In Depth: 10 amazing tricks to learn on your Mac

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Think you understand your Mac? Think once again: it’s bursting with tons more incredible techniques, shortcuts and things that make you say ‘Wow!’ than you can possibly understand!

Even the best of us can forget them from time to time, so look into these 10 top tricks– taken from MacFormat’s ’50 incredible things you forgot your Mac might do’ problem– and discover some outstanding trickshots.

For more, check out the September 2013 issue of MacFormat– and you can get it completely free of cost in the app edition with a trial subscription:

1. Endless keyboard shortcuts

The mouse is fantastic and all, but don’t be afraid to prefer keyboard shortcuts rather of a series of clicks (don’t fret, it will not get jealous). The designers has put in lots of keyboard shortcuts that’ll help you save time, and here’s the best part: you can produce your own customized ones too, for any of your frequently utilized menu options. Simply visit System Preferences) Keyboard) Application Shortcuts and then select your own choice of keys to replace the tiresome experience the cursor would’ve otherwise made.

2. Everything ready at log-in

Everyone’s got their own set of ‘evergreen’ apps– those that are constantly open whenever they ignite their Mac, despite the task they might’ve planned. Wouldn’t it be great if stated selection of apps immediately opened every time you switched on your computer system? You can guess where this is going, cannot you? That’s right, the options wait for at System Preferences: select yourself from Accounts, and afterwards go to Login Products.

3. Connect to the web through your iPhone

Got an iPhone to accompany your Mac? Your mobile device comes with an attribute that enables it to share its 3G or 4G mobile broadband connection with other devices (though this need to be enabled by your network driver), making it ideal for getting your Mac online wherever you are. You can share the signal through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. First turn on the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot choice in Setups. Then you can either match them both over Bluetooth, manually connect them making use of a USB or choose the Wi-Fi network created by the iPhone in the Mac’s Wi-Fi choices and get in the password.

4. Sign here, here and here

There’s no have to feel limited while making use of a Mac. Need to add a trademark to a crucial paper? Not a trouble: in OS X 10.7 and later on you can do precisely that utilizing Preview. Within Preview’s Preferences, visit the Signatures tab then click the +. Scrawl your name in black ink on white paper, hold it up to your Mac’s webcam, line it up and click Accept. Make sure you save it so you can utilize it once again in the future, whether it’s for writing letters or answering fanmail …

5. Record screencasts

Question: what’s the best way to tape-record a problem you are experiencing on display or to make an instructional video showing the use of an app? Answer: record a video of your display– after all, that ‘d be the most helpful if you were on the receiving end, right? You can do so with QuickTime Player. In File) New Display Recording you can selected the audio source and even whether or not to include the mouse clicks in the recording! To neaten any rough edges, you can tweak it in iMovie, and then upload it to YouTube or AirDrop it to say, a relative’s Mac.

6. See the hidden options

It can be irritating when trying to locate the right menu path, however not on the Mac’s watch. Holding down the Alt secret on your keyboard in fact lets you get to more choices in the menu bar, in addition to in the menus themselves. It’s a neat little time-saver, for menu options with ellipses for instance, holding back Alt and afterwards clicking them bypasses the dialogue that’d have otherwise appeared and performs the command directly.

7. Restrict what someone can do– and when

With great power … well, all of us know how that one ended. Yes, the Mac is exceptionally powerful, however in the hands of more youthful children it can become a hazardous tool. It’ll ease moms and dads no end to see that the Adult Controls in OS X are easy to set up, and the range of options are pleasing to boot. To name a few you can restrict underage gain access to and also computer use to x amount per day, set a ‘bed time’ setting that symbolizes the end of a searching session and limit the functions of Finder.

8. Type exotic characters

Okay, we are just flaunting, now! We are not simply discussing an über-sized fry-up in a café below– accents and umlauts are bog-standard practice for any operating system. What we are getting it us the power of Emoji, the fun little characters available in OS X 10.7 and later. Bear in mind though, that while you’ll have the ability to take pleasure in these Japanese-originated smileys and other such animals and symbols on your display, they are not completely compatible on a cross-platform scale. Well, your friends will simply have to get a Mac to review your coded messages then, won’t they?

9. Rapidly kind out usual phrases

In a similar vein to developing command shortcuts, you can do the same with words or even expressions, whether that’s a certain piece of unicode or an e-mail address. Just go to the Text tab of the Language & Text pane of System Preferences and click the + to include a faster way and exactly what it equates to. Don’t fret: these are all perfectly editable once conserved too, so you can erase that YOLO one in case your friends use your Mac …

10. Run Windows

Yep. It might seem nutty to desire the old enemy running when you’ve actually got a completely charming OS system, but possibly you may want to play the most recent games or run some niche piece of software application that’s no current Mac equivalent. You can either run Windows 7 or Windows 8 alongside OS X with a virtualisation app such as VMware Fusuion, Parallels Desktop or VirtualBox, or partition your hard drive to install Windows on to run it full-bore on your hardware utilizing Boot Camp Assistant (in your Energies folder). Simply be grateful we did not chuck a paneful pun in there to keep you on your toes …

These are just a portion of the useful techniques that the Mac can, mind: MacFormat hases showcased a massive 50 of them in its September problem. And the very best information is that you can review the rest of them– along with the rest of the publication– for free! All you need to do to grab the most up to date concern is get a trial MacFormat subscription to the app version– see macformat.com/ipad to discover tons more great suggestions from the world of Apple.

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