6 little-known tricks to get the most out of a MacBook

6 little-known tricks to get the most out of a MacBook
MacBook Pro. (Photo: CNET)

When it reaches Manzana every year with a renewing macbook pro either MacBook Airand the reader has the opportunity to buy the deviceyou definitely feel lucky to have one of the best laptops of the current market. Well, in this article TechMarkup will provide 8 little-known features so that the experience is better and the user gets the most out of his new laptop.

If the Apple MacBook Pro or Air were said to be one of those computers that everyone wants once in a lifetime, they probably wouldn’t read anything they didn’t already know. It is clear that it is one of the quintessential laptops and therefore you have to know how to get the most out of it.

Some of these Mac tricks will have been discovered by accident. Others probably by some relative or friends. And a third group, they are directly known. They may not be 100% necessary, but surely They will be very useful in everyday life. when you need to lock your Mac screen, edit PDF documents without third-party apps, insert emojis, instantly rename files, or minimize open windows.

screen corners

The Hot Corners feature is a feature that uses macOS to activate a function when the pointer is moved to one of the corners of the screen.

By default, a Mac uses only one of the four corners, and it does so to run QuickNotea tool that may not be appreciated by all users or simply unknown.

Well, thanks to Hot Corners, you can activate the option Mission Control, showing all open windows on each monitor; the option Desk, which allows you to temporarily hide everything on the desktop so that it shows only as the desktop; or you can also select Put the screen to sleep.

Active corners on a MacBook.  (photo: iSenaCode)
Active corners on a MacBook. (photo: iSenaCode)

disable scrolling

At this point, you have to touch the touch panel on System preferences to change various default macOS options.

For example, you can improve the display with Scroll and Zoom deactivating Scroll Direction: Natural setting. This will reverse the default scroll direction on the Mac, so it looks like a iPhone.

Also in Point and Click option can be disabled Playwhich saves you from having to press harder when clicking something, as it causes a lot of inadvertent clicks.

If the user believes that the apple pointer speed is too slow, you can change it by moving the tracking speed hand to the right.

Scrolling on MacBook.  (photo: K-tuin)
Scrolling on MacBook. (photo: K-tuin)

Change folder icons

If you need to put a little order in the macOS folders and giving them an original name or assigning color labels is not enough, you can change their default icons for any image in PNG or JPG format.

To change the icon of each folder you will have to open the window of Get information from that folder. The quickest way to do this is by selecting a folder and pressing the keys command + i.

In the window that will open you will see an icon in the upper left corner. You can extract that icon and paste it into Preview through the clipboard to get the icon in the form of an image. And backwards.

Images can be pasted to replace the icon. All you have to do is select the icon and press Command + C to copy and Command + V for paste.

Folder icons on MacBook.  (photo K-tuin)
Folder icons on MacBook. (photo K-tuin)

Preview as PDF editor

The official app for view images and other documents on macOS it is Preview. Among its most visible surprises is the possibility of edit PDF documents.

Specifically, you can delete pages, change the order of those pages, combine two or more PDF documents, move pages from one PDF to another, password protect a PDF, sign PDF documents, compress a PDF to make it take up less space, etc. .

Another practical section of Preview and PDF documents is the possibility of add notes, draw over and make all kinds of corrections, highlight text, add effects, extract text and/or images from a PDF to paste it into another type of document, etc.

MacBook tricks.  (photo: MacBook Pro/Jose Arana)
MacBook tricks. (photo: MacBook Pro/Jose Arana)

Add emojis to all texts and documents

If you want to use emojis on macOS, you can do it with a simple keyboard shortcut. In this way, emojis can be inserted in a search for Google, in any application or document or on any page that is open. Without depending on that application or page integrates emojis.

If the keys are pressed Control + Command + Spacebarthe window will open character viewer. Specifically, showing the emoji available.

MacBook tricks.  (photo: MacBook Pro/Jose Arana)
MacBook tricks. (photo: MacBook Pro/Jose Arana)

Minimize windows by double clicking

To hide an application window, press the keys Command + H. The app will still be open. The document that is open will remain open. But the window will be hidden from view until the icon of that application is clicked again.

And to minimize the window and see its thumbnail in the Dock, in the lower right corner, can be done in three ways:

– First, pressing Command + M.

– Second, by clicking on the yellow button in the upper left corner of the window.

– And third, the fastest method, doing double click title bar of the window.

To activate this last option, go to System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar and open the section Dock and menu bar.

One of the available options is ‘Double click on a window’s title bar to’. By default, the configured option is ‘Zoom’ You have to change it to ‘Minimize’.

Minimize a window with double click.  (photo: I'm from Mac)
Minimize a window with double click. (photo: I’m from Mac)