If you’re a big fan of Apple products (like I am) then this post is for you. If not, perhaps skip to a different article.
Even though I had a recent hard drive malfunction, I really enjoy the charm that all my Apple products bring, being super easy to use (Once you also stop trying to close every window on the right-hand side).
Regardless, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks for Mac users (old and new):
1. How to make a Euro Symbol (€)
If you’re like me and need to use the euro symbol quite a bit for work purposes the following shortcut may be life-changing. Press Alt + Shift + 2 and Voila €. This was a recent discovery and really helped me a lot. It is important to note that you do need to have a US keyboard set up and not a British one.
2. Flip the scroll direction
Something that really trips people out when they first start using a Mac is the scroll direction. By default when you move two fingers down your Apple laptop trackpad, your view travels down the document or site. I’ve flipped mine, opting for a Natural scroll direction.
To do this you: Open System Preferences > Click on Trackpad > Under Scroll & Zoom tick the box marked Scroll direction: Natural.
3. How to take a screenshot:
Probably one of my favourite features (Bye Bye old school Snipping Tool). There are quite a few ways to take a screenshot with your Mac. It is important to note that screenshots save to your desktop by default. Let’s jump right in.
- TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF A CERTAIN AREA:
- Press CMD + SHIFT + 4
- This is by far my favourite most used way to take a screenshot, which allows you to select a certain area that you would like to screenshot.
- TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF YOUR WHOLE SCREEN:
- Press CMD + SHIFT + 3
- TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF A CERTAIN AREA WITH SOME EXTRA FUNCTIONALITY:
- Press CMD + SHIFT + 5
- This will open a selection area which will allow you to screenshot the entire screen, a window or a selection of your screen.
- You can choose where to save your screenshot.
- You can choose a delay function (which may be useful when items disappear after a while – think rolling carousels or animations).
4. Rename a large number of files:
Perhaps you have a large collection of photos that you would like to rename by their event name, or anything else, wouldn’t it be great if you could organise them all at once? With a Mac this is possible.
Simply select all the files you need to rename and right-click on them, click Rename. You will see a screen as follows.
You can now enter Shutterstock in the example above and make it NotTheBoss_Bday_Party.
Then click the Rename button. Voila.
5. Need The Ctrl + Alt + Delete Function on Mac?
Everyone has at some point of their computer journey had to use the CTRL+ALT+DLT button to close applications in their Windows-based computer. Mac has the same function where you can force quit certain applications.
There are two ways to do this:
- Navigate to the Apple icon and click on the Force Quit option.
- Press CMD + ALT + ESC buttons on your Mac and the Force Quit tab will pop up.
Tried any of these hacks on your Mac, or know any that I should include?