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Macbooks have become popular for their sleek design, powerful processing power and ability to run on both MacOS and Windows operating systems. Despite this, there are still many things that people don’t know about Macbook laptops. This article will discuss some of the lesser-known features and characteristics of Macbook laptops that make them stand out from other brands.
Put media player in menu bar
The macOS media player widget is a great way to streamline the audio/video listening experience on your computer! With this universal media player pinned to the Menu Bar, you can stay in control of what’s playing without switching contexts.
When you first enable this feature, you will be able to choose whether it should always be visible or only appear when active playback is running. And with the dropdown menu below that, it’s even easier to switch between audio sources and control playback settings from anywhere, no matter which app or website you’re currently using. So, if you’re looking for quick and convenient access to media controls on your Mac, pinning a universal media player to the menu bar is definitely the way to go!
Use screen corners as shortcuts
Hot corners are an incredibly convenient feature of macOS that can help streamline your workflow. Whether you’re a home user or a professional, having easy access to shortcuts is key for saving time and boosting productivity.
To take advantage of this feature, you can customize your screen’s four corners and link them to the action you desire. This might anything from minimizing all windows, triggering mission control, locking the screen, putting the display to sleep or launching an app or menu bar icon. Once there, select the dropdown next to each corner and pick out what will happen when you bring the mouse cursor into it – now when you move your mouse into a configured corner, your Mac will execute your desired shortcut automatically!
Add files and folders to the dock for easy access
Adding files and folders to the macOS dock is a great way to access them more quickly and easily. By doing this, you can instantly find any file or folder that you need without searching the Finder app since they will be pinned to the dock. To pin a file or folder to the dock, start off by going to its location in the Finder app and select it with a single click. From there, simply open up the “File” menu at the top of your screen and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard until an option labelled “Add to Dock” appears. Click that option and a shortcut will be placed on your dock for easy access anytime you need it!
An alternative method is to establish a keyboard shortcut utilizing the key combination of ‘Ctrl+Cmd+Shift+T.’ With either method, you’ll be able to save yourself time navigating your folders when all you have to do is clicking on its shortcut on the dock instead.
Enable automatic program launch during startup
Setting up a group of apps to open automatically upon your Mac’s startup can be a helpful time-saving strategy to reduce morning stress. The process is easy to accomplish using macOS’s System Preferences settings. Then, enter the “Login Items” tab at the top. Once there, click the plus button at the bottom to add an application for automatic launch each time you turn on your Mac. You’ll be presented with a pop-up that contains an Applications section; simply double-click on any program you want to start up during each login.
Using this setting is perfect for quickly getting into work mode when firing up your computer; everything from email clients to task organizers can be added to auto-launch upon startup. Plus, it allows for even more control of which programs startup and in what order if you use multiple monitors or need special windows configurations saved as soon as possible after booting up. With just a few clicks below ‘Login Items’, macOS makes launching multiple apps simultaneously both fast and efficient without any extra stress or effort on our end.
Open the emoji menu
The emoji tray is a great way to give your messages a little bit of personality and add emojis quickly and hassle-free. If you have a Mac, all you have to do is press the “Cmd + Control + Space” (⌘+⌃+space) shortcut or access it from the menu bar. This will pull up your Mac’s emoji picker, giving you access to all sorts of fun characters to spice up your chats.
For added convenience, you can also pin the emoji tray to your Mac’s menu bar. With this options enabled, summoning an emoji tray won’t be an issue anymore! No matter where you’re typing, you can quickly get an instant access to various emojis with just one click.
Touch Bar screenshots
Taking screenshots of your Macbook’s Touch Bar has never been easier than it is now. With the introduction of the CMD + SHIFT + 6 (⌘+⇧+6) shortcut, users can easily grab a quick screenshot of their small and slim Touch Bar. Another useful way to get screenshots of your Touch Bar is by creating a button dedicated to this action in the main strip itself. Apple made capturing images from your Touch Bar accessible and efficient, but most people still wonder why Apple added such a feature in the first place.
The truth is, with some devices no longer shipping with the Touch Bar, it won’t be around for long and that might be a factor in why Apple introduced this ability to take screenshots of their small elongated screen. For anyone wanting to take screenshots of the sliver-like strip before it gets phased out completely, they should follow @haneenmahdin on Twitter for some helpful tips when trying to do so. Screenshots are important if you want to show off customizations you’ve made or otherwise capture an interesting moment on your Macbook’s touch bar before it goes away forever.
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