MacOS tips’n’tricks

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Here are some tips for those who are just starting to learn macOS. However, I have met and the people that work for years on a Mac and have not discovered certain items from this list.

  • Attitude Time Machine. This is a convenient thing to roll back edits to any document. The system saves the Delta locally on your disk and ensures that they do not take up too much space. In most programs from the menu “File – > revert to version → Browse all versions” (File → Revert to → Browse All Versions) you can move on to version comparison. But backup to an external drive (automatic when connected) or NAS to configure too.
  • Use QuickLook! It’s built in document viewer that appears when you press the spacebar for the selected file. Funny feature: if you select multiple documents, QuickLook will lay tile.
  • You can see the passwords in “keychain”. It’s hard not to know that macOS has built a system of storing passwords — Keychain. However, not all reach the utility “keychain” (Keychain access), which allows you to manage these passwords, and learn, if necessary by entering the password from the system. Just double click on any password and put a tick “Show password”.
  • Don’t look for menu items eyes. To speed up searches you can click “help” and start typing its name. “The Makos” will tell you the options and will clearly show where you had to watch.
  • Look in the keyboard settings, there is a lot of useful. For example, AutoCorrect — including conventional quotation marks to typographic Christmas trees and short dash — long (just do not forget to include it in the editor, like the screenshot above). In the next tab — assign otkatov (you can enter the command from the menu of any program and choose a shortcut key), as well as switching layouts — you can take that Caps Lock or enable the option in which the system remembers the layout for each document.
  • You can create a Wi-Fi network, can any Mac. Is useful for sharing wired Internet with a laptop or when you need on the course is to create a network, not to upload the file via AirDrop. Just click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu and choose “Create network” (Create Network).
  • See the contents of the special folders by choosing “Show package contents” contextual menu. Programs, iTunes library and Photos, distributions — all these are special types of folders for which to double-click is tied to some action. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look inside.
  • Try to hold down Control and spin the mouse wheel. The system will make a zoom on part of the screen near the cursor. The trick works well when you need to look at something small.
  • Another feature from the same series: try holding Shift while sewn into some system animation effects, they will happen slowly. For example, you can hold Shift and click on one of the folders in the right part of the dock. Useful if you want to take a screenshot in the process.
  • To drag files directly from the Windows headers. This is one of my favorite minor feature: the file icon in the window title with the document is the file exactly the same as the icon in Finder. For example, you can pick up and drag to another location.
  • Drag the files and folders on dialogs to open and save. If you drag a folder, you go into it, if the file it will be selected. Sometimes megapolis.

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