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12 Really Cool Things to Do on A Mac You May Don’t Know

Believe or not, even though you've been using Mac day in and day out, there are still quite a lot of hidden useful features you may don’t know. Some of these features may surprise most Mac users or even some Mac experts. Here is a list of 12 really cool things to do on a Mac for your reference. Let’s go over them one by one!

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 1 of 12: Move Selected Text for a New Text File

There are some times when we need to excerpt some sentences from a long passage. Instead of copying and pasting them to another new text file, dragging the selected sentences to blank space is enough on Mac. As shown in the screenshot, a net text file will be created automatically.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 2 of 12: Annotate PDF Files with Built-in Software

In order to edit PDF on Mac, many of us may resort to some comprehensive PDF tools such as Cisdem PDFManagerUltimate. Actually, some simple operations on PDF can be handled via using Preview, the built-in image and PDF viewer in Mac OS. It can be wisely used for annotating images and PDFs, and the annotations it adds to a PDF is compatible to be shared with your colleagues. Best of all, you can either add your signature by holding a signed piece of paper up to the webcam on your Mac – and it does a great job of cutting it out of the background – or by drawing on your trackpad.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 3 of 12: Preview PSD Files

In general, in order to view .psd (photoshop document) files on a PC, one needs to install a powerful software package of some sort, such as DocumentReader for Mac. However, on a Mac, you simply press spacebar on the .psd file and you will see a preview of the content, and no installation is necessary.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 4 of 12: Summarize Text in Minutes

Have you ever be bothered by tedious essays? If so, glad to tell you that OS actually can help quickly summarize long pieces of text in just a few seconds.One of the most hidden, yet very valuable features in Mac OS is “Summarize”. It is a very self-explanatory feature that can be found in the services menu, which is itself a very underused part of OS.

For the detailed guide to summarize your text in OS, you can click here.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 5 of 12: Read Text Aloud for You

Don't like reading those enormous documents yourself? Why not set Mac to read text aloud for you? Just highlight the desired section of text you and then select Edit from the top of the page, followed by Speech and then Start Speaking. What’s more, if you don't like the sound of your narrator, you can change its voice by going into the System Preferences on your computer and then selecting Dictation & Speech.

Related Reading: How to Activate Text to Speech in Mac OS?

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 6 of 12: Rename Files in Batch

In order to rename many files at once in OS X before Yosemite, you’ll have to roll your own rename script or use third-party software. However, you can now just select a group of files and then select “Rename”. A new window will then appear allowing some basic options. Quite a time-saving operation, isn't it?

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 7 of 12: Create Encrypted Folders

Privacy and security in OS is a ever-lasting topic to all Mac users. Encryption is of course a sensible way to protect your privacy. In OS X, you can actually easily turn any folder you wish to secure into a password protected .dmg.

Step 1. Open Disk Utility >File (menu bar) > New > Blank Disk Image.

Step 2. Assign a size, name and location.

Step 3. Select an encryption type and leave the other options as they are.

Step 4. Click “Create”.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 8 of 12: Backup Your Mac

I believe that you know the importance of backup. Having a good backup solution now means you won’t lose irreplaceable data later. Ever since OS X 10.5, Apple has made it easy to back up Mac by using Time Machine. It can recover lost files mac from the Recovery HD or the OS X Install DVD. It works within iWork, iLife, and several other compatible programs, making it possible to restore individual objects without leaving the application.

Related Reading: Mac Backup in Three Ways.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 9 of 12: Put You at the Front of the Print Queue

Have you ever ended up in the office-printer queue behind the one who decided to print War & Peace? Instead of sending documents to just one printer, you can actually choose all the printers in the office so that you can print in front of others. You can set in this way: Go to “System Preferences” > “Printers & Scanners”. Then, choose your favorite printers on the network and create a printer pool that includes them. Next time you print, remember to select the pool rather than an individual printer.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 10 of 12: Customize Your Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts have been regarded as the heart of the Mac experience for ages. You can make use of some tools such as WindowManager for Mac to set your shortcuts as you will. Besides, OS Sierra also enables us to save keystrokes via customizable shortcuts. You can refer to how to make a desktop shortcut in Mac OS for the setting guide.

Related Reading: Efficiently Manage Mac Windows With Keyboard Shortcuts and Split Screen App

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 11 of 12: Hot Corners to Activate Screensaver

When you set up a screensaver in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences pane, you may have seen the Hot Corners button in the bottom right corner. These so-called “hot corners” aren’t for everyone; indeed, it can be a bit jarring when your windows fly off the screen because your mouse strayed too close to an activated hot corner. It uses all four of your screen’s corners to activate this feature. The options include starting and disabling the screensaver, opening “Launchpad” and “Notification Center”, showing the desktop, and more. You can set by following the steps below.

Step 1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver, then click Screen Saver.

Step 2. Click Hot Corners.

Step 3. Click the pop-up menu for the corner you want to use, choose Start Screen Saver, then click OK.

Cool Things to Do on a Mac 12 of 12: Share and View Screen Remotely

You may sometimes need to connect to another Mac in the same network and display its screen on your Mac and even remotely control its mouse and keypad. Okay, it’s an easy thing on Mac.

Step 1. open a Finder window. If no shared computers appear in the Shared section of the sidebar, put the pointer on the word “Shared” and click Show.

Step 2. Select a computer, then click Share Screen.

Step 3. If you don’t see the Mac you want, click All to see all the available computers, double-click the one whose screen you want to share, then click Share Screen.

Step 4. Select how you want to connect to the Mac: Guest, By asking for permission, As a registered user or Using an Apple ID.

Next time, troubleshooting friends’ or family members’ computers when they’re far away is no more tough, isn’t it?

There are actually a lot we can do to our Macs. Any other cool things you’ve found? It will be highly-appreciated if you can share with me more features in the comment box!

2016-09-21 17:54:26 / Posted by to Document Reader Follow @ Peter

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5 Responses

  • Donny

    Wow, I didn't know these tricks, thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago REPLY
  • Robin

    Thanks for a very informative post!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • dhfhh10

    Good post! Share...

    3 years ago REPLY
  • K.Lapointe

    Read Text Aloud? Really? I've have a try!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Rosa Reyes

    Yes. Follow the setting: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Dictation & Speech, then click Text to Speech.

    3 years ago REPLY

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