The 4 Mac Techniques You Need to Master

There are four basic techniques that every pro Mac user knows and practices every day to get the most from their Mac. Learn how to use these four techniques to use your Mac more productively and efficiently.

Comments: 14 Responses to “The 4 Mac Techniques You Need to Master”

    4 years ago

    This is a good intro to OSX for switchers, even though much of this works the same in Windows.

    Jean H
    3 years ago

    Excellent. I am aware of the four techniques you mention but not all the applications of each technique. Thanks!!✩✩

    3 years ago

    What an excellent tutorial. Learnt so much and it is so easy….


    3 years ago

    lost focus when the puppy & a-bomb-in-Limon pics appeared :)

    3 years ago

    Thanks, simple but important things especially when changing from PC to Mac. Always learn something new.

    Henry Uys
    3 years ago

    Thank you, Gary. Excellent tutorial and covering many applications I was totally unaware of.

    3 years ago

    Excellent tutorial but is there a way to do super and subscripts in MAIL?

    3 years ago

    Mike: You can do them in Pages or TextEdit, and then copy and paste into your Mail composition window. Once you have done it once in a message, you can always copy and paste something from one part of the message to another and change the text.

    Rob Mayer
    3 years ago

    Very good summation. I’d like to add my favorite, which is a subset of your copy-and-paste category: cut-and-paste. This is one of the few things I miss from Windows, where you could just ctl-X for Cut, then paste the object somewhere, removing it from its original location. On the Mac, you can do this, but you have to do it by starting with Copy (Cmd-C), but ending with Option-Cmd-V. That will do the same thing as Ctl-X, then Ctl-V in Windows.

    Ed Thorsland
    3 years ago

    Rob, You can use command X to cut.

    Gary, One of my favorites you didn’t mention is option click and drag which allows you to copy the item into wherever you drag it without erasing it from the original location.

    Rob Mayer
    3 years ago

    Ed, I wish that was universal but unfortunately Cmd-X only works within applications (and I’m not even sure if that’s in all apps). It does not work on the file level – you can’t use it to move files as you can in Windows.

    Linda Lyn
    3 years ago

    Thank you Gary
    So very useful
    So many things I could learn from you.
    For make do things easier
    Thank you again

    3 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    In iCloud for Pages and Keynote, is there a way to drag files into folders from the > File > Open menu? I can open Keynote on my iPad, hold down a presentation, then drag it into a folder. I know I can use the ‘save to’ function in OS X, but my workflow would really benefit from being able to drag and drop. Thanks!

    3 years ago

    Jörg: Yes. Try it. Run Pages on Your Mac. Then Command+O for File, Open. Then go to iCloud on the left sidebar. Now you can drag and drop those files out of that Window into the Finder or into the left sidebar. You can also drag items from the Finder into the left sidebar of the Open window.
    But you may like the title bar even more. Click on the Title bar at the top of a Pages document and you can use the Where field to move the current open document anywhere, without even closing the document.

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