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12 Mac Hidden Features You NEED to Be Using

Quick Look

One of the simplest tricks on Mac is press Spacebar to preview files. It works on a surprisingly large variety of file formats: office docs, PDFs, audio files, video files, fonts, etc. Saves a lot of time.

Spotlight

Cmd + Spacebar is the shortcut to Spotlight search which you can use to quickly open apps or files. This is a very simple and well-known feature and one of my most used keyboard shortcuts on the Mac. Spotlight can also perform calculations and look up other useful info like current conversion rates for currencies, the weather and flight statuses.

Digitally Sign PDFs with Preview

Preview app can automatically create a digital signature to allow you to digitally sign PDFs. Go to Preview, Tools, Annotate, Signature, Manage Signatures. Then hold up a signed piece of paper to the webcam and it will automatically create and save that digital signature for you so you can use anytime you need to digitally sign a PDF in the future.

Emoji Keyboard

To bring up the emoji keyboard in Mac OS simply press ctrl+Cmd+space

Quickly hide or close apps

Hold Cmd while pressing tab to scroll through your open apps. When you reach the app you want to close or hide, press either Q to quit or H to hide the app.

Dictation

MacOS has a built-in speech to text feature called Dictation. Instead of typing, just press the fn key twice and a microphone icon will pop up and then you can start speaking into your microphone and it will type out what you’re talking and when you’re done you just click Done.

Screenshots

Cmd + shift + 4 = Capture dragged area & save to desktop
Cmd + shift + 3 = Capture entire screen & save to desktop
Cmd + ctrl + shift + 3 = Capture entire screen & copy to clipboard
Cmd + ctrl + shift + 4 = Capture dragged area & copy to clipboard
Cmd + shift + 4 + Space = Capture a window & save to desktop
Cmd + ctrl + shift + 4 + Space = Capture a window & copy to clipboard

Quickly create file from selected text

Select text then drag and drop to desktop or folder and it will automatically create a file with the selected text in it

Precise Volume/Brightness Control

Hold Shift + Option and change your brightness or volume to adjust in smaller increments for more precise control.

Summarize Text

Mac OS allows you to quickly summarize long pieces of text in just a few seconds. To summarize a text first select it, right click on the selection and click on “Summarize”. To enable the summary feature, click on the app name in the status bar, click Services, Services Preferences, scroll down and check “Summarize”.

More Space

If you own a Mac with a Retina display you can scale the screen to create more screen space. This feature also works if you have a second monitor connected to your main Retina device. Go to System preferences, Display, Click Scale, and choose More Space.

Quick Dictionary

If you have a Trackpad you can select a word and do a 3-finger tap to quickly bring up the definition of the selected word.

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac

Transcript:

What’s up guys? In this video I’m going to show you how to record your screen on your Mac for free. So to record your screen on your Mac it’s really easy. All you have to do is use QuickTime. QuickTime is already built into Mac OS X so open up QuickTime Player on your Mac and then go up to the QuickTime Player menu bar and do “File”, “New Screen Recording”. Okay and you’ll see this little box here and click this little down arrow. It’ll show you the microphone options so you can choose to record a microphone as well or just leave it on None if you don’t want to record any microphone. And then you have this option here. It says “Show mouse clicks in recording”. If you leave that checked it will do little halo effects when you click on your mouse during that recording so I’ll leave that checked so you guys can see how that looks. So once you’re done with those settings just hit the Record button, and it’ll say “Click to record the full screen” so all you have to do is just click once if you want to record your whole screen or if you want to just record a particular part of your screen click and drag and choose your part of the screen that you want to record. So we’re just going to click and record the whole screen for now. Okay so once you click it will start recording, and you can go in here and do your thing. Record what you need to record and then up here at the top right of your Mac click the Stop button. Okay and then it’ll bring up the video here and show you what you just recorded. And you can play it. So here’s the video and you can see during the mouse clicks it will give you that little halo effect showing you when you clicked the mouse, when you right-clicked or left-clicked. And if you want to save your Mac screen recording just go to “File”, “Save” and then we’ll just save this to the Downloads. Actually we’ll save this to the Desktop, and there you go. You now have your screen recording saved on your Desktop so you can do whatever you want with it. There it is right there. So that’s how to record your screen on your Mac for free using QuickTime Player. Hope this helped you out. If you liked this video make sure you give it a thumbs up and check out more of my Mac videos if you’re a Mac user. I’m assuming you’re a Mac user if you’re watching this video and subscribe if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there, and I will talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

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