ARE YOU NEW TO MAC OS ?
If yes is your answer! then you are in the right place, be happy to read further.
Mac is the most secured and user friendly machine ever in the computers history. Its nice to know that you owned a fascinated PC ever. You will know all merits and demerits of MAC before purchasing it. Now here we are going to discuss about some of the basic tuneups to make your MAC much convenient and speed it up for your regular use, and at the end you will know how to modify some basic settings and preferences in MAC OSX
Click On Tap:
This option tends you to make a click function by simply tapping over track pad. This makes you feel somewhat soft & cool while handling the MAC comparing to clicking the track pad. You can enable this option from DOCK System Preference > Trackpad.
You can adjust the tracking speed of your tracking pad. You can increase or decrease the tracking speed.
You can find this option under the Scroll & Zoom section. This helps you to toggle between scroll direction of the page. If you enable this option, the page will start to scroll in the direction of your finger movement. If you have unchecked this option then the scroll will be in opposite direction (similar to that of mouse scroll) uncheck the option if you are familiar in using mouse and other PC.
Swipe Between Pages
Uncheck the swipe between pages option which prevents you from the accidental switches between pages. If you mostly use trackpad instead of mouse then disabling this option will make you to feel more comfortable.
This option enables hot corners on your MAC. By enabling hot corners you can trigger some event by placing your cursor in the corner of your desktop. You can select the required option from the drop down. Here in this image I triggered sleep event which puts my mac to sleep in a single sweep in a track pad towards left bottom corner.
You can find this option under System preference > Mission control
Dock is a best identity for MAC. You can simply resize the dock and its icon size, position & behaviour.
SIZE – controls the dock and icon size
Magnification – It handles the Dock icon zoom percentage
you can also manipulate window transition effect and additional options here.
Shortcut Key Configuration
If you wish to change the default shortcut keys of your MAC you can do it here. If you are working on some frequently important application which have same sort of short cut key as that of MAC, at that time you will be slightly annoyed. So its better to change different key combinations for MAC.
Tweaks to speed up your MAC OS X
Now its time to check the basic settings and do some tune up’s to make your Mac pretty faster than usual.
1. Disable Unnecessary Widgets & Extensions in Notifications Center
Click the APPLE icon in the top left corner and choose System Preference. From that select today and disable the unwanted widgets.
2. Manage your start up items
Go to system Preference in DOCK and choose Extensions. After that select the user and disable the unwanted startup items.
3. Keep your Desktop clean
Don’t save the files permanently in the desktop of your MAC. It may cause little fallback in your Mac’s performance. So keep your desktop clean. Keeping two to three files in the desktop will not affect the performance much.
5. Check Out Activity Monitor
Often check the Activity Monitor for the program which consume high memory. If you find any of the program utilises high memory while you are not using or working with it, simply select the unutilised process and click the close button to Force Quit the Program.
Note : You can find Activity Monitor from Spotlight Search by pressing Command + SpaceBar
Some Essentials & Basic Keyboard Shortcuts in MAC
1. Command + Option + Control + Eject – Shut down the Mac instantly
2. Command + Shift + A – Open application folder in Finder
3. Command + Shift + U – Open Utility folder in Finder
4. Command + Shift + D – Open Desktop folder in Finder
5. Command + I – Shows the information about the selected Folder / File
6.Command + W – Close the active window
7.Command + Tab – Switch between active windows.
8. Control + D – Delete the character after cursor (similar to that of delete in windows)
9.Command + Delete – Delete the file
10. Enter /return – rename the selected file
11. Command + D – Duplicate the selected file at same location.
12. Command + H – Hide all the windows of the active application.
13.Command + Option + M – Minimize all the window
14.Command + F3 – Show Desktop
15.Command + Shift + 4 – Take screen shot of selected area. Command + Shift + 4 + SpaceBar – Take screen shot of entire monitor.
Hope you know few tricks and tweaks for your new macbook. Subscribe for more updates regarding MAC OS and Apple products. If you have any clarification kindly drop your valuable comments in our comment section.