7 Clever Apple Mac Tips Everyone Should Know
Posted 16/08/2016 by BrightHouse Social Team
Useful Apple Mac tips and Tricks
If you've just recently upgraded the family computer to an Apple Mac, you may still be getting to grips with Apple's desktop operating system.
And if you're one of the many people that have only ever owned a Windows PC, it can take some time to work out the different shortcuts for things on your Apple Mac, that you were so used to doing on a PC.
But thankfully for first time users and even for those that may not consider themselves particularly tech-savvy, it doesn't take long to become comfortable using Apple's intuitive operating system.
With that said, here are 7 simple but super helpful Apple Mac tips and tricks that will save you time and make your life a lot easier.
1. Take a screenshot
If you happen to see something displayed on your screen worth saving to view again later, you can capture an image of the entire screen by simply pressing Command + Shift + 3.
However you can go a step further by selecting a particular part of the screen to capture by pressing Command + Shift + 4.
You will then need to use your mouse or track pad to highlight the specific part of the screen you want to capture and save. Once you have released the highlighted area, the image will then automatically save to the desktop.
2. How to Ctrl + Alt + Delete but on a Mac?
If you would like to bring up a list of applications that are open in order to manually close them down, you can open 'Force Quit' by pressing Command + Option + Esc.
3. How to Hide What Your Looking At On Screen
If you're doing some Christmas shopping online for the kids or the better half's Birthday present and they suddenly burst in the room, you can quickly hide what you're looking by simply pressing Command + H.
4. How to Start your Mac Up in silence
If you happen to be in a situation where silence is key such as in class or a library and you want to start your Mac in silence, hold down the Mute key when starting up your Mac.
5. Switch between multiple windows
To easily see all your open programmes and to effortlessly switch between them, simply press Command + Tab.
But if you want to switch between multiple windows within the same programme, you will need a different shortcut which can be accessed by pressing Command + ~
6. Instantly open the dictionary or thesaurus
You don't need to open Safari or Chrome to search for a word that you need clarification on. Bring up a dictionary or thesaurus in an instant by pressing Command + Control + D
7. Bring Up Spotlight Search to look for anything
This is a great shortcut that will save you time trawling through folders and files when searching for a particular word document, application to launch, favourite song to play or a photo album that you need to find. And if you're looking for something to search for online, Spotlight can also do that for you. Just type whatever you're looking for and watch spotlight bring it up in a second by pressing Command + Spacebar
We hope that these tips will help make your life a little simpler and before you go, we would love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment and let us know if there's any other tips that we didn't include in our list that you think other Mac users would find useful.