7 Power Tips You Need to Know to Master Your Mac

Whether you are an avid user or new to macOS, there are a lot of tricks and tips that can make your work simple. Your Mac is a powerhouse of helpful features and shortcuts that makes your work just easier. 

It doesn’t matter if you are running Big Sur or a previous version; you can follow these tips and tricks mentioned in this article to manage your Mac’s performance and stay organized to get the most out of your device.

In this article, let’s elaborate on the tips to master your Mac:

  • Start your Mac mutely
  • Recover unsaved document on Mac
  • Screen recording with Sound Capture
  • Can’t find the ‘Delete’ key? No issues
  • Forgot Password? Reveal it within Mac
  • Turn desktop folders into emoji
  • Create custom keyboard shortcuts for almost everything

Start Your Mac Mutely

First thing’s first. If you are new to the Mac, you must have (so far) become familiar with the noisy waves that it throws each time it starts up. 

It is sometimes annoying, particularly when you are in a library or your classroom. If you are among those who feel uncomfortable with these supersonic sounds, then here’s a quick fix to this issue. Press and hold the Mute key to start up your Mac silently. 

Recover Unsaved Documents on Mac

Losing or deleting an unsaved document mistakenly is a blunder that can even cause a disaster if you need the deleted document urgently and instantly. Fortunately, Mac offers quite a few options to recover an unsaved document if it gets deleted from the machine.

You can search for the lost document in the Trash, or you can find it in AutoRecovery. Alternatively, you may recover the deleted document from Temporary Folder or using a third-party recovery application. For further reading on this topic, check out the complete guide on how to recover a word document that wasn’t saved on a mac

Record Screen with Sound Capture

Grabbing screenshots doesn’t always make sense, particularly when you need animated video clips of something you are doing on the screen. QuickTime, available as a built-in standard program in all Mac machines, allows you to capture your screen in high quality. 

To record your screen using QuickTime, click on File and then select New Screen Recording. You can also record videos with sound using this significant feature.

Find the “Delete” Key

Do you know that most Mac keyboards miss that essential Delete key that helps erase our typos or other mistakes? Surprised? Well, that’s not a problem as you can still delete things that you don’t want anymore on your Mac. 

All you need to do is hold down the Control key and press D to delete the unnecessary apps, programs, or text to free up the MacBook’s drive storage.

Reveal Password Within the Mac

For all the programs and websites that you access on your Mac, your login and password credentials are saved within the device. No need to worry about security as these details are highly encrypted and are accessible locally. 

If you forgot the password to any of your accounts, you could find it within your Mac machine. Open the Finder window, click Applications and then select the Utilities folder. Now, open the program named Keychain and find the password that you need to recover.

Turn Desktop Folders Into Emoji

Add more fun to your workspace by turning all the desktop folders into different emojis. Isn’t it interesting? 

  • To do this, just begin with creating a folder on your desktop. 
  • Next, Google image search will help you find the right emoji. 
  • Once you find the desired emoji, drag and drop it on your desktop. 
  • Open the image in the Preview by double-clicking it. 
  • Press the Markup icon (magic-wand icon) and then click its background to make your image transparent. 
  • When the outline appears, click on Edit and then click Cut.  
  • Next, click on the Markup icon once again to drag a box around the emoji. 
  • Then click Edit, select all and hold Command + C altogether. 
  • Now go back to the folder that you’ve created, right-click on it, select Get Info
  • At last, on the pop-up window, click the blue folder icon, hold and press Command+V keys to see your emoji appearing. 

Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Almost Everything

You are, so far, familiar with the most commonly used Mac keyboard shortcuts such as Command+C (Copy text) and Command V (Paste text). But do you know that you can create your personalized keyboard shortcuts in a few simple steps?

  • Go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard, then Shortcuts, and click App Shortcuts. Next, click on the ‘+‘ icon.  
  • In the pop-up window, select the application to which you need to assign a shortcut. 

Then select the menu command and the shortcut key for the selected application. At last, click on Add to complete the process.