15 Tips to Customize and Enhance Mac's Performance

15 Tips to Customize and Enhance Mac’s Performance

We are awestruck by our Macs and always looking for new things to use them. Suppose it’s using the iPad as a secondary screen and Air Dropping hilarious stuff to your family members or finding faster ways to perform everyday tasks. In that case, there’s not a single Mac trick we didn’t enjoy. In this article, we will share our top tips with you.

1. Spotlight

From High Sierra, Spotlight has performed unit conversions, such as changing dollars into British pounds and kilograms in pounds. For instance, type “$1,000 in GBP” to convert dollars into Sterling.

2. Summon Siri

Hold and press the Command+Space bar, or press the Siri button on the menu bar or in the Dock and you’ll be able to use the identical Siri service you are using on your iPhone. 

Apart from the usual tasks, such as providing you with the weather forecast and displaying the weather forecast, you can also request Siri to find specific files, switch the system’s functions, or launch apps.

3. Run Windows

Intel Macs run Windows natively through Boot Camp; however, you can also utilize virtualization software like VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox or Parallels Desktop to run Windows applications directly on the Mac desktop.

4. Make shortcuts to take screenshots

Are you in need of screenshots? Command+Shift+3 will take the entire screen (or when you have multiple monitors and screens, multiple full screens), While Command+Shift+4 lets you capture the whole screen as well, for instance, when you press the spacebar, the entire window it clicks on. To record your Touch Bar hit Command+Shift+6.

5. Disable or show the menu bar

It is possible to hide the menu bar, just like you use the Dock. The options are available in the System Preferences => Dock and menu bar.

6. Resize, Crop and alter images

For cropping an image within Preview, Draw an area using the normal Rectangular Selection tool. Then, press Command+K or go into Tools and choose Crop. 

Alternately, you can show your Edit Toolbar and create an even more complicated selection using either the Instant Alpha tool or the Smart Lasso.

7. Batch-rename files

In Yosemite, you may select a collection of files and choose Rename from the contextual menu to right-click or the drop-down menu identified with a cog in the Finder window. 

After clicking ‘Rename,’ you can select the possibility for adding text or applying a format, such as a name or an automatically incrementing counter.

8. Use Split Screen view

If you’re running macOS Mojave or older, you can hold the left-click button on an application’s green maximize button on the left side of the screen and drag it to the desired location on the left or right-hand side.

Suppose you are running macOS Catalina later than version 1.0. In that case, you can left-click and hold the app window’s green increase button to open an options menu that includes the choices ‘Enter Full Screen’ and ‘Tile Window to the Left of Screen’ or the option to move the window to the right of the screen. 

If you have a second screen, this menu will allow you to relocate the window to the screen.

10. Change icons for folders and files

Right-click the folder or file you wish to copy, click “Get Info,” and duplicate the thumbnail image. After that, right-click the file or folder with the icon you want to alter, select ‘Get Information’ and click on the icon, and press Control+V to copy it.

11. Utilize shortcuts to speed up your work

Apple introduced Shortcuts on its Mac within macOS Monterey, and it’s an ideal way to automate routine tasks. You can make your shortcuts using the starter shortcuts and a fantastic collection of shortcuts that you can download.

12. Create keyboard macros

In System Preferences => Keyboard Text, you can create shortcuts that add entire blocks of text as well as Emoji. This feature is used for signatures, emojis, and even document skeletons.

13. Email massive files

From Yosemite to the present, Mail will upload massive documents to the cloud. They will send the recipient a link instead of a file that might be too large for their mailbox. You can upload up to 5GB files and have the storage limit being 1TB.

14. Set the volume of the audio in smaller increments

Suppose you’re using the keys for volume control on the keyboard of your Mac. In that case, the differences between one click and the following could be quite significant, especially when you’re using powerful external speakers. 

Press Option+Shift while you press those keys, you’ll notice that the increments get less noticeable.

15. Keep a record of the Screen of your iPhone and iPad's Screen

Attach the iOS gadget to the Mac via its cable and open QuickTime Player. Select the option ‘New Movie Recording’ from the File menu. Next, if it’s not selected, choose the linked iOS gadget as your camera’s source in the drop-down menu next to the recording button. 

Please select whether you want to record audio (either through a built-in mic or an external microphone or the sound that the iOS device itself produces) from the drop-down menu, and then press the button to record. 


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