MicroMacTips part 1

In this post, John Espirian shares 5 quick and simple tips for Mac users. These ‘MicroMacTips’ should make your digital life a tiny bit more bearable.

MicroMacTips part 1

I use all sorts of little tricks to boost my productivity. On their own, each of these wouldn’t be enough to justify its own blog post, so here are 5 quick and easy MicroMacTips to help you along.

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1. Add line breaks when posting on websites

On some sites, pressing Enter while writing in a text field will submit the text immediately instead of moving the cursor down to the next line. I can never be sure when this is going to happen, so I instead force a line break.

To add a line break, press Shift-Enter.

Line break

Press Shift-Enter in text boxes to add a line break

Bonus: this combo works on Windows, too.

2. Add line breaks in Excel

I often find myself writing text in spreadsheets. It’s annoying that pressing Enter moves to the next cell even when the cursor is inside the formula bar!

To add a line break in Excel, press Cmd-Alt-Enter.

Excel line break

Add a line break with Cmd-Alt-Enter

Bonus: on Windows, the combo for a line break in Excel is just Alt-Enter.

3. Move Mac files without dragging

Say you have a file in one folder on your Mac and you want to move it to another folder. If dragging with the mouse doesn’t appeal, here’s another way:

  1. Click the file once to highlight it
  2. Press Cmd-C
  3. Open the destination folder
  4. Press Cmd-Alt-V

If you don’t do step 4, the original file is left untouched – ideal should you change your mind during the process.

If you just want to copy the file to the destination folder rather than move it, press Cmd-V instead of Cmd-Alt-V during step 4.

4. View more Wi-Fi info

Want to know more about your Wi-Fi connection?

Hold down the Alt key while clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the toolbar.

Wi-Fi menu

Press Alt to see more info about your Wi-Fi connection

5. View more audio info

Want to know more about your sound inputs and outputs?

Hold down the Alt key while clicking the volume icon in the toolbar.

Sound menu

Press Alt to see more info about your audio inputs & outputs

Do you have any MicroMacTips to share?

I’m always looking for ways to work smarter. If you’ve got any MicroMacTips to share, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Or catch up with me on Twitter, using the hashtag #MicroMacTips. I’d love to hear from you.

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Who wrote this?

John Espirian freelance technical copywriter

John Espirian – the relentlessly helpful technical copywriter

I write B2B web content, blogs, user guides and case studies – all aimed at explaining how your products, services and processes work. I also offer LinkedIn profile critiquing and rewriting.

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