Seven Useful Mac Tips

An overview of MacOS tips that you may not be aware of. Great for new Mac users or anyone who is always after a better way to use your Mac. Below is a list of all seven covered:

① Spotlight Searching and the Command Key – Using the ⌘ command key, you can add some power to Spotlight.

② Finder Quick Actions for Editing – No need to open Preview… Just edit right from the Finder window.

③ Changing a Batch of File Names – Select a group of files and rename them all at once. I did mention an alternate third-party app for batch renaming of files. It provides more options than the standard options in the Finder. It’s called NameChanger, and can be found free here: http://bit.ly/MacNameChanger

④ Adding a Modifier Key to Hot Corners – If you accidentally trigger those hot corners too often, add a modifier key!

⑤ Using Night Shift in MacOS – You can turn up the warm color tones at night on your Mac.

⑥ Custom Keyboard Commands – Create custom keyboard commands for specific applications.

⑦ Universal Clipboard – Learn to copy and paste between devices. This has been around for a while but a lot of people still don’t use it!

5 Essential Apps for the Mac

The video below is an overview of 5 helpful apps for MacOS users that I highly recommend. Here is a list of all five covered:

Hazel – Magic automation machinery for your Mac. THINGS JUST HAPPEN WITHOUT YOU TOUCHING THEM. You need this app: http://bit.ly/hazelismagic

aText – Use shortcuts for repetitive typing. Can be used for short text like an email address or for an entire form letter. http://bit.ly/aTextShortcuts

PasteBot – Clipboard manager so you can add multiple items to the clipboard and then paste at will. http://bit.ly/PasteBot

Acorn – A Photoshop alternative for those who don’t want to spend a bunch of money. http://bit.ly/Acorn6forMacOS

Sophos Home – Anti-Virus protection, because yes, you need this on a Mac: http://bit.ly/MacsGetVirusesToo

7 Best New Features of MacOS Mojave 10.14

I posted this video review of the top 7 best new features in the new macOS 10.14 Mojave. Below is a list of all seven covered:

① Dark Mode – Mojave has a Dark Mode and it looks amazing.

② Continuity Camera – Import into MacOS directly from the iOS camera!

③ Desktop Stacks – Group items on the desktop by type.

④ Edit in Quick Look – Images or video can now be edited within the Quick Look.

⑤ Screenshot Utility – Command-Shift-5 (which should replace all shortcuts you’ve previously used!)

⑥ Dynamic Desktop – Dynamic Desktop alters the look of the desktop picture throughout the day.

⑦ iOS Apps on Mac – News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

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The Top 5 Things You Should Do First When You Get a New Mac

The top five things you should do first when you get a new Mac.  Here is what I cover in this video for newer users (or those who recently upgraded to a new Mac from a very old Mac):

1 – Check your Settings for natural scrolling Try and stick with natural scrolling, but if you can’t adjust, here’s how to switch it back to the “old” way.

2 – Set up hot corners in your system preferences Everyone should be using this time saver! Here’s how to set it up.

3 – Download and install 1Password or a comparable password manager app Download at https://1password.com

4 – Choose a VPN service if you were mobile I use VPN Unlimited and have for a couple of years now. https://www.vpnunlimitedapp.com/en There are plenty of good options out there for VPN.

5 – Choose a backup method and use it. Start with Time Machine and an external hard drive (http://amzn.to/2sjeb9n)

Then use an online backup service…  I use Backblaze and love it (SIGN UP HERE: https://secure.backblaze.com/r/00b9pv) Also consider:

How Do I Create a Screenshot on the Mac?

There are a few ways to create screenshots on your Mac. Here is what I cover in this video:

Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

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