A guest points to a new MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino. (Image credit: Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)

25 essential tips and tricks for Mac owners

Apple has some new MacBook Pros. They're certainly expensive, and lots of professionals aren't thrilled with them, but when it comes down to it, they're great laptops for most people.

Regardless of what critics say, though, this is Apple. That means people are going to buy these things. And since these are the most significant refreshes to come to the Mac lineup in years, they're likely to reel in more than a few newcomers to macOS.

If you're one of these Mac newbies — or if you're just coming back from a long Windows vacation— we've rounded up 25 handy, not-totally-obvious tricks to help you get the most out of your new Mac platform.
1. The simplest, and most common, way to speed up your Mac usage is utilize Spotlight. Get there by hitting Command + Space, and you can quickly find files, open apps, search the web, and make system-wide searches.

1. The simplest, and most common, way to speed up your Mac usage is utilize Spotlight. Get there by hitting Command + Space, and you can quickly find files, open apps, search the web, and make system-wide searches.                                                                                                                                                Business Insider/Jeff Dunn

 

2. You can also use Spotlight as a calculator, or have it make currency conversions.

2. You can also use Spotlight as a calculator, or have it make currency conversions.                                                                                                                                                              Business Insider/Jeff Dunn

3. If you ever lose your mouse in a sea of windows onscreen, just shake it, and the cursor will automatically enlarge.

3. If you ever lose your mouse in a sea of windows onscreen, just shake it, and the cursor will automatically enlarge.                                                                                                                                                 Business Insider/Jeff Dunn

4. Inevitably your Mac will freeze up and force you to quit some apps. There's no "Ctrl Alt Delete" here — instead, you hit Command + Option + Escape to shut tasks down the hard way. This is a bit faster than right-clicking on each troublesome app yourself.

4. Inevitably your Mac will freeze up and force you to quit some apps. There's no "Ctrl Alt Delete" here — instead, you hit Command + Option + Escape to shut tasks down the hard way. This is a bit faster than right-clicking on each troublesome app yourself.                                                                                                                                                Business Insider/Jeff Dunn

5. You delete files on Mac by sending them to the Trash. Many people do this by manually dragging each file to the little Trash icon. If you want to go a little faster, though, just select a file, and hit Command + Delete.

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Source: uk.businessinsider.com