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Best Mac OS Tips And Tricks You Should Know To Save Time


With your Mac, you can do a lot of things, for both personal purposes or work. However, there are many tips and tricks you might not know. It will help you to do tasks faster and save a lot of times.

In this article, I will explain further about these tips and tricks. Some of these tips need the latest version of Mac OS, such as El Capitan or MacOS Sierra. So to get them work, you have to upgrade your Mac.

#1. Convert Units With Spotlight

Which tool do you often use to convert units? A real calculator or a virtual calculator on your phone? Now you can convert units easier on your Mac with the help of Spotlight. Technically, it’s a search function in Mac OS that you can use to search for anything, including photos, videos, documents, applications and much more.

To get started, open Spotlight by hitting Command+Space at the same time. Next, fill out what you want to convert, into the search box and press Enter. For example, if you want to convert 100 USD to EUR, simple type “100 USD to EUR”, without the quotes. The result will automatically be displayed after pressing Enter. It’s almost instantly. You can also use “100 USD in EUR” to convert from USD to EUR like the above term. There’s no different at all.

#2. Run Windows

Many Mac users don’t know that they still can install and run Windows operating system on their Mac. With the help of virtualization applications, such as Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox through BootCamp Assistant. This tool (from /Applications/Utilities) will help you to create a new partition from your hard drive or solid state drive and install Windows into it.

I’ve installed and running Windows on my Mac computer for years. So far, I’ve not encountered any problems yet.

#3. Use Timed Screenshot Mode

I’m sure that many of you already know how to take a screenshot of a Mac by pressing a few keystrokes. However, did you know you can take a timed screenshot?

What is the timed screenshot mode? Typically, the timed screenshot mode allows you to capture a screenshot after a particular time. For example, if you want to take a screenshot of a right-click menu, you can’t do it with keyboard shortcuts.

The reason is that when you press any key, the menu will disappear. However, you can launch Grab application and use its timed screenshot mode to do so. When activating, it will count down from ten to one and then take a screenshot. In that time, you can right-click to bring up the menu.

For further tips and tricks on how to take screenshots on your Mac, read this tutorial from UsefulPCGuide.com

#4. Sign PDF Documents In Mail

What would you do if someone sends you a PDF document and asks you to sign on it? Most people choose the traditional way that needs to print the PDF document, use a pen to sign on it, scan it and then send it back to the sender.

However, you can now make your work simpler by signing it with Mail application. All you need to do is to compose a new email, drag the PDF file into the email, hover over it. A little button will appear, and you need to click on it. You will be able to create a new signature to add on that PDF document with the trackpad.

#5. Batch Rename Files In Mac

With all Mac OS versions before Yosemite, you will not be able to rename multiple files at the same time. To do that, you will need assistance from third-party programs.

However, if your Mac computer is running the El Capitan version or later, you can select multiple files, right-click on them and rename them follow rules you set, at the same time.

I hope these useful tips and tricks will help you use and control your Mac better. If you have any questions regarding Mac OS, drop your comment below.

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Chris Warren is interested in Apple technology and how it works. He writes reviews of the applications for iOS and Max OS X, as well as reviews of different devices and accessories for Apple equipment. His free time he spends in the company of friends and acquaintances, most of the time joking and smiling. In private hands – iPhone 4 and iMac 24.
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