10 ways to get more out of your Mac

The Mac is festooned with features, some of which are more obvious than others. This collection should help you get things done on your Mac just a little faster.

Open in work mode

You’ll save a little time if your Mac automatically opens up to your work folder. Set this up in Finder>Preferences in the General pane, where you should set New Finder windows show to the folder you need to explore most often.

Get fluent with Finder

You spend a lot of time in Finder, so why not make it work for you?

The best starting point is to define your most important folders as Favorites on your Mac. You can also define key folders to iCloud. I prefer the latter as it means my work is available across all my devices, but you may not want to share your data with the cloud; choose the option that’s most relevant to you.

To place a folder in either section, just drag and drop it into the relevant part of the left column in the Finder. You can also drag and drop your most important folders to the top of the Finder menu; just select the item, press Command and drop it right beside the controls there. Don’t place too many items as you’ll clutter the UI; the object is to make things faster to find.

Finally, switch to Column view in your Finder and you’ll find it easier to drill down through to the items you need. 

Never forget that the fastest way to find anything on the Mac is to type Command-Space to summon Spotlight.

[Also read: 30 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know]

Rename files faster

The fastest way to rename a file or folder in Finder? Select it, press Return, and you’ll be in the text entry mode for that item so you can immediately type the new name.

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