Macbook pro for dummies: 15 essential tips

Macbook pro for dummies

Steve Jobs has spent a significant part of his life trying to make Mac as easy to use as possible. But many really helpful “tips” still continue to be unclear:

1. Have you lost your cursor?

Try to quickly move the mouse left and right, and look at the screen. The cursor will automatically grow in size, and it will be easy to notice. If you want, this feature can be also turned off. Interesting, huh? Read more useful info below in my new Macbook pro for dummies guide.

2. Do you have an analog of Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Mac?

This combination of Windows does not work on a Macbook pro, but there is an excellent alternative – press ⌘Cmd + Option (Alt) + Esc, and you will immediately get access to the menu you need.

3. Do you know how to delete files with hot-keys?

Do you still delete files on a Mac book pro by dragging them to the Trash icon? There is a way to do the same, but a little faster – ⌘Cmd + Delete.

4. Do you know that making a screenshot on Mac is much easier than on Windows?

To take a snapshot of the entire screen, click ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 3. If you want to select a particular area – ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + 4.

15 essential tips

5. Do you use Active Corners on Macbook?

The Active Corners feature allows you hovering the mouse over a specific corner of the screen and immediately do special things like minimizing all open windows, open Mission Control, Control Point or put the Mac into sleep mode. You can set up active corners in the menu of the same name (System settings → Mission Control).

6. How to record a video of the screen?

QuickTime Player allows you to record video and audio from a new Macbook pro screen without third-party applications. The built-in QuickTime Player allows recording an audio or video file that is currently playing on your screen. There is absolutely no need for third-party software.

7. How to make a precise adjustment of screen volume and brightness?

If you want to reduce the sound volume on Macbook pro 2018 quite a bit, when you change a parameter, use the F11 or F12 buttons to hold down and Shift + ⌥Option (Alt) key combination. So the sound will decrease more slowly than with the normal adjustment Fn + F11 or F12. The same trick can be done with screen brightness. Do you like my Macbook pro for dummies guide? Leave a comment to let me know!

8. How to rename several files at once?

To rename several files or photos at once, open Finder, select them, right-click and select Rename objects (number of objects) option. Next, type the new information in the appropriate lines.

How to rename several files at once

9. How to display emoji and special characters on macOS?

Try to click Edit → Emoji and symbols or the complex keyboard shortcut Control (⌃) + Command (⌘) + Spacebar to get fast access to cute emojis and special symbols. Plus, by clicking on the language switch icon in the menu bar you can see the item “Show the panel“ Emoji and symbols ”.

10. How to move windows using a trackpad?

The first (most popular) way is to squeeze a finger on the title of the window and drag. But the method is not very convenient due to the fact that you have to constantly hold your finger with some effort on the trackpad.

The second uses all the capabilities of the trackpad, and it’s the simultaneous touch of three fingers. If you click on the window title with three fingers, you can drag it across the desktop.

To activate this feature, proceed to → System Settings … → Universal Access. In the left column, select the “Mouse and Trackpad” section and tap the “Trackpad Parameters” button. Check the box next to “Turn on overtightening” and select “Three finger dragging”. In the same way, you can drag file and applications icons.


11. Do you know about Spotlight?

Spotlight technology is built into macOS and helps you quickly search for documents, applications, images, contacts, routes, and other files. Moreover, when connected to the Internet, Spotlight searches for Wikipedia content, news sites, movie theater posters, and more. Also, you can use this tool to perform simple arithmetic operations.

12. Do you use a backup?

Time Machine is a reliable system tool that allows recovering data on your computer as a result of any failures. Time Machine will also help to transfer your system to a new Mac.

To enable backups, activate the Time Machine switch to the “On” position, adjusting the frequency of backups and specifying the location to save. Thus, your Mac will always be ready to restore the system to working condition.

13. How to insert text without preserving the original formatting?

When you copy text from any applications, and in particular from the Internet, the system retains the original formatting along with the text, such as text size, font, and so on. To insert text without source formatting, instead of the usual Command + V, press Option + Shift + Command + V.

14. How to create a signature on PDF documents directly in the Mail?

Although we live in the 21st century, still we put our flourish on paper when we officially agree to something. If you sent an e-mail a PDF document that you need to sign, then now you don’t need to suffer, first printing it, then signing it, and finally, scanning it to send it back. Now you can sign it directly in the email.

Drag the PDF file to the email you are going to send, move the cursor over it – a small button will appear in the upper right corner. Click on it and you will see a number of available options, one of which will be “Document signing”. The most convenient way to add a caption is to use a webcam on your Mac: just bring a piece of your signature to it and wait until the camera fixes it. In this case, the camera perfectly recognizes the signature, excluding all unnecessary in the background.

15. How to add your signature to the necessary documents?

To do this, run the program and go to the “Signatures” tab in the “Settings” section, then click on the “+” or on the “Create a new signature” option. After that, take a small piece of white paper and leave on it your signature, made with a black pen. Bring a piece of paper with your signature to the webcam. Once the result in the viewing window suits you, click “Accept“. If you want to use this signature in the future – make sure you save it.

Now open the document into which you want to insert this caption, go to the toolbar and select the caption icon – it looks like an inclined letter xS with a small dash from below. Select the place where you want to insert a signature. After you insert it, you can scale and move your autograph.

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