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8 New Mac OS Features That Will Change the Way You Use Your Desktop

8 New Mac OS Features That Will Change the Way You Use Your Desktop

Mac OS X EI Capitan, which was originally launched on 30th Sept 2015, has recently announced its new features that make up in quality rather than quantity.

When it comes to the changes in the latest Mac OS X version, you’ll see some tweaks to the new full-screen views, interface, an entirely new way of arranging all windows on your desktop, some improvements to the notes, Print Screen Mac, Safari, photo applications and an advanced Spotlight. Here, in this article, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Macs latest features and enhancements.

1. Cursor Locator

For most of the people, the favorite part is the way to locate the cursor. We used to do it by wiggling your finger on the trackpad or shaking the mouse, but now doing so will make the cursor grow bigger in size for a moment so you can easily spot it.

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2. Split View in Full-Screen Mode

Mac’s new split view in full-screen mode feature allows the user to open more than one app at once. When you click and drag the green window resize button, it will activate the new split view, eventually allowing user screen with two apps at once. You can also have the opportunity to select the amount of space you want to give to each app.

Please Note: Some apps aren’t compatible with the Split View feature such as the Office App.

3. Hide the Menu Bar

In the latest version of Mac OS, you’ll have the option to hide the menu bar added in the System Preferences > General. It’s same as you’ll use to cover up the dock. It’s a quite helpful feature, especially for the users of small laptops where each and every pixel count like 11 inch MacBook Air or 12 inch MacBook Air.

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4. Pin Tabs in Safari

Another mind blowing feature that Mac OS users will now enjoy is that you can pin your favorite website to the menu bar. Or you can say that it’s an easy way to add a shortcut to YouTube or Facebook. To activate it, just go to the Window and press Pin Tab.

5. How to tell which Safari tabs are playing audio

Now the latest version of Mac OS also allows you to identify which of Safari tabs are playing audio similar to that of Chrome, which was started for a while now.

In contrast to Chrome, you can mute the audio with just clicking the tab once. Click > Mute this tab.

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6. Add PDFs, URLs and Maps to Notes

The New version of Mac OS allows the user to add the URLs, PDFs and Map locations to the Notes. If you want to insert a map location to the Notes, just click the Share > Notes. This way you can quickly add any location you want to your Notes section. After adding, double-click on the particular location and you’ll be automatically redirected to the map.

Moreover, it’s also possible to format or delete the saved text with an added option of turning a list into a checklist.

7. Smart Suggestions in Mail

Mac OS offers a new feature with the name of ‘Smart Suggestions’. The latest feature allows the user to search your mail messages with the help of events and names while prompting you to add them to your calendar or contact list.

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8. MacBook Trackpad

All the latest versions of MacBooks come with a new Force touch option. With this feature, you can silently tap your touchpad to select something you want. Just go to the tab System Preferences and select Trackpad and then choose on the Point & Click > Silent Clicking.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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