12 Mac Hidden Features You NEED to Be Using




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For beginners or advanced Mac users: These are my top 12 favorite Mac OS hidden features that you need to be using.
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Spacebar to preview
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…

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37 thoughts on “12 Mac Hidden Features You NEED to Be Using

    Andy Slye

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Which feature is your favorite? Subscribe! http://goo.gl/RqU0nl

    DJClifton

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    This was such a helpful video for me. Thank you for making it! Document signature was my fav. 😄

    Peter Yianilos

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    I am a decades-long administrator of dozens of Macs and, to my delight, I did indeed learn something from your video. Awesome work, and thanks!

    LaunchAnia

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thank you! The dictation tip was new to me, and being a teacher it is going to save me lots of time and typing!

    Sarah Aljameel

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Very helpful. Thank you

    Gayle Grant

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Please cover more features/setups in using the Services tab..it strikes me there could be some GREAT time saving/efficiency items there to explore. Thanks!

    Rajesh

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    summary option not found on Mac 10.14.2?!

    iON Tech

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    command shift 5 is one you should check out

    Daniel Jack

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Man. YOU ROCK!

    QSmally

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Preview/Quick look is probably the best feature.

    Scott Wooddell

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Like these features. Use Cmd-Shift-5 to bring up the new screen record/capture feature.

    Doug noorman

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    20187495

    anubischick

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Where is the function key for the microphone? I didnt get that, though I replayed it several times. Thank you

    bughu

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    🤗

    bughu

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    🐯

    Yevin Dissanayake

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    So many screen shot options

    no google plus

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Fine adjustment to volume good one!

    daydream

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Which version of MacOS do you have? Because in displays the "More Space" option is not available on my mac

    Sean C.

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thanks man! I've used MacOS for many years and never realized a couple of these existed. Absolutely love hide & quit apps option and that summarize feature is neat too. 👍

    Pesky Trish

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    How do you do the imac thing during your intro?

    Mir Sky

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    That signature thing is amazing

    Andrea Dubuc

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Omg! Thank you so much for these awesome tips.

    Nanci Kevin Fitzgerald

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    This was AWESOME! So incredibly helpful. Using all of the tips. Thanks so much!

    Little Lunatics

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    🤪

    Dr. ShahZadah

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    you talk too fast hardly understand…..but informative..

    Official Kon

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    I know you made this video a while ago, but how do you shrink the icons you are tabbing through. I know how to tab through them, but they're a lot larger than yours. Is this accessed in a particular place in Preferences?

    mohamed alsuwaidi

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thanks a lot for your information

    sasha jackson

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    I use the screenshot feature to edit images but can not find anything to help me use the tools it has. Do you have anything that can help with that?

    Crypto Chic

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thanks so much I have been using a Mac for years this will be very helpful x

    Tu Nguyen

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thanks a lot man

    Val Tom

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Very useful information, but you need to slow down when you speak.

    Tom P

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Very nice

    Timothy Thomas

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Thanks this was cool 😐👾👨🏻‍💻😀😄😁😆😅😂🤣these are my favorite emojis

    Shon Driscoll

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Anybody know how to create a hotkey to Save as PDF. I was able to configure this on Sierra but not as of yet on High Sierra. Help

    Mel Ellington

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Attaching a signature to PDF:
    I don’t have a camera attached to my Mac. Consequently, I can’t attach a signature to my PDF. Commonsense would say, just paste it onto the PDF and move it where you want it. That works in other PDF apps for the Mac. Why can’t Preview do the same?
    Spotlight:
    Unless you turn off a lot of options in System Preferences Spotlight pulls up a bunch of useless crap that gets in your way; for example a long list of emails. When I want to search for emails the mail app does a much better job.
    Speech to Text:
    "just press the function key twice"? WTF? I have 12 function keys on my keyboard—which one am I supposed to press twice? On the other hand, I have assigned all my function keys to a 'function', such as opening my browser, my calendar or a document. Even if I knew which function key to press twice all that would do is open the app/document I’ve assigned it to. Moreover, I don’t have a microphone attached to my Mac so speech to text is not an option.
    Drag and drop text to create a file:
    Good luck trying to open those files on a Windows or Linux computer. On the other hand, in Windows OS drag and drop of text from a document creates plain text files that can be read anywhere.
    Option Shift to adjust brightness and volume:
    Neither works on my Mac. In the first place, I have no built-in keys to adjust brightness or volume on my keyboard. So holding option-shift does nothing by itself. FYI, I’m not using an Apple Keyboard; although my computer is a Mac; there are literally hundreds of Mac peripheral devices that are not produced my Apple. Nevertheless, I have assigned other keyboard shortcuts to adjust volume; brightness adjustment is not available on my Mac.

    Danang Widiantoro

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    I thought you're gonna tell us the hidden features that mostly mac users don't know

    ajmal1330

    (January 12, 2019 - 6:13 am)

    Hey Andy
    This is great, the space preview and summarize were new to me.
    Thank you!

    I was wondering if you already know something or can explore on how to delete all iMessages from MacOS, it used to be Command+Option+Delete which suppresses the prompt, but no more available after some version of High Sierra [ I am currently on 10.13.5]

    There is an option for going to "~/Library/Messages" and deleting the database but that is more intrusive, so I'll keep that as my last option.

    Have a great weekend 🙂

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