There’s no point in investing in the high cost of a MacBook if you’re not willing to become a whiz at it. There are phenomenal features included in the latest MacBook that is a crime to ignore.
Get the most bang for your buck by learning some of the most useful tools available on a MacBook. Here are some of the best MacBook Pro tips.
Get Things Done
One thing your MacBook is great at is helping you take care of little nagging tasks.
You’ve been asked multiple times to sign and return a form to your child’s school. It looks somewhat intimidating to use the Markup tool in Apple Mail so you delay and delay the process to avoid messing up.
Fear not. The markup tool is one of the easiest toolbars you can use on a MacBook.
Click the ‘marker’ icon and it’ll expand the menu to reveal a signature tool. This signature can be drawn using your trackpad or you can use a version created from another program.
It’s the simplest and easiest way to sign documents on your computer. The documents are stored without the need to convert them to a PDF.
Preview automatically saves signed documents to your device so you won’t need to worry that it’s missing. The same is true for fillable forms.
One downside to having a PC is that fillable forms need to be resaved into a format that isn’t interactive. Leaving it interactive means you’ll risk some of the information you enter disappearing when you save it.
Not with a Macbook. Your information in fillable forms remains intact when you use the Markup tool. In fact, you can simply add your own text in each field by creating a text box.
The textbox can be adjusted onto each form field so it looks neat.
Even your shortcuts have a shortcut on a MacBook Pro. Find ways to customize common keystrokes to make using your device easier.
Anything from ‘brb’ transforming into ‘be right back’ or upgrading your email signature for certain messages.
You’ll need to get familiar with Systems Settings to get started. Select the Language and Region menu from the drop-down options, then Keyboard Settings.
From here, go to the Text menu. The plus icon is where you go to add new shortcuts to do your top priority tasks.
Get More Screen Real Estate
One of the beautiful things about owning more than one Mac device is having access to your information on both. Now you can perform tasks with more screen real estate by using your devices side by side.
This feature is called Sidecar. To turn on Sidecar, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner. Next, click System Preferences then Sidecar.
You’ll see your device listed if it’s compatible with Sidecar. Use this opportunity to get more work done without having to default to a desktop computer for space.
The dual-screen set up is amazing for conducting research or trying to organize large files. A second way to set up Sidecar is to use AirPlay.
Use Spotlight to perform the fanciest calculations you can think of. This tool is gold when you’re traveling abroad and have no idea how to measure things like milliliters when placing a room service order.
Spotlight can do quick currency conversions as well. Just type a quick phrase including the numbers you want to convert.
Think of Spotlight as the cool aunt of Siri and Google. It can answer a boatload of questions, but most of them are specific to what’s really relevant to you and your MacBook.
Apple Pay isn’t just for your phone anymore. Apple’s latest update allows you to use Apple Pay from the comforts of your MacBook Pro.
Some sites have a built-in ‘login using Apple’ component, while others allow you to use information from your wallet to make a payment. If both of these fail or your device isn’t compatible, you can always save your credit card information to Safari.
This makes online shopping that much easier but without compromising security. Your card data will remain encrypted so you don’t have to worry about your credit card number being intercepted by hackers.
The MacBook Pro’s retina display is unmatched. But with this clarity comes eye strain that’s not likely to go away with time.
Tame the brightness of your computer using Dark Mode. Dark Mode is awesome because it can adjust its brightness based on the time of day.
If you want this, use the ‘Auto’ Dark Mode feature. If you don’t choose a preference, the screen will either remain dark or light all the time.
Hide Your Hands
Everyone slips up on social media or online shopping from time to time at work. But this doesn’t mean the world needs to know about it.
When you sense your cover is blown, you can hit the keyboard shortcut Command H to hide your screen quickly. Just be sure the information behind the browser window isn’t more incriminating than the first.
The browser gets minimized with this keyboard shortcut revealing whatever is hiding behind it. Keep a dummy article nearby like how to print black and white on mac so no one actually knows what you were doing before you quickly closed your browser.
The Amazing MacBook
There are dozens of cool keyboard shortcuts to use on your MacBook. You won’t get them all memorized in a day, but once you get a momentum going, it’ll be hard to stop learning new tricks.
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