This year Apple celebrates the 10th Anniversary of MacBook. Just to refresh your memory, in this article, I have listed down five user tricks, which I found are amazing. You might have used some of them or wasn’t aware of them at all. Let’s see what these 5 Mac user tricks are.
Add Music and Movies to iTunes
If you are using third party utility to download movies and music, then you must be aware of the lengthy procedure to add them to the iTunes library. First, you have to open the iTunes, then go through the list for the right movie or music and then drag and drop them and so on…..
Nevertheless, here is a small trick to make your life easy. There is a folder hidden in iTunes, where you can straight away import all your downloaded music and movies. All you have to do is to configure this folder to the software you use to download your files. And you’ll see all your files being imported to that folder. The best thing is, you don’t have to keep the iTunes on for this!
Cool, isn’t it? How to find this folder? Open Finder and press Shift + Command + G and type “~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/”. A window will open up and you’ll see “Automatically Add to iTunes”. The name of the folder itself says everything. Any files you copy into this folder will be automatically added to iTunes.
You can even create a same folder on the desktop as well. Press Alt + Command keys and click on the folder and drag it to the desktop with mouse and release. Then you just drag and drop all your files into the folder.
Start A Conversation On iMessage by Adding Links
We’ve known and seen how to add hypertext links in a document or emails, but OS X lets you create “app-specific” links. Amazing right? Let's see how you can do that. First, highlight the text which you want to give a link to a TextEdit email or document. Then press Command + K or click Edit, then Add Link.
You can add the following to create the link:
http:// + web address will create a link to the web page, which all or most of us know.
imessage:// - to start an iMessage conversation with a specific person, add the phone number of that person. For Example imessage://1234567890 will start a conversation with that number. You can even specify IM usernames. For Example, imessage://johnharris. You have to configure messages to IM account.
Facetime:// - you can start a FaceTime conversation by adding, phone number or Apple ID or FaceTime account.
Don’t Let Your Mac Sleep
If you don’t want your Mac to go into Sleep mode when you are away for a while, Open “Terminal” window which is in Utilities folder and the code mentioned below:
Your Mac will be wide awake as long as the command is running and the Terminal window open. When your Mac detects no activity being done by the users, it will go into sleep mode. So, by writing the command, you are technically turning off the sleep mode.
You can end this by closing the Terminal window and press Control + C.
Print the Documents Automatically
This is one of the best user tricks. You can print the files straight from Finder! Select one or more files in the Finder and from the menu, select File and click print. This will open the files automatically in the default editor and print them too!
Well, there is another way where you don’t even have click File > Print. Open System Preferences in your Mac, and click ‘Printers & Scanners’. Select the printer and drag-and-drop it on the desktop to create a shortcut. To print the files, simply drag-and-drop them on the new printer shortcut. To see the print queue, double-click the printer icon the desktop. You can even add the printer shortcut in the Finder as well.
Lock the Files
Mac allows you to lock your files manually. Not just files, even folders can also be locked. This will be helpful if you don’t want anyone to edit or delete the file. If you try to edit the locked file, the system will warn you and have to unlock the file to do any modifications.
There are two ways to lock files and folders:
Lock files through File Info: This is a very simple way, just choose the file or folder on the desktop or in the Finder and press Command + I. This will open the ‘File Info’ dialog box. Under the ‘General’ heading, check the ‘Locked’ box. To unlock the file or folders, just uncheck the box,
Lock files through Applications: the inbuilt app like TextEdit on OS X, supports locking of the files within the app. In the window's title bar, click the ‘filename’ and choose ‘Locked’ from the menu.
An Ending Note:
Hope you learned new tricks or something that you forgot that your Mac could do. Just in case if you have any data that is lost, deleted or corrupted from your MacBook Pro, follow this guide on data recovery process for MacBook Pro and get your data back in a healthy state.
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