Simple Tips to Make the Most of Your Mac
While regular PCs and laptops are likely more popular, there are still plenty of those who prefer Apple over everything else. Macs have been around for many years now, and there are more than enough individuals who cannot imagine using anything else.
Nevertheless, as technology continues to advance at an incredible pace, it becomes clear that more and more regular users do not take full advantage of what is in front of them. Macs are no exception to this. If you have just bought your first Mac, or have one but use it only for specific things, these tips should improve your experience quite a bit.
Unit Conversion Using Spotlight
While most users are aware of Spotlight’s abilities to calculate basic formulas, there is much more that the software has to offer. You can convert units. Depending on what you need, you can find out how much one currency is worth is converted to another.
Talk and Listen
Siri has introduced an entirely new way to do things. Apple users are well aware of how fun it is to talk to Siri on a smartphone or tablet. However, this feature is now available to Mac OS as well. It takes time getting used to, but you can definitely improve the method of using your Mac.
An eternal debate of Windows versus Mac OS continues. And while most Apple users would not even consider using any other operating system, Windows can be pretty hefty. Virtualization apps like VMware Fusion or VirtualBox can make this become a reality.
Decide on the Size of a Screenshot
Regular computer users have it pretty rough – the print screen key snaps the whole thing and running various tools to get just a portion can be quite annoying. Meanwhile, Mac users can decide on what they want to capture. Click Shift+Command+4 and you will have what you wanted.
While it might not seem like that big of a deal, it is still a fun feature nonetheless. There are more than enough special characters meant just for Mac users. Go to Edit menu of your apps and you should be able to see these characters at the bottom.
Getting Rid of History is Just as Easy
Each browser has a feature where you can delete browsing and search history. However, with Macs, you also have an option to accomplish the task automatically. It is especially great if you use more than one browser. CleanMyMac X, which is available for free (Demo), allows you to simultaneously clear history of multiple browsers.
You do not need dual monitors to make split screen possible. Newer versions of Mac has a feature which allows you to split your screen in a way that you can use two apps at the same time and be more efficient.
If you edit various images for work or fun, you definitely need to try Preview. According to a number of people, it is one of the most under-rated apps on Mac. And while it does not have the capabilities of the likes of Photoshop, it still does its job well.
Send and Receive SMSs
Yosemite has introduced an excellent feature by allowing Mac users to send and receive text messages not just on their iPhones. You can link all your Apple devices, including Macs, to an iMessage app, and enjoy texting as much as you want.
Print Without Waiting
It can be quite annoying to wait for another person to finish with his or her printing. However, if there is more than one printer in the office, you can create a network of sorts which allows you to use the closest available printer. These adjustments can be made by going to System Preferences and clicking on Printers and Scanners icon.
Apple continues to introduce new Mac models. And this will more than likely continue in the future. Those who prefer this computer over the rest should find the mentioned tips to be useful. Of course, there are plenty of other great features, and covering all of them would be impossible. But once you get the picture of what is really available, it should pique your interest to learn even more.