I used to be a die-hard Windows user. I was a Mac hater. I still am sometimes. I’m stuck in between Team Open Source programming and Team Shiny Apple.
It’s just so pretty.
I used to think that Mac OS was so dumbed down that we couldn’t customize anything, but I learned once I got a Macbook Pro in 2009 that you definitely can customize everything. You may have to jump through a few more hoops to do so, but it’s definitely possible.
Now, you may ask, but what about the price? The price of a Macbook with average RAM, hard drive space, and their signature amazing graphics is a kick in the pants from $1200 and up. Spending the same amount on a Windows OS laptop would probably afford a supped up laptop with a massive hard drive and amazing graphics card. So yes, the Macbook is overpriced, but honestly, it’s a solid laptop. I’ve had it since 2009 with minimal problems, so after over four solid years of heavy gaming, blogging, movie watching, and school, I’m pretty impressed. It’s lasted me as long as almost all of the computer I’ve ever owned combined.
But I digress. Enough about the Mac vs. PC debate. So many bloggers I know have Apple products (iPhones, iPads, Macbooks/iMacs), but they hardly use them to their full potentials. I’m newly an iPhone user still figuring out how to take a screenshot, but after owning my Macbook for over four years, I’ve picked up some nifty Mac shortcuts and tips along the way.
The Bread and Butter Mac Shortcuts
These ones are the shortcuts that almost everyone knows. Your average Joe copy and paste. Â FYI,Â âŒ˜ means the “Command” button.
- âŒ˜+T= Open new tab
- âŒ˜+N= Open a new window
- âŒ˜+C = Copy
- âŒ˜+X = Cut
- âŒ˜+V = Paste
- âŒ˜+A= Select All
- âŒ˜+R= Refresh
The Shortcuts That Will Make Your Life Easier
These are some of the more advanced ones that I use all the time. They help in a pinch, especially the selected area screenshot because I have a dual monitor thing going on, and I don’t want a screenshot of BOTH screens, which happens with the traditional screenshot method. Important note: Even if you’re NOT a mac user, a lot of these shortcuts are the same on Windows OS computers. Just replace theÂ âŒ˜ with Control, and you’ve got pretty much the same functions.
- âŒ˜+1/2/3/etc.= Switches to that numbered tab (So if you have 3 tabs open, you can switch between them by pressingÂ âŒ˜+1,Â âŒ˜+2, orÂ âŒ˜+3
- âŒ˜+Shift+T= Open the last tab you closed (useful when you accidentally close a tab)
- âŒ˜+L = Directs the cursor to the URL address bar (great for copy&paste for URLs)
- âŒ˜+W= Close tab (or window if it’s the only tab)
- âŒ˜+Q= Quit program
- âŒ˜+Click/Mouse left click on a hyperlink = Open the link in a new window
- Fn+Del= Delete (as opposed to Backspace)
- âŒ˜+Left arrow= Moves cursor to beginning of the line (Home)
- âŒ˜+Right arrow= Moves cursor to the end of the line (End)
- Option+Right/Left arrow= Moves cursor to beginning of the words before or after the cursor
- âŒ˜+Shift+4=Screenshot of an area that you select (click & drag to select)
- âŒ˜+Spacebar= Directs cursor to Spotlight (aka searching your computer for a file/program)
Other Mac Tips
- Spaces – I just recently switched from OS Snow Leopard to Mavericks, and although I’m still getting used to the setup, I’m glad they’ve kept spaces. Spaces are different “Desktops” that you can have, so you can have multiple documents open on several virtual “desktops” so you can switch between the other without having to open or minimize an application. You can add them through your mission control by clicking on the + screen in the top right corner (you may have to hover there for it to show up.I use spaces a lot for translation work (having a desktop for dictionaries/resources, one for parallel texts, one for translation briefs, and one for the actual translation), but I also use it for multiple windows, say I’m referencing a source in one desktop and writing a blog post in another. I’m sure you can find better/other uses, but honestly it’s one of my favourite things about Mac OS.
- Have you assigned Hot Corners yet? You can make each corner of your screen to go to different things. For example, my bottom left corner goes to my dashboard/widget area, the top left corner goes out to show the four “Spaces” (like multiple Desktop windows), the top right corner goes to lock my screen, and the bottom right goes to Desktop (like the Windows+D shortcut for Windows OS). It’s really useful for quick access of my post-it notes with colour codes, phone numbers, calculators, etc.
- Tags: in OS Mavericks, there’s a feature for the Finder to add tags to your files. It’s really useful for quick categorization in one folder in case you don’t want to make individual folders for each group of photos.
- Multi-touchpad: I bloody love that thing. Being able to swipe forward and backward with two fingers, between Desktop Spaces with three fingers, and quick scrolling up and down a page makes navigating the Internet so much more efficient. Snow Leopard used to have when you swiped four fingers down, it would splay out all of the windows you have open, but now Mission Control does that by combining windows with Spaces.
So this basically wraps up my tips and tricks for using your Mac to your advantage. I’m sure at some point I’ll compile a post about the iPhone and how you can use it to better your blogging/life. In the meantime, if you have any tips or tricks (be it for Windows OS or Mac), please feel free to comment and share! And if I haven’t explained anything clearly, please inquire below =)
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