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15 Hacks To Make Anyone A Mac Expert

15 Hacks To Make Anyone A Mac Expert

Macintosh computers offer users incredible fluidity and ease of use. One of the most beneficial ways to use this in your favor is by learning a few simple Mac hack shortcuts. By taking command of keyboard shortcuts you can truly master this intuitive and forward-thinking operating system.

1. Jump to Last Used Program: Cmd + Tab

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      By pressing Cmd + Tab, you can quickly switch to your last used program. This is particularly useful if you are copy and pasting between programs, since pressing Cmd + Tab twice switches you between the same two programs.

      2. View Program Switcher: Press and Hold Cmd, Then Tap Tab

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          Similarly, if you press and hold cmd, then tap tab, the program switch window will come up. From here, you can press tab to scroll right between your open programs or tap shift + tab to scroll left. To choose a program, highlight the program logo you need, then release the command key.

          3. View All Windows: Ctrl + Up Arrow

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            Another simple Mac hack is to see all your open windows. Merely hit ctrl + up arrow to see a spread of your current windows.

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            4. Show Desktop: F11

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              Similarly, to view the desktop quickly tap the F11 key. On some keyboards (particularly laptops) you may need to hold the function key for this Mac hack to work.

              5. Hide Window: Cmd + H

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                This trick is particularly useful at school or work when you might not be exactly on task. Quickly hit cmd + H to hide the window you’re currently in. This doesn’t minimize the window, it just hides it from view. However, like minimizing, hiding your window keeps your place in the application. To bring the window back, click on the application icon on the dock.

                6. Move to Trash: Cmd + Delete

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                  If you don’t like dragging items to the trash manually, there’s a simple way around it. Highlight the document or program you wish to delete, then hit cmd + delete.

                  7. Empty Trash without Warning: Cmd + Opt + Shift + Delete

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                    Similarly, an easy way to empty your trash without having to open it is to hit cmd + opt + shift + delete. Deleting your trash this way will also bypass the warning message asking you to confirm deleting your trash.

                    8. Undo Last Action in Finder: Cmd + Z

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                      If you’ve accidentally deleted something, or moved something into a folder you can’t find, simply press cmd + Z. Like most programs on an Apple computer, Finder recognizes cmd + Z to mean “undo last action.”

                      9. Take Screenshot: Cmd + Shift + 3

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                        Another quick Mac hack is to take a screenshot without needing an extra program. Simply press cmd + shift + 3 to capture your entire screen. This automatically saves the photo to the desktop.

                        10. Take Screenshot of Selected Area: Cmd + Shift + 4

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                          If you would rather take a screenshot of a selected area of your screen instead of the entire thing, hit cmd + shift + 4, then drag a rectangle with your mouse. Release the rectangle to capture the screenshot.

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                          11. Open Link in New Tab: Cmd + Click a Link

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                            Another quick Mac tip is to automatically open a new link in a new browser tab. To avoid losing the page your on, simply hold down cmd before you click a link.

                            12. Change Volume without Clicks: Hold Shift

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                              It’s also possible to change the volume without playing the clicks. Just hold shift while you adjust the volume.

                              13. Power on without Noise: F10 + Power Button

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                                You can power on your Mac without any noise as well—just hold F10 (mute) while your Mac powers up.

                                14. Use Emoji Keyboard: Cmd + Ctlr + Space

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                                  Most people don’t know that you can include mobile emoji characters from your Mac, even though it’s a desktop. Just hit cmd + ctrl + space while typing to open the keyboard selector.

                                  15. Use Special Characters: Hold Letter Key

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                                    If you need to include foreign characters while you’re typing, there’s an easier way than searching for the character, than copy and pasting it. Simply hold down the English letter equivalent to bring up a list of accents and variations right in the program.

                                    For a complete list of Mac hack keyboard shortcuts, see Apple’s official list here.

                                    Featured photo credit: Pete Markham via flickr.com

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                                    Last Updated on January 13, 2020

                                    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                                    11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                                    Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                                    Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                                    Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                                    1. Lumosity

                                    This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                                    Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                                      2. Fit Brains Trainer

                                      This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                                      Free.

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                                        3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                                        Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                                        First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                                          4. Brain Fitness Pro

                                          The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                                          Buy for $3.99.

                                          5. Happify

                                          If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                                          Free to use.

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                                            6. Clockwork Brain

                                            You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                                            Free.

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                                              7. ReliefLink

                                              Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                                                8. Eidetic

                                                Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                                                  9. Braingle

                                                  Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                                                  Free.

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                                                    10. Not The Hole Story

                                                    If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                                    Free.

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                                                      11. Personal Zen

                                                      This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                                      Free.

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