Ready to learn how to maximize your MacBook Pro?
With a share of 33.75%, iOS has now topped Windows and Android in the US operating system market. While macOS is still behind Windows, it’s share has increased by a considerable 3.13% from July 2019 to March 2020.
These figures show that the use of Apple devices is on the rise in the US. In fact, Mac and MacBook shipments in the third quarter of 2019 rose by 1.5% from the previous year. That’s from 5.29 million to 5.37 million shipments
If you’re one of these new MacBook Pro users, you’re likely happy and proud of your purchase. However, there are plenty of MacBook Pro hacks that you can still do to get even more out of your new gear. From secondary displays to ergonomic extras, these hacks can help boost your productivity.
Ready to learn how to maximize your MacBook Pro? Then let’s dive right into it!
1. Take Advantage of Sidecar
Almost two-thirds of US adults own multiple Apple devices, so, it’s likely that you own a Mac and an iPad too. If so, and you haven’t tried Sidecar yet, then now’s the best time to do it. With the Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display screen!
So long as your MacBook Pro is a 2016 or newer model and you have an iPad Pro or a 6th gen iPad, Sidecar should work.
This feature will extend your Mac’s display onto your iPad, which will then act just like a second screen. It’s a nifty way to keep two of the apps that you often use together on display. For instance, you can have a text editor displayed on your Mac screen, while your iPad displays a web page.
This helps reduce all your tab- and task-switching, which can be quite confusing. It also helps minimize hand movements, which can be the cause of dreaded spills.
Moreover, you can use Sidecar to transform your iPad into a tablet input device. This is a great way to make all those precise photos or video edits using your Apple Pencil.
2. Split Up the Screen With Split View
Two displays not enough for all the hard work you do? Then better take advantage of your Mac’s “split-screen view” feature! With this, plus an active Sidecar, you can have up to three simultaneous screens.
Split-screen is a quick solution to keeping two apps open on your Mac screen at the same time. You tile one of the windows to the left, the other to the right. Neither app will disappear, nor will the other cover the other — they’ll work side-by-side.
To enter use this view, hover your cursor over the green button on the upper left-hand corner of one of the apps. This would bring down a window with three options.
The first lets you enter a full-screen mode, which will expand the window to cover your entire screen. What you want, however, is to choose either “tile to the left” or “tile to the right”. If you select left for this app, choose right for the other app you wish to remain open.
3. Master the Art and Science of Keyboard Shortcuts
Did you know that pressing the “command” button and then the spacebar will bring up Spotlight? Or that to “delete” like how they delete on Windows, you only need to press the “fn” and delete buttons? What about the fact that hitting cmd + W will close the current tab or Finder window?
Those are only three of the shortcut keys that can make a huge difference in your productivity. Apple lists them all, so be sure to start memorizing those that you’d usually use, such as copy, paste, and save.
Not too keen on the pre-set shortcuts? Don’t worry, as macOS also lets you create some custom keyboard shortcuts.
To do this, head over to your Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” > “Keyboard” > and “Shortcuts”. Under this tab, you’ll find some of the shortcuts that you can modify to your liking.
4. Maximize Spotlight
The easiest way to bring up Spotlight is to press cmd and spacebar. From here, you can type in anything you want to search for, be it a name of a file or even an app, and then launch it. For instance, if you want to open the text editor, you can type in “text” and it’ll show “TextEdit” as the top hit.
Here are some of the other best ways to get the most out of the Spotlight search feature.
You can use Spotlight straight as a calculator for simple mathematics. For example, you can type in 95,643 x 1,435, and it’ll automatically show you the result. Alternatively, you can type in “calc”, hit the “return” button, and wait for the calculator app to open.
Measurements and Conversions
Spotlight even makes it easy to convert measurements like inches to centimeters. If you need to find out how many ounces there are in a pound, Spotlight will do the conversion for you. You can also convert Celsius to Fahrenheit (and vice versa).
Look Up Contacts
Rather than waiting for the Contacts window to open, use Spotlight to look up contact details. Just type in the name of the person you need to get in touch with, and Spotlight will display their details.
5. Accessorize with the Right Mice
Mac’s trackpad has exceptional sensitivity and functionality, so it’s very easy to control. Still, that small space may crimp your fingers and wrists, raising your risks for wrist pain. The last thing you want is to be among the 4 to 10 million Americans with carpal tunnel syndrome.
That said, one of the best MacBook Pro accessories to invest in is an ergonomic mouse. Unlike regular mice, ergonomic models have a more “natural” fit to the hand. As a result, they can help minimize muscle and wrist strain and discomfort.
Use Your Mac Like a Pro With These MacBook Pro Hacks
There you have it, five of the best MacBook Pro hacks that can help you become even more productive on it. You don’t have to be a long-time Mac user to master these, although practice makes perfect. Especially the keyboard shortcuts — as soon as you get used to them, they’ll become second nature to you.
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