Top 10 Mac tips

Add more items to the Control Panel

Not many people know that you can add more controls to the macOS Big Sur 11 Control panel for quick access. You can add the Accessibility Shortcuts option, Battery option, and Fast User switching option. Here’s how to do this:

  • Simply go to System preferences
  • Open Dock and Menu Bar
  • Scroll down on the left column
  • Choose a toggle under the Other Modules section
  • Tick Show in Control Center. If you have multiple user accounts on your Macbook, this macOS Big Sur trick will save you a lot of steps.

Resize widgets right from the Notification Center

Another cool Mac feature that rightly fits into our macOS Big Sur tips and tricks list is the option to resize widgets in the Notification Center. With the new update, widgets have become part of the Notification Center and come in three different sizes. In order to quickly resize widgets:

  • Open the Notification Center by clicking on the date and time on the menu bar
  • Right-click on a widget
  • Click on the small, medium, or large.

Minutely Adjust the Volume and Brightness

As you know, we can use the keyboard shortcuts to adjust brightness and volume on your Mac devices (F1 & F2 for brightness and F11 & F12 for volume), the control they provide is not good enough for me. That’s because the first few steps barely make any change while the last few steps do too much. I like to control my volume and brightness a little more minutely. If you also want to do that, first hold down the option and the shift key and then use the volume or brightness keys to make the adjustment. A single press will result in an increment or reduction of a quarter of bar instead of the full bar which happens if you don’t use the option and the shift key. If you look at the pictures below carefully, you can spot the quarter increment.

Rename a Group of Files at the Same Time

You don't have to individually rename a bunch of files on your Mac. Renaming a group of files at the same time is among the top tips to help you master your macOS 12.

  • Go to Finder and select the group of files you want to rename; click one, hold down Shift and click the others.
  • Right-click, and choose Rename X items. Then, you'll be able to add text, replace text or apply a format like "Caroline’s wedding celebration" with a number for each photo.

Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

Many people use keyboard shortcuts to get their work down quicker. You’ll find that it can help you do things faster, such as a keyboard shortcut for copying, cutting, and pasting. Yet, there is a way that you can make your own keyboard shortcuts on a MacBook to help make your work even more efficient. The way to make your own MacBook shortcuts is by going to App Shortcuts in the System Preferences menu. You’ll need to start in System Preferences, go to Keyboard, Shortcuts, then App Shortcuts. Once you’re at this destination, you can click the ‘+’ sign and add any shortcut you want. For example, if you take many screenshots on Mac and want to use a shortcut you can remember, type that in now.

Hide or Customize the Menu Bar

Hiding and revealing the menu bar at will is a useful macOS 12 tips and tricks.

  • Go to System Preferences > General, then click "Automatically hide and show the menu bar." This will ensure that the menu bar pops up only when needed. If you want to keep your Menu bar and customize it, you can hold Command and drag the icons into different places, or remove them all together.

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.

Set Notifications to Deliver Quietly

In macOS Big Sur, the notifications are grouped by the app and can be interacted with. For instance, you can play a podcast episode or reply to a message without opening the app. However, if you are getting way too many notifications from a particular macOS app, you can manage them right from the Notification Center. To control what notifications you want:

  • Go to the Notification Center
  • Right-click on an app’s notification stack
  • Select Deliver Quietly or Turn off depending on your choice.

Move Files with Cut and Paste

Coming from Windows, it really frustrated me a lot when I was not able to use cut and paste command with the keyboard. Cmd+C works for copying but there’s no Cmd+X for performing the Cut Action. If you are a Mac user who doesn’t know what the Cut Action is, let me explain it to you. While using the Cmd+C or the Copy Action can help you copy files from one place to another, the cut Action allows you to do the same thing with one major difference. The difference is that the Copy Action keeps the original file or text in place and creates a duplicate of that file whereas, the cut Action moves the original file and doesn’t create a duplicate.To perform the Cut Action on a Mac, first, copy the file using ⌘C (Cmd+C) combo. Now open the location where you want to paste the file and hit ⌘⌥V (Cmd+Opt+V) instead of ⌘V (Cmd+V). Performing the Cut Action: Copy (Cmd+C) → Paste (Cmd+Option+V)

Use Finder

Finder has some quick actions you can take to find your files faster. At the same time, a very nice thing about Mac is that it allows you to tag your documents, photos, files, and so on with colored tags! Like this, it will be easier to find, organize and sort them based on urgency, importance, or other criteria.