People who have made a switch from the Windows OS to Macbook may find themselves in a situation when things appear a bit strange. It takes time to get accustomed to working with a Macbook. But once you are familiar with the basics, you can move on to more complicated things.
There are a lot of ways you can increase efficiency. This article will cover tricks and hacks that new Macbook users will find useful, so continue reading and find out how to make the most out of your new computer.
Tip #1 – Customize Dock
Dock was a great feature when it came out in 2001, but things have changed a lot since then. Now, Macbook users rely on a lot of different apps while working or looking for entertainment. Explore your options and think of another way to organize applications if you are unable to put everything in the Dock.
- Remove apps that you don’t use.
Tip #2 – Organize Menu Bars
The menu bar does not have infinite space. Putting every app that you download there for easier access clutters the bar and makes it impossible to work.
Instead of dropping every shortcut in the menu bar, take a different approach and organize the apps in a way that they do not clutter the menu bar. You can even download software that specifically helps with organizing the apps.
Tip #3 – Get Rid of Junk Files
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Caches, hidden files, and other junk get accumulated over time. And Clean My Mac is excellent software to make the unwanted files disappear and make your computer run faster.
If you do not take care of the junk files, it becomes difficult to work on a computer because it slows down a lot. Compared to Windows, MacOS makes it difficult to differentiate temporary files and cleaning them.
Tip #4 – Close Running Applications
There is no reason to have applications running in the background if you are not using them. Open Activity Monitor and sort processes by CPU usage. You may be surprised by how much one or two apps are consuming resources.
If you are not using the applications, shut them off. After all, you can always turn them on later when you have a need to actually use them. In your Mac OS version the operating system actually minimize the background process if you have them running.
Tip #5 – Sort Startup Items
Some applications might launch together with the computer. Login items can be a pain if you have too many, and it will take a while before they all load up and you can start using the computer.
Go to System Preferences and click on Users and Groups. You will need to choose your profile and enter the password to log in. Once you are in, select items that you no longer wish to see in the startup and click on the minus sign.
Tip #6 – Use Anti-Virus Software
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There are users who do not believe that they do need anti-virus software. This thinking can cause a lot of problems. Why risk and leave everything to chance when you can get a good anti-virus software and have it in the background. It is better to be safe than sorry. And predicting when a virus or malware is going to attack you is impossible. It could happen when you least expect it.
We don’t usually see MAC computers infected with Virus but it can happen over time with new malware and bloatware.
Tip #7 – Keep Macbook in Cool Environment
If you are having problems with overheating, turn to Fan Control – a feature that automatically adjusts fan speed according to the system’s temperature.
Ideally, a Macbook should be used in cool and dry environments. Things are okay when it is winter, but when the heat of the summer hits, it may be impossible to use a Macbook.
Another thing to note about overheating is that all the dust and dirt inside could also be one of the reasons behind the problem. Regular cleaning should also be part of your computer maintenance routine.
Tip #8 – Declutter Desktop
Some individuals like to put all their files on the desktop. They believe that it saves time and is more convenient. However, doing this is not very healthy for the computer. Every time you switch between a desktop and another window, all the icons are rendered.
It consumes resources and slows down the computer. Instead of being in such a mess, organize everything in the folders and reduce the burden that your computer has to carry with a cluttered desktop.
Tip #9 – Update the OS
While most updates happen automatically, it may be that the system misses one or two and you need to take care of an update manually. Regularly check if there is a new version for the system or any of the apps you are using.
Tip #10 – Use Cloud-Based Services
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Cloud computing is great if you want to open up more space on the drive. Apps like iCloud also help when you want to keep certain files in a safe place. A hard drive can stop functioning, but files that are in iCloud will not get deleted.