Speed Dating Tips for your Mac

Speed Dating with Your Mac this Valentine’s Day

By Barry Donnelly

With love in the air this week I wanted to give you some  “Speed Dating Tips” on how you can get to know your Mac better.  I cannot promise that it will love you back but I think this could be an instance of acceptable unrequited love.

Spotlight Tool

This is something that many people already know about but given that it is something I use on a daily basis I wanted to mention it.
This feature can be launched by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut of Command (⌘)-Spacebar. A text field will then appear on the screen (usually appears in the top-right portion of the screen). Just type what you would like to find and your Mac will provide a list of results it deems relevant. Bonus Tip – The spotlight tool is also a calculator so if you require an answer to a math equation this is perfect for you.

Add Emojis everywhere 😍💘💚💝

With emojis becoming even more popular here is a quick tip to add them anywhere you wish. Press Control-Command (⌘)-Spacebar and you will be presented with a wide range of emojis. Here are some pop songs explained using emojis, see if you can guess the name?
  1. 🚀👨
  2. 💰💰🚜
  3. 👋👋👋
  4. 👬🚫🙅⬅💏
  5. ⬆️🍷
Answers are at the end of the post.

Instant Screenshots

There are a number of apps available that will assist you when you need to take screenshots but the options built into your Mac are more than capable of providing you with instant screenshots. If you want to take a snapshot of a portion of your screen, press Command (⌘)-Shift-4. Your cursor will turn into a plus sign which can they use to click and drag down to the right. Once you release your hold, it will create a snapshot of your selection. There is also an option to take a snapshot of your entire screen just press Command (⌘)-Shift-3. There is one more option if you wish to take a snapshot of a single window that you have open. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4 and hit the spacebar. Your screen will turn blue and your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Move this icon to the window which you would like to take a snapshot of and click on it. Any screenshot that you take will be saved and will appear on your desktop.  

Gesture Controls

With the use of your trackpad, you can swipe, tap, pinch or spread one or more fingers to perform a wide range of useful controls. While everybody uses their computer differently I will give my 3 most useful ones. Look Up and Data Detectors: Tap with three fingers to look up a word or take other actions with dates, addresses, phone numbers and other data.

Swipe between Full-Screen apps: Swipe left or right with four fingers to move between desktops and full-screen apps. Depending on the macOS this control may only require 3 fingers.

Swipe between pages: All this requires is for you to swipe left or right with 2 fingers to show the previous or next page.

For more information on the range of gestures that are available go to System Preferences>Trackpad and you can turn on or off different gestures. It will also show you what gestures work with your Mac.

Easily move Files to the Trash

This is may seem like a simple one but there are a lot of people who are unaware of this little trick. It’s also a very good time saver. Rather than spending lots of time dragging files to the trash all you need to do is select the file you wish to delete and then press Command (⌘)-Delete. This will be moved to the trash and if you select a file by accident just press Command (⌘)-Z and it will undo the last thing you did.

There are a number of different shortcuts included and explained in the above post but there are many more that you may find useful. If you would like to learn more of them I would recommend purchasing the Shortcut Keyboard Protector that is available in all our stores and online.

Emoji Pop Song Answers:
  1. Rocket Man (Elton John)
  2. Gold Digger ( Kayne West)
  3. Bye, Bye, Bye (N-Sync)
  4. We are never ever getting back together ( Taylor Swift)
  5. Raise Your Glass (Pink)