3 of the Best MacBook Tips and Tricks

3 of the Best MacBook Tips and Tricks

Mac sales make up 15.1% of the personal computer market, according to preliminary estimates.

Currently, there are five main models—the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini, each of which has its own specifications.

Take the MacBook Air, for example, it’s lighter and easier to carry than the other models.

Did you recently get a MacBook? Looking for some laptop tips to get you started? If so, we’ve got you covered.

We’ll be sharing some MacBook tips and tricks below. Keep reading to learn more!

1. Looking Up Words

You can quickly look up words with macOS’ built-in dictionary. All you have to do is tap on the word with three fingers on your trackpad (assuming that you’ve selected the gesture in Trackpad preferences).

You can also highlight the word and use the keyboard shortcut, command + control + D. A look-up window will appear with a brief definition. For the full definition, click on the ‘more’ link at the end of the text.

If you want, you can also add additional languages. To do that, navigate to Dictionary > Preferences. A panel will come up and you’ll be able to add different reference sources.

2. Using Spotlight

Spotlight is a system-wide search engine that you can use to find documents, apps, photos, and other files on your Mac.

Not only that, but you can also use it to search for emails—you just have to enable it in your preferences. If anything, it’s even easier to use than the Gmail app for Mac.

To access it, click on the small magnifying glass on the menu bar at the top right-hand corner of the screen. You can also use the command + space keyboard shortcut. As soon as you start typing, matching results will appear and they’ll continue to update as you adjust your search term.

3. Using Activity Monitor

Activity Monitor is the Mac equivalent of Task Manager. You can use it to see what’s running on your computer at any given time, which makes it useful for troubleshooting problems.

It’s also handy for killing non-responding MacBook apps. Simply double-click on the process that you’d like to force quit (unresponsive programs will appear in red) and hit the ‘Quit’ button. Hit ‘Force Quit’ again in the subsequent window and you’ll kill the process.

You can find it in the /Applications/Utilities folder or you can search for it using Spotlight. The tool will come up and you’ll see several categories including memory, CPU, disk, energy, and network.

MacBook Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Follow these MacBook tips and tricks and you’ll master your new computer in no time. It might take some getting used to at the beginning, but chances are, you won’t regret owning a MacBook.

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