Top 10 Mac tips

Force Quit Apps

While one of the benefits of using a Mac is that you rarely have any app which goes unresponsive, there are sometimes that it will happen, and when it happens, you will need to know how to force quit them. While on Windows you must be habituated to type Ctrl+Alt+Delete, the keyboard shortcut for force quitting on Mac is a little different. The keyboard combo that you need to hit is - Cmd+Opt+Esc (command, option, and escape key). Once you hit the combo, “Force Quit Application” box will open in a floating window. Here, you can just select the app which is misbehaving and click on the Force Quit button. If the keyboard combo is a little hard for you to remember, you can use an alternate method. Click on the Apple Menu at the top left corner and you will find the Force Quit option.

Perform Faster App Search in Spotlight

This is a very quick and handy tip. Whenever you are searching for an in Spotlight, typing the initials of the app will bring the results faster than typing its whole name. For example, if I want to search for App Store, I will simply type the letters a and s. Once you make this a habit, you will perform faster app searches and save time a few keystrokes at a time.

Use Spotlight for Weather, Definition, Conversions, and Calculations

Over the years Spotlight has evolved from being just a search mechanism for Mac. Now, you can use it to perform many functions. For example, you can use Spotlight for carrying out currency and unit conversions. I use it almost daily to convert measurements, currency, and more. You can also use Spotlight to perform simple mathematical calculations including multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and more. Similarly, you can use Spotlight to get weather information of any city in the world. Type the word weather followed by the city name and it will give you the current weather condition. You can also find word definitions. Type the word and hit the “⌘+L” keyboard shortcut to pull up the definition of that word.

Access Emoji Keyboard

This is a fun one. If you love to use emojis, there’s an easy way to call the emoji keyboard on your mac. To do that, hit the keyboard combo Cmd+Ctrl+Space and the emoji keyboard will open. Here you can scroll down to find the emoji you want to use. You can also perform a search to find the one you want to.

Do Calculations and Currency Conversions in Spotlight

Spotlight is a useful tool for getting around your computer faster, and without using a mouse. However, did you know that it can be used as a calculator and to convert currency? Using Spotlight as a calculator and currency converter is among the most useful macOS 12 tips and tricks.

  • Open Spotlight by clicking tapping Command + Space bar on your keyboard.
  • To use it as a calculator; type your digits into the search bar, for example, "919+1246/2" and the answer will appear as the search result,
  • To use Spotlight as a currency converter; type the amount with its currency symbol (for example, $100) and the search results will bring up conversion rates in different currencies.

Use Split View to See Two Apps at once

Using Split View to work in two apps at the same time is one of the best macOS 12 tips & tricks.

  • Go to the window’s upper left corner and click and hold the green full-screen button.
  • Choose Tile Window to Left of Screen or Tile Window to Right of Screen from the menu, and the window will appear accordingly.
  • For normal operation, hit the Esc key on your keyboard.

Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Anything You Want

Creating your own shortcut to access any menu option you like is another macOS 12 tip & trick you need to know.

  • Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts, and choose + icon.
  • In the pop-up box choose the application you want, the name of the menu command and the keyboard shortcut of your choice.
  • Tap Add.

Show File Path in Finder

macOS focuses on keeping the user interface clean and simple. And while it makes sense, sometimes it hinders usability. For example, one thing that irks me about macOS is that it doesn’t show the file path by default. So, if you search for a file in Spotlight and open its location, you will not be able to figure out how to reach that location. Thankfully, there’s a handy keyboard shortcut that can enable the file path. If you want to see a file’s location path, hit the “Cmd+Opt+P” keyboard shortcut and it will display the file path. If you forget this keyboard shortcut, you can find it using the “View” menu as shown in the picture below.

Keep Search Restricted to a Folder

One of the most infuriating thing about performing search in a Finder window on Mac is that it initiates the search for the entire Mac. It makes no sense but that’s how it has been since ages. Thankfully, you can change this behavior in the Finder Preferences. So, open Finder Preference (⌘,) → Advanced and under “when performing a search” option click on the dropdown menu to select “Search the current folder”. It is going to save you a lot of grief in the future.

Make Volume Adjustments More Granular

Manipulating the Mac volume is also among the essential tips very macOS 12 owners needs to know. To make the volume increments smaller, hold down Option+ the up arrow as you hit the increase or decrease volume key. This will bring up the Sound box, which will let you adjust the volume in a more granular way.