Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

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Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You May Not Know About

The Mac operating system has many secrets that even experienced Mac users may be unaware of. Today, we will share some provided Mac tricks to make working on your Macbook or iMac more productive. The article will be especially helpful for those who are new to Mac who have moved on from another high-end Windows-based laptop.

1. How to create Mac shortcuts for any menu item

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

It happens, when you need to call a suitable application function quite frequently, that the application does not provide Mac hotkeys for it. In such a case, you can create a shortcut to the desired function using normal macOS tools.

1) Go to System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts tab → App Shortcuts.

2) Press the “+” button to add hotkeys for a specific application. You just need to know the exact name of the menu command.

2. How to Use Spotlight Search Effectively

Everyone knows the Spotlight file search system; however, not everyone knows how to use it effectively. So here are some tips.

1) Looking for the exact phrases

You may know that if you enter a search query in quotes in Google Google, you will get results with only a complete match. The same technique works in Spotlight. Put your phrase in quotation marks and get only those documents that contain exactly this phrase.

2) Searching for contacts

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

If you’re not used to using the standard Contacts app yet, we’ve got good news for you. You can search your contacts using Spotlight. Just enter the desired name and get the complete information about the person.

3) Disable unnecessary results

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

If you want to exclude some categories of files from the search, you can disable them by going to System Preferences → Featured → Search Results. Uncheck the categories to skip them from the search.

4) Using the calculator and currency converter

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

Simple calculations can be done without a calculator – just enter what you want to calculate in Spotlight and get the answer.

Also, you can use the built-in currency converter, which will transfer whatever currency you choose.

5) Copy the file directly from Spotlight

Yes, you can copy a Spotlight file just by dragging the file from the search results to the required directory. Don’t worry, the file will be copied, it won’t be moved, and no Apple shortcuts are needed.

3. How to quickly view information about Wi-Fi connection

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

If you need to quickly access your Wi-Fi connection information, you can hold down the Option key ⌥ and click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. Unlike the usual pop-up window, you will see the parameters of your current connection. By releasing the option key, you can drag the mouse to other Wi-Fi networks and see the pop-up information about them.

4. How to quickly restart Finder

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

If you want to restart the Finder, you can use the Mac Terminal tricks. You will need to enter the following command and click Enter.

killall Finder
Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

In fact, the easiest way to restart the Finder is to use keyboard tricks again. Just hold down the Option key and right-click on the Finder icon in the Dock panel. Then select “Relaunch” from the pop-up menu.

Since the release of the macOS Sierra 10.12 update, Mac users can reply to messages in the standard iMessage application. That’s just a specific button to call up the reactions menu there – for this, you need to click on the desired message and hold the cursor until the corresponding icons appear.

5. How to make your Mac even more convenient with Terminal tricks

By the way, there are a wide range of Terminal tricks that you can use to make your Mac even more convenient. Here are some secret Terminal commands.

1) View the content of any file

If you have a corrupted file or suspect that some parts of the inside are hidden, you can force Terminal to open it. To do this, use the following command:

cat ~ / path / to / file

2) Change the file extension of the screenshots

This command allows you to change the file extension of your screenshots from .PNG to anything else, including PDF and JPG.

defaults write type jpg

3) New names for screenshots

If you don’t like the boring and inconvenient format of the screenshot name, use the following command to replace the word “Screenshot” with a more suitable word.

defaults write name "New name"

killall SystemUIServer

To return the configuration to the original name, enter this command:

defaults write name ""

killall SystemUIServer

4) Enable the display of hidden files and folders

Best Mac OS Tips and Tricks You Might Not Know About

If you want to show hidden files and folders, use this command:

defaults write

AppleShowAllFiles -bool TRUE

killall finder

To hide files, change the value from TRUE to FALSE.

If you need this option quite often or want to hide files in particular, we recommend that you use a free Funter application that allows you to show hidden files with just one click. Funter is one of the essential Mac applications that every macOS user should have.


The specified Mac tips allow you to increase the productivity and quality of work on your Mac computer. There are dozens of other tips. You can find more Mac tutorials on our blog. Also, feel free to comment on what types of Apple tutorials you would like to see in the future. Feel free to write in the comments about which Apple tutorials you would like us to write more about.

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