The Mac is a versatile PC. When used the right way, it can boost your productivity. And unlike Windows OS that depends on expensive third-party software to deliver, Mac computers rely solely on macOS. Their built-in software keeps you organised and makes your virtual life much easier.
There are many ways to get the most out of your MAC. But most of the tricks are unknown even by Mac lovers. For instance, 1 in 2 Mac users don’t know how to clean their Mac quicker and easier. Here are four ways you can use your Mac to boost your productivity.
1. Convert Currency and do Calculation on Spotlight
Spotlight is a useful feature in Mac that is unused by many. It’s a useful tool that will help you do more without using the mouse. You can do calculations and other currency conversions faster using Spotlight. Tap Command + Space on the keyboard to activate the feature. Alternatively, you can activate Spotlight by clicking on the magnifying glass icon at the top-left corner of the menu bar.
To convert currency using Spotlight, type the figure with the currency symbol (for example, $500) and you will see conversion rates in different currencies. To use it as a calculator, type what you need to calculate in the search bar (for instance, “500+200/50”), and you’ll see the result on the search bar. You can copy and paste your answer elsewhere.
2. Sign Documents
In this digital age where businesses operate fast and with minimal paperwork, Mac’s “sign document” feature has become vital. The feature makes the work of Mac users a lot easier. For example, if a Mac user is buying a car, they can use Safari to visit a virtual auto showroom, take virtual test drives, and sign all transactional documents without leaving their home.
And if someone emails you a PDF document, you don’t need to print it, sign it, then scan it and send it back. Mac allows you to sign it instantly in the preview or Mail app.
3. Launch Programs Automatically at Boot
Perhaps you have a set of favourite apps you open each time you start your Mac. Mac has a feature that can save you a lot of time by launching the programs automatically when it boots. You can automate the startup routine from your Mac’s System Preferences.
Head to “Users and Groups” then select your username from the left corner. Click on the “Login Items” tab then click the plus button below. In the pop-up window, go to applications and double-click on the apps you’d like to launch when your computer boots. You can do the same for videos and pictures.
4. Split Screen
Switching from one full-screen window to another can be time-consuming and boring. Mac has a split-screen mode that allows you to view two programs side-by-side, even on different browsers. This enables you to view different windows without constantly using your mouse or pressing Command +Tab. You can easily drag and drop text or images between programs.