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11 small and big tricks to squeeze your Mac that (sure) you did not know

Sometimes we are so immersed in the day to day that we find it difficult to learn tricks for Mac that could save us time and effort. The secret is, as always, to try to introduce them as soon as possible in our routine to make them a habit. Here you have a new opportunity with these small and big macOS tricks.

These are the tricks for Mac that you needed

Use Spotlight to make conversions

Macos TipsSpotlight is not just a macOS search engine . It is an intelligent tool that also serves to make conversions of coins or measures. To invoke Spotlight, use the keyboard shortcut cmd + spacebar and type what you want to convert.

You will have to use the language in which you have the operating system, in the above example in English.

Siri also makes conversions quickly …

Siri Convert CurrencySiri has been living on the Mac since MacOS Sierra . With clicking on one of its shortcuts in the menu bar or its access from the Dock, we can ask you to calculate conversions . In the example, instead of a metric unit we ask for the equivalent of 57 pounds sterling in euros.

… and makes calculations that you can copy directly

Siri MultiplicationsThis is probably one of the tricks for macOS that I like the most. In addition to Siri also knows how to do simple calculation operations quickly, you can select the result with the mouse, copy it and paste it where you need it.

Introduce emoji anywhere

Emojis MacosThe emojis (and now Animoji) have taken control of social networks and messaging apps. In macOS you can also enter these special characters. Unless you have a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar , use the shortcut ctrl + cmd + spacebar to bring up a menu with all of them.

Delete files from hit without dragging them to the trash

After publishing articles in Applesfera in the end you end up with a folder full of images that you embed in them. To remove them without dragging them to the trash or without right clicking, use the keyboard shortcut cmd + delete. It will send the selected files to the trash .

Sign PDF documents without having to print them

FirmPreview is one of the apps I use every day. Many are unaware that in addition to doing a light edition of images and viewing PDFs, it can be used to sign documents. To do this, display the Dialing option and choose Signature. If you have never entered one, you can do it here with the trackpad or by taking a photo to a white paper in which you have written your signature by hand.

Once you have it, you can embed it in any document without having to print it, sign it by hand and scan it again. Check this article where we have how to sign documents from any Apple device .

Add your own keyboard shortcuts in macOS

Machos ShortcutsIn the section of System Preferences> Keyboard> Shortcuts, choose Apps shortcuts to add the shortcut you want depending on the app you are in. Perfect to save a handful of seconds with the apps you use the most.

Share screen with another Mac to help someone remotely

share screen macOS You can wire a family member or friend who has problems with your Mac using Share Screen . Write the name of this app in Spotlight, you will see that a dialog opens asking for the user’s Apple ID. Tecléalo and accept, you will receive a request that you will have to accept in order to share the screen with you.

If you see that it does not work, make sure that the corresponding option is activated from System Preferences.

Block videos that play alone in Safari

In recent times, several web pages allow the reproduction of videos without being requested by the user . Which can be quite annoying. Luckily, macOS High Sierra has a trick up its sleeve to block them. Access the settings of this app> Webpages and choose the Auto-Play section. There you can choose if you want them to play always, only those that do not have audio or block them all.

Update your Mac quickly

A trick for macOS that we’ve already seen and it will save you time when it comes to keeping your Mac updated . Enter this command in Terminal:

softwareupdate -l

Then, to apply the update, write this other command:

sudo softwareupdate -i -a

In this way, you can continue using the Mac while it is updated. In the end you will have to restart the computer, but the whole process becomes much faster.

Use the macOS spaces High Sierra

Press F3 to activate the macOS spaces of Mission Control and see at a stroke all the apps and windows that you have open. You can hit the “+” button in the upper left corner to add new desktops to work on without being overwhelmed by too many windows.

About Nick Fury

Hi, I am Nick! Apart from being a loving husband and a father of one, I dedicate myself to manage a company full time. Writing is my passion, I started writing a blog some 10 years ago, now reviving this passion again, I would love to express my views and takes on day to day stuff, hope you guys enjoy! Do share your thoughts.

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