In this post, John Espirian provides another instalment of MicroMacTips: quick and simple advice for using your Mac more efficiently.
I hope you enjoyed MicroMacTips part 1. Here are another 5 tips to speed up your day.
1. Jump between words
I’m sure we all use the arrow keys to move the cursor around our text documents. But did you know that there’s a quick way to hop between words?
Alt-left arrow to move left by one word.
Alt-right arrow to move right by one word.
2. Jump to start or end of a line
Use this combination to jump to the beginning or the end of a line of text.
Cmd-left arrow to move to the start of the line.
Cmd-right arrow to move to the end of the line.
3. Jump to start or end of a document
Do you ever need ‘Home’ and ‘End’ keyboard equivalents when editing in Microsoft Word? Try these combinations to jump to the start or end of an entire document:
Fn-Cmd-left arrow to move to the start of the document (‘Home’).
Fn-Cmd-right arrow to move to the end of the document (‘End’).
Bonus tip: when browsing a website, the key combination is simpler. Press
arrow to jump to the top or bottom of the page respectively.
4. Add an emoji quickly
Don’t go hunting for emojis while typing: press
Ctrl-Cmd-Space to bring up the Emoji section of the Characters panel.
Double-click the emoji you want and it will be inserted wherever the cursor is. Simple.
5. Make the mouse pointer more visible
If you use macOS 10.11 (El Capitan) or newer, shake your mouse to temporarily make the pointer grow to several times its normal size.
This tip is useful if you have a large screen and sometimes can’t see the pointer after you wake the machine from sleep.
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Who wrote this?
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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