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Mac Help

TIPS ARCHIVE

  • Tips 1 - 5
    • Spotlight
      • Use Spotlight Feature
        command
        space
        Find anything on your Mac with Spotlight!!! Press command+space to bring up Spotlight bar, then simply type what you are looking for, thats it! Need a document that has the word "Sparticus" in it? Want to change your desktop settings? Just type "Desktop" in the spotlight bar. Spotlight even does simple math. What's 345 / 13? Try Spotlight!
    • Print From Any App
      • Print from any App!!!
        command
        P
        Use this shortcut to bring up the print window from any active app! No need for clicking File->Print in the menu!
    • Send Files To The Trash
      • send files to the trash
        command
        delete
        Instead of dragging your files to the trash bin. Just highlight any files you want to delete and use this shortcut to automatically send them to the trash bin.
    • Change Volume Levels Silently
      • change volume level silently
        shift
        F12
        Hold shift while changing volume for silent mode.
    • View All Open Windows
      • view all open windows
        control
        Quickly see all your open windows with this shortcut. Press again to return to current active window. Swiping upwards with four fingers does the same! Go ahead, give it a try right now!

FIX-IT ARCHIVE

Apple Support

MacLife: How-To

Welcome Message

Welcome to the CHS Mac Help Page. Here we will try and make you more efficient with your CHS issued Mac, report any known Apple issues, and post instructions / screencasts to help you out with all the different software and thing-a-ma-jigs going on around Tino Land.

LEFT COLUMN: Tips Archive. Did you miss the Tips of the Month last month and now they are gone? No worries, the archive will have them all, so check them out when you have the time.

Also, the left column has a feed directly from Apple Support. Any important updates posted on Apple Support will get posted there!

RIGHT COLUMN: Every month, about five new tips will appear. You may know most of them, but Im sure we will post one or two that will blow your mind, so check back every month to see the new tricks!

FIX-IT: Mirror Display

Mirroring shows the same image on each display. If your displays are not the same (i.e. projector shows only your wallpaper) you may have an extended desktop instead.

mac mirror vs ext no bg.png
 

To change to mirror display, do the following:

  1. Make sure your additional display is properly connected and powered on.
  2. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
  3. From the View menu, choose Displays.
  4. Click the Arrangement tab. ​​

Note: This tab only appears if your second display is connected and powered ON

  1. Enable (check) "Mirror Displays" in the bottom-left corner.

In the example below. the blue boxes represent each display that is connected. The white bar at the top of both boxes represents your menu bar and is shown on both displays when they are showing the same information.

mirror_displays.png

When would I want an extended desktop?

An extended desktop is useful for showing two separate programs with the same machine. For instance, you could show a youtube video to your class via the projector, while entering grades, taking attendance, correcting assignments, etc. on your computer screen. See video below for example of extended desktop:

 

Learn these simple tips and become more efficient with your Mac! New tips every month!

Use Spotlight Feature
command
space
Find anything on your Mac with Spotlight!!! Press command+space to bring up Spotlight bar, then simply type what you are looking for, thats it! Need a document that has the word "Sparticus" in it? Want to change your desktop settings? Just type "Desktop" in the spotlight bar. Spotlight even does simple math. What's 345 / 13? Try Spotlight!
Print from any App!!!
command
P
Use this shortcut to bring up the print window from any active app! No need for clicking File->Print in the menu!
send files to the trash
command
delete
Instead of dragging your files to the trash bin. Just highlight any files you want to delete and use this shortcut to automatically send them to the trash bin. POOF! They're gone!
change volume level silently
shift
F12
Are you a ninja? Hold shift while changing volume for silent mode.
view all open windows
control
Quickly see all your open windows with this shortcut. Press again to return to current active window. Swiping upwards with four fingers does the same! Go ahead, give a try right now!