12 tricks to know about Mac

1. Use Spotlight, your Mac’s internal search engine

Spotlight is an intelligent search bar, directly integrated into your Mac. This allows you to easily find documents (files, emails, images, videos, music, etc.), but also offers other functions: accessing an application, checking the weather forecast, doing calculations, finding a definition, converting a currency in other currencies, display results from the web, etc.

Spotlight is a very practical tool on Mac! © CaptureBDM

To access Spotlight, you can click on the magnifying glass icon (located in the menu bar that appears at the top of your screen), or use the following shortcut: Command (Cmd) + Spacebar.

The magnifying glass lets you access Spotlight. © CaptureBDM

2. Make a window full screen

Window size management is slightly different on a Mac than on a Windows computer. To display a window in full screen:

  • Open the application you want to put in full screen,
  • In the upper left corner of the window, click the green button,
  • The application then opens in full screen.

You can also use the following keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Cmd + F key

The orange button allows you to reduce the size of the window. © CaptureBDM

If you want to exit full screen mode, hover your mouse over the top of the screen to bring up the menu bar. Then click the green button again.

3. View two apps at the same time with Split View

On Mac, the Split View function is very useful: it allows you to divide your screen in order to display two tabs at the same time, and thus gain in productivity.

To split your screen:

  1. Open the two applications concerned,
  2. On the first application, hold down the green button that appears in the upper left corner of the window for a few seconds,
  3. A drop-down menu will appear, choose “Move window to left of screen” Where “Move window to the right of the screen”,
  4. In the remaining part of the screen, choose the second window you want to display.
To access this menu, press the green button for a few seconds. © CaptureBDM

Note: to be able to use an application in Split View mode, it must not be displayed in full screen (see above for removing the full screen mode of an application).

Display two windows at the same time. © CaptureBDM

4. Quit an app on Mac

When you click the red button to close an app, it still runs in the background. To quit an application entirely, there are two methods:

  • Use the shortcut Cmd + Q key,
  • Right-click on the application in the Dock (applications menu, located at the bottom of the screen), then select To leave.
You must right-click on the application to open this menu. © CaptureBDM

5. Use Multi-Touch gestures on the trackpad

The trackpad refers to the touchpad that replaces the mouse. On your Apple computer, there are many shortcuts related to the trackpad, which allow you to perform different actions quickly.

Here are some examples of possible actions:

  • Scroll down one page,
  • Zoom in or out,
  • Rotate a document,
  • Open the notification center,
  • Access the Launchpad.

It is quite possible to customize the gesture associated with an action. To create your own shortcuts: click on the Apple menu (located at the top left of your screen), then select System Preferences. For each action, you can select the type of gesture that suits you, by scrolling down the corresponding menu.

Customize trackpad controls. © CaptureBDM

6. Use your Mac’s Control Center

The Control Center groups together several additional shortcuts and commands. To access the control center, you just have to click on the icon with the two cursors.

Then you can:

  • Activate, deactivate or change your Wi-Fi access,
  • Activate or deactivate Bluetooth,
  • Enable or disable AirDrop,
  • Activate or deactivate the mode Concentration, Time for yourself Where Rest,
  • Change the brightness of the keyboard, the screen and adjust the sound volume.
Control Center gives you quick access to features on your Mac. © CaptureBDM

7. Use Mac Notification Center

The Notification Center gives you access to all of your notifications. To access this tab, simply click on the date and time displayed in the menu of your mac, at the top right of the screen.

You can also add different widgets to this menu. To do this, click on Edit Widgetslocated at the bottom of Notification Center, and use the drag and drop to add the shortcuts of your choice. Press on Ended to save your changes.

Find all your notifications and widgets in the notification center. © CaptureBDM

8. Boot a Mac Silently

When you turn on a Mac, the computer emits an inconspicuous background sound. Fortunately, it is possible to disable the startup sound:

  1. Click the Apple menu, then select System Preferences,
  2. Choose Histhen click the tab Sound effects,
  3. Uncheck the box Play sound on startup.

9. Take a screenshot on Mac

There are several ways to take a screenshot on Mac:

  • Keyboard shortcuts: Shift + Cmd + 4 (capture of part of the screen), Shift + Cmd + 3 (capture of an entire window),
  • Mac’s built-in Snipping Tool: type “Screenshot” in the Spotlight search bar to access it.

10. Add an electronic signature

Do you need to sign a document electronically? No problem ! When you open a document with the Preview tool, it is possible to create and embed an electronic signature. To create an electronic signature:

  1. Open the Preview app,
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Tools then Annotate and Signature,
  3. Select Manage signaturesand finally Create a signature.
There are several methods to create your signature on Mac. © CaptureBDM

To embed an electronic signature:

  1. Open your document with the Preview tool,
  2. In the menu bar (at the top of the screen), click on Tools > Annotate > Signature,
  3. Choose the signature of your choice.

For more specific needs, however, we advise you to use a professional electronic signature tool, which will allow you to validate the authenticity of your signature and ensure legal value.

11. Embed emojis easily on Mac

When you enter text, the Apple computer offers a keyboard shortcut to access a tab that groups all the emojis. To open this menu (called Character Viewer), use the following keyboard shortcut: Control + Cmd + Spacebar.

You can easily add emojis to your texts. © CaptureBDM

Then simply select the emoji of your choice to integrate it into your message.

12. Merge PDFs Easily on Mac

There is a very handy feature on Mac that allows you to merge multiple PDFs together with one click. To perform this procedure: select at least two PDF files, then right-click and click Quick Actions > Create PDF.

Merge your files in one click.© Capture BDM

If you want to go further in editing your PDFs, it is also possible to use a specialized tool.

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