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Ten Top Tips For Mac

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1. Talk and listen to your Mac

 

Talk

To save time writing, you can dictate speech to your Mac. Do this is any place your would normally type. A quick short cut to access this tool is to press the Function button twice.

 

Listen

Although this feature is primarily about accessibility it can be a handy tool for anyone. For example, it’s a great tool when proofreading a document. To access this feature highlight the text you want spoken. Go to:

Edit > Speech > Start Dictation

There are options to control the pace and the voice.

 

2. Screen shot an image

 

Having issues with your mac and need to show someone a screen grab? Need to quickly copy a conversation into an email? The ability to take a screen shot should definitely be in your arsenal of Mac tools.

Press Command > Shift > 4

This will bring up the screen shot icon. Simply drag the icon across the desired area. The image will save to your desktop.

 

3. Hide your dock

 

Is your menu bar in the way? Get rid of the distraction by pressing:

Command > Option > D

Need it back? Simply repeat the steps above once more.

 

4. Quickly close an application

 

Too many applications running? A quick way to close them is to the do the following:

Cycle through the applications you have running by pressing Command + Tab

Tab through the applications until you reach the one that you would like to close and press ‘Q’ to quit. Alternatively you can press ‘H’ and this will minimise the application.

 

5. Use Spotlight search as a calculator

 

Spotlight is also a calculator. Who knew? Press:

Command > Spacebar

This will launch Spotlight. This allows you to search for documents on your Mac. However you can also type a basic math equation in the search bar for your Mac to solve.

 

6. Create the Apple logo

 

To create the Apple icon at the drop of a hat:

Option > Shift + K

 and voilà.

 

7. Use special characters

 

Want to know how to create accents on letters like that featured above. Hold down the letter you would like the accent for and then press the associated number. For example you may want to write the word café with the accent. Hold down the letter ‘e’ and press 2. A menu bar with the options will be featured above.

 

8. Bring up emojis

 

The emoji craze shows no sign of slowing down. To jump on the bandwagon and access them quickly on your Mac press:

Command > Control > Space

 

9. Quickly trash a document

 

Instead of dragging documents into the trash a quick way to get rid of your documents is to press:

Command + Delete

 

10. Delete text from the right

 

To forward delete press:

Fn > delete

 

Via: TechRadar; Business Insider; Buzz Feed

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Have you upgraded your Mac to OS X Yosemite yet?

The team at Mac and PC Doctors were busy over the weekend upgrading the Macs in our showroom to OS X Yosemite. How many others spent some time over the weekend doing the same thing? At just over 5GB, it’s a big update.

If you haven’t upgraded, feel free to drop in to the store next week to take a look. It’s running on our range of MacBooks and iMac.

Whether you’ve upgraded or not check out this article that provides a good run down of the new features:

http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/10/17/20-os-x-yosemite-tips-get-apples-new-os

 

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“1.24.14”

Thirty years ago Macintosh promised to put technology in the hands of the people. To celebrate Mac’s birthday, this film was shot around the world in one day, entirely on iPhone. Here’s to the next thirty.

Apple has also released a new behind-the-scenes video that details how the original ad was made.

Along with the original video and the behind-the-scenes look at how it was filmed, Apple has also posted a detailed web page that gives an even more in-depth look at the work that went into the spot.

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OS X Mavericks

388573-mac-os-x-mavericksThe latest release of the Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks 10.9 was released late October and is available from the App Store. Any compatible machine running OS X 10.6.8 or later can be upgraded to Mavericks at no charge. Simply launch the App Store and click on OS X Mavericks, which will start a download which is roughly 7 GB. As a precaution, it is recommended to backup all data before proceeding with the upgrade. Compatible machines must have at least 2 GB of RAM (8 GB is recommended) and at least 8 GB of free hard drive space.

Some of the standout features of this new OS X include improved multi-display support, finder enhancements including tabs and document tags, a new Maps application, a more polished OS X design and much more. For more information on all the new features, click here.

The following Mac models are compatible with OS X Mavericks:

  • iMac (mid-2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (late 2008 aluminium, or early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (mid-/late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (early 2009)

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