Mac tips

Change music source easily

Changing music source easily is another essential tip very macOS 12 owners needs to know, especially if you frequently pair Bluetooth headphones with your Mac. Make the changing of your audio output source less annoying by;

  • Accessing System Preferences > Sound and check off "show sound in menu bar." You can then change the volume from said menu bar, and hold Option while clicking on the icon to quickly change the source.

Sign documents in the Preview or Mail app

If you're emailed a PDF to sign, you don't have to waste time printing it out, signing it and scanning it back in. Instead, you can use one of the best macOS 12 tips & tricks, signing in Preview or Mail app.

  • Drag the PDF into an email message, hover over the PDF, click the button with a down arrow at the top right and click Markup.
  • Click the box at the top that looks like a signature.
  • Click Camera sign your name on white paper and take a photo of it with your computer's webcam. You can also save a signature to reuse.

Type emoji from your keyboard

Typing Emoji is one of the most interesting macOS 12 tips & tricks you need to know. While using apps like Microsoft Word or Google Docs;

  • go to the menu bar and click Edit > Emoji & Symbols.
  • A box with emoji will appear, and you can add any to the page you're working on.
  • Or, you can use a keyboard shortcut: Control + Command + Space.

Find a forgotten password for a program

If you forget one of your passwords, you can actually recover them from within your Mac – as long as you remember the password for your user account.

  • Open a new Finder window >Applications > Utilities.
  • Open Keychain. Here, you will find the needed password.
  • to view the password for any of the logins, you’ll be prompted for your username and login,

Add your signature to documents

For this one, open the document within the Preview application, click on the pen icon, and select Create Signature from the built-in iSight (Mac’s inbuilt webcam). Then, sign your name on a white piece of paper, and hold it against the camera, ensuring that it’s aligned properly. The camera will automatically extract the signature, and all you have to do is click Accept to complete the process! In the future, whenever you wish to append your signature to a document, just click on Preview to retrieve the stored signature.

Start up the Mac silently

If you’ve used Mac before, you must be aware of the iconic chime it lets off every time it starts. Unfortunately, that sound isn’t so pleasing to everyone. If you’re one those people who find the sound not so charming, or even if you like it but are in a place where quiet is paramount, there is a way you can start your Mac without the sound. As you start the Mac, press the Mute button and hold it until the operating system has booted. The whole process will go on without a sound.

No delete key? No problem

In most Macs, the keyboard comes with a special delete key marked with “Del” which is short for delete. However, a few Macs don’t have this “Del” key, which can make things a little confusing. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. By holding down the Function key and at the same time pressing the “Delete” key, you can quickly delete whatever you want to get rid of. If the “Delete” key is also missing, hold down the Control key and press D. It works brilliantly.

Take a screenshot of a specific part of the screen

You probably already know how to take a picture of the whole screen on your Mac. At any point, just hit the Command + Shift + 3 to capture the full screen. However, you can also capture just a portion of the screen by pressing 4 instead of 3. So, you’d press Command + Shift + 4.

Record your screen

In addition to taking a screenshot of the screen, you can also record the screen! To do this, you’ll need a built-in feature known as QuickTime. To find QuickTime in your Mac, open Applications, click on File, and select New Screen recording. A window like the one below will show up on your desktop and begin to record your screen. What’s more, just like with screenshots, you can choose to record the whole screen or just a portion of it. And, you can also capture sound!

Run Windows on your Mac machine

Yea, this is possible. It is also surprisingly simple. Navigate to applications on Mac laptop or PC, click on Utilities, and select Boot Camp from the drop-down list. This will help you partition your hard drive. The next time you restart your computer, you’ll be asked to insert a Windows CD, and from there you can install Windows. After installation, the next time you restart the computer, you’ll be able to boot from either the Mac OS partition or Windows partition.