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You Can Become A Mac Shortcut Expert Too, You Just Have To Read This

You Can Become A Mac Shortcut Expert Too, You Just Have To Read This

For most productive Mac users, it is essential to know a good selection of keyboard tricks to get things done. This means that you will begin to have a growing connection with the “Command” (⌘) button. But it can be hard to learn all of the best Mac keyboard tricks on your own. In addition, it can be very difficult to remember them all on your own. Today, we decided to give you a helping hand and offer you with fifteen of the most amazing Mac keyboard tricks that you may not know about, but could save you a ton of time in tasks you have on your Mac.

1. Compose an Email (⌘ + Shift + I)

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    If you find that you need to compose an email in a snap, simply use the ⌘ + Shift + I shortcut. This opens up Mail compose page on Mail for Mac, allowing you to dig right into posting rather than being sent to the inbox.

    2. Define a Word (⌘ + Control + D)

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      Most Mac OS X and iOS iDevices allow you to define highlighted words. To do this through a Mac shortcut, simply highlight click (even without highlighting) any part of the word you want to define, then press ⌘ + Control + D.

      3. Specify Your Screenshots (⌘ + Shift + 4)

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        As you may or may not know, you can screenshot your full Mac screen using ⌘ + Shift + 3. It is a command I make use of almost everyday as a writer. However, what if you want to only screenshot a certain part of your screen? Easy, simply perform ⌘ + Shift + 4, click, and drag the section you want to screenshot. A shot is automatically taken.

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        4. Minimize All Screens (⌘ + Option + M)

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          If windows are just getting in the way of you getting work done, why not minimize them all. You can do this in a snap by using the shortcut ⌘ + Option + M.

          5. Cycle Open Applications (⌘ + Shift + Tab)

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            If you have a ton of applications open, you can cycle through them all and easily access them without even touching your trackpad. With the ⌘ + Shift + Tab option, you can make this happen.

            6. Quit a Safari Window (⌘ + W)

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              The ⌘ + Q shortcut allows you to quickly quit the current application you are in. However, what if you are in Safari and don’t want to quit out of everything, just the current window you are in? That is possible with the ⌘ + W.

              7. Peak At Your Desktop (⌘ + F3)

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                There may be times when you need to refer to a file or see an image that may be found on your desktop. You might even need to delete or drag it out but don’t want to have to minimize or quit your applications. You don’t have to with the ⌘ + F3 shortcut, which spreads your windows to the top to reveal only the desktop.

                8. Minuscule Volume Adjustments (Option + Shift + F11 or F12)

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                  Have you ever had a time when you wanted to adjust the volume of the music that you are listening to but you’re unable to get it to the specific level you were hoping you could? With the Option + Shift + Volume Up or Volume Down shortcut, you can make very minuscule volume adjustments to get to the level you want.

                  9. Delete Entire Words (Option + Delete)

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                    It can be a pain sometimes to have to press and hold the delete button until the entire word you typed is deleted. With the Option + Delete command, that’s all you’ll have to press to delete the most recent word you typed. You can press it as many times as you want to delete multiple words.

                    10. Scroll to Very Top/Bottom (⌘ + Up or Down)

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                      There are multiple ways to scroll. You can click the scroll bar on the left of the screen, you can use your trackpad, or you can use the keyboard arrows. However, when you press ⌘ + Either the Up or Down Arrow, you can race to the top in lighting speed.

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                      11. Minimization Slow-Mo (Shift + Minimize Window)

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                        This is just for a fun effect to show friends and family. If you want to have your minimizing screen minimize in slow-mo, simply press Shift then minimize your screen with the yellow button.

                        12. Access Address Bar (⌘ + Up + L)

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                          If you want to type something in the search bar without having to even touch your trackpad, simply press ⌘ + Up Arrow + L. From there, you can quickly get into typing your web search or search engine term.

                          13. Fast Shut Down (Control + Option + ⌘ + Eject)

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                            If you find yourself in a rush and need to shut down the computer right away, you can do so with the Control + Option + ⌘ + Eject button. As you can see, it’s very hard to do this command accidentally. For good reason, once activated, you have very little time to save documents or pages before shut down.

                            So make sure you save before doing this command. Even if you do, during my tests, I found that windows loaded back up on the next start-up, but you aren’t guaranteed to have your work completely saved.

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                            14. Finder Shortcuts (⌘ + Shift + A, U, or D)

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                              Finder is the hub of files and applications for your Mac. This means that it can sometimes be a bit cluttered to navigate around. With the ⌘ + Shift + A shortcut in Finder, you can quickly go to the Applications page of Finder. ⌘ + Shift + U takes you to Utilities and ⌘ + Shift + D escorts you to the Desktop folder of Finder.

                              15. Inverted Colors (Read More)

                              Inverted colors may be a cool feature for some people, however for others it can be an important way for them to navigate around their computer. This is why it takes some tinkering in the Accessibility section of Settings (System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility). From there, check off the “Invert Colors” box. Then with the ⌘ + Control + Option + 8 command, you can change colours to and from being inverted.

                              Let us know in the comments below which keyboard trick is your favourite.

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                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                              Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                              There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                              Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                              It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                              Productivity apps to help you get things done

                              1. OmniFocus

                              This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                              Download it here.

                                2. Forest

                                Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                Download it here.

                                  3. Things

                                  Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                  Download it here.

                                    4. 30/30

                                    Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                    , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                    Download it here.

                                      5. Any.Do

                                      A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                      Download it here.

                                        6. PocketLife Calendar

                                        This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                        Download it here.

                                          7. Asana

                                          We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                          , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                          Download it here.

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                                            8. ToDoist

                                            This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                            Download it here.

                                              9. FlowTasks

                                              From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                              Download it here.

                                                10. Calendars 5

                                                This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                  A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    12. Due

                                                    A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      13. Checkmark 2

                                                      I use this app

                                                      for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        14. TeuxDeux

                                                        Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          15. Wunderlist 

                                                          Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                          Download it here.

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                                                            16. Nirvana

                                                            For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              17. Priorities

                                                              An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                18. Productive

                                                                With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                  You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    20. Streaks

                                                                    This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      21. Remember The Milk

                                                                      Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        22. Day One Journal

                                                                        When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                          23. Evernote

                                                                          Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            24. Pocket

                                                                            You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                              25. Sync.Me

                                                                              This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                26. Droplr

                                                                                One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  27. Dropbox

                                                                                  Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    28. iDolly 

                                                                                    In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                    Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      29. Soulver

                                                                                      It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                        30. Captio

                                                                                        A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          31. Drafts

                                                                                          A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                            This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                                              33. Doodle

                                                                                              This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                  A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    36. GoodReader

                                                                                                    This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                      Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                        38. 1Password

                                                                                                        There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                          You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                          All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            40. Truecallers

                                                                                                            Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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