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!

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:

Woah Hey. 1Password 4 for Mac is Out!

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Somehow I missed this from yesterday, but 1Password 4 for the Mac is available!  I use 1Password for my iPhone, iPad, and both the MacBooks we have at our house. It is MUST HAVE software.

If you aren’t using any password manager for your online activity, you probably have resorted to the use of 1 of the following three methods:

  1. You write (with a physical pen or pencil) your passwords down on a piece of paper or notebook that you keep track of.
  2. You keep them all in a note file on your Mac.  Perhaps you’ve made use of the Sticky Notes on your Mac Dashboard, or maybe the Notes app that syncs via iCloud.
  3. You only have two or three passwords that you remember and you use one of them them on every site.  Thankfully you have a memory like an elephant, so you’ll always have the password on the tip of your tongue when needed.

Sure, those methods are convenient, but you are just asking to get hacked.  The team at AgileBits Software put it best:

“Secure” and “convenient” never worked together in a sentence until we built 1Password.

Once I’ve had a chance to look over 1Password, I’ll post a full review, but I can let their web site sell you on it.  Go to AgileBits and check it out!

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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