Cool Tricks for Mac – Mac is quite powerful machines and regardless of how long you may have been using a Mac for long. There always be things that you didn’t know it could do that. What this article is about telling you about some Cool Tricks that I think you may not know about. At least not all…
Hey, guys, I’m Akshay and today I’ll tell you about some cool and useful tricks that you may not know about Mac Devices.
12 Useful Tricks For Mac
Rename Multiple Files Together
There are situations when you may want to rename multiple files at the same time. Fortunately, Finder on a Mac offers an easy way to do just that. So if I want to rename all of these screenshots like screenshot one or two etc.
I can just select them right click and choose rename six item then I can choose the format I want to use to rename the images and once I’m done setting it up, I can click on rename and all the files will be renamed.
Lock Your Mac with a Keyboard Shortcut
If you’ve been using a Mac for sometimes you must have noticed the lack of a keyboard shortcut to lock the computer. Windows use Windows + L for this but there was no such shortcut on Mac OS.
Fortunately, Apple has added the functionality in the latest version of Mac with Mac OS High Sierra. You can now simply press Command +Control + Q to lock the system. it will lock the Mac immediately.
Smart folders are the very useful feature that a lot of people don’t make users. Personally, I love smart folders functionality on a Mac and I have set up a Smart Folder that automatically collects all of my images created on the last one day and keeps them all in one place. Isn’t is nice tricks for Mac.
To create a smart folder all you need to do is go to file new smart folder where you can add rules can dictate what kind of files should be kept in the folder. Once you’re done just click on save and smart folder gets to work for you.
Speed Up the Dock (Hiding Animations)
If you’re like me you prefer to keep the doc hidden until it’s needed. However, the animations for showing and hiding the doc are just a bit too slow, to be honest. Thankfully with a simple terminal command, you can speed the animations quite a bit.
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0; killall Dock
Just launch terminal and use the following command. As you can see the docs animations look a lot snappier now. I definitely prefer it this way.
Quickly Type Emojis On Your Mac
Let’s just face it we all love emoji and wouldn’t it be a lot of fun if we could use it everywhere.
Well, fortunately, you can easily access the emoji keyboard on Mac by just pressing Control + Command + Space. This will give you access to all the emojis and symbols you may ever need. So go ahead and type out your emails with as many emojis as you like.
Change Screenshot File Type
Mac OS has some really awesome shortcuts for taking screenshots. By default, screenshots have saved on the desktop in the PNG format. This is good but PNG uses up a lot of space.
defaults write com.apple.dock screencapture type jpg;killall SystemUIServer
So if you much rather save the screenshots in a different format like JPEGs you can just use the following terminal command. Once you’ve done this subsequent screenshots will be saved in the JPEG format which usually has a much smaller size.
Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
I love keyboard shortcuts and I use them all the time. However every now and then I wish I could have a custom shortcut for a task I do often.
Well, this can also be done rather easily just go to System Preferences keyboard shortcuts. Here go to app shortcut select the app you want to set up the shortcut for and follow the instructions on the screen. Once you’re done you can save the shortcut and then use it within the app you created it for.
So I can now use command option s inside preview to resize images. Something that I do quite often.
Sign Documents Using Trackpad Trick
So you just got a PDF need to sign don’t head over to the printer yet. You can easily sign PDF and forms directly on your Mac.
Just open the file in preview click on the marker button and then on the signature button. Here you can add a digital signature by simply signing a name on the trackpad.
You can then use this signature in any documents or forms that you may need to. Easy right…
Advanced Text Selection
I may be the only one but there are times when I need to copy multiple separate lines in MS Word. I could copy and paste every single line but turns out there’s an easier way.
Just Press and Hold Command and Select whichever lines you need to you can then copy them and paste them wherever you want.
You can also press and hold options to select text in a rectangular region something. I don’t think will ever be useful but it’s good to know just in case.
Keep Mac Awake Without Any Third Party App
If you ever put a large file on download you know that you cannot let your Mac go to sleep that usually kills the download.
So unless you want to keep staring at a screen ensuring that your laptop doesn’t go to sleep you should use caffeinate.
Just launch terminal and use the following command your Mac is still waking for this time you’ve mentioned in the command leaving you free to get some coffee while you download completely.
Caffeinate -i -t 'time in seconds'
Use Siri To Get Things Done
Siri has had quite a lot of bad publicity but it’s actually not all that bad. The smart assistant can let you send out tweets, change system settings, check storage and even pin reserves to your notification center.
Also, with Mac OS High Sierra you can interact with Siri by just typing without having to say a single word and without looking like an idiot on the bus to work.
Spotlight Search Tricks for Mac
The Spotlight is usually one of the most used features on any Mac. However, a lot of you may not know this when searching for apps and spotlight you can just type the apps initials and spotlight will find it for you.
So you can type A-S for App Store G-B for Garage Band P-D for Palin’s desktop and more. You can also use emojis to search stuff and Spotlight. So I can use the pizza emoji to have Spotlight look up pizza places near me among other things. It’s really awesome tricks for mac.
So these are some of the Cool and most useful features and tricks you didn’t know about. Do Comment if you know any secret comment. I will add this to my Cool Tricks for Mac post.