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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 June 17, 2019

                                    40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                    40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 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 (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                    For Getting 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.

                                                                      For Building 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.

                                                                                For Files Organization

                                                                                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.

                                                                                              For Working Smarter

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              For Improving 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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