Did you know there’s more to your Mac system than what meets the eye? It is an intuitive and user-friendly device, but there are many settings and features hidden in plain sight that can take your computing experience to the next level. If you are ready to explore those secrets and enhance your productivity, here are a few of them.
Free the hard drive space
Are you running low on hard drive space? If so, macOS can help. Click on the Apple menu > select About This Mac > click the Storage tab > select Manage. If you want to remove cloud-based files automatically, choose Optimize. If you want to remove files manually, you can choose Review Files to go through the largest files on your system and decide which ones you want to delete.
Find a file’s path in Mac without wasting too much time
If you have been using your Mac for a long time, a lot of files and documents may have accumulated. The entire file ecosystem might be messy and cluttered. When you need to find a document quickly, it will help to see file path. You can find the path of a file by searching the file you need, right-clicking on it, and choosing the Get Info icon. Alternatively, you can use Path Finder.
Siri can silently display her answers on the screen if you want instead of speaking her responses aloud. Click the Apple menu > click System Preferences > select Siri > check Off next to the Voice Feedback option.
You can change other aspects of Siri from the same dialog box, like experimenting with hiding the icon from the dock or menu bar, changing the voice, etc.
Quickly share files with your contacts
Do you have an iCloud account? If so, you can share files with your contacts from within the macOS. Go to Finder and choose the file you want. Then, click the Share button and select Add People. Then, you need to choose the sharing method and the file’s recipients.
Change the scroll direction for your convenience
Typically, if you move two fingers on your Mac’s trackpad, your view will travel down the website or open a document. But you can change this direction, so the view moves up. Open System Preferences > click Trackpad > under the Scroll & Zoom option, and you can check the box marked ScrollDirection: Natural.
Merge or combine the app windows into tabs
Similar to opening multiple tabs in a web browser, you can arrange the app windows the same way. It only works for specific programs. Suppose you use any application that supports tabs, select Window, and click Merge All Windows. All the app windows will be combined to form a series of tabs.
Clean the System Preferences
The System Preferences application behaves like a control panel for your Mac’s settings. It includes a series of sub-sections. But if you don’t use some of the items, you can hide those items.
Open System Preferences by clicking the Apple menu > choose View > click Customize to bring up the list of shortcuts. Then, you can uncheck the menus that do not need to restore or access items you would prefer in the app’s main view.
Check all the settings quickly
Since most of the options are accessed via System Preferences, launching the app quickly will speed up the setting-adjusting process.
You can keep it in the Dock by opening System Preferences > clicking and holding the icon in the Dock > selecting Options > choosing to Keep in Dock. Then, you can click the icon and launch the application. Also, you can hold the icon to bring up a list of different settings screens.
Change the appearance of Finder
When going through your files in Finder, you do not have to accept the default view. You can open a new window > head to the View menu > select Show View Options. The dialog box that pops up will show grid spacing, icon size, text label size, positioning, etc. After you have decided on these settings, they will be applied to all the Finder windows in the future.
Add essential events from your emails
Suppose someone has sent you a party invitation, macOS can add that information to your Calendar. Open the Mail app to enable this feature and click Mail > choose Preferences > turn on the Add invitations to Calendar automatically option under the General tab. Then, all the emails you receive with dates and times will receive a Calendar banner, and you can add the events to your schedule. You don’t have to worry about missing another event.
With these fantastic Mac tricks, you can become more productive and use your system to the fullest. These tricks will help save time, and you can accomplish your tasks quickly.