6 Hidden Customization Settings To Get The Most Out Of Your Macbook– There are many features in macOS that are unknown to many. In some cases, it can take years for a macOS user to make a new discovery. That is, until you read some of macOS’ best hidden customization settings to help you get the most out of your Mac.
6 Hidden Customization Settings To Get The Most Out Of Your Macbook
1. System settings cleanup
System Preferences on Mac is a one-stop shop for all your main preferences. However, for all the items you need in this menu, there are many you don’t need. Use this handy trick to clean up the menu and keep only the settings you want.
- First, open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left of the screen and then on “System Preferences”.
- Then click View at the top of the screen.
- Select “Customize” from the shortcut drop-down list.
- You can now disable any menus that you don’t need or want to access.
2. Find the emojis
Did you know Mac has its own Emoji keyboard? They’re all available right from your Mac keyboard, and you probably never knew they were there. Accessing emoji is as easy as pressing Control + Command + Space. As soon as you tap on this combination, the emoji selector will open automatically. You can use emojis in a variety of apps, most notably Safari, Mail, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, and iMessage.
3. Rename multiple files at once
This is definitely one of the most handy tricks, especially for photo management. To do this, go to Finder and find a bunch of photos, documents, or whatever file type you prefer.
- Once you’ve found a bunch of photos, for example, hold down the Command key on your keyboard and start selecting more files or photos.
- When you have identified all files or photos that you want to rename, right-click on your mouse or trackpad.
- Look for the Rename X Items option. X is the number of items you are renaming. Select this menu option.
- You can now rename a file and the rest will apply the same format. If you named the first photo “David’s Graduation Party,” Apple will start with the first selected photo as number one and number the rest.
4. Start programs automatically
One of the easiest tips you can learn on a Mac is launching apps at startup.
- Go to System Preferences and select Users & Groups.
- On the right side of the window you have an option for “Login Items”.
- Under this heading, use the plus or minus buttons to add or remove apps.
- A word of warning for this tip too: Don’t launch too many programs at startup, or you could slow down your computer’s startup time. Adding Spotify/Apple Music, Browser, Twitter and smaller apps is fine.
5. Combine Windows Open App with Tabs
Instead of keeping multiple application windows open, combine them with tabs.
For example, open two windows for Apple Maps. Then go to the menu bar and select “Window -> Merge All Windows”. Instead of two open Apple Map windows, they are combined into a single application with two tabs. It works with most standard Apple programs including Maps, Calendar, Finder, etc.
6. Spotlight calculates
macOS comes with a calculator, but sometimes you just want to do a quick math calculation. Did you know that Spotlight can do math calculations or currency conversions?
Open Spotlight by clicking the magnifying glass in the top-right corner of the Mac menu bar or by pressing Command+Space on your keyboard. Once it’s open, type the calculation you want to perform in the search bar. The answer appears as a search result that can be copied and pasted.
To convert currency, reopen Spotlight and enter the amount you want to convert. For example, typing $100 in the search bar returns currency conversions for Japanese Yen, Swiss Francs, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, and Euros.