MicroMacTips 9

MicroMacTips part 9

We’ve almost made it to the end of #MicroMacTips. Here are 5 more nuggets of wisdom to help you be slightly more awesome at using your Apple kit.

1. Minimise all windows

Use the free Show Desktop app to minimise all windows and return to the Finder. Once installed, the app sits in the toolbar at the top of the screen. One click of the blue desktop icon and you can hide all windows. It might not sound like much, but this feature is so, so useful.

Show Desktop

Show Desktop has an exclude list, so you can set it never to minimise a particular app or group of apps.

2. Switch between fullscreen views

When an app is fullscreen (after pressing the green traffic light button in the top-left corner of the app’s window), you can switch to other ‘spaces’ by pressing Ctrl and the left or right arrow key.

Alternatively, press F3 to see a view of all spaces, and click the one you want at the top of the screen.

Fullscreen options

If all you see at the top of the screen is ‘Desktop 1’, that’s the only fullscreen space you have available. As an experiment, make your web browser go fullscreen by pressing the green maximise button, then retry this tip.

3. Zoom text in the Notes app

It’s common to use Cmd and + to zoom the text on a page, but this shortcut doesn’t work in the Notes app.

Notes View menu

Press Cmd and Shift and the full stop key together to zoom your text.

Bonus tip

To open one note on its own, double-click it in the left-hand panel. It will appear in a separate window, allowing you to ignore or close the main Notes panel. You can always re-open the Notes panel by going to Window | Notes or by pressing Cmd-0 (zero).

4. Select text to the start or end of a line

If you want to highlight text from wherever the text cursor is to the start or end of the line, most people use the old click-and-drag method. That’s too fiddly and slow for me. Try this:

To select text to the start of the line, press Cmd and Shift and the left arrow key.

To select text to the end of the line, press Cmd and Shift and the right arrow key.

I find this tip most useful when I click into the address bar of a web browser and want to delete a lot of characters from the end of a URL.

5. Type the ellipsis character

A lot of people type three full stops rather than using the proper ellipsis (…) character. Here’s how to insert the right character:

In iOS: tap and hold the full stop key, then tap

In macOS: press the Alt and ; keys together

iOS full stop

Over to you

Do you have any Mac questions that are bugging you? Or any tips of your own to share? Let me know by leaving a comment below, or catch up with me on Twitter, remembering to use the hashtag #MicroMacTips.

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John Espirian freelance technical copywriter

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