Who doesn’t like tricks? These aren’t tricks, but witty things to do. What you can do with your Mac to increase productivity. These are some of the most useful Mac tips and tricks that you can use to simplify your life. These Mac tips and tricks can help you use your Mac the most efficiently in 2021. Once you’ve mastered these tips, your Mac will be at its best.
These time-savers, tips, and tricks will greatly increase your Mac’s capabilities and improve your workflow.
Top Mac tips and Tricks 2021
These are the top Mac tips and tricks that will work in 2021.
1. How to digitally sign documents
Signing documents on your Mac is essential, especially since so many people work from home. There is an easier way than just printing the document and signing it. Then scan it back to your Mac.
Next, open Preview. Click Tools > Annotate > Signatures > Manage Signatures. Click Create Signature in the pop-up box. Now you can use your iPhone or trackpad to sign your document. Or, use the camera on your Mac to take a picture of your signature on paper. To sign a document in Preview, click Tools > Annotate> Signature. Once you’re done, click the drop-down menu and drag your signature in place.
2. How to customize the Finder sidebar
Finder is MacOS’ default file browser. You can customize it to suit your needs in just a few clicks. You can add a folder to the Finder sidebar to make it easy to access. Click on the folder to open it and drag it to the sidebar. Hold the Cmd key and drag the app’s icon over. You can delete items by using the Sidebar tab under Finder > Preferences.
You can also change the buttons at the top and bottom of the Finder window. Click View > Customize Toolbar to add, remove or rearrange buttons.
3. How to rename files in Finder
Apple’s MacOS allows you to batch rename files. However, you have many more options if you need greater control. Select all files that you want to rename. Next, Cmd+click on them. Click Rename x Items (where x refers to the number of files highlighted).
You will see a pop-up window that offers several options. You have the option to rename files by either replacing their names or adding text to their end. Or, you can rename them based on different factors like their date and name. A name base can also be used. A preview is located at the bottom of the popup window so that you can see the final file names.
4. How to Use Stationery Pad
You want to make a template from a file for your next documents? Stationery Pad is an innovative method that will help you accomplish this task.
Locate the file that you want to use as a Template, then click Ctrl+click on it and click Get Information. Check the Stationery Pad box. Double-clicking this file will open a duplicate. This allows you to make changes and save the original.
5. How to use Spaces on multiple desktops
Do you like to keep work and play apart? Spaces. You can have multiple MacOS desktops with different files and windows open. This feature is useful when you want to focus on one project at a time.
To open the Spaces menu swipe up using four fingers on the trackpad and press the Mission Control button or Ctrl+Up. To add a new desktop, click the “+” icon. You can switch between desktops using four fingers, or by pressing Ctrl+Left or Ctrl+Right. Click and drag files or windows to another desktop until the Spaces menu opens. Then, drop them on the desktop of your choice.
6. How to assign shortcuts for your window corners
Windows 10’s Peek allows you to temporarily see the desktop by moving your mouse to the bottom-right corner. Hot Corners in MacOS allows users to assign control to every corner of their screen.
Launch System Preferences > Mission Control >> Hot Corners. You can select an action for each corner. This includes locking the screen or starting the screen-saver. You can also add keypresses to the mix to assign the same action multiple corners simultaneously
7. How to use Mac’s hidden window resizing tricks
It may seem simple to resize windows — click and drag the corners of the window. MacOS offers some additional options.
While you are resizing the window, hold Shift and it will retain its current aspect ratio. While you’re resizing the window, hold Alt. The corner or side opposite will be resized in the same amount as the one you are. You can combine both Alt and Shift simultaneously.
8. How to share your contact information in Contacts
Contacts allows users to share their information with others, but sometimes you only need certain information. For example, your work email address and not your street address.
First, create your card by clicking on Card > Make this my Card in Contacts. Open Contacts’ preferences, click on the Card tab, and then tick the box to “Enable private card”. Click Edit on your card, untick any boxes that aren’t relevant to the item you don’t want to share and click Done.
9. How to add spacers on the Dock
With just a few Terminal commands, you can add spacers to the Mac’s Dock. This will allow you to organize your app icons in a new way. Open Terminal from Go>Utilities, then type the following: “defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add ‘”tile-type”=”spacer-tile”;’; killall Dock” and press Return (the command is case-sensitive).
The Dock will disappear and then reappearance with a spacer tile to the right. Enter “exit” in Terminal. Then press Return to quit Terminal. Now drag the spacer tile anywhere you like in Dock. You can do this for as many as spacers you want.
10. How to unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch
Setting your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac is a great example of the Apple ecosystem. If both devices have the same Apple ID, all you need to do is press any button to wake up your Mac and it will unlock automatically.
Launch System Preferences and click Security & Privacy to set this feature up. Check the box next to Use your Apple Watch for unlocking apps and your Mac. You might be asked to enter your Mac’s password. This works with MacOS Catalina or watchOS 6.
11. How to Transfer Files Fast
When your Mac turns on, hold down “T” to enter Target Disk Mode. Thunderbolt 3 cables can be used to transfer large files quickly between Macs.
12. How to paste with Style Matching
When pasting something, if you use Option-Shift-Command-V instead of just Command-V, you can transform the pasted content into the style of the content that already exists in a document. This keyboard shortcut is useful if you have italicized text and want to copy it from the internet.
13. How to transform a website into a dock app
Drag the URL bar to the bottom of your dock to add any website. You can add a website to your dock faster because you can click from the same spot as all your apps.
14. How to quickly print
To print your files automatically, go to System Preferences and navigate to Printers and Scanners. Drag the icon for your printer to your desktop.
15. How to share screen with Messages
To screen share with the person you are chatting with, click the “Details” link in Messages. This can be very useful for helping family members who are less tech-savvy, provided they click the screen sharing option.
16. How to view Files from the Dock
To preview a file in the Downloads or Docs folder, hover your mouse over it and press the spacebar. You can also do this for certain files in Finder.
17. How to find out where files are stored
You can use Command to click on a file or folder in the Downloads or Documents folders on your dock.
18. How to Move Files Quickly
You can move files between locations using keyboard shortcuts by pressing Command-C. Copy the files and then press Option-Command -V to move them to a new location.
19. How to activate Spotlight Searching
Command + Space will launch a search interface that allows you to find files on your Mac. Spotlight is able to do everything, from finding files to answering simple questions to solving math problems.
20. How to switch between Apps
Use Command + Tab to switch between the open apps. To cycle through all open apps, hold down the Command key while pressing Tab. Release when you see the app that interests you.
21. How to close Apps From App Switcher
To close an open app, hold down the command key while you are in Command + Tab view.
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