7 Mac OSX Easter Eggs You Missed in the Hunt!
Okay, I’m speaking specifically to the Mac OSX users of the world right now. Windows people, feel free to go refill your coffee or do a Ctrl+Alt+Del and unfreeze whatever stuck apps are making your computer lag.
I’m kidding. Seriously.
Mac OSX users. We all understand that Macs are designed to be fluid, intuitive, and full of functional nuance. And that’s great. Isn’t that great? But, show of hands, who actually knows and uses all of the user functions that makes Mac…Mac? It seems to me that, to some of us, these features are like easter eggs…secret powers that we know exist but which we haven’t unlocked and certainly aren’t using to gain XP.
So what are some of the most useful, day-to-day features, that you may not be using? Here’s a starter guide to getting more out of your Mac.
The Mac OSX Easter Eggs
Let’s start with two window display.
This split screen function allows for you to maximize two screens at once, side by side. Like so:
This is key. Imagine researching, writing, or doing design work and being able to look at a reference while you work? No more of this guy:
Not to mention it’s the most obvious and practical use for the true technology powerhouse: when you want to watch your show on Hulu while cleaning out your inbox. How? Click and hold the expand window button until the window shifts. Then you can let go and choose what you’d like your second pane to contain from thumbnails of any other open applications on Mac OSX.
Just like that, no more toggling.
And that brings us to our next use-case; the one which you actually want to toggle.
Maybe you’re populating a spreadsheet with data from a document and a website. (No? That’s just me? Well, anyway…) In that case, here’s the secret. cmd+tab. Yeahbuddy, it’s that easy.
Alright. We’re making progress. Toggling, splitting screens. All of this is fine if you’re trying to work between multiple applications on Mac OSX. But what if you’ve got multiple screens open inside of a single application? Like so:
Well, for that, you’ll want cmd + ~
Here is your penultimate tip. When you’re browsing, use cmd+t to open new tabs and cmd+w to close them. Bonus, this also works in finder.
Finally, if you need to take a screenshot, use cmd+shift+3 to capture of your entire screen, or cmd+shift+4 which will allow you to drag your cursor around the area you’d like to capture (It will only make right angles, you can’t make elliptical selections around things. Also, know that you’ll need to click and hold while you outline the area you’re capturing. As soon as you release the click, that’s your screenshot!).
Hey, are you already a Mac-master? What shortcuts and tricks do you use? If you’ve got the level two or beyond power, enlighten us with your wisdom in the comments below!