35 Macbook Hacks That Will Make You a MacBook Pro
The following is applicable to all the users of the latest OS X version which you may download free from the App store.
Moving on. Here is the list of 35 MacBook hacks you need to know.
1. Copying & Pasting. Highlight the text, then hit Command + Shift + C to copy and Command + Shift + V to paste.
2. Special Character Use. Holding down the key for a few seconds after typing "e" or "i " will get you a list of special characters.
3. Finding Definitions. Navigate your cursor over any word then hit Command + Control + D and a definition will pop out.
4. Inverting Colors. Hit Command + Option + Control + 8 and you automatically invert the color on your screen. On Mountain Lion, this was formerly disabled. To turn this on, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility then click the "Invert Colors" box.
5. Zooming. Pressing Command + Option + 8 allows you to zoom through a page to the max. For finer zooming, press Command + Option + (=). Pressing Command + Option + (-) zooms you out of the page.
6. Purging. Do you notice that your computer is starting to respond slowly? Maybe it's time to clean it up to free some space. Take note that this works only with OS 10.7 or higher. In the Terminal app command line, type "Purge" and at least 500MB of space will be available for you.
7. Menu Bar Date and Time Icons. Go to System Preferences > Date and Time > Clock then check "Show Date" option under "Date Options." This will add to the menu bar the time, date, and battery percentage. If you wish, you may also add the day of the week, a clock icon, and so on.
8. Menu Bar Battery Life Icon. If you want your battery life status to be shown, just tick the battery icon then the "Show Percentage" option.
9. Adjusting Brightness & Volume. Press Shift + Option then press the volume and brightness buttons to your desired adjustment.
10. Choosing a Quiet Startup. If you don't want the sound that your computer makes when starting up, just hit F10 or the mute button.
11. Controlling Volume Sound. To turn the sound up or down, just click and hold Shift + the volume key.
12. Tweeting. While logged in your Twitter account using your Mac, send tweets simply by selecting any text, right click, and then click "Tweet."
13. Deleting. To delete letters in front, hit the fn key + delete. To delete the last typed word, press option + delete.
14. Mouse Trackpad Use. There's a lot you can do with this trackpad of your Mac computer which will make life so much easier for you. These includes smart zoom, zooming, and rotating among others. To figure them out, click System Preferences > Trackpad then navigate those tabs. Changing your trackpad's speed is an option for you also.
15. Saving Energy. Save your computer's battery life with this feature. You may choose to put your hard disk to sleep or set up a sleep time schedule by going to System Preferences > Energy Saver.
16. Use of Hot Corners. This is one cool trick your Mac can do. It lets you do a task by simply navigating through each of the four corners of your screen. To illustrate, scrolling to the bottom left of your computer screen may make your display go to sleep, launch Dashboard, etc. To activate this, you have two options. One is to go to System Preferences Mission Control > Hot Corners. The other option is to type "Hot Corners" into spotlight search.
17. View Change. Press the Command key + 1-4 to modify view options when doing a finder window search.
18. Using Spotlight Math. Your Mac can help you solve your Math problems by using the calculator app without having to open it. Just input your Math problem into your spotlight search and it will give you the solution.
19. Changing Icon Size. To manually adjust app icon size, hit Command + J after selecting an app in the finder window.
20. Hiding Your Dock. If you want to get rid of the dock, click Command + Option + D. To bring it back, just press those keys again.
21. Hiding Your Apps. To instantly hide the apps you are currently using, click Command + H. To hide all the apps that are open, click Command + Option + H. To minimize the app you're in, click Command + Option + M. These commands won't get rid of the app's sound, though, so if you want to log out of them, just click Command + Option + Q.
22. Saved Document Search. Forgot where you saved a document you worked on? Clicking the icon on top of an open app will help you find it.
23. Using Finder Window. If your finder window is too crowded, you may press Command + Option + S. Doing this will make the finder sidebar collapse and let you concentrate on what you want to search for.
24. Path Bar Use. When you want to know where exactly a file you are looking for is use the finder window. Hit View and "Show Path Bar" to display in the windows a list of your path.
25. Navigating Between App Windows. If you have several windows open in an app, type Command + ~ to navigate between those.
26. Set Sound. On your computer screen's top right you can find the sound icon. Click the Option key then the sound icon if you want your sound settings change.
27. Menu Bar Cleanup. Pressing the Command key and the app icon then dragging it away from the menu bar will get rid of litter you no longer use. This is not applicable to third party applications though.
28. Using Force Quit. Right click on the app icon then press "Force Quit" if it suddenly stops responding. Hitting Command + Option + Escape opens up the Force Quit menu, wherein you may choose to force stop any or all of your apps that are currently running.
29. Killing Widgets. You may have lots of widgets all running at the same time. You can find them in the Apple's OS widgets page. These can suck up a lot of your battery life, which you most likely want to save. To do this, go to the widgets page and hit the x in each running widget's corner.
30. Creating Text Shortcuts. This is like a word expander feature which is very helpful if you type a lot. To add text shortcuts, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text.
31. Screencast Recording. Want to record your screen's activity? You can do so by opening QuickTime Player and choosing New Screening Recording from the menu. To pick the audio source, click the dropdown arrow. You may also opt to show the mouse clicks and choose recording in either full screen or not.
32. Document Signing. You may now add your signature to any document. This is especially true in OS X 10.7 using Preview. In Preview's preferences, click Signatures then the + sign. Check the "Save this signature option". Get a piece of paper, put your signature, and hold it facing the webcam. Line it up then click Accept.
33. Speeding up Bookmarks Bar. Each bookmarked website placed in the bookmarks bar using safari creates a keyboard shortcut. To open the first site in the bar, press Command + 1, Command + 2 for the second, and so on.
34. iTunes Library Music. Sharing your music on your Mac is very easy. You may choose to share it with everyone by going to iTunes > Preferences > Sharing then check the "Share my library on my local network" option. At the bottom, there is a box wherein you can set a password if you want to limit it to certain users.
35. Password Retrieval. Forgot your password? Relax. Your Mac may just have saved it. If you want to look for a certain website, go to Utilities then run Keychain Access. Right click on that website then choose "Copy Password to Clipboard." To verify your identity, you may need to input your user login password. The forgotten password will then be duplicated, which you can now use to log in.