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Switched to Mac? Follow these tips for a seamless work experience!

Switched to Mac? Follow these tips for a seamless work experience!
Switched to Mac? Follow these tips for a seamless work experience!

Introduction

Just became a Mac user? Hearty congratulations to you because owning a Mac was the best decision you ever made for a better technical experience. I can understand your excitement and the sudden rush of switching to a Mac. With the innovative interface and incredible unlimited features, Mac has really impressed its audience.

Unlike other OS, macOS is easy and incredibly powerful to use. Apple spends thousands of dollars each year to provide its customer with the experience they want and deserve. However, as a customer, it is your duty and responsibility to use Mac the way it is supposed to be used.

Let's get one thing cleared first, MacOS is totally different from other OS. The functioning and features are a bit complicated for a newbie Mac user.

So you might be a bit confused and want to know about what essential things you should keep in mind after you purchase your first Mac. Right? Well, your search ends here. We've got you some basics to take good care of your Mac and get you a seamless experience.

Let's Begin!

Set up your Mac according to your needs

First things first, you need to set up your Mac according to your requirements. It includes adding the necessary details and giving a personal touch to your system. Here are some setups you need to make in your system. 

Add your mail

Apple provides you with a Mail app that is used to connect to your email. Even if you have multiple email accounts, you can easily add them to the app for a better user experience. The mail id can be synced to other integrated core applications such as Contacts, Calendars, Maps, etc.

Sync your system to iCloud

iCloud is one of the best inventions of Apple. It lets you save all your media files on the internet. If you already own an iPhone, you can connect with your existing id and password; if not, then create it to use it for regular backups.

Customize your Dock

The bar at the bottom of your Mac's screen is known as the Dock. It consists of icons of in-built apps such as Mail, Safari, Calendar, and Notes. With one click, you can easily access those apps.

You can even add the apps and folders you frequently use by dragging and dropping on the bar. Also, you can remove the ones you don't want to use. For example, if you don't use Facetime that often, you can drag it out of the bar to keep it organized and clean.

Backup your files on iCloud

I just told you about how cool the iCloud is. Now it is time you use it to your advantage. iCloud lets you backup your media files with the help of the internet. Also, by connecting to this marvelous feature, you can share your pictures, contacts, videos, and much more without physically syncing with your system.

The best part of using iCloud is that it lets you keep your system free of junk and allows you to declutter your RAM. And let's not forget, with the help of your iCloud id and password, you can get access to your files from anywhere. All you need is a system and a good internet connection. Isn't that awesome? You are saying goodbye to all those bulky hard drives you had to carry every time you wanted to access your media files.  

Everything you need to know about the Finder

It is the first thing you will find when your Mac is all set to start. It runs automatically and makes your work easy by letting you find the folders and files you need. Hence, the name "Finder" justifies its working.

If you own a Mac, you'll be spending a lot of time in the Finder. It is a complex and wonderful app, and you'll get used to it once you start working on the macOS.

Suppose you want a specific folder to be opened whenever you open your Finder window. Although it's quite easy to set your defaults folder, you can refer to https://setapp.com/how-to/set-default-folder-on-mac for better understanding. When you change your defaults folder in the Finder, you can easily navigate whatever folder you want. 

Few keyboard shortcuts you must know about

Now that you own a Mac, it is high time that you should know about some cool keyboard shortcuts to make your technical experience much more interesting. Of course, I won't bore you with the basics, Command+C or Command+V. You already know about them.

Here are some of those shortcuts you must learn about:

Command+M

It lets you minimize the front app window to Dock.

Command-Shift+A

This combination can be used in the Finder or Desktop to get to your Applications folder. You can replace the A with U to get to your Utility folder or with I to access your iCloud Drive.

Command +Space 

The combination invokes Spotlight, and you can start typing your query. Take note of this because you will be using it a lot.

Command+L 

It is the fastest way to navigate to a Website in Safari.

Fn Twice

By pressing the (fn) key twice, you can easily launch Dictation on your system and start speaking and then press the key again when you are finished. It evokes the Voice Control on your Mac and lets you manage everything on the system just with your voice. 

Keep your RAM free of caches and cookies.

90% of the Mac owners complain about the slow processing of their system. It affects their work and user experience. The major reason for this unwanted buffering is that there are so many cookies and caches piled up on your RAM that affects its processing. So, keep deleting those temporary and unwanted files for a better seamless experience.

The last word!

With these above-mentioned tips, I hope you are already familiar with your Mac. It is okay to have confusion and make mistakes at first, but as you use your macOS, you'll get acquainted with the features in no time.

Take time to understand your machine, and you'll never regret purchasing it in the first place.

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Alex Carey

Outstanding journey in Microsoft Technologies (ASP.Net, C#, SQL Programming, WPF, Silverlight, WCF etc.), client side technologies AngularJS, KnockoutJS, Javascript, Ajax Calls, Json and Hybrid apps etc. I love to devote free time in writing, blogging, social networking and adventurous life

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