People who are new to Macbook strive to become better at using it. Efficiency is important and it comes down to how much you are using the Macbook daily. However, if you are looking to master the computer quicker, taking a proactive approach is the way to go.
If you turn the following tips into habits, you will notice that your efficiency has increased. On top of that, you will discover some features that you were not aware of. So continue reading and find out how to get the most out of your Macbook.
Tip #1 – Lion Gestures
Some users may find lion gestures not practical. However, those who rely on their smartphones will find that you can do similar things on the Macbook as well.
The glass trackpad on a Macbook is similar to the iPhone’s screen. The hand movements get recognized so pinching to zoom in and out or double-tapping is just like what you on have an iPhone.
It will take a bit to get used to it if you are not used to lion gestures, but learning and memorizing the basics will help for saving time when working on a Macbook.
Tip #2 – Boost to Computer’s Performance
Efficiency can be improved by speeding up your computer’s performance. If you are experiencing problems with loading speed or how long it takes to transfer files from one folder to another, you will want to consider doing the following:
- Declutter Desktop.
- Reduce the number of visuals.
- Make more space on the drive, especially when getting full scratch disk warning messages.
- Clean dust and dirt inside the Macbook.
- Scan for viruses and malware.
Working on a computer that is running smoothly is more enjoyable. Look to boost the performance and not wait around for processes to take as much time.
Tip #3 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts are great because they save a lot of time. It takes a while to remember them, but once you do, you can open and close files, quit apps, open preferences, swap between different windows, go in and out of full-screen mode. And there are a lot of other great keyboard shortcuts worth learning. The more shortcuts you have in your arsenal, the more efficient you will work.
Tip #4 – Folder Labels
Folder labels are a simple feature but if you have to work with a lot of files and organize them, the option to color separate files and folders helps a lot.
It is akin to how some people highlight their notebooks in school using a marker to remember the material better. Having visual cues like different colors will allow you to navigate through information faster.
To change the color of a folder or a file, select it and right-click with the mouse. You will get an option to label the file with one of the available colors.
Tip #5 – Smart Folders
Smart folders are another excellent feature to help with file organization. Smart folders automatically organize and find files on the Macbook depending on the user’s search criteria. Smart folders get updated regularly and they can be considered to be more of an index that gathers files by their type and keywords.
Tip #6 – Spotlight
Spotlight allows you to find applications, documents, and other files on the Macbook. Spotlight also has a Suggestions feature that offers you the weather, movies, sports, and news.
Dictionary definitions, calculations, and unit conversions are also part of the feature package.
To get a definition, enter a phrase or a word and click for a result in the Definition section. Calculations are straightforward – just type in the equation, like “5+7”. Finally, measurements can be converted, so if you want to find out how an x amount of meters is in feet or vice-versa, you can do that as well.
Having all these features available on the same application will save time because you will not have to bother using multiple different apps.
Tip #7 – iCloud
At first glance, iCloud might not seem like a tool that can improve efficiency. But when you go a bit deeper, it becomes clear that cloud computing software does a lot of good in increasing productivity.
First of all, having the most important documents stored in iCloud allows you to access them from anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection. For instance, there are the contact or other types of information files you do not have memorized. A boss calls you and asks to send him the details. You will look in the iCloud and quickly access it.
In conclusion, working a Macbook may seem challenging at first, but when you actively look to learn new methods of efficiency and turn them into habits, the situation changes. And implementing the tips in this article will do just that – increase your productivity while working on a Macbook.