Useful Mac Tips & Tricks part 2

By | March 5, 2019

Useful Mac Tips & Tricks 

22. Markup
The Markup function in Preview can be enabled when you open an attachment in an e-mail by choosing the icon you see in the image. An important feature and a lot of fun at the same time, especially if you want to forward a message, giving some instructions regarding the attached file.
23. Mail Drop
A practical feature exists in Mail. Allows you to send very large attachments (up to 5GB in size). It uses the iCloud service to send large attachments. To enable this feature, drag the file you want within the email area and automatically upload your file to iCloud. If the recipient of the message has a Yosemite Mail application (or later), the file will normally appear in its mailbox. If not, then it will see a link, which leads to downloading the file
24. Widgets
Popular Widgets include weather, reminders, calendars and more. The OS X notification center can host widgets and Apple has highlighted applications that have a widget extension in a separate section in the Mac App Store. The add-on process is to open the Notifications Center, and click the “Edit” button to display the list of available widgets on your computer. Then choose what you want by pressing the green “+” symbol, to the right of the micro-application you want to add.
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25. Family sharing
“Family Sharing” allows family members to share apps and games they have purchased via the iTunes Store or the App Store. With the service turned on, a member of your family is appointed as the leader, who will enter a single credit or debit card common to all in the App Store. Then you can send invitations to up to 5 users who will make up the family. Whenever a member makes a purchase of music, movies, books or apps, family members will receive this content.
26. Clear your Mac from the junk
To clean your Mac from the junk of caches and junk files that have been gathered and keep valuable space on your disk, there’s a very simple way. Make a backup copy of your Mac first with Time Machine. For details on using the Time Machine, see here .
Once the copy is done, restart your Mac by pressing the ALT key and enter the partition of the disk that is used to reset and reinstall OS X. Select to reinstall OS X and instead of reinstalling, choose to “Restore from Time Machine Copy “. When the process is finished, your Mac will be in the same state as before (with all your applications, settings, and files), but without the junk. This is because Time Machine, when making backup, keeps only what is useful and removes caches, junk files, and temporary program files, and whatever else takes space unnecessarily.
27. Make the TextEdit of Mac OS X as Windows Notepad
In some cases, we may want TextEdit on Mac OS X to produce plain texts without any formatting. This feature can be needed for any reason, from simplicity to format, for example, to writing code or even removing formatting from texts pasted by other applications (eg Pages, Word) into TextEdit. We go to the TextEdit menu> Preferences> New Document “and look at the first paragraph of options titled” Format “. Select with the mouse the “Simple Text” button.
28. Facebook Messenger on Mac OS X
This process will convert the OS X Messages application to a Facebook Messenger client application and is as follows:
We open the Messages app first.
We follow the Messages menu path> Add Account …
In the window that appears, select “Other Account for Messages” …
In the new window in the first field that says “AIM” we change the selection to “Jabber” …
In the “Account Name” field, fill in the following: “my name on”, where the name is, of course, your name on Facebook.
In the “Password” field, fill in the password you have on Facebook.
Ignore all other settings, press the “Create” button and you are ready. You’ll see your “friends” on Facebook appear as a friend list in Messages and you can fill it with extra information, names and pictures.
Sending a message from now on to any contact in this list will be displayed to the recipient via Facebook Messenger.
29. Create a signature for Mac OS X Mail
The process is common to all versions of Mail on Mac.
We open the Mail app and choose to create a new email that we will use to create our signature. We write in the section where the emails are written, what we would like to include in our signature: e.g. some phrases, names, addresses, links, etc, and format them as we like (bold, sidelong or whatever).
After we finish, we select the entire text of the signature and copy it to the clipboard. Then click on the Signature popup popup (right edge) and select Edit Signatures from the menu that appears.
Choose from the left panel the account we want (if we have more than one) and press “+” (below) to create a new one. We will see that automatically created in the right panel, the default email address in this account. We select it and in its place we attach the signature we made.
30. How to make phone calls from your Mac via the iPhone
Before you can use the feature, you need to enable it on your devices. As for iOS, do the following:
Go to Settings> FaceTime
Enable “iPhone Mobile Calls”.
For Mac OS X, you open the FaceTime application, go to Preferences and turn on “iPhone Mobile Calls”.
31. Run Windows applications without Windows on Mac
There are some kind of programs that enable us to run Windows applications on OS X without having to install Windows. And these programs are also a kind of virtual machine, only incorporating into their environment the various routines and libraries that a Windows program needs to operate, thus freeing us from the need to install Windows.
There are two programs at this time doing such a job.
NES Software WinOnX (you will find it for free at the Mac App Store) and
The Code Weavers Crossover (you will find it on the Internet for a fee).
32. Safari: Private Mac Browsing
When private browsing is enabled, Safari does not remember anything from the pages you visit, your search history, or AutoFill items. You can open a new window in private browsing mode, where each tab in it is a separate private session.
To open a private browser window from its line, select the File menu and select New Private Window. To start a private browsing session with a key combination, press Shift + Command + N to open a new Safari window in private browsing mode.
33. Change the wallpaper on the Mac Connect screen
First of all, you’ll need to find the image you want to use as a custom wallpaper on the sign-in screen. You can use any .PNG image and while any size can be set, the resolution should be at least as high as your screen resolution. Save your file named “”.
Open the Finder and select “Go to Folder …”. In the box that appears, type / Library / Caches and press the “Go” button. This will take you to the Cashes folder of the system library. Now look for the wallpaper you have renamed and copy it to the / Caches folder from an administrator account, confirming the replacement if requested.
