8 Hidden Mac Features You Probably Don’t Know

8 Hidden Mac Features You Probably Don’t Know

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Mac computers are loaded with several useful and clever features. In fact, you could spend years using your Mac without discovering all of them. So, whether you’re new to Mac or have been using it for many years, there are plenty of shortcuts and tricks that you might not know of. These treasures such as in-build emoji support or simple steps to virtually sign a document will enhance your experience with your Mac. 

Here is a list of 8 hidden Mac features that you need to learn about!

1 – Dark Mode

Did you know that the Mac got the Dark Mode feature way before the iPhone and iPad? Sounds interesting, right! When you turn on the Dark Mode, all apps that are compatible with this feature will switch from bright and light colors to an almost-black color. This will reduce the strain on your eyes while you use your Mac during the night or in a dark space.  

To turn on Dark Mode, go to System Preferences and click General. Right at the top of the Settings pane, you’ll see 3 options – Auto, Dark, or Light. The Dark option will switch your computer to Dark Mode, whereas Auto will use the time of the day to alternate between dark and light. 

2 – Easier Screenshots

There are several ways in which you can take a screenshot on your Mac. For instance, with CMD+Shift+3 you can take a screenshot of the full screen and with CMD+Shift+4 you can use a crosshair to outline what you want to capture in the screenshot. 

What most users don’t know is the CMD+Shift+5 combo to take a screenshot. This opens up a small toolbar at the bottom of your screen, allowing you full control over the area that you want to capture. 

3 – Built-in Emoji Support

Just like your phone, your Mac also has built-in emoji support. However, since there’s no dedicated button for it, you might now know about this feature. All you have to do is press Contol+CMD+Space for the emoji keyboard to pop up. 

4 – Split View

The Split View feature allows you to work on two apps by having them opened side by side, without doing any resizing. Simply go to the top left corner of the window and hover your point above it or just click and hold the full-screen (green) button. 

You’ll get two options – Tile Window to Right of Screen and Tile Window to Left of Screen. Choose one to get the window to fill the specified section of the screen. Then, click a window on the other side of the screen to start using both windows simultaneously. 

Note – The above-mentioned steps are only for MacOS Catalina. If you have other MacOS versions, simply click and hold the full-screen button in the top left corner of the window you want to view in Split View. This will shrink the window so you can move it to the right or left side of the screen. Once you let go off the button, click on the other side of the screen to start using both windows together. 

You can adjust the width of the window by dragging the vertical line that appears between the windows. To get out of the Split Screen feature, simply press Esc on your keyboard. 

5 – Customize or Hide the Menu Bar

Don’t want to view the Menu bar on your Mac until you actually need it? Just go to System Preferences > General and click on Automatically hide and show the menu bar

However, if you don’t want to hide your menu bar, but just want to customize it, there’s a way around that too! Simply hold the CMD key and start customizing by dragging the icons where you want them to be or removing them altogether. 

6 –Spotlight Search Calculation 

If you press CMD + Spacebar, Apple’s Spotlight search feature will open up. This allows you to easily search for music or documents. But what you probably didn’t know is that Spotlight can even help you out with some basic math including multiplication and division. All you have to do is type in your numbers and get your answer. 

7 – Rename Files Simultaneously 

Do you have a bunch of photos or files that you want to rename? The good news is that with this hidden Mac feature, you don’t have to individually rename each one. 

Simply go to Finder and select the group of files you wish to rename by clicking on the first file, holding down the Shift key, and clicking on the last file.  Then, right-click on the files you’ve highlighted and scroll down to the option Rename X items. This will allow you to add or replace text on the files’ names. You can even apply a format such as “Daisy’s Wedding Photos” with a number for each image. 

8 – Sign Documents

This hidden Mac feature allows you to sign documents without going through the hassle of using a third-party app or printing documents, signing them, and scanning them. All you have to do is use the Preview app on your Mac to perform this seemingly complicated task. 

After the initial setup is complete, signing a document in Preview is just a matter of a few taps. Use the Preview app to open the document you want to sign and click on the pen icon beside the search bar at the take of the window. Then, click on the Signature Box > Create Signature. 

Now, you have three options to sign:

  1. Sign on a piece of paper and hold it up to your Mac’s camera for it to scan your signature

  2. Sign with the trackpad

  3. Sign on your iPhone’s screen.

Last Few Words

These hidden Mac features are surely going to make your life much easier!

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