Guides, How Tos, and Tips for New Mac Owners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Those of you lucky enough to get a new Mac for the holidays will want to check out our collection of Mac how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new machine.

    Regardless of whether you're new to the Mac or are upgrading from an older model, there's likely to be a useful tip or trick in here for you. Most of this information applies to all of Apple's latest Macs, from desktops to notebooks.


    Beginner Tips

    [*]How to Take a Screenshot on Your Mac
    [*]How to View Folder Sizes on Your Mac Using Finder
    [*]How to Add, Remove, and Rearrange Menu Bar Icons in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Customize File and Folder Icons on Your Mac
    [*]How to Manage File Associations in macOS
    [*]How to Change a File Type's Default App in macOS
    [*]How to Use the macOS App Switcher to Open Files, Hide and Quit Apps, and Launch Exposé
    [*]How to Enable Markup Annotation Tools in macOS
    [*]How to Use Tags to Organize Files and Folders in macOS
    [*]How to Add a Recent or Favorite Items Stack to Your Mac's Dock
    [*]How to Get Your Mac's Dock to Show Running Apps Only
    [*]How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock
    macOS Mojave Features

    [*]How to Add a Recent Items Folder to Your Mac's Dock
    [*]How to Disable Transparency Effects in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Use macOS Mojave's New Dynamic Desktop Feature
    [*]How to Use Finder Quick Actions in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Use Quick Look in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Organize Your Mac's Desktop With Stacks in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Enable Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
    Security Tips

    [*]How to Use Secure Code AutoFill in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Set a Custom Lock Screen Message on Your Mac in Case It's Lost
    [*]How to Back Up Your Mac Using Time Machine
    [*]How to Request a Copy of Your Apple ID Account Data
    [*]How to Recover Files, Contacts, Bookmarks, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud
    Continuity and Other Product Tips

    [*]How to Use Your iPad as a Second Screen for Your Mac
    [*]How to Use the New Continuity Camera Feature in macOS Mojave
    [*]How to Send and Receive SMS Messages on iPad and Mac via Text Message Forwarding
    [*]How to Grab Screenshots and Video From Apple TV Using Your Mac
    [*]How to AirPlay Audio From Your Mac to HomePod
    [*]How to Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch
    Mac App Features

    [*]How to Get the Most Out of Apple's macOS Preview App
    [*]How to Batch Convert Images Using macOS Preview
    [*]How to Use the Preview Loupe Tool in macOS
    [*]How to View All Events as a List in Your Mac's Calendar App
    [*]How to Quickly Resize Images on Your Mac Using an Automator Service
    [*]How to Float Notes Over Application Windows in macOS
    [*]How to Make Web Pages in Safari for Mac Easier to Read
    [*]How to Control the Behavior of Screenshot Shortcuts in macOS
    [*]How to Convert Several Images into a Single PDF Using Preview
    [*]How to Set Up Out-of-Office Replies in Apple Mail and iCloud Mail

    [*]How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud
    [*]How to Share Files Stored in Your iCloud Drive
    Hidden Tricks

    [*]How to Use Text Clippings in macOS
    [*]How to Electronically Sign a PDF Using Preview on Mac
    [*]How to Hide and Remove System Preference Panes in macOS
    [*]How to Snap Back to Your Search Results When Browsing in a Safari Tab
    Advanced Features

    [*]How to Pair an Apple Remote With an Apple TV or Mac
    [*]How to Get Unique Alerts for VIP Emails Received on Your Mac
    [*]How to Use Your Mac's Media Keys to Adjust Speaker Volume on a DisplayPort, HDMI, or Thunderbolt Monitor
    [*]How to Rebuild the Spotlight Index on Your Mac
    [*]How to Perform a Clean Installation of macOS 10.14 Mojave
    [*]How to Output Your Mac's Audio to Two Pairs of Headphones at the Same Time
    [*]How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock
    [*]How to Tame macOS Hot Corners Using Modifier Keys
    [*]How to Set Up a System-Wide Word Count Service on Your Mac
    [*]How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature
    [*]How to Reset Your Mac's Bluetooth Module to Fix Connection Issues
    [*]How to Update macOS Using a Simple Terminal Command
    Mac App Recommendations

    Every few months we do a video series where we recommend a useful selection of Mac apps, and these articles are worth checking out if you're looking for great Mac apps for your new Mac.

    [*]Five Essential Apps for Your Mac - January 2018
    [*]Five Great Apps for Your Mac - February 2018
    [*]Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - March 2018
    [*]Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - April 2018
    [*]Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - May 2018
    [*]Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - June 2018
    [*]Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - August 2018
    [*]Five Interesting Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - November 2018
    Tips and Tricks Videos

    More Info

    Know other great Mac-related tips and tricks that MacRumors readers should be aware of? Let us know in the comments.

    For more details on Apple's newest 2018 Macs, check out our roundups: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini.

