11 Small Tips to Make Everyday Tasks Easier on Your Mac

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While working on your Mac, you’ve probably noticed certain
aspects aren’t as efficient as they could be. Wasting a minute
here and there can add up over time, especially with tasks you do
often. Saving time on your Mac can earn you more time to do
something you enjoy.

It isn’t likely that every tip on this list will work for you.
Even so, if you save a few minutes every day, you’ll earn back
the time you took to try them out in short order.

1. Hide Your Dock by Default

Enabling hiding the macOS Dock

The macOS Dock takes up a significant portion of your screen by
default. This is handy for first-time Mac users, but for more
experienced users it’s just a waste of screen real estate.

Hiding the Dock gives you more usable vertical space to work
with. This is handy for all types of work, from coding to writing
up Word documents. It’s also handy for browsing the web, since
nearly all websites scroll vertically. More space on the screen
means less time spent scrolling.

To do this, right-click on an empty area of the Dock and select
Turn Hiding On.

2. Move Your Dock to the Side

Moving the macOS Dock to the left side

Whether or not you’ve got your Dock hidden, its home at the
bottom of the screen isn’t entirely optimal. It makes sense
visually since the menu bar is at the top of the screen, but for
maximum usability, try moving it to the left or right side.

Even with the 16:10 aspect ratio MacBooks use, you still have
more horizontal screen space than vertical. Moving the Dock to one
side takes advantage of this. I prefer the left-hand side, but try
both and see what works for you.

To try this, right-click on the Dock, mouse over
Position on Screen, and choose
Left or Right.

3. Use Stacks

Turning on Stacks for the Mac desktop

Some people use the desktop constantly, with files and folders
scattered everywhere. Others use it as a temporary work area,
deleting files or moving them to another location when they’re
done. Either way, Stacks, which were introduced in macOS Mojave,
can help keep your desktop nice and tidy.

Stacks simply organize similar files into neat little areas. You
can use Stacks to group files by type, when they were last
modified, or a few other pieces of metadata. If you sort by type,
images will be gathered in one Stack while Word documents will be
grouped in another.

To try this out, right-click on the desktop and select
Use Stacks.

4. Replace Spotlight With Another Launcher

Alfred search bringing up preferences

Spotlight has come a long way from the relatively barebones
launcher it was a few macOS releases ago. Still, it’s not as
powerful as it could be. If you’re a heavy Spotlight user but
wish it could do more, try another launcher.

Alfred is a popular
option; LaunchBar
is another great choice. Both let you add extra functionality via
third-party add-ons. With one of these apps, you can update your
to-do list, search your notes, and even create files directly from
your launcher.

5. Open Finder With a Keyboard Shortcut

Searching Mac with the keyboard shortcut

This is a super-quick tip. If you frequently find yourself
moving the mouse to the Dock just to open Finder, you might be glad
to know there’s an alternative.

Hitting Cmd + Option + Space will bring up a
search dialog for Finder. From here you can click anywhere as you
normally would. If you open and close the Finder often, this
shortcut can save you a few minutes a week.

6. Use the List View in Finder

Selecting View as List for macOS Finder

It’s entirely possible to use the macOS Finder without ever
adjusting how it displays files. Still, to see as much as possible
without scrolling, it’s worth taking a look at the List and
Column views.

You can select these views by going to the View
menu and selecting as List or as
Columns
, but there’s a faster way. You can select List
View by hitting Cmd + 2. Do this in a directory
like Documents, and it will apply to sub-directories as well.

7. Take Advantage of Virtual Desktops

Virtual Desktops in macOS

If you’ve never used the virtual desktops built into macOS,
you’re about to discover that it’s like having a second monitor
you never plugged in. Simply hit Control + Up
Arrow
or swipe three fingers up on the touchpad and
you’ll get the Expose view.

Here, you’ll see a bar at the top of the screen. Drag a window
up to this bar and you’ll see a plus sign at the right side. Move
the window here, and you’ll send it to a new desktop. You can
move between these using the Expose view, or by hitting
Control plus the Left or
Right arrow keys.

8. Use Tags in Finder

macOS default tags

Tags have been available in the macOS Finder since OS X 10.9
Mavericks, but plenty of people forget they’re there at all. If
you want to track certain files across different directories, tags
are a handy way to add an additional layer of organization to your
file system.

By default, a few tags like Work,
Home, and Important are included
in Finder. To help you get started, we have a guide showing you

how to organize your Mac with Finder tags
.

9. Supercharge the Touch Bar

macOS Touch Bar settings

A lot of people see the Touch Bar as a useless addition to
modern MacBook Pro models. By default, it doesn’t have a lot to
offer, but you can make it far more handy.

We’ve already compiled a list of tips to
help you make the Touch Bar more useful
. One great example is
putting shortcuts to your favorite settings on the Touch Bar.

10. Try Bartender to Hide Your Menu Bar Icons

Bartender in the Mac menu bar

If you run a lot of apps, you might have accumulated more menu
bar icons than you’d like. You don’t want to stop using the
apps, so what do you do? Fortunately, you have an option.

Bartender 3 is a
handy little app that does one task, and does it well: it organizes
your menu bar icons. The app will cost you $15, but if you hate
seeing a disorganized row of menu bar icons, it’s money well
spent.

11. Don’t Forget About Siri

Siri icon in the macOS menu bar

A lot of us tend to associate Siri with our iPhone or iPad, so
it’s easy to forget that Siri is also available on Mac. If you
have a recent MacBook Pro, the Siri icon is in the Touch Bar. For
other models, you’ll see the icon in your menu bar on the right
side.

Many of the same commands you use with Siri on iOS also work on
a Mac. We put together a list of Siri
tricks and commands you should try
to help you get started.

Looking for Even More Mac Tips?

While none of these tips are life-changing on their own, using
just a few of them will make your Mac a more productive
environment. If you’ve checked all these out and are still
looking for more tips, there are plenty more where these came
from.

To streamline your computing even more, take a look at our list
of
hidden productivity tips and tricks for your Mac
.

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11 Small Tips to Make Everyday Tasks Easier on Your Mac