Top 10 Mac tips

Switch between multiple documents

Just like in Windows, you can easily switch between multiple documents on Mac; only that the process is a bit different. You need to press Cmd + Tab. Also, you can switch between documents of the same type only. For instance, maybe you’re playing music and at the same time working on two different Word documents. To switch between the two Word documents without involving the music player, you press Cmd + ~.

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.

Make your cursor appear bigger

Mac intentionally hides your cursor when you’re busy working on various things. For instance, when you’re watching a movie on latest laptop, the cursor will automatically disappear to allow you enjoy your movie without distractions. The same applies when you’re tying a document. To make the cursor reveal itself, all you need to do is wriggle your mouse or run your finger back and forth across the trackpad. The cursor will balloon in size, revealing itself, and once you stop, shrink back to its normal size.

Lost a password? Find it with ease

Mac computers are designed to store every username and password deep within the system. So, all passwords to all sites and applications you use are just resting somewhere within the computer, though it’s important to mention that, for security purposes, they are all encrypted before being stored. To retrieve a lost password, begin by opening a new Finder and click on Applications. Then, locate Utilities and open a program called Keychain. There you’ll see all logins stored on the computer.

Quick Look

Quick Look is one of the most used features on my Mac. Once you make using this a habit, half of the time you will not have to open any file as it allows you to see the content of a file without opening it. To perform the quick look Action, all you need to do is to select your file and tap the space bar once. For example, you can select a PDF and hit the space bar to quickly scan the content of the PDF without even opening it. That said, this feature does have its limitations. The preview that Quick Look can show you depends on the file you are trying to preview. If it’s a document or an image file, Quick Look will allow you to see the whole content of the file as shown in the pictures below. However, if it’s a folder or an eBook it will only show you superficial information such as the file size and last modified date. Once you learn where the Quick look is helpful and where it’s not, the feature will come really handy.