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Eight Hidden macOS Features You Can Access With the Option Key

The Option (⌥) key – or Alt key, depending on your keyboard layout – can be used to unlock all kinds of features hidden in your Mac’s operating system. Try holding it down next time you access an app’s menu bar options, for instance, and you’ll often see several tweaked actions available to you. Additional …

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How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock

Apple’s AirDrop feature lets you wirelessly send and receive files between nearby Macs as well as to and from local iOS devices. It’s usually accessed from the sidebar of an open Finder Window (or using the Command + Shift + R keyboard shortcut within Finder), but here we’re going to share with you a trick …

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How to Quickly Resize Images on Your Mac Using an Automator Service

Resizing images in macOS is easily done in the Preview app, but if your daily workflow requires you to scale images to a specific size – for uploading to a blog, for example – then using an image resize service is a much faster way of getting the job done. In this article, we’ll show …

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How to Use the macOS App Switcher to Open Files, Hide and Quit Apps, and Launch Exposé

Most long-time macOS users will be aware of the Application Switcher. It’s invoked using the Command+Tab keyboard shortcut, and lists all of the apps currently running on your Mac, enabling you to quickly switch between them. In this article, we’ll run through the Mac App Switcher’s most basic functions, and then highlight some of our …

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How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature

Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file’s parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited. Stationery Pad doesn’t get much attention these days, …

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How to Float Notes Over Application Windows in macOS

In the Notes app in macOS, it’s possible to float individual notes over other windows so that they stay visible regardless of which application is active. This makes for a convenient way to reference an existing note while writing an essay or report, for example. It also comes in useful if you want to take …

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How to Apply Color Tags to Items in macOS Finder Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

In one of our previous macOS how-to guides, we explained how using tags can help you organize your files and folders and quickly locate them when they’re needed. In this article, we’re going to show you how to tag items in Finder using a simple custom keyboard shortcut, for even faster tagging. The first series …

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How to Set Up Mail VIP Contacts in macOS, iOS 11, and iCloud Mail

In Apple Mail, finding email messages from certain contacts can be made easier by giving them a “VIP” status. Short for Very Important Person, VIPs are identified in your inbox by a star next to the person’s name in any messages you receive from them. Messages from the same VIP are also displayed in their …

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How to Control the Behavior of Screenshot Shortcuts in macOS

There are several ways you can take screenshots on a Mac. Preview offers the option from its File menu. There’s also a little screen capture app in the macOS Utilities folder called Grab. But the simplest and most common method is to use your Mac’s built-in shortcut key combinations. Taking a screenshot is as easy …

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How to Update macOS Using a Simple Terminal Command

If you’re sick of waiting for the progress bar to complete every time you reboot after a macOS software update, then you’ll be pleased to learn there’s another way to update your Mac that could potentially reduce your downtime. The process involves a simple Terminal command, and allows you to continue using your Mac as …

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How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you’ve been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you’ve probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time. Unless you intentionally keep certain information for the …

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