    Article Link: Guides, How Tos, and Tips for New Mac Owners
  2. macaco74 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2008
  3. Shiro_Simba Suspended


    Sep 28, 2018
  4. doctor-don, Dec 26, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 27, 2018

    doctor-don macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2008
    Georgia USA
    Just had to download Logitech software to use my Marathon Mouse (M705, wireless) with my new Mac mini (2018) because the MacOS has a built-in restriction on such a mouse (keyboard, too, probably). It was working fine at first, but then started being unresponsive and erratic. Now it's fine, hopefully to stay that way.

    And I am using my 23 inch Apple Cinema Display with it.
  5. rob hill macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2018
    Great article guys. Any chance of an icon on the home page straight to these hints and tips? Might need them in the future and would be nice to be able to find them quickly....
  6. scottinlexky macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2016
    I am having the same issue. I love my M705, and can't configure it on Mojave at all, and its pissing me off to no end. I'd love to know how to bypass this, since it works fine in High Sierra
  7. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    I could have saved a dozen hours fighting with the photos app if there was a good tutorial. My dates were really messed up. Here is what I learned:

    1. Command line perl program exiftool is your best friend
    2. Exiftool’s website forum is your second best friend to find help
    3. Photos likes to use the exif meta tag Original Date Created
    4. If you’ve been using file folders on your windows machine to store images (for instance by date) you might want to consider importing the photos by keeping photos in the original folders. Let the database create links to the photos.
    5. If you have photos that you scanned or a really old camera that didn’t do exif metadata correctly, see #1 and #2 above
    6. If you have photos that you scanned or a really old camera that didn’t do exif metadata set the exif originaldatetime setting, or in some cases set the picture’s originaldatetime to the modified date. Learn what pictures have what dates and where with the exiftools.
    7. You can drag and drop the full directory and/or filename into terminal to use exiftool
  8. MsQueen macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I need that blue desktop background like yesterday!
  9. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
  10. Manzanito macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2010
    As always with these things, great job. Thank you!
  11. Martyimac macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    Like the other poster said, download the Logitech Unifying software for your M705. Here is the link for the download page.
    Good luck.
  12. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.

    There's only one reason I could think of to use (this) a mouse, (cheap)price, other than that I can't even get it why you're not using an Apple Magic trackpad, it's so much better than a mouse.
    What a mouse can't do:
    Double click with 2 fingers
    .... lots more....

    Not only that, a trackpad is also better for your hand, it's more ergonomic.
  13. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    You’re not kidding. I just bought my first trackpad for real daily use, a magic trackpad 2. Wow. Amazing. I’ve spent the past 2 days re-dating scanned photos and dragging them into Photos. I used the trackpad which works very well. We had the original trackpad for a mac mini used for movies and it was horrible. I’ve used a trackpad on my old dell inspiron as a secondary machine and it was usable, but not my favorite. This trackpad is very usable and helps my wrist not be sore after several hours of continuous use. I got it on ebay for $100 shipped but it was pretty much brand new. As a person that doesn’t like trackpads and has hung onto my 15 plus year old dell mouse and keyboard I can heartily recommend the magic trackpad 2 (mine is even space grey!).
  14. justperry, Dec 27, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 27, 2018

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I forgot one major one, swiping spaces.

    Glad you're happy with it, only one drawback, they are not cheap.
  15. truettray macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2012
    Right? It reminds me so much of the old blue Panther and Lion default wallpapers.
  16. theheadguy macrumors 65816

    Apr 26, 2005
    14 comments on an extremely helpful and well thought out front page post from yesterday shows what a sad state the mac lineup is in.
  17. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
  18. transpo1 macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    You failed to mention that Apple released TWO updates to the MacBook Pro line in 2018. The July upgrade and the silent November upgrade that pissed off a ton of longtime customers.
  19. scottinlexky macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2016
    i have a magic trackpad, and it's a bitch to edit photos and videos with.
  20. doctor-don, Dec 28, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018

    doctor-don macrumors 65816

    Dec 26, 2008
    Georgia USA
    Anyone know the secret to having the AirPods show up in the System Preferences > Sound > Output with the Mac mini 2018?
    Bluetooth is ON but Now discoverable as indicates it is connected to my former computer, not my current new mini.
    Don't download Logitech Options - waste of time because it's PROBABLY not what you need to get the mouse to work. Instead download the Logitech Control Center - if you haven't already done that. Followed the steps to install and restart. It took a while to establish the connection, but my M705 functions without the wonky erratic pointer now - with one exception: the pointer gets HUGE if the mouse is moved back and forth quickly.

    As for a trackpad - no thanks. Imprecise for editing pixels in photos.
  21. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    The 1 or 2?
  22. scottinlexky macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2016
    i think I have the 1. i still couldn't get LCC to work, but it works fine with steermouse.
  23. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    Excellent, helpful guide for Mac beginners!
  24. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    I had the magic trackpad 1 and it was awful. I gave it away. It took a ton of effort just to click. My magic trackpad 2 is a completely different animal. It is fully electronic, bigger, and much more ergonomic.
  25. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    We are shifting things around so guides and these sort of “mega” guides will be easier to find.

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