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7 of the best hidden Mac features you should know



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The Mac has lots of hidden features, you just have to find them.


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I feel like I never really use a device fully, so I try to learn as much as I can about every gadget I use ̵

1; be it a Mac a iPhone a Android phone or a Wi-Fi lamp . Part of the excitement when exploring a device or its software is finding hidden features. Whether it's entertainment or a way to speed up everyday and routine tasks – hidden features are often the best features.

The Mac has plenty of hidden treasures, such as a full-fledged emoji keyboard and an easy process to rename some files with just a few clicks.

Here are seven hidden Mac features that I can't live without, and hopefully you'll feel the same soon.

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There really is a hidden emoji picker on your Mac.


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Your Mac has its own emoji keyboard, just like the one on your phone. However, achieving it is as easy as pressing a special button on the keyboard. It's basically a series of keyboard buttons, and once you've captured them in memory, you can easily send emojis from your Mac.

While typing, press Control + Command + spacebar . A second later, the emoji picker appears, complete with a search bar.

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The dark mode on your Mac will save your eyes from unnecessary strain.


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Yes, there is a dark mode on your Mac

In fact, Apple added a special dark mode to the Mac long before the iPhone and iPad received the same function. Crazy, right? When dark mode is on, all apps that support the function change from light and bright colors to an almost black color, making it easier for your eyes to look at the screen at night.

To use dark mode, open System Preferences and click General . At the top of the Settings panel you will find three options: Light, Dark or Auto. The latter two change to dark mode, automatically using the time of day to switch between light and dark.

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Dynamic backgrounds are an easy way to change things.


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An ever-changing background

Instead of staring at the same boring photo as your desktop background all day, use one of the Dynamic Desktop images.

Open System Preferences and click Desktop & Screen Saver . Make sure the Apple drop-down list is selected, then choose from one of three dynamic desktop images.

The background changes during the day, using your location as a reference for the time of day. For example, the island photo follows sunrise, midday sun, sunset, then night, and changes slowly as you work.

It's a nice twist on the otherwise static desktop graphics.

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This is the best screenshot tool on Mac.


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An Easier Way to Take Better Screenshots

Taking a screenshot on the Mac can be done with a series of keyboard shortcuts, all starting with Command-Shift and then with a number. For example, CMD + Shift + 3 takes a screenshot of your entire screen, and CMD + Shift + 4 allows you to drag a crosshair over the area you want to capture. We have a handy list of all the assignments you can learn.

But my favorite combination is CMD + Shift + 5 . Press this on your Mac's keyboard and a small toolbar will appear at the bottom of your screen, giving you full control over what is and what isn't. You can even start or stop recording your Mac screen and choose where the screenshot will be saved.

Using this combo takes the guesswork out of which keyboard combo you need – you just have to remember that.

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Add a signature to a document with just a few clicks.


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Fill & Sign Documents

Use the Preview app on your Mac instead of using a third-party app to sign a document. The ability to add a signature was already in Preview in 2011, but it's not the most discoverable feature. After the initial installation (which is easy), signing a document in preview takes just a few taps. Seriously, I use it all the time.

Open the document you want to sign in Preview, then click the pen icon next to the search bar when taking the window. Click on the signature box followed by Create signature .

You can sign a piece of paper and hold it against your Mac's camera, use the trackpad to sign or sign your name on the screen of your iPhone.

After creating your signature, drag it to your document and save your work. Pretty cool, huh?

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Renaming multiple files has never been easier.


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Rename Multiple Files Quickly

Have you ever had a group of files you need to rename, and hate spending the time naming them individually? Open the folder with your files and select them all. The easiest way to do that is to click on the first file, hold down shift and click on the last file.

Right click on the marked files and select Rename x files . Enter the information you want to use, use the drop-down menus to adjust the settings and then click Rename when you are done.

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This is an iPad, with a Mac desktop on it thanks to Sidecar.


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Use your iPad as a second display

Last year, Apple introduced Sidecar, a feature that turns your iPad into a wireless second display for your Mac. Before Sidecar, you had to buy a third-party app or adapter to make it work.

You must have MacOS Catalina installed on your Mac and iPadOS 13 or newer on your iPad Pro to use it.

When you're ready to expand your Mac's screen, click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen and select Connect to your iPad. Your iPad then displays an expanded desktop of your Mac to which you can drag apps, or you can use it like you would any other screen.

View our complete Sidecar guide for a complete overview of what you can and cannot do .

Are you trying to figure out how to sync your iPhone to a Mac now that iTunes is dead? We have your back . We also guide you through the new Music app. After you master your Mac's hidden features, check out these hidden features in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 .


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