Let’s face it: You probably don’t know as much about your Mac as you should.
But there’s hope!
We’ve put together some great tips and tricks that can show you how to save time using your Mac, from taking advantage of its hidden calculator to discovering the tiny but useful icon that has been right in front of your face the entire time.
Tired of taking screenshots that capture much more of your screen than you would like? Hold down Command + Shift + 4, which will change your cursor into a crosshair. After you have outlined what you want to be in the screenshot, simply take your finger off of your mouse and your screenshot will be saved.
If your dock is getting in the way, pressing Command + Option + D will hide your dock. Want it back? Just repeat.
For users running Mac OS X Lion or earlier, you can easily invert and revert the colours of you Mac display by holding down Command + Option + Control + 8. The feature was originally designed to help the visually impaired.
If you have too many applications running and need to get rid of some, hold command and press your tab key to cycle through the applications. Tap Q to quit any of the applications or H to minimise.
When filling out order forms online, tabbing through the input boxes often skips dropdown menus like the 'month' or 'year' selections. To allow your computer to tab through them like any other text box, simply open System Preferences => Keyboard => Shortcuts, and then choose 'All Controls' under 'Full Keyboard Access.'
By simply pressing Command + Spacebar, Apple's Spotlight search is brought up, allowing you to easily search for documents, apps, music, and the web -- even Wikipedia. But the real secret is that it also does basic maths, so if you need some multiplication or division done, just type it in the search bar!
For those with a cluttered desktop, one little shortcut can make consolidating files into one folder a snap. Simply highlight or click on the files that you would like to group, right click, and select 'New Folder With Selection.'
Once you save a Word, Pages, or PowerPoint document (as well as most other document types), a little icon appears at the top of your toolbar, next to the document name. You can treat this like a normal file icon and drag it wherever you like, which will move the file, too.
To quickly switch between tabs in your web browser, simply hold down the Command key and press Tab to cycle through your open browser tabs.
On any Apple computer, you can create an Apple icon by holding down Option + Shift + K. It looks like this .