Want to get more things done in less time when using your Mac? Here’s a guide to teach you simple hacks on how you can boost productivity and make your life easier. Take a look.
Use Smart Folders
macOS’ default file manager is Finder, and it helps users organize and find everything and anything on their system. From files and applications to network connections and devices, you can use Finder to help you locate anything you need.
Take your Finder experience to the next level by creating Smart Folders. These folders will automatically sort all the files into folders based on particular characteristics decided by you. You can start by opening Finder > clicking File > clicking New Smart Folder.
Learn How to Undo and Redo on your Mac
Accidents happen all the time, and nobody is immune to them. For example, you might have accidentally deleted or typed something you didn’t want to. In such situations, knowing how to redo on a Mac and how to undo it will save you precious time. The undo shortcut for Mac is Command + Z, and the redo shortcut is Command + Shift + Z. Memorize these key combinations so you don’t have to fiddle with your mouse and can continue working on your document or project without breaking a sweat.
Enable Hot Corners for an Automated Experience
Automate the actions when you move your mouse to any of the screen’s four corners by activating Hot Corners. You can set up customized Hot Corners settings by opening the Apple menu > clicking System Preferences > clicking Desktop & Screen Saver > clicking Screen Saver > clicking Hot Corners. Then, you must select any actions from the drop-down menu and choose the corner you wish to use. Finally, select OK to confirm your selection. For instance, you can choose the bottom left screen to open Mission Control, the bottom right to Show Desktop, the top right to disable Screen Saver, and the top left to put the display to sleep.
Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch
Don’t want to shake your cursor and then type your password to log in? If your Mac is sleeping and you need to wake up your system, you can unlock it through your Apple Watch.
Master Trackpad/Mouse Gestures
Whether using the trackpad, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, you can perform amazing actions by swiping, pinching, or spreading your fingers. There are around fifteen gestures to choose from, and mastering them will make navigating and using your Mac easier. For instance, you can use your fingers and pinch the trackpad to zoom in or out. You don’t need to fiddle with your mouse or click any buttons. To enable gestures, go to System Preferences > click Mouse/Trackpad. You can even customize the gestures according to your convenience.
Learn about Universal Clipboard
The Universal Clipboard feature allows users to take Continuity to the next level. You can work across multiple Apple devices without copying the same thing on each device. Thanks to Universal Clipboard, you can copy an image, video, or text from and to any of your Apple devices that are logged into the same iCloud account. You do not have to activate the Clipboard for this feature to work. However, you must enable Bluetooth and turn on your Wi-Fi. Ensure your Apple devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network for the Universal Clipboard feature to work. Then, you can copy something on one device and paste it on the other.
Learn Keyboard Shortcuts
You cannot maximize your productivity when working on your Mac without learning keyboard shortcuts. During a busy day, memorizing these shortcuts will help save time and finish tasks quicker. You don’t have to waste time fiddling with your mouse or trackpad. Some of the most common shortcuts to learn are:
- Close window – Command + W
- Show/hide the Dock – Command + Option + D
- Launch Spotlight – Command + Spacebar
- Cut, copy and paste – Command + X, Command + C and Command + V
- Empty Trash without the confirmation dialog box – Command + Shift + Option + Delete
- Zoom in or out – Command + plus sign or Command + minus sign
More shortcuts will come in handy when working on applications or browsing the web. Know them, and you can finish your tasks quicker. Even if you can save a few seconds daily, it will significantly impact your overall productivity.
Use iWork to Tackle Tasks Easily
Mac users cannot purchase Microsoft Office programs because they can use iWork. Keynote, Numbers, and Pages are called iWork, equivalent to Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Typically, Mac comes with iWork preinstalled, or you can download it to the Apple Store. You can go to the Applications Folder to access iWork.
These eight simple hacks will surely take your productivity to the next level and make it a breeze to finish tasks on your Mac.