If we were to define the Mac in a word, we would say simplicity. In fact, whether it’s an iMac or a MacBook (Pro and Air), this jewel of technology is very easy to set up and adopt. It offers a clear interface and an intuitive operating system that makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
A computer of such an ilk has so many capabilities that it would be surprising that you know all the secrets. Shortcuts, new features, or even small tricks unknown, you may be surprised at the number of things that it is possible to do on a Mac.
In this article, we have selected for you the tips and tricks that we consider to be the best in High Sierra and the Mojave. We have also chosen 6 new features that landed on Catalina, the new macOS expected at the start of the year.
The new features coming with Catalina.
During his last Keynote in June, Apple unveiled Catalina, its new operating system which will be released in September 2019. Here are some of the novelties of this fall update.
Sidecar : with the Sidecar it will be possible to use your iPad as a second screen. You can also use it as a control device (graphics tablet, for example).
The tool Find My : it is a merger between Find My Friends and Find My Phone. To find your iPhone, rather than operate via the Wi-Fi, your Mac will send signals for your Bluetooth iOS. It is a process that increases your chances of finding it and Apple says that it is secure.
The Dark Mode : your screen will change appearance automatically based on the brightness or the time. The display will dim in the evening and will be clear in the morning.
Mail : with macOS Catalina, manage your emails and messages will be more simple. You can block your partner registering on the blacklist, set the notifications to mute, and select your e-mails in batch in a single swipe.
The end of iTunes : your iTunes music library is on the verge of extinction, it will be replaced by three apps : Music, Podcasts, and TV.
Assistive technology : voice Control will allow people who do not have the ability to use their devices entered on conventional keyboards.) managed by the voice.
The best tips on macOS Mojave .
In September 2018, a lot of interesting new features have arrived on the Mojave. Here, we’ll reveal you the 8 of them.
Dark mode .
The Dark mode dim your screen to make your browsing experience much more enjoyable and more relaxing for your eyes.
It is available from 2015 on El Capitan, but this proposed update on Mojave made it softer and more effective.
To enable the dark theme on your Mac, go on the Apple, open System Preferences, and then click the General tab.
Then go to Appearance and, between the two images, select the least bright.
Note that the Dark mode does not work with Pages or on Safari.
Thanks to Batteries, put the order on your desk by creating stacks of files and classifying them by categories. You will also be able to synchronize desktop different Mac and access the documents via your iOS devices.
To activate the batteries, go to the Presentation tab in the menu bar to Finder and then click on Use the batteries.
By default, the batteries are grouped according to their type such as PDF, images, images .. Then, it is up to you to manage your organization.
Dynamic desktop .
If you appreciate the mode dark Mojave, then you should love his new live wallpapers. There are two choices available to you, the wallpaper on the theme of the Mojave desert, and the so-called Gradients solar.
What have they so special ? They change appearance as the day or night progresses. Thus, as soon as the sun sets, or rises, the lighting of your screen and your wallpaper will change automatically.
To configure the dynamic Desktop, go to Preferences and go to the Desktop tab and screen savers. Then, make sure that the option board is selected, then select the wallpaper Mojave Dynamic.
Glance is a convenient and quick identification of files that you are looking for without the need to open.
When Yosemite was launched in 2014, Apple has added tools to markup to its Mail application, among other things, so that you can quickly edit images or PDF without the use of Photos or Preview.
Now, with Mojave, Mac users have access to these tools and more through a glance.
To access it, locate the file first that you want to edit in Finder and press the space bar to open the quick view.
Then, to show the tools to markup and edit your document, click on the icon of the pencil in a circle, and then click Done.
This is a real advantage if you need to complete or sign a doc PDF.
Gallery View .
Gallery View replaces the functionality of a Cover Flow. It is in the same spirit as the Photos, however, it is much more comprehensive.
When you open the Gallery, to the right of the image are displayed the metadata : creation date, size, color and more. Thanks to this and the tools to markup proposed, make easy, simple changes to your photos.
The quick Actions .
To automate some of your actions and work on files directly from the Finder, Apple has put in place Rapid Action.
In the case of instruments such as Rotate, Markup, Creation of PDF.., available by default in the preview pane.
To put it in place, open the Automator application, click on File, then New document.
Then, choose quick Actions, and click Select to add actions to your process. Finally, go to File and then Save.
To apply for your fast action, right-click on your image or document, and then choose quick Actions.
To make a screenshot under the version of the Mojave, let aside the classic combination Command + Shift + 3 or 4. Now, press Command + Shift + 5 simultaneously.
Different proposals in the form of icons will then appear, each one representing a type of capture or to record : full screen, window, specific part. You will only have to select the one of your choice.
Your screen capture will then appear in small in the bottom right of your screen.
Continuity Camera .
With the feature of Continuity, take a picture (or scan a document with your iPhone and it automatically appears on your Mac. In this way, you will no longer need to import your images you even.
In the menu bar to Finder, click on Edit, go to Insert from your iPhone or iPad and then select Take photo. If you are satisfied with the photo then tap Use photo to make it appear.
The best tips macOS High Sierra and earlier versions .
Here are 19 tips you need to know about macOS Sierra, and which also work on earlier versions.
Prevent autoplay of videos in Safari .
With Safari 11, it is possible to disable the automatic playing of videos.
To do this, click on Safari and then click Settings for this web site. In the pop-up window that appears, select auto-Play, three choices are available to you :
Always allow the automatic reading.
Do not read the content of the sound.
Never allow the automatic reading .
Do not read the contents of the audio blocks videos that contain audio.
To prevent access to any video, select never allow auto-play.
Create a GIF .
On Sierra, turn your Live Photo in GIF or give him a rebound effect or loop.
To do this, open your photo with Edit and in the drop-down menu select Bounce.
