18 tips and tricks to get the most out of your Mac

No one can deny the fact that mac is a great operating system . Although I have been using a Mac for the last two or three years, I am always fascinated by its hidden features that I find, over and over again. Especially with macOS updates like mac Sierra and mac High sierra bringing some hidden functions.

In fact, over time I have built a list of Mac tricks that I use every day and that I want to share in this article.

Since Finder saves all files on one drive and the only way to organize files is by creating folders, it gets confusing since unlike Windows, there is no file path to be displayed in the Finder window, so which makes it more difficult to navigate (Especially for new users).

Fortunately, there is a way to activate the file path in the Finder window. To do this, open the «Terminal» application – copy and paste the following command and hit enter.

defaults write com.apple.finder _FXShowPosixPathInTitle -bool YES; killall Finder

Note : To return to the original configuration, simply replace the word “YES” with “NO” in the code block.

2. Rename batch of files

Renaming multiple files can be tedious, however there is an easy way to batch rename on Mac. Just select all files – right click (control + click) – Select the option “Rename items X «.

You will now see a drop-down menu where you can select the format and choose the naming scheme. If you can’t see the formatting option (you may see «Replace or add text»).

3. Lock your Mac with the keyboard shortcut (Need High Sierra)

Another Windows feature that was missing from macOS was the lack of a keyboard shortcut to lock the computer. However, now with MacOS High Sierra, you have the option to lock your Mac with a keyboard shortcut.

To lock your Mac, just hit «Command + Control + Q» and your device will lock. As an alternative, you can also access the Apple menu (See screenshot).

4. Create smart folder to automatically categorize files

Smart folders are a feature that most Mac users are familiar with but rarely used. For example, I have a smart folder that pulls all the written documents created in the last week and I keep them there. In the same way, I have a folder that saves all the captures in the last 24 hours. You can design the smart folder according to your type of work.

To create a smart folder, open the Finder, click the file menu, and select «New Smart Folder.» You will see an open folder where you can set rules as per requirement. To add rules, click the (+) icon. 

5. Quickly type Emojis on Mac

Did you know that you could search for emojis with a simple key combination, I can’t believe it. To get to the emoji keyboard, simply press the following key combination «Control + Space + Command» and the emojis will appear out of nowhere.

6. Improve your Spotlight search

For me, Spotlight is the key to my productivity on my Mac. It allows me to quickly find files and programs that would otherwise take a great deal of time.

Instead of typing the name, you can just type the initials of the application or file you are looking for. For example, you can type «AS» to open the App Store, FC for Final Cut Pro, and so on. 

7. Enable double tap to include spaces (Need Sierra)

One of the features that help double tap the space button is to enter a period. Well, if you wanted that feature on your Mac, there is a way you can do that. Just go to, System Preferences> Keyboard-> Text and activate the option “Add point with double space”. 

8. Changing Dock and Showing Animation

Using a simple command line you can speed up the animation or remove it entirely if you like. To disable the animation, open the terminal and paste the following command and hit enter.

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -int 0;killall Dock

To speed up the animation, use the following command.

defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.12;killall Dock

Reset to defaults type:

defaults delete com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier;killall Dock

9. Keep your Mac Awake

We all know that a Mac falls asleep after a little time of inactivity and most of the time it is useful to save energy. But, when a large file is downloading it is irritating.

Of course, you could go to System Preferences and change the settings, but it takes a long time and you have to change the settings again after you’re done. However, the same can be done with ease by using a simple Terrminal command.

Caffeinate -i -t ‘tiempo es segundos’

Now the Mac won’t go to sleep for the amount of time you have specified in the code.

10. File type screen change

The screenshots you take on your Mac are saved in the PNG format. But with the use of a simple command, you can make your Mac save images in whatever format you want. To take a screenshot in JPG format, use the following command.

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

You can also save the screenshot directly in the PDF format. Simply replace the word jpg on the command line with PDF or PNG to revert to the default format.

11. know which applications are hidden

I always prefer the hide function in macOS over the minimize function, since with the hide function it allows me to bring the application back by just pressing the shortcut «Command + Tab», something that I cannot do if I have minimized the application.

However, if you have stored a large number of applications in the dock, there is no way to know exactly which of them are hidden just by looking at it. An easy way to identify hidden applications is by using the following terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool TRUE; killall Dock

12. I use Siri to do more things (Need Sierra)

At first glance, Siri may not seem so useful on the MacOS. However, it can make your life easier if you let it. You can change your system preferences, tweet, search the web, pin your search results to the «Today Dashboard» and do much more. To add the search results to your «Today Dashboard», just click on the + sign present at the top of the result.

Note : If you want to write requests instead of talking to Siri, you can enable it in System Preferences> Accessibility-> Siri and activate “Write to Siri”. 

13. Advance Multi-Select Text

If you want to select multiple blocks of text and paste it elsewhere, you don’t have to do it separately for each block. Just hold down the command button and select the blocks you want and then copy them.

14. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts

Did you know you can create your own shortcuts for any application? I love this feature as it has helped me improve my productivity.

For example, there is no keyboard shortcut for resizing photos in the preview app. To create a shortcut go to System Preferences> Keyboard-> Quick Functions-> App Shortcuts. Now click on the + button and follow the instructions to create your own shortcut.

15. Sign Documents with the trackpad

Did you know that you can easily digitally sign documents on your Mac? There is no reason to print the entire document, sign it, scan it, and then upload it.

Just open the PDF in Preview and click the marked button. Now select the signature option and then trackpad. Here, you can register your signature and then drag it into the signature field. 

16. Use Picture-in-Picture for any video (Sierra Needs)

Apple introduced Picture-in-Picture mode in Safari with macOS Sierra. If you don’t know how to use this function, it is quite simple. Whenever a video is playing in Safari, simply right-double-click the video and select Picture-in-Picture mode.

Note : If you want to snap the window to any part of the desktop, just hold down the ‘Command’ button while moving. That way the window will stay in the position where you left it.

17. Minute volume and lighting control

The options to change the brightness or the volume of your Mac are very practical. However, there is a problem that I run into when using such keys. The first few steps tend to make no difference, while the last few seem to pack 50-70%. If you want to control volume or brightness more finely just hold Shift + Option while changing them.

18. Share the screen

MacOS integrates a useful tool to share the screen between Mac users and get remote access to the computer to perform, for example, technical support or any kind of remote help.

You just have to open Spotlight and write » Share screen «, then write the ID of the team with which you want to give access. The other computer will immediately receive a notification to accept the remote access.

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