There are plenty of hidden features and shortcuts that Apple has built into macOS over the years, from keyboard commands to less obvious settings. These little hacks can improve your workflow and make your Mac experience more personalized, so we’ve highlighted several tips and tricks you might not know in our latest YouTube video.

  1. Open with the default app Do you want a specific file type to be opened with a specific app only? Right-click on a file, click Get Info, click Open With, and select the application you want to use from the dropdown list.
  2. Open secure files automatically after downloading To open secure files downloaded from Safari automatically, open the app, go to Preferences, open the General tab and select Open Secure Files after downloading. Don’t want files to open automatically? Uncheck it.
  3. Convert to PDF In Finder or the desktop, you can right-click on a file and use the Quick Actions feature to convert a downloaded image, document, or web page into a PDF. Simply right-click on the file you want to convert to PDF, select Quick Actions, and choose Create PDF. You can select multiple files and combine them all into one PDF using this method. Convert to PDF is a default option, but if for some reason it isn’t enabled, choose and select “Personalize” to add it to the quick action options.
  4. Search the current folder Do you want to set your Mac to the default setting to search the current open folder instead of searching the entire device? Open the Finder, in the preferences, select “Advanced”, then under “When performing a search” select “Search the current folder”.
  5. Close all application windows To close all open windows of an app at once, press and hold an option and tap the red x in one of the windows.
  6. Always show scroll bars To keep scroll bars visible at all times, open System Preferences, select General, then under the Show scroll bars option, choose Always.
  7. Accessing audio input and output from the menu bar – You can access the voice input And Eject by holding down an option when you click the sound icon in the menu bar or in the Control Center on your Mac. Go to System Preferences > Sound > Show sound in menu bar and set it always if you want to have a permanent menu bar sound option.
  8. Quickly find a file from Spotlight If you have Spotlight search open, you can find a file in Finder by pressing Command + R and clicking on it.
  9. Minimize windows with one click Want to change what double-clicking on a window’s title bar does? Go to System Preferences, Dock & Menu Bar, and under “Double-click window title bar” select Minimize instead of Maximize, which is the default option.
  10. Hide and show menu bar automatically To automatically hide and show the menu bar, go to System Preferences, select Dock & Menu Bar, then choose “Hide and automatically show the menu bar on the desktop”.
  11. Hide menu bar history – Don’t want to see history? Go to System Preferences, select Dock & Menu Bar, then under the clock heading in the left menu, uncheck Show Day of the Week and Show Date.
  12. delete by word When you type, you can edit more efficiently with keyboard commands. To delete an entire word at once instead of letter by letter, press and hold the Option key and then press the delete button.
  13. delete by line To delete an entire line, press and hold the Command key and then press the delete button.
  14. Move the cursor with the word – To move your cursor across text faster, hold down the Option key and use the arrows to move around word by word instead of letter by letter. Hold down the command to move it by line.
  15. Customizing screenshots Macs have a lot of customization options built into screenshots. When using shift + command + 4 to take a screenshot of a size, hold down the option on drag to resize the four corners, and the space bar to move the selection box.

Do you have other great tips for Mac that we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments.

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