One of the most famous sayings in the world of technology is, “If you go Mac, you cannot go back”. No doubt, the experience on Mac is lightening fast, when compared to a Windows PC, yet the learning curve can a little steep till you start getting hang of things. If you are a new Mac user, or maybe even an experienced one, here are eight hacks that you might not know about Macs, which could help you to get your work done more efficiently and increase your productivity.
It can be a real pain when you are trying to copy some text in a Word file or even in an E-mail. A simple paste command will leave you with text in the same format as you copied which would mean you spending five minutes formatting it back to plain text. To do this quick, you simply need to hold the Command+ Shift+V keys together and you will be able to paste any text in unformated plain text.
2) Changing the Menu bar clock between analogue and digital
We all have our preferences when it comes to clocks. Some of us like them digital, while the others prefer analogue. You can switch between the two easily by clicking on top of the clock with your trackpad and selecting either Digital or Analogue from the drop down menu.
3) Inserting the Pound symbol and others important symbols
If you work in finance or even otherwise, chances are apart from Dollar, the currency of interest would be Pound. There is no Pound key on a standard Mac keyboard. However, you can insert that and several others by simply pressing the Option key+keys from 1 to 9 for different symbols to appear. Just like these: (¡™£¢∞§¶•ª)
4) Special Letters can be inserted easily too
There are several languages that use a variation or symbol upon a standard English alphabet. One of our favorite is Umlaut in German, for example in Müller. To insert such alphabets, all you need to do is press the alphabet key for about 3 to 4 seconds. This will open a pop up on the screen from which you can select the special character with your mouse and use it.
5) Reduce or Increase Brightness in Shorter Intervals than it is standard
We all know that the back-lit keyboard and the screen brightness on a Mac can be controlled by Function keys in the top row of the keyboard. But what if you want that exact balance between too dark and too bright? For this, simply press the increment or decrement key for brightness alongside Shift+Option key.
6) Easily Rename Files on Mac
Unlike Windows, there is no straight option of renaming files or Folders on a Mac. Even if you right click on a file name, there is no option to rename the file unless you go into “Get info” and manually do it. The fastest way of doing this is to select the file with a mouse and simply press Enter key. This will not open the file or folder but in fact trigger a rename action.
7) Quickly Deleting a File on Mac
Just like renaming, deleting requires a couple of steps on Mac. There is no Shift Delete either and you have to delete the file to the trash first and from there remove it for permanently deleting a file. However, to make the first step easier, all you need to do is to select the file and click Command+Delete. This will move the file or folder automatically to the Trash from where you can remove it permanently.
8) How to use Delete key like you did in Windows?
Windows keyboards generally have two options to erase text. You have backspace to erase from right to left and delete to do the same from left to right. However, on a Mac you just have delete which deletes from right to left. So, if you want to delete from left to right, just press Function key with Delete key and your delete key will work like Delete key from Windows and not like the Backspace key.
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