10 tips and tricks for new Mac owners

Did you get a new MacBook for Christmas? If so, you have already read our article for everyone who found an apple computer under the tree. So you have mastered the basics, and we're bringing you a dozen tips and tricks in this article that every new MacBook owner will appreciate.

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101 best tips and tricks every Mac owner needs to know


  Daniel Pražák Jan 1, 2017 9

Learn multi-touch gestures


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If you haven't found a mouse on your new MacBook, don't worry. Apple laptop trackpad is very handy and you can easily control your computer after a while of training. Plus, the great news is that you can customize individual gestures to the maximum on your MacBook. In the top left corner of the screen, click  logo -> System Preferences -> Trackpad, where you can not only customize individual gestures, but also turn off altogether. You can also customize the way you scroll on your Mac, change the way you right-click, and more.

Take advantage of Siri


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Although Siri still does not speak Czech yet, it is sufficient for you to have a basic knowledge of English or another language, with which the voice assistant from Apple knows the advice. You can activate Siri on Mac by clicking on its icon in the upper right corner, or by long pressing Cmd and spacebar. If you just don't want to talk to your Mac and still want to take advantage of Siri, feel free to write with her. Activate Siri writing in  menu -> System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Siri -> Activate text input for Siri.

How to screenshots

If you have used a Windows computer up to now, you have been accustomed to a completely different way to take a screenshot. However, Apple computers allow you to take screenshots in a very efficient and variable way. Press Cmd + Shift + 3 to take a full screen shot. If you want to take a screenshot of only one window, press Cmd + Shift + 4 to switch between the windows with the spacebar. Press Cmd + Shift + 5 to take a screenshot of your own selection of part of the screen.

Search efficiently


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All Macs have a great feature called Spotlight. It offers a really wide range of search options, both in Mac and on the web. To start Spotlight, press Cmd + Space, then enter basic calculations, basic currency and unit conversions, as well as file names, part of the message content or attachments, and much more into the search box. Just enter the desired term into Spotlight and the tool will find it in folders and files, in attachments and message texts, on a dictionary, on the web, or in the App Store.

The right start


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Do you know that when you start your computer, you instantly check your email client, start a web browser, or turn on WhatsApp? A Mac can save you the hassle of launching individual applications by turning them on automatically when it starts. Just click the  menu in the upper left corner of the screen -> System Preferences -> Users and Groups. Select your account here and click “Sign In” to create a list of apps that will launch automatically when you turn on your Mac.

Hide the Dock and the top bar


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Do you like a blank screen, if possible, completely free from interfering elements? This won't be a problem on a Mac – its settings let you hide both the Dock and the top bar. Just click  menu -> System Preferences -> Dock to check the option to automatically hide the Dock. To hide the top bar, click System Preferences -> General, and check the option to automatically hide the menu bar.

Foreign characters and emoji


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In addition to standard characters, you can type less common characters, letters, but also emoji and other elements on your Mac's keyboard, quite easily and simply. If you need to type the selected letter with a specific diacritics, simply press and hold the corresponding key. You'll see an overview of the characters available for that key, and then just select the character you want to type. To activate emoji overview, press Ctrl + Cmd + spacebar. A separate chapter is then the character  – for it is ideal to create a special keyboard shortcut.

Click System Preferences in the top left corner of the screen.
Copy the logo do to your clipboard – for example, from this article.
Select "Keyboard".
Select "Text".
In the left column, click "+" at the bottom, enter the shortcut you want to use for the logo, and insert the logo.

Sign documents


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Although we have been in the 21st century for some time, we still have to manually sign a number of documents. Fortunately, a signed scan of the document is sufficient in some places. On a Mac, you can sign documents really fast, easily, and simply – just save a signature and then add it to your documents repeatedly as needed, with one single click. Simply add a signature in the Preview app.

On your Mac, open Preview to open the document.
Click Tools -> Annotations -> Signatures -> Signature Management -> Create Signature.
Sign your finger on your Mac's trackpad.

Bulk rename files


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We all know it. Naming multiple files at once can often be a real poison. But on Mac, it's really fast and easy. Whether you have the files you want to name on your desktop or in one of the Finder folders, you can just select them all at once (either by dragging or dragging, or using the Shift or Cmd keys and the arrow keys). When all files are highlighted, right-click and select Rename items from the menu. You will then set the rename parameters in the window and click on "Rename".

Change the file and folder icons


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Probably only a few do not like the appearance of icons on their Mac. Apple really cares about the user interface of its operating systems. But if you want, you can quickly and easily change the look of the icons on your desktop – and virtually anywhere else on your Mac. Your Mac can do it with ease, no additional third-party apps are needed.

Select the file or folder whose icon you want to change, right-click it and select "Information".
Then select the image you want to use as an icon.
Open it in Preview, in the top bar select "Edit" -> "Copy".
Now return to the information card and left-click to highlight the file or folder icon in the upper left corner. Then just press the keyboard shortcut “Cmd + V” and the icon will change.

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