Durability, minimalism, and smooth functioning are some of the reasons why Macs are sought-after by professionals across all fields and industries. The device is sophisticated enough to help you accomplish tasks and simple enough so users can quickly start using the device without requiring professional assistance.
macOS is user-friendly and intuitive enough for users to find their way around, but if you need a helping hand, here are some hacks that will surely amaze you.
Apple Watch Can Unlock Your Mac
If you have an Apple Watch, you can use your watch to unlock your Mac. There’s no need to use the Touch ID or enter a password.
Enable this by going to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > choose to Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac or Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
Retrieve Deleted Files
Accidentally deleting important files can create mayhem. Luckily, you can recover accidentally deleted files Mac. First, check the Trash bin and put the files you don’t want to delete back where they were.
Second, you can use the Undo command to retrieve deleted files. Third, you can use Disk Drill to recover accidentally deleted files.
Split the Screen and Use two Apps Simultaneously
Did you know you can increase your Mac’s screen real estate without much effort? Use the Split View feature to split the screen and use two apps simultaneously. It’s that simple!
You can use the Sidecar feature if you want more than Split View and have an iPad. The Universal Control feature can also be used to expand the screen real estate and use your iPad as an external display to your Mac.
Spotlight Does More than Search Items
Spotlight is one of the best macOS tools, and mastering this tool will help you to get a lot done in less time. You can use it to search for apps and files, perform quick calculations and unit conversions, get weather updates, and more.
You can launch Spotlight by pressing Command + Spacebar.
Rename Several Files at Once
Save time by renaming files in bulk on macOS. For example, if you want to rename the files according to a certain pattern or wish to replace a specific term in a long list of folders, you can rename them at once.
Choose the folder or files you wish to rename in bulk and right-click on them. Select Rename, and you will get Add, Replace, or Format Text options.
Renaming files in bulk is a straightforward procedure, and it can save you precious time. Follow the on-screen prompts, and you will be done in no time.
Automate using Hot Corners
Hot Corners is not a hidden macOS feature, but most users overlook it. This feature automates tasks. You can execute specific actions by hovering the cursor on any of the four corners of your system’s screen. You can set this up by going to System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners. Then, you will see a list of actions. Choose the actions you want to assign to the four corners of the screen and then hover the cursor to have those tasks completed.
Set Dynamic Wallpaper and Watch the Images Automatically Change
Tired of looking at the same screen? You can have your screen automatically change images always to appear fresh.
You must choose Dynamic Wallpaper and decide when and at what interval you want the pictures to change. For example, it may disappear during the time, changing after an hour or whatever you want. The sequence of the wallpapers can be random, or you can choose the pictures from your photo library.
Go to Desktop and Screen Saver settings to set a Dynamic Wallpaper. First, select Dynamic Desktops and then choose the wallpaper from there.
Hide and show the Dock or Menu Bar to Expand Display
Do you want to remove all distractions from the Mac screen? You can set the Dock and Menu bar to hide and show automatically.
You can do this by going to the Dock and Menu bar Settings in the System Preferences application and enabling Automatically Hide and Show the Dock/Menu Bar. Then, when you need them, you can hover the mouse cursor on the screen’s bottom, and they will reveal themselves.
You will increase the screen real estate by hiding the Dock or Menu bar. Also, all the distracting icons will be hidden and out of sight. As a result, you can solely concentrate on what’s open on your screen and not be tempted to click on other app icons.
The Bottom Line
These are some of the hacks to help you get the most out of your Mac. Other hacks to be explored include dictating to your Mac instead of typing, force quitting unresponsive apps, taking a screenshot using dedicated keyboard shortcuts, etc.
Take advantage of the hacks mentioned above to save time and effort.