If you have a Live photo of a fireworks display so we recommend that you the effect Loop.
Pin important notes .
For better organization, it is possible to pin a note. For this, you just have to right-click it and choose Pin the note. You can also protect it with a password.
Search for flights in Spotlight .
If you know the flight number of your spouse) or your friend(e), then it is easy to find this kind of information via Spotlight.
Simply press the keys cmd + space bar and enter the number.
Spotlight does not tell you only when the plane took off or when he will arrive at his destination, he will also show you where is the progression of the journey live.
Change the system settings of your Mac with Siri .
Save time by using Siri instead of browsing the menus in system Preferences to find the setting you need.
Activate Siri by pressing cmd + space bar and then say, for example, Enable Bluetooth to enable the Bluetooth chip.
Copy-and-paste between different Apple devices .
Clipboard is a universal extension of Continuity introduced on Mac OS X El Capitan. Thanks to the following, copy items (text, images, photos) of your devices, macOS, or iOS, and paste them on other devices without having to use AirDrop.
The only thing you have to do is to enable Handoff and sign in with the same Apple id on your devices.
For this, go to the Apple, System Preferences click on General and make sure that the option to Allow Handoff between this mac and your devices Cloud to be checked. On your iPhone, go to Settings, then General, then turn on Handoff.
Now, copy your text (or image), it will be directly added to the clipboard of your device close to and you will only have to paste it.
Synchronize your desktop on multiple Macs .
One of the best features on Sierra is the synchronization of your desktop with the iCloud Drive. You can access any file or folder from any of your devices.
The only limit is the storage space, if you pay more than the 5 Gb standard, then this function will be useful to you.
To share your documents, go to system Preferences and then click iCloud. Next to iCloud Drive, click Options and select Desktop Folders and documents, to share these files.
To retrieve your files, simply go to iCloud.com, log in and then open the folder in iCloud Drive.
Use QuickType .
When you type a message on your iPhone, you will suggest words to add. On Mac, this prediction is made possible thanks to the function QuickType.
Whether you use TextEdit or Notes, to bring up suggestions, type your word, enter a space and press simultaneously on the keys Alt + Esc.
Organize your files with tags .
To organize your Mac, we suggest you use the Tags. These labels with a color code allow you to differentiate your documents, and thus, facilitate their classification. This tip will save you valuable time.
To tag a file is opened, click on the small arrow next to the document title and in the Tags field, enter your new tag or choose from pre-recorded.
Check the signal strength and the battery of your hotspot iPhone .
You are unable to access a network using your Mac ? Not to worry, share your iPhone connection can solve this problem.
On your iOS, go to cellular Data and then enable internet connection Sharing.
Now, click on the icon for WiFi in the menu bar of your Mac, find your iPhone and enter the password displayed on this site.
Once connected, you can see the quality of the signal and the battery status of your iPhone.
Watch a video with the feature picture-in-Picture .
Go about your business on the internet while keeping an eye on your video in a small floating window with the feature picture-in-Picture.
Note that to take advantage of the Web site on which you watch your video must have the protocol for HTML5, as this is the case for YouTube and Vimeo.
On the command bar to play your YouTube video click on the icon of two screens superimposed with an arrow inside.
Find your photos through keywords .
You don’t know may be not, but the Photos app scans your images and detects more than 4,000 objects in addition to seven facial expressions different. It also adds categories to your photos using their metadata.
Thus, by searching for “birthday cake” for example, Photos can you find the photo of the said cake.
Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch .
Did you know that your Mac is able to open your session instantly thanks to the presence of your Apple Watch ?
To configure this automatic unlocking, make sure that your watch connected works under watchOS 3, or later, and your Mac under macOS Sierra, or later.
In addition, your devices must be connected to iCloud with the same id.
Then check your Bluetooth, your WiFi and your two-factor id to be activated and that the connection sharing and screen are, themselves, disabled.
Once your checks are made, go to the Apple menu and go to System Preferences, click Security and privacy, then click the General tab.
Optimize your storage space .
You run out of space on your Mac ? Fortunately, there are solutions to be quickly released under macOS Sierra.
First of all, click on the Apple icon then click about. Then, go to Storage ; to view the recommendations, click on the Manage button.
Now you can choose which method of prescription use, namely, Store them in iCloud, Optimize storage, Empty the recycle bin automatically, or Reduce the footprint.
Optimize your battery .
Sometimes it is necessary to optimize your energy consumption to increase the battery life of your Mac.
To do this, in the Apple menu, go to System Preferences and select energy Saver.
You can choose between Suspend as soon as possible the activity of the hard drives or Darken the screen slightly when the computer is running on battery power.
Install Night Shift .
The function Night Shift allows you to dim the brightness of your screen to the comfort of your eyes once the night fell.
To configure it, go to the Apple then System Preferences, and then click Monitors. Then, on the tab Night Shift, and schedule a range of time custom or automatic.
Private browsing on Safari .
For more privacy during your activities on Safari, we recommend that you open a private browsing window.
To do this, go to Safari, File and then click on New private window. Now, all the new tabs that you open in this window will be private.
Sign documents with your trackpad .
If you have a MacBook or that you have added a trackpad to your iMac, then check out this tip to sign PDF files via Preview.
To do this, open your PDF and click on the icon of the toolbox markup (a pen tip in a circle) in the top right. Then, click the signature icon on the bottom ( sort of scribbles).
When you have finished, click on your signature to select it, then drag it to the right spot on your document.
Preview your files with the Preview pane .
The Finder has always offered a preview pane in the frame display mode Columns.
What you may not know this, is that this quick overview can also be activated in any mode display : icon, list, or gallery.
To quickly activate the preview window, simultaneously press the command , Shift, Cmd, and P.