5 Awesome Things You Probably Don’t Remember Your Mac Can Do
Everybody understands that the secret behind Mac computers is their sublime software. If you’re moving from Linux or Windows, however, you know that adapting to Mac OS is no mean feat. Simply looking at the way applications and files are organized can take away your morale to even learn the system, but in time you can learn to navigate the ins and outs of your OS, especially with help from your Mac support Melbourne provider. This article describes just a few cool things you may not know (or have forgotten) your Mac can do.
- Unit conversions using Spotlight
Apart from carrying out calculations using Spotlight, in Yosemite, there’s a trick you don’t know: unit conversions. It’s possible to carry out specific conversations such as “400 kilometers in miles”. In addition, Spotlight is intelligent enough to understand the amount and units that need conversion, and then you can get alternative conversion units to choose from. For instance, typing in $45 will give you the Sterling pound equivalent (depending on the native currencies set in your System Preferences>>Language & Region section).
2. Talking and listening to the Mac
Mac’s dictation tool was powerful long before introduction of MacOS’s Sierra, as it was able to listen to you and interpret and also speak back. Of course, these have been thrown to the back burner in favor of Siri, which is now available for laptops and desktops. To access Siri, you can press and hold Command+Space, click the Siri icon on your Dock or turn to the Menu bar or ask your IT services Sydney provider for help.
Siri for desktop is a little more powerful than what you’re used to in your iPhone. Apart from the standard query which may tell you who’s winning the playoffs or what the weather is, Siri in MacOS Sierra can change between system functions such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and even pull individual files from storage according to the instructions you give. Siri can also launch and close apps and store query results in your OS notification area for use later.
3. Running Windows
Of course you may wonder why you’d want to run Windows from your MacOS, but it can come in handy, whether you want to run niche Windows software that are unavailable for MacOS or even to play the latest games. It is possible for your Mac support Melbourne to run Windows and MacOS side-by-side through virtualization apps like Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox, Fusion and VMWare or you can partition your hard disk and run Windows full-bore on hardware through Boot Camp Assistant accessible through the Utilities folder.
4. Auto-showing/hiding menu bar
Menu bars have been a consistent fixture on Macs since they were launched in 1984, but form the rollout of OS X EI Capitan, it is possible to hide your menu bar from the screen, Simply go to System Preferences>>General>>’Automatically hide and show the menu bar”. When the box is ticked off, the menu bar reappears when you glide your mouse near the top part of the screen, allowing you to access your menus.
5. Typing exotic characters
Finally, apart from the letters and symbols on your keyboard, you can type a vast arrant of exotic characters. You may already know how to type accents in words like café (Option+E then another E. From OS X 10.7, hold down the E until other options appear). You can do this by accessing the Edit menu of most apps, where you’ll see Special Characters near the bottom. This panel allows your IT services Sydney to access a cast symbol array that can be dragged onto your documents. While they are not supported by all operating systems or apps, most are contained in the Unicode cross-platform standard. You can also include emoji’s, but while they are not Apple-only, the recipient may not always seen them.
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