MicroMacTips part 3

In this post, John Espirian provides another instalment of MicroMacTips: quick and simple advice for using your Mac more effectively.

MicroMacTips part 3

Did you enjoy parts 1 and 2 of this new MicroMacTips series? Here are 5 more tips to keep you going.

1. Capture your Mac screen

Create a snapshot image of your screen by pressing Cmd-Shift-3. The image file will automatically be saved on your desktop with the date and time.

To capture a smaller part of the screen, press Cmd-Shift-4 and then click the mouse and drag to indicate the portion of the screen you’d like to capture.

Screenshot example

2. Capture your iPhone/iPad screen

Create a snapshot of your iPhone or iPad screen by pressing Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time.

iPhone Home/Sleep

All images you capture like this are stored in the Photos app.

3. Restart, sleep and shut down with the keyboard

You can set your Mac to restart, sleep or shut down by using the keyboard.

First, press Ctrl-Eject to bring up the panel shown below. Then press one of the following keys:

  • R to restart
  • S to sleep
  • Esc to cancel and close the panel
  • Enter to shut down


4. Add a shortcut to the top of a Finder window

The sidebar of each Finder window is full of links to commonly used resources. But did you know you can also add files and folders to the toolbar at the top of each Finder window?

Just hold down Cmd-Alt while dragging a file or folder to the toolbar.

Cmd-Alt drag

See Secret Mac toolbar shortcut for more information on using this feature.

5. Quickly empty the trash

I never like leaving my trash can full for very long, so I press Cmd-Shift-Delete to empty it. If you see a warning asking you to confirm that you really want to empty the trash, press Enter.

Empty Trash

Do you have any MicroMacTips to share?

If you’ve got any quick and simple Mac tips to share, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Or you can catch up with me on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MicroMacTips.

Read all the MicroMacTips series

Thanks for reading,

John Espirian

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