Mac computers are so crammed with smart and useful features that you could go on for years without finding them all. Your 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 I hope you'll feel the same soon.
Your Mac has its own emoji keyboard just like the one on your phone. However, achieving it is not as easy as hitting a special button on the keyboard.
It's basically a series of keyboard buttons, but once you've memorized them, 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.
Yes, there is a dark mode on your Mac
In fact, Apple added a special dark mode to the Mac well ahead of the iPhone ($ 699 at Apple) and iPad ( $ 340 at eBay) received the same position. 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.
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 & Screensaver . Make sure the Apple drop-down list is selected, then choose from one of three dynamic desktop images.
The background changes during the day and uses 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 spin on the otherwise static desktop images.
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.
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 at the bottom of 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 your iPhone's screen.
After creating your signature, drag it to your document and save your work. Pretty cool, huh? Thisif you need more guidance.
Quickly rename multiple files
Ever have a group of files you need to rename, and hate spending the time on individual name them? 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.
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 ($ 999 at Apple) .
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.
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