10 macOS Features You Might Not Know About

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13 / 12 / 2017

10 macOS Features You Might Not Know About

Even if you’re a long time Mac user, you may still learn a new trick or two. Check our list of ten lesser known Mac features, it’s never too late to discover something new!

1. Rename Multiple Files at Once

Let’s say you save screenshots to a certain folder. Did you know that you can rename all of them at once and avoid confusion? Highlight all files in the folder and do a right mouse click, or hold down the Control key while you click. Select the Rename items option, type the text you want, and hit rename.

2.  Change Screenshot File Format

Almost every Mac user knows magic screenshot combinations (Command + Shift + 3 for entire screen and Command + Shift + 4 for a selected portion.) By default, screenshots are saved as PNG files, and few Mac users know they can change this format to JPG and save their storage space. To do this, launch Terminal and paste the following command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

What’s next? Press the Return key, paste the killall SystemUIServer command into the Terminal window, and hit Return again. That’s it! Now JPG files take less space on your hard drive.

3. Use Smart Folders

Smart Folders can make your digital life easier. For example, they can automatically display all the images created in a certain period of time and keep all of them in one place. To start using Smart Folders, open Finder, click File at the top menu bar and select New Smart Folder. Now choose what kind of file should be saved in the Smart Folder.

4. Type Emoji Faster

Do you know how to quickly access emoji keyboard on your Mac? Use the Control + Command + space combination. Now you have the full access to all the symbols and emojis. Scroll down or use the search bar to find the emoji you need.

5. Lock Your Mac Instantly

If you’ve been using the Mac for a long time, you should’ve noticed the lack of the shortcut for locking the computer. Starting with macOS High Sierra, you can use Command + Control + Q combination to quickly lock your Mac’s screen.

6. Create Keyboard Shortcuts

You can create custom shortcuts for your most common Mac tasks. Navigate to System Preferences > Keyboards > Shortcuts. Select the App Shortcuts option and click the “+” button. Next, select the app you want to create a shortcut for and follow the on-screen instructions. Let’s say you want to set up a personal shortcut for the Flip Horizontal option in the Preview app. Type in “Flip Horizontal” in the Menu Title field and choose the shortcut you’d like to use.

7. Select Multiple Parts of Text

Every Mac user knows how to select text in the document or on the web page. What about advanced selection tricks? Let’s say you need to select multiple lines, words, or columns from different paragraphs at once. How would you do that? Just hold the Command key down and select the parts of the text you need. Holding down the Option key will allow you to select rectangular blocks of the text within the paragraph.

8. Keep Your Mac Awake

Obviously, you don’t want your Mac to sleep when showing a travel slideshow, giving a presentation, or waiting until your file is downloaded. Use a special Terminal command called caffeinate. It won’t allow your Mac to enter the sleep mode as long as the Terminal window is open.

Open the Terminal app from Application > Utilities or type Terminal in Spotlight. When Terminal opens, type in: caffeinate

Press Return and keep your Mac awake!

Note: This trick works only when the Terminal window remains open.

9. Get Suggested Words

We’ve all been here: you’re typing the incorrect word and even system spell checker has no idea what you mean. As long as you know how the word begins, press F5 to see the list of suggested words.

10. Check for Updates Trick

Usually, AppStore checks for system and application updates once a week. What if you want to do that every three days, or once per month? Open Terminal and paste the following code:

defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 3

The last number in the code stands for how often your system checks for updates. For example, “7” in the end means AppStore is scheduled to check for updates once a week. If you type “3” instead of “7”, your system will scan for updates every three days. Once you paste the code above in the Terminal window, hit the Return key, enter your password, and keep your Mac up to date.

Now that you know more macOS hidden tricks, it’s high time to try them out. Keep your Mac in shape and stay tuned for MacKeeper blog updates!