34. Find your Mac serial number
There are quite a few users who do not know where to look for the serial number on a Mac. The steps you need to follow are simple and easy.
Touch the Apple logo, at the top left of the toolbar, and then select “About this Mac” from the expandable menu.
Locate the serial number of your computer in the “Summary” section.
The serial number of a Mac is located in the same location on any OS X version.
35. Installing Mac OS X via Internet Recovery
In some rare cases, we may need to reinstall Mac OS X on a machine. Beyond the usual methods (installation DVD for older models, hidden hard drive partition where the operating system is ready for installation), there is another way called “Internet Recovery” and is quite easy since all the new (and slightly older) Macs include this feature.
This function is either automatically enabled at startup – if there is no hidden disk partition – or it is triggered by the combination of Command + Option + R keys. It goes without saying that first of all we need access to the Internet.
36. How to reset to SMC and PRAM / NVRAM on Mac
SMC is an acronym for System Management Controller and PRAM / NVRAM is an acronym for non-volatile random-access memory.
Reset to PRAM / NVRAM is common to all Macs (iMac, MacBook, etc.) and is as follows: Press and hold down the CMD + ALT + P + R keys, then press the POWER button. Wait until the Mac restarts and listens to the startup chime again and leaves the keys. Your Mac will boot normally and the reset has been successful.
How do we reset to SMC
a). iMac – Mac Mini
Remove the power cord.
Press and hold the POWER button for at least 5-10 seconds.
Reconnect the power cord and start your Mac normally.
On a removable battery MacBook, we perform the same procedure after removing the battery first.
b). MacBook (with non-removable battery)
Connect the power cord and charger to the MacBook.
Press and hold the Shift + Control + Option keys together and press the POWER button.
Leave all the keys at the same time. The MagSafe adapter light can instantly change its color (from orange to green or upside down) to indicate SMC reset.
37. Create folder and application shortcuts on Mac computers
If you want to create a shortcut for a particular file, select it and then select “File” from the toolbar at the top of the screen or right-click on the object. Look for the “Create Shortcut” option.
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You can add a shortcut by selecting the desired folder or file, and then dragging it (even if it is not a shortcut) to the right side of the dock, near the Recycle Bin.
Also practical is to add shortcuts to the Finder sidebar. What you will need to do is drag the object you want to create a shortcut to, Favorites, in the side column.
38. How to find the Wi-Fi router code on Mac
Before you start, you must have access to an administrator account on that Mac and you need to know the name of the wireless network (or router or airport) you are trying to access.
Launch the Keychain Access either through the Apps> Assist or Spotlight path.
Arrange the Keyboard data by name (tap on the “name” column twice) and then find the name of the network you are interested in (you will search alphabetically). (You can also use the Search Search box to find it).
Double-click on the network name you want to display the details tab.
Click on the “Show password” checkbox, fill in the administrator password in the window that will appear and immediately the network code you want will be displayed.
39. How to connect a PS3 controller to your Mac
The process of connecting and setting up a PS3 is virtually the same in any version of Mac OS X from Lion and beyond.
Click the Apple Menu and select System Preferences. Then, in the window that opens, select “Bluetooth”.
Enable your Mac Bluetooth if it is not enabled either from the Bluetooth panel or from the Bluetooth icon at the top right of the menu bar.
Connect the PS3 controller to a USB USB port via the mini USB to USB cable.
Press the round “PS” button in the center of the controller. to turn it on. The control panel lights will start blinking as this will attempt to connect to the Mac. During the pairing-syncing process, the Bluetooth preference window will show us that there is an available device that is not yet connected.
We wait until we see the “Playstation ® 3 Controller” appear in the list of connected Bluetooth devices (we will see the word “connected” appear below the device).
Unplug the cable (which will only serve us to charge the controller) and we are ready to use our PS3 controller in any Mac game it supports
40. Record CD or DVD on Mac
Writing any kind of file to a CD or DVD for backup or transfer from one computer to another is really simple.
Insert a blank CD or DVD into our Mac / CD / DVD burner.
We open the folder containing the files we want to copy and choose (but make sure you have them in a folder). Multiple files can be selected with COMMAND + CLICK.
After selecting them, right-click with the mouse and from the pop-up menu select: Record “x” items to disk … (where “x” the number of files selected).
The next thing we’ll see is how to write a CD of songs from our collection that plays on any audio CD. To achieve this, our songs must first be in the iTunes library.
We start iTunes and go to Music and from there to the Lists (press the corresponding label at the center of the window above).
We create a new playlist (press “+” at the bottom left of the window) and copy all the songs we want to burn to audio CDs.
We insert a blank CD into the recording unit.
We go to the File menu> Record Playlist on Disc.
In the window that appears, we make whatever options we want (if we want audio CD, leave it as it is) and we proceed to confirm the registration.
41. Use the iCloud password to unlock the Mac
First of all, to enable this feature, we need to have a modern version of OS X that uses iCloud and of course Mac must have access to the internet.
Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
We select “Users and Groups”
In the window that will appear, select “Change Password”
Select “Use iCloud Password”
Fill in the entry password so far on your Mac, the top field (old password) and the iCloud password in the bottom field.
Close the windows and you’re ready.
For more see here .
42. Resetting the print system
The process is the same in all versions of Mac OS X.
From the Apple menu  select “System Preferences” and select the “Print”
Right-click with the mouse (or CTRL + click for the older ones) on one of the printers shown in the list (say above) and select “Reset print system”.
We fill in the administrator password that will be requested in the system query to clear all printers and print jobs … et voila erase everything.
We’re starting to install all of our printers again by pressing the “+” button at the bottom left of the printer window.

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