Friday, February 7, 2014

Simple Tricks to Boost Up Your Mac.

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These simple tricks to boost up your Mac will facilitate you to be more fruitful in OS X. By knowing keyboard shortcuts, built in applications, and the Terminal, you will modify the way you work, in good health. I've summed up some of the simple tricks that I've found largely useful over the years, and a few of the more difficult to understand ones that are not as frightening as they appear.

Keyboard shortcuts

There a plenty of keyboard shortcuts that put together navigating your Mac easier, earlier and more fruitful. Here are the most helpful:

The fundamentals

·         For copying to the clipboard   ⌃CTRL + C
·         For cutting to the clipboard  ⌃CTRL + X
·         For pasting form the clipboard  ⌃CTRL + V
·         For jumping to the beginning of a line  ⌘CMD + ARROW LEFT
·         For jumping to the end of a line  ⌘CMD + ARROW RIGHT
·         For highlighting everything to the left of the cursor  ⌘CMD + SHIFT + ARROW LEFT
·         For highlighting everything to the right of the cursor  ⌘CMD + SHIFT + ARROW RIGHT
·         To select everything  ⌘CMD + A
·         To undo the last operation  ⌘CMD + Z
·         To redo the last undo  ⌘CMD + SHIFT + Z
·         To save the screen as a PNG image file  CMD + SHIFT + 3
·         To save a portion of the screen as a PNG image file  CMD + SHIFT + 4

Pasting without style

When you copy and paste text, generally the style is retained as well. At times, you only wish to copy the text, and match the style of the sentence that you are pasting into. Instead of pasting into a text editor first and then copying again from there, use this shortcut. Hold down CMD + OPTION + SHIFT + V

Fine tune volume

To regulate the volume in smaller (than normal) increments hold down SHIFT and OPTION + F11 (or F12).

Silently adjust the volume

To adjust the volume without making that irritating clicking sound hold down SHIFT + F11 (or F12)

Quickly delete a file

This is almost certainly my most used shortcut (after copy and paste). Hold down CMD + DELETE to rapidly put files in the Trash.

Use the delete button (like a PC)

If you’ve come to the Mac from a PC you might discover it more than a little abnormal that you can only delete “backwards.” If you want to delete the characters to the right of the cursor hold down Fn + DELETE

Silently booting your Mac

Stay away from the start-up sound when booting up your Mac by hold down the mute button (F10).

More audio options from the Volume icon

I create music on my Mac and this little trick is priceless to me. Hold down OPTION and click the Volume icon to get all of the input and output options accessible.

Immediate access to a dictionary and thesaurus

This is a newer Mac trick that each person should know about. Hold down CTRL + CMD + D while your cursor is over some text and a cute small popup appears with a definition, a Wikipedia entry and substitute words via a thesaurus.


The terminal in your Mac is one of those creepy places that feels like only the advanced users should put their foot. A few straightforward terminal tricks can save you a lot of time in the long run, so we’ll be cautious and keep it simple.
You can locate the Terminal app in your Utilities folder in Applications. Usually, with Terminal based tricks you will require to log out and then back in again.

Free up your memory

If you believe that your Mac is working a little slow it might be that you need to free up some memory. Type “purge” into the Terminal and press return. If you desire to see what is going on you can have open Activity Monitor at the same time. You may find it easier to use a small application like Memory Clean which makes this procedure even simpler and further visual.

Modify default screen shot image format

Being able to take hold of the screen as an image is great and for most people saving in the PNG image format is all right. On the other hand some people have a first choice for JPG or even PDF. With this swift trick you can modify which format you want to default to.
Type (without quotes):
“defaults write type file-extension”
Where “file-extension” is, either jpg or png or pdf.

Where are your screenshots saved?

I find it really helpful to have a folder named “screenshots” in my “Pictures” folder. Every time I take a screen shot images get nicely arranged into this folder instead of mixed in with my Desktop.
Initially, make sure that you make a folder called “screenshots” in your Pictures folder and then type (without quotes):
“defaults write location /Users/myname/Pictures/screenshots”

Application tricks

Show the date in the menu bar

How many times have you clicked the day and time to get today’s date? It’s very a simple trick. Open up Preferences, click the Date & Time icon and then click the Clock tab. check the “Show date” box. It will right away update the menu bar.
Immediate access to foreign characters
If you hold down a key (such as “a”) you will get a pop up with another versions of that character for different languages. Simply choose the one that you need by pressing the correct number.

Repair disk permissions

When your Mac shuts down unpredictably or a third party installer has been run, your Mac’s folder and file permissions can get a little messed up. Usually, you won’t observe but it can influence the performance of your system. Launch the “Disk Utility” application, found in the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder.

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