So you have finally made an entrance to the Apple family with your MacBook! Congrats! And what a great time to learn how to use it correctly now that all of us are stuck indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether you have bought the M1 MacBook Pro or some other version, these hacks will change the way you use a MacBook! As per an article by TechCrunch, its battery life is worth mentioning. In this blog, we would share some interesting tips and tricks related to the great purchase you have recently made. Even if you are an avid user for years now, you should go through this blog as we bet you don’t know some of these hacks. These tricks would make sure that the device is more productive and make the most of your Mac.
Take a screenshot of a certain part of the screen
You might know how to take a screenshot on your MacBook. But what will you do if you don’t want to capture the whole screen? To take a screenshot of the partial screen, you need to click Cmd + Shift + 4.
You have to click and drag a box over the part you want to take a screenshot of. Once released, it will be saved on the Desktop.
The Mac alternative of Ctrl + Alt + Delete
If you want to know the alternative of Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then you can check here.
Suppose you cannot escape a program, press Cmd + Option keys and Esc. This will bring up the Force Quit dialog box that will show you all running applications. You can close them easily. Another way is to hold down the Control and Option keys and click on an app’s icon in the Dock. You can then click on Force Quit.
Rename a lot of files at once
If you wish to rename a large number of files all at once, then also, you can do the same. If you have been on holiday recently or just have got some assignments that need to be renamed immediately, then you can rename them all at once with the version of OS X – Yosemite and above.
Step 1: Select the files
Step 2: Right-click on them
Step 3: Click rename
Step 4: You can then replace the text with the names of your choice.
Run Windows on your Apple machine
This is one of the most important hacks for you. Also, it is easy to do as well. All you need to do is navigate the applications option on your Mac and then click on the utilities folder. Then you will find the Boot camp. It will now divide your hard drive – that is, you will get to see that it is getting partitioned into 2 parts; you can use one of the partitions to install Windows. The storage for one Operating system cannot be accessed by the other. The ratio between partitions depends on you. Click Partition to begin the process.
Once you restart the Mac, you will be asked to install an OS on the newly partitioned section. Now install the Windows OS by using a disk or other installation options. Your computer will now boot into Windows. Yes, you read that right. Whenever you open your personal computer from now on, hold down the option key so that you can choose between the two OS.
Add your signature to documents
If you want to add a signature to documents, you need to sign within the Preview application. It is quite easy to achieve this on Mac. You have to click on the pen icon located near the top right-hand corner of the screen. After that, you can select Create Signature from Built-in iSight.
iSight is your Mac’s built-in webcam that can be used to capture your signature. You can then sign your name on a white paper and hold it in front of the camera. Follow the guidelines so that there are no technical glitches. Click on accept to save the same.
Switch between many windows within the same program
If there are several windows within the same program, you need to click on Cmd + Tab keys. Cmd + ~ helps to switch amongst various windows open under the same program.
Record the screen
You can even record the screen on your Mac! You can take the help of a feature built into QuickTime for this.
Step 1: Go to the Applications folder
Step 2: Click File > New screen recording.
You can now record the entire screen or just a part of it.
So these are some of the top Mac-related hacks that you need to know!! Try them and let us know