Mac tips & tricks: 7 things you didn’t know you could make your laptop do

Mac makes life easier with its hidden features and shortcuts. Whether you have recently switched to Mac or have been an avid user, you may not have fully discovered what your laptop can accomplish. Let’s take a look at the things your laptop can do, which you might not be aware of. 

Set default folder 

One of the most helpful macOS features continues to be Finder. It is the default folder management system, and while the usefulness of Finder cannot be disputed, Apple has been reluctant to streamline the feature. That’s why you need to take matters into your hands and set a default folder Mac.

If you’re tired of working with the Recents Finder folder and want to see the Downloads or Desktop folder open, you can customize it. Go to Finder > Preferences > find the ‘New Finder windows show’ under the General tab and select any one option from the drop-down menu. If you want Finder to open a custom default folder, click Other, find the folder you want, and select Choose. 

Have an iPad? Use it as a second display 

Do you have an iPad? If so, you can use the Sidecar feature and connect it to your Mac as a second screen. Draw on your iPad by pairing it with an Apple Pencil. 

Not just artistic endeavors, but Sidecar can be used as a second monitor for your Mac. It can extend your desktop and help keep the clutter off your primary display. Get started by connecting your iPad to your macOS using a cable or over the same Wi-Fi network used by both the devices and click the iPad to connect to it. Then, you can use your iPad as a secondary screen. 

Use Spotlight for currency conversions and math calculations 

The in-built search function of Mac is Spotlight, and you can open it by pressing Command + Space and typing what you need. But, that’s not all Spotlight can do for you. The application can help you complete math calculations or carry out currency conversions. 

Custom keyboard shortcuts 

Lots of applications have in-built keyboard shortcuts. However, it can be frustrating if there’s no shortcut to the command that you frequently use. Fortunately, you can change that and add your bespoke shortcuts to almost any application on your Mac. 

For creating custom keyboard shortcuts, open System Preferences > select Keyboard > choose the Shortcuts tab > click App Shortcuts in the left-hand sidebar > select the plus button. Then, select the relevant application and enter the exact path of the menu item that you wish to create a shortcut for. 

Personalize or hide the menu bar 

Do you find it annoying to see the Menu bar on your system? If you only want to see it when you need it, open System Preferences > click General > choose Automatically hide and show the menu bar. 

Furthermore, you can keep your Menu bar and personalize it. To do that, hold Command and drag the icons to different places of your choice, or you can remove them altogether. 

Rename a bunch of files at the same time 

There’s no need to rename files and waste a lot of time individually. On Mac, you can rename multiple files or pictures at once. All you need to do is open Finder > select the group of photos, files, or documents you wish to rename by clicking one > click the others while holding down Shift > right-click and scroll down to the open that says Rename X items, or you can click the cog icon and click Rename X items. After that, you can add or replace text. 

Show battery percentage 

Do you feel comfortable knowing how much battery life is left on your Mac? If so, you must have an issue with MacBook Pro and Air not showing the battery percentage by default on the menu bar. You need to bring up the Battery Status menu by clicking the battery indicator to check the battery percentage. 

However, it is easy to get back the battery percentage indicator on the menu bar. All you need to do is go to the Apple menu > choose System Preferences > select the Dock & Menu Bar icon > switch to the Battery side-tab and tick the box next to Show Percentage. 

So, these are a few of the tips and tricks that you might not have known. When you are working on your Mac, remember them and boost your overall Mac experience. It may also help to improve your productivity.