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9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

9 Basic Mac Hacks To Make Your Life Super Easy

Have you always been a Windows person and now have recently switched to a MacBook Pro?

Do you find the Apple interface confusing?

Are you a Mac user, looking for tips to use your computer efficiently and make your work easier?

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If you’ve answered YES, at least once, then it’s time to check out a useful Mac guide. But read on, for these super simple Mac tricks will make you a MacBook Pro in no time!

1. Share or Tweet Any Text Immediately

Are you working on something important and you realized you need to mail the boss? Or you have typed something important to share but feel too lazy to open your inbox or Twitter feed? Then try this trick. Right click on the highlighted text to share it via email, iMessage, Facebook and Twitter and get your work done in a jiffy!

2. Paste Text Without Formatting:

Did you copy paste some information from Wikipedia but the formatting is all off and now you have to waste time fixing it to Times New Roman font size 12? Next time simply press Command + Shift + V to stop that from happening.

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3. A Very Handy Calculator

SpotLight is practically every Mac user’s favourite feature. But it’s not just a search feature. It has plenty of tricks hidden under its sleeve. You can even use it to do quick calculations and not open the Calculator. Simply type in the search bar and the answer will crop up. For instance, if you want to know what 569 + 731 is, simply type 569 + 731, and the answer 1300 will instantly appear below.

4. Turn Your Laptop Into a WiFi HotSpot

Does your friend need to download something important or answer an emergency work email? In that case you can share your MacBook internet with your friends. Turn on your device’s WiFi and follow these simple steps: System Preferences>Sharing>Internet Sharing (click, not tick)>Ethernet>WiFi
Your friend can now use your WiFi to browse the internet on his/her device.

5. Invert Colours and Save Your Eyes

Are you working outdoors and the weather’s too sunny? Or do your eyes just hurt too much from an all-nighter? Either way, you can invert the colours on the screen and save the eye strain. First ensure that the ‘Invert Colours’ option is turned on by going to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility and then pressing command+ option + control + 8 and voila!

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6. Free Up Memory When Your Computer Gets Slow

Sometimes computers can get sluggish and we all hate those times. However there’s a quick fix for this. Just open the Terminal Application and type in “purge” in the command line and it will free up at least 500+ mb the first time.

7. Find Information With A Click

Do you want to find out more about something you’re working on but you feel too lazy to Google? Simply place your mouse cursor over the text and press command + control + D and you’ll get a pop up menu displaying the Dictionary, Thesaurus and Wikipedia entries of the same.

8. Get Your Special Character With A Click

Do you often use accented or foreign words in your writing? If yes, then you’ll be using a lot of special characters. To make it easier to type, just press and hold the letter of the special character (I, E, O, U, etc) you want to type and a menu will show up.

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9. Stop Your Mac From Sleeping When It’s Idle

Are you working on something and you are suddenly called? Or perhaps you need to take a quick break? And by the time you’ve come back, your Mac has gone to sleep mode and you have to wake it up again? Then use this fun hack: go the Terminal command line and type in “caffeinate” and press Enter. Voila, your Mac will never go to sleep again (unless you cancel this command, of course)

Not only will these tips save you precious time, but it will also make you more efficient and organized and enable you to finish your work faster. Plus, you’ll discover all sorts of amazing features you never knew your Mac had had! Better yet, share these hacks with your friends and make their lives easier.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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