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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 August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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