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Amazing Mac Productivity Skills for New Users 

If you have recently switched from Windows to Mac, you must be excited about learning new things. Your new laptop gives you dozens of shortcuts that will make computing fun, and you will be able to accomplish your task faster. 

Let’s learn the essential things that a new Mac user must know.

Install & Uninstall Apps

Usually, you can download apps on macOS by dragging the download file and dropping it to the Applications folder. The procedure to download an application is different from that of Windows; you need to get a hold of it being a new user. 

Uninstalling apps is even more simple, and you just need to find the Trash bin on the desktop. Then highlight the app that you want to uninstall and put it in the trash bin. Don’t forget to empty the bin afterward. 

Close Crashed or Unresponsive App 

More often than not, applications turn unresponsive no matter what operating system you use. If it ever happens in macOS, right-click the application in the Dock and pick Force Quit. If you do not see the Force Quit option, press and hold down the Options key and click the application simultaneously. 

Moreover, if you are missing the Windows popular Alt + Ctrl + Delete key combinations, just press and hold down Command + Options + Esc keys for the same functionality. Force Quit Applications window will appear; select the application you need to close and select the Force Quit option. 

Clean Other Storage 

As you become more familiar with your MacBook, you will realize that deleting files from various folders is not making enough space on storage media. Well, you need to check Other storage that consists of uncategorized files that are not saved into folders labeled as Audio, Music, etc.

Other files include documents such as DOC, PDF, PSD, system files, or temporary files. It also stores cache files, including browser cache, system cache, and user cache. You will also find extensions, plugins, archives, disk images in the other storage folder, which you need to clean often to make some additional space for data. 

Run Windows on MacIf you are missing your long-time operating system, this will turn out to be an important suggestion for you. Using macOS built-in utility, Boot Camp, you can run Windows OS on an Intel-based Mac. Boot Camp Assistant will enable you to set up a Windows partition on Mac’s hard drive.

You need to install Boot Camp and Windows drivers to let your Mac start into either macOS or Windows. This will allow you to retrieve the benefits of both the operating systems from one single machine. 

Do Not Bother With Defragging

After switching from Windows to Mac, you must be thinking about the procedure to defrag the new device to improve its performance. Since macOS is developed on the UNIX system, you do not have to defrag your device. 

If macOS finds any fragmented partition on the hard drive, it will automatically defrag that particular partition. If you wish to defrag Mac hard drive partitions, you can find a lot of third-party defrag options available in the market. macOS usually executes an automatic defrag function once the system is idle. 

Sign Your Documents Digitally Next time you need to sign your digital document, you don’t have to get it printed and scanned after signing it for sharing it further over the email. macOS allows Mac users to sign documents digitally. Open the document within the Preview application, click the pen icon, and then click the Signature icon. 

You can even draw your signature on the touchpad or capture an image of your signature using the MacBook or Mac camera. While the image, make sure to put your signature on white paper and then hold it up to the webcam for a perfect capture. Click Done to save it on the device and sync it with other devices via iCloud. 

Record Your Screen

A simple capture may not be sufficient when you need a high-level overview of something. Using QuickTime, you can video record either the entire screen or a specific portion. To start the recording, navigate to the Applications folder, open QuickTime, click File, and then tap the New Screen Recording window. 

Once you finish with video recording, you can trim, share, or save it anywhere on the computer. To save the recording automatically, simply swipe the thumbnail towards the right corner of the screen. For saving the thumbnail to another location, such as to the Finder window, an email, or a document, simply drag and drop the thumbnail. 

Wrapping Up

macOS offers many different ways to complete tasks efficiently and render better productivity. Apart from the above-mentioned suggestion, you can also calculate sums in Spotlight, find a forgotten password, add foreign characters, annotate a pdf, or split the screen into multiple sections.