Find Out Some Mac Features
January 12, 2023
This time we are going to look at some features that you may not know about Macs and Apple. These devices are great and easy to use, and whether you are a Mac expert or new to the world, let’s look at some hidden features that might interest you.
With this option you can have a quick preview of the files without opening them in Finder. You just have to open a Finder window and look for the file you want to see with a preview. After this, you need to click on the file once with the mouse to select it, then you have to press the spacebar once to see a preview in a popup window.
You can use Quick Look on folders, so you can see information about the folder content that you need.
Also known as Spaces, you can have multiple virtual desktops for Mac, helping you organize your open windows and applications into different desktop workspaces, you can multitask with multiple desktops and switch between them quickly and easily.
How to do it
First you need to press F3 on your keyboard to open Mission Control, then you need to move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen and click the plus (“+”) button, this way you can add a new desktop.
Then from Mission Control on the desktop thumbnails at the top of the screen, you can drag and drop application windows, and just by clicking on the thumbnails you can switch between desktops.
Many times we tend to get distracted by doing other activities on the Mac, however, you can use the full screen option to fully concentrate on one task at a time, because while using this feature, you will only have one application or window which will occupy the entire screen. screen, and the desktop, while other windows will be temporarily hidden.
How to do it
First you need to click the little green button in the upper left corner of a window, the one near the red “close window” button. Or, another way is to hover over the green button and select “Enter Full Screen”.
Using a Mac you can take a screenshot and save the file as an image that you can review or share. Just press Shift+Command+3 on your keyboard, this way the screenshot will be saved to the desktop by default, or even for more screenshot options and screen recording features, you can press Shift+Command +5.
You can use Command+H to hide a window, Command+C to copy text, and Command+V to paste, or Command+Tab to switch between open apps. There is also the option to customize the keyboard shortcuts by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts.
This feature is often not known by many Mac users, however, this is an amazing search tool that can be used to find almost anything on your Mac or launch applications. You just have to click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of the screen and type what you are looking for, another way is also with Command+Space on your keyboard, making it easy to find files or anything you need on your Mac.
With this hidden function you can quickly quit a not responding application, just select Command + Option + Escape on your keyboard, then choose the not responding application in the list, and select “Force Quit”. This option is very good only when it is necessary.
With this tool you can automate repetitive tasks on your Mac, you have to enter Automator, with Launchpad, you can find it just by typing the name, then choose from a variety of included actions, such as “Rename Finder items” or “Copy files and folders”. After this you can choose a workflow, to save it and run it when you need it.
You can create custom text shortcuts for frequently used text, for example, you can create a shortcut for your email address (“@@”) so you don’t have to type it every time, you can even create shortcuts for email phrases. common usage like “omw” for “on the way”.
How to do it
You need to go to System Preferences > Keyboard, then click on “Text” and then click on the plus button to add the abbreviations you want.
You can share files between Mac and other Apple devices using WiFi or Bluetooth. To find this option you must go to Finder and click on the AirDrop icon in the sidebar, then in a window you will find all the AirDrop compatible Apple devices that are nearby. When you have the file you want to share, just drag and drop it into the AirDrop window and choose the device you want to transfer it to.