March 27, 2018 | 7 min read
5 Mac System Preferences Hidden Gems
Your screen saver starts automatically if your Mac is inactive for a specified period of time. But did you know there’s another way to launch your screen saver whenever you want?
You can set up a shortcut that automatically activates the screen saver when the cursor moves to the corner of your screen. Here’s how to activate Hot Corners:
Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.
Choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu
Click Desktop & Screen Saver, and then click Screen Saver.
Click Hot Corners in the right bottom corner of the active window.
In the popup window, choose the corner you want to use to launch the screen saver.
Click it and choose Start Screensaver.
That’s it. The next time you want to run your screen saver, just move the pointer to the hot corner you’ve chosen. It’s that easy.
Organize your files with Tags
If you actively use tons of files on your Mac, it’s a good idea to organize them. Tagging is probably the best way to do this. Open Finder and navigate to Finder Preferences by choosing Preferences from the drop- down menu or using the Command + Comma keyboard combination. Then go to the Tags tab. You can rename the default system tag by selecting Ctrl + click or by right-clicking on the tag name and choosing the Rename option.
Tagging the file is pretty simple. Just right-click on its icon and choose the tag you want to use. That’s it. The next time you open Finder, click the tag you need to quickly access your files.
Safari Reader Mode
Did you know you can make your internet surfing and reading experience smoother with Safari? If you spend hours reading articles on the web, try the Safari Reader Mode feature. You can enable it in the Apple browser’s preferences. Open Safari and use the Command + Comma shortcut to access its features. Select the Websites tab to access the Reader menu from the left side menu bar. Change the status of When visiting other websites from Off to On.
And you’re done. The next time you read an article on a website, Safari will automatically switch to the Reader mode free from ads and useless banners.
Three Finger Gesture
If you’re a MacBook owner, you use your trackpad extensively. You’re probably using it right now to scroll through this article. But do you know how to use it like a real pro?
You can add even more functionality to your trackpad in a snap. Head over to System Preferences and click Accessibility. Then, choose Mouse & Trackpad from the left side menu bar. Then, click on Trackpad Options. Check Enable Dragging and choose three finger drag from the list. Now you can use the three fingers gesture to drag files, windows, and more.
Customize the menu bar
Most of us take the top menu bar for granted. It’s a major part of macOS and it’s the thing we use several times a day. Yet we don’t think much about it.
Well, it’s time to give it some attention by adding or removing the toggles you need or don’t need. It’s easy to do. Let’s start with volume control for a quick example.
Navigate to System Preferences and click Sound. Check the Show volume in menu bar option in the Sound Effects tab. Now, you can mute or change the volume from the menu bar whenever you want. It’s also an easy way to change the output device or access sound preferences.
It’s a good idea to add the Bluetooth icon to the menu bar if you use other wireless devices. Head over to System Preferences and click the Bluetooth icon. Then, check the Show Bluetooth in Menu Bar option.
Want to see the current date and time in the upper right corner of your screen? Just launch System Preferences and click Date and Time. Then click the Clock tab. Finally, check the Show Date and Time in Menu Bar box.
Now you know how to make your menu bar even more useful. We hope these tips help you get even more out of your Mac.