Master Your Mac with these useful tips and tricks 

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Do you think you have mastered your Mac? We bet you do not know these basic yet effective tips yet. This guide will walk you through some tweaks that will effectively increase system performance of your Mac.

These tips and tricks will enhance the system performance of your Mac and also boost its stability.

If you are a proud Mac owner and have been using it for a log while then you might be knowing some tricks to improve the performance. But knowing something is completely different than mastering the same.

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macOS comes with tons of features. Some are well known and some are completely hidden unless you find out ways to discover them all. Most of the secret features have been around since a while. Some features came with the new Catalina edition OS update.

With some new features you can totally transform your Mac and change the way you use it on a daily basis. As a result you can have a completely new experience.

CHANGE THE FEEL AND LOOKS

Changing the feel and looks might not sound that much exciting but it is really a way to decrease the stress levels on your eyes. Let us check out some methods to perform some minute tweaks:

  1. Increase/Decrease The Text Size And Screen Magnification Size

macOS packs the punch of a high resolution screen. At times, high resolution is really too much for eyes. As a result, your eyes may get watery, itchy or even red.

There are times when you want to increase the screen resolution when playing games. Games and Movies are the best reasons to increase the screen resolution. On the other hand, you can also change the notification size or even magnify them.

Following are the steps to do the same:

  • Click on the Apple icon
  • Navigate to the ‘system’ options
  • Go to ‘preferences’
  • Select ‘displays’
  • Go to ‘display’
  • Select the ‘scaled’ option

Select the scaled option to check for the layouts or to increase the text size in your applications and programs. You may use the scaling option to change the screen resolution as well.

  1. Customize and change the way you see notifications

The operating system can shower your Mac with lock screen banners and tons of pop-ups. You can choose which applications can alert you and how.

If you want to change the way your notifications alert you, perform the following instructions:

  • Click on the Apple icon.
  • Go to the ‘system preferences’ tab.
  • Select the ‘notifications’ option.

You do not even need to check the notifications from almost every application. Decide which important notifications you want to see and which you want to ignore.

You probably don’t need to hear from all your apps. Decide which are worth your attention.

  1. Enable Dark Mode or Night Shift

You can decrease the look of a bright blue and white screen if it irritates your eyes. You can activate a dark theme with white text and optimize the looks that are pleasant to the eyes.

To activate the dark mode, you may follow the instructions:

  • Click on the Apple icon
  • Click on the ‘system preferences’
  • Click on ‘displays’
  • Select ‘night shift’
  1. Custom Dock

You can edit almost every angle of the dock. Here are the steps to do the same:

  • Click on the Apple icon
  • Click on ‘preferences’
  • Select the ‘dock’ option

This feature enables you to change every aspect of the dock so you can:

  • Move the dock to either right or left
  • Increase or decrease its size.
  • You can set the icons to pop-up or increase in size when you hover over them.

Dock is like a small toolbox using which you can configure several items, their positions, their sizes and do much more. You can use drag and drop options to add and remove applications to and from the dock.

  1. Navigate Around At Lightning Fast Speeds

You can tweak some options to move around much faster. There are some tips you can use to notice an increase in the response times.

Activate ‘tap to click’ on your trackpad

To enable this setting, follow the instructions:

  • Click on the ‘Apple’ icon
  • Click on the ‘system preferences’ option
  • Select the ‘trackpad’ option
  • Check on the ‘tap to click’ option

Touching the trackpad than pressing it saves more time.

  1. Configure the hot corner shortcuts of the trackpad

Do you know about the special feature of the trackpad which allows you to trigger different functions? You can hide particular files and folders by just sliding your finger across the trackpad.

Follow these steps:

  • Click on the Apple icon
  • Select the ‘system preferences’ option
  • Select the ‘desktop’ option
  • Click on ‘screen saver’ option
  • Select the ‘hot corners’ option
  • Configure a function for each corner

DO MORE

You can do more in less time using some interesting features of masOS. Let us check out some ways to master some features that allow you to do more.

  1. Preview App will edit the PDFs and image files

As the name implies the preview application does more than its name. It not only helps you preview the apps, files, folder, PDFs and image files, but you can also resize the files, edit them and mark the images.

  1. Track your to-do list with the reminder application

You can use reminders to create to-do lists. You can also set alerts for particular dates or tasks. macOS Catalina comes with a complete suite of the application. If you tag someone’s name in a reminder, the system reminds you of the alert when you send a text to the person.

  1. Speak more and save time

Give your fingers some rest with the text-to-speech option. This is an extremely useful option to save a couple of minutes and even hours.

Steps to set up text-to-speech dictation:

  • Click on the Apple icon.
  • Click on the ‘system preferences’ option.
  • Select ‘accessibility’.
  • Click on the ‘voice control’ option.
  1. SPEED UP YOUR MAC BY CLEANING IT

It is very necessary to keep your Mac healthy and improve the performance and stability. There are some tricks and if you master these, your Mac will seldom get slow.

Get rid of programs that eat up unnecessary storage space

Removing both small and large programs that take up unnecessary storage space not only helps improve the performance but also improves the response times, stability and allows you to utilize the valuable space to do more.

You can easily select a particular application and drag it to the trash to delete it. But if you do not need the app, you can permanently remove it by properly uninstalling it and remove the cache files from the downloads folder.

You can use a mac cleaner application to get rid of the unused apps, large apps and unwanted images files that take up tons of valuable system storage.

All in all

So these are some tips and tricks to master your Mac. It is of utmost importance to take good care of your Mac by implementing methods that can lessen the unnecessary burden on the CPU of your Mac.

You can get applications, utilities and programs from the market and these are really helpful but it is far better to manually lessen the burden on your system. Lesser burden means more power and as a result the system performance increases.