Tips and Tricks for Getting More Out of Your Mac

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Macs are the most popular device for designers and other creatives. This is because Apple has designed these devices with creatives in mind, ensuring that they have access to a wide variety of high-quality creative applications. Not only that, but the intuitive nature of Macs makes them simple to use and they look great too. If you use a Mac for your design process, you’ll probably already be making use of its best features. However, there are always lots of surprises that many owners don’t know about. Here are the best tips and tricks to help you get more out of your Mac.

Instantly View the Desktop

When you’re working on an important project, it’s not uncommon to have multiple programs open at once. As long as your Mac has enough RAM, running several different applications shouldn’t be an issue. However it can make getting back to the desktop a bit of a challenge. Much like when a regular desk is covered in documents and paperwork, it can be hard to see what you’re doing. Thankfully, there’s a way to get back to your desktop quickly.

The easiest way to instantly show desktop Mac is to use the trackpad. Apple created the trackpad to allow users to easily move the pointer on the screen and select things, but it has multiple gestures built in to make using your Mac even more intuitive. There are two different gestures you can use to instantly show the desktop. Either move three fingers up or use your thumb and three fingers.

Make the Most of Finder

Finder is how you locate files on your Mac and while most people are familiar with it, few get the most out of it. You can improve the functionality and abilities of Finder by defining your folders correctly. Start out by labelling which of your folders are favourites and then make sure you have important iCloud folders defined too. Saving files to the cloud is recommended as it gives you access on any device. However, you should be aware of the potential security risks.

To move your folders into the favourites, all you have to do is drag and drop them. It’s also possible to move folders to the top of the Finder menu by pressing Command and dragging them up. However, you should be careful not to add too many things to the Finder menu, as this can create clutter and make it more challenging to find the things you need.

Split Screen

Most people who have been using a Mac for many years know about split screen, but a few newer users might not. This simply lets you open two applications side by side, working on both simultaneously. This is especially useful if you want to create a document based on data within another application. To activate the split screen, simply use the green traffic light icon.

Split screen
Tips and Tricks for Getting More Out of Your Mac

After pressing the green traffic light icon with both applications open, use four fingers up on the trackpad to enter Mission Control. From here, you can drag the window of the second application to ensure it sits side by side with the first. This works best if you have a large monitor, but it can be used on smaller screens too.

Text Clippings

When you’re working on a creative project you’ll often need to add information and notes alongside your work. If you need to regularly paste text, the text clipping tool is the best option. This lets you save a piece of text to copy and paste it multiple times. All you have to do is select the text and then drag it onto the desktop. You can then drag it into any app you want. It’s even possible to keep all your clippings together in a folder to manage them better.   

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