logic for working with files. If on a PC you initially work with documents that you open in a specific program from Explorer, then, on the contrary, you first run the application, and then select the data to work with. But this is not so important.

In order for a particular file to open in a different application, not in the default program, open the additional menu to work with it, hold down ⌥Option, open the “Always open in the program” and select the required one. Unexpected reception!

Everything, now for a specific file will be used some other software. And for all other documents of the same type, the application by default will still be relevant.

Why is this necessary? For example, you constantly use a template image in Adobe Photoshop, now you can open it in this program instead of “Preview” by simply double clicking.

How to know the temperature of components inside a Mac

I’ve never seen an iMac overheat. I think this is due to the fact that very few people drag them everywhere with them. Another thing MacBook. I’ve been working on the beach from time to time, and on the benches in the park I can collect such collection of councils. The result – a full body of dust, regardless of the regularity of cleaning and overheating.

But to determine the overheating of the MacBook on the eye in general is very difficult. The fact is that the metal case of the laptop acts as one of the tools for the heat sink for internal components, so it’s not that bad. This is especially noticeable if you work with it on a maple.

Therefore, in this case, we do not need the temperature of the case itself, but the amount of ℃ on the processor, graphics chip and other components. And in summer all this becomes especially relevant.

All of them have special sensors that control the activation and acceleration of the cooling fans. But you can not see the temperature without additional software. You need an application like Macs Fan Control , which you can download for free.

In general, this program is intended for manual control of coolers, but for our purposes it is also suitable. In the menu on the right there is all the data necessary for temperature, they need to be compared with the recommended ones.

Recommended temperature of Mac components:

  • Critical processor temperature is 95 ℃ (better no more than 75 ℃)
  • Survey on temperature charts 95 ℃ (try to 75 ℃)
  • The whole memory is better not to overheat above 50 ℃

If inside everything is too hot, you need to give access to air for the ventilation holes: remove the MacBook from the bed or sofa, put it on a hard surface. If the ambient temperature is above 35 ℃, it is better to at least hide from direct sunlight. If nothing helps, you need to clean the service.

How to quickly change the size of pictures via Automator


If you regularly work with a mass of images for any purpose, creating a “recipe” for the most common Automator from the standard set of macOS will be especially relevant for you.

For example, I constantly change the size of pictures for materials. Previously, for this simple task, a slow-moving Adobe Photoshop was used. He has an “Image Handler” that hides in the “File”> “Scripts” menu. But with Automator this task is simplified.

Step 1. Open Automator and select “New Document”.

Step 2. In the document type menu, select “Service”.

Step 3. Select the “Files and Folders” section from the menu on the left.

Step 4. Drag the “Get Specified Finder Objects” item from the list in the menu to the right.

Step 5. Select “Image files” from the “Service gets selected” drop-down menu.

Step 6. Select the “Photo” section from the menu on the left.

Step 7. Drag the item “Zoom image” from the list in the menu to the right and select “Do not add” in the dialog box that appears.

Step 8. Select the size in pixels or% that your “recipe” will use for image processing.

Step 9. Save the command via “File”> “Save” or “Command + S, enter a name for it like” Resize to 1024px “.

All, now the additional menu for working with images in the Finder will be the command “Resize to 1024px”, which will instantly change their size by 1024 pixels (this in my case) in width.

In general, Automator is a very powerful tool for macOS, which offers so many features that it’s scary to imagine. We will definitely return to its use in the future.

How to add shortcuts to web pages directly to the Dock


To do this, just add a shortcut to the web page directly in the Dock.

Step 1. Open Safari and go to the site (for example, the shortcut to which you need to add to the Dock.

Step 2. Select the address input field and drag it behind the icon anywhere in the Finder.

Step 3. Select the image that will be used for the shortcut ( here is the link to the iPhones logo).

Step 4. Open it through “Preview”, select and copy through “Copy” from the “Edit” or “Command + C” menu.

Step 5. Open the “Properties” of the shortcut that you saved in the Finder.

Step 6. Select the file icon and paste the picture via “Paste” in the “Edit” or “Command + V” menu.

Step 7. Drag this file to the Dock after the delimiter.

After clicking on the shortcut, you will immediately follow the link using the default browser. It is very convenient.

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