Simple Tricks to Make Using a Mac Easier

Computers have come a long way from what we knew in the 1990s. Mac computers have made it simple and easy for even the most tech-averse to do more than they ever thought possible.

That said, a few tips and tricks can wind up being hugely beneficial. As it turns out, these are the most essential things that you can do to make your Mac experience a lot more convenient and easier.

Take Different Screenshots

A cool thing about modern tech is that it is easier to share your screen with others. Screenshots have been around for a long time, but they are now more comprehensive than ever. Using a simple tip and a series of commands, you can take screenshots to precisely your needs.

Using Command + Shift + 3, users can take a screenshot of the entire screen. Using Command + Shift + 4, you can use your mouse to select the part of the screen that you want to capture. Command + Shift + 4 and then pressing the space bar turns the mouse into a camera icon, allowing for screenshots of a particular window, application, or anything else that your mouse is hovering over. It is possible to get as specific as need be when it comes to screenshots.

How to Uninstall Anaconda

There are open code applications that allow for editing the operating system itself. For Mac, this is known as Anaconda. That said, not everyone wants to have something like that available. This brings us to the need to know how to remove Anaconda from a Mac. The good news is that you can uninstall it in just a few short steps.

The first way is to go to Terminal (this is suggested by Anaconda). The second way involves going into the Applications folder, where the Anaconda icon can be moved into the trash. Follow that by going into Terminal and typing “conda install anaconda-clean.” Hit return and enter “anaconda-clean -yes” followed by “rm -rf  /anaconda3” to remove other Anaconda files. Finally, erase backups by typing “rm -rf /.anaconda_backup.” It’s a little more complex but will ensure that the job is done.

Take Screen Recordings

Similar to the first part of this list, Mac has the ability to not only take screenshots but video recordings as well. Sometimes it is easier to demonstrate rather than attempt to explain with a list of detailed steps. Having a screen recording makes that possible.

To take a screen recording, press Command + Shift + 5. This will bring up a toolbar at the bottom of the screen where you can click one of two icons. The dashed icon allows you to set a border of what you want to record, while the icon on the left will just record the whole screen. When ready, click “record” followed by “stop” when you’re ready.

Preview Files

When going through files, it can sometimes help to preview the file to ensure that you are looking at the right thing. Thankfully, it is possible to quick preview those files. When in the Finder, click on a file once, then press the spacebar. There should now be a small window where your file is viewable.

The beauty of this is that you won’t need to use the Preview app. If you are going through a lot of files, the quick preview feature can be invaluable. When you’re done with the preview, click the spacebar again to close that file. If you want to make things even faster, hold the spacebar to quickly preview it and then close it when you release the spacebar.

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