Top 10 Mac tips

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,

Accents on letters

If you need to use a letter that has an accent, you don’t have to search for a special character. Just press and hold the key on your keyboard. A selection of accented letters based on that key will display for you to pick the one you want.

Track Your Classes on Your Calendar

Your schedule can be very crowded sometimes, especially because there might be class changes. You need all this information in one place, so why not use your Calendar? You can get reminders and notifications on your Mac so that you won’t miss any class. You can easily customize and populate your calendar with your class schedule.

Remember the Word

This is a simple tip that can save you a lot of searches. There are times when we remember a word but don’t exactly remember the spelling. The first way to solve this problem is to fully type the word and then right-click on it and hope that the system knows what we are typing. The second way is to Google the word and it will most definitely tell you what word you might be thinking. The third and easiest way is to type the spelling to the point that you remember and then hit the “Fn+F5” keyboard shortcut. It will give you a list of the word right there and you can select the one you want to use.

Master the Hot Corners

Hot Corners are one of the most under-appreciated features of macOS. Either people don’t know about them or they just don’t find it useful. For me, Hot Corners is a feature which I can’t live without. Using Hot Corners feature, a user can assign different actions to each of the corners of the display. Dragging your mouse pointer to that corner will execute that action. For example, I have assigned the top-left corner of the display to show my desktop when I trigger it. So whenever there are a lot of windows open on my desktop and I want to grab a file to attach or do any other thing which requires me to look at my desktop, I just drag my cursor to the top-left corner and I am done. It’s up to you how you want to use the four corners of your desktop, but once you make using them a habit, you will speed up your workflow many folds. The picture below shows all the actions that I have assigned and am using Hot Corners for. To set-up a Hot Corner all you need to do is to follow the following path: Apple Menu → System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver → Screen Saver → Hot Corners

Send Memojis from Mac

Our favorite macOS Big Sur 11 trick is that you can send Memojis right from your Mac. Earlier, it was only limited to iPhones and iPads. However, you can now send Memojis as well as create a personalised Memoji on your Mac. To do that:

  • Go to the Messeges app
  • Select a conversation
  • Click on the Apps button near the message text field
  • Select Memoji Stickers
  • Choose a Memoji or create a new one. In macOS Big Sur, you can also send GIFs and message effects from your Mac.

Use Multiple Desktops

If you have a lot of work to do that you want to keep separate for organization purposes, there is an easy way for you to do that on your MacBook. You can use multiple desktops that make it feel like you’re on a different computer each time. Use four fingers to swipe up on the trackpad. In the corner, you will see a plus sign. When you click on that, it will add another desktop. You can easily swipe between each desktop using the four-finger method. Another way to swap back and forth is by holding down control and pressing either the left or right arrows. You’ll find this is referred to as Spaces, and it is an awesome way for you to be productive and get work done. If you want to share files, web browsers, or anything else you’re working on from one desktop to the other, all you need to do is drag it to the top. You’ll see that your second desktop should appear, and you can drop it right on the desktop you want it on.

Turn off AirPods automatically switching between devices

With the introduction of macOS Big Sur, Apple introduced a new AirPods automatic switching feature. This feature enables AirPods to establish a connection to the Apple device on which the audio is playing. For example, if AirPods are connected on your iPhone and but you are about to watch a YouTube video on your Mac, the AirPods will automatically switch to the Mac. While the feature sounds amazing in theory, it doesn’t work as intended most of the time. For instance, the AirPods won’t connect back to my Mac at times after automatically switching the connection to the iPhone. You can turn AirPods automatic switching off your Mac in the Bluetooth preferences.

Access the emojis

You have a really cool collection of emojis along with special characters on your Mac. And without jumping through hoops, you can open them with a keyboard shortcut. Press Control + Command + Space and the window will pop open. While the menu bar is handy for navigation, there may be a time when it gets in your way. Luckily there’s a simple way to keep it hidden when you don’t need it. Open System Preferences > General. Towards the top, check the box for Automatically hide and show the menu bar. You should immediately see your menu bar vanish. To show it again, just move your cursor to the top of the screen.

Use Voice Memos

Mac has a voice memos app you can use to record your meetings with colleagues or classes you take part in. recording the class helps you come back to the information later and make sure you do not miss any important detail.