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most women of my generation, I can remember the first time a computer was
brought into my home. I was in junior high, and that desktop computer was set
up in the guest room, meant to be shared equally amongst the members of my
family. It was a Dell, and for the next two decades, I remained loyal to the
brand; mostly because it was all I knew.
problem was that as I entered adulthood and switched from a desktop to a
laptop, I faced the annoying issue of needing to replace my PC every two years or
so. My last PC purchase started getting bogged down with issues just two months
after I bought it, which was when I knew that the next time around, I was
finally going to make the plunge—I was going to convert to Mac.
had held off for longer than I probably should have, mostly because I don't
tend to consider myself especially tech-savvy, and I was afraid of the
inevitable transition. But when I finally had that Mac in my hands, it really
only took about two weeks for me to get comfortable with it.
But two years later, and I am still learning new things every day, often trying to
figure out the shortcuts for things I used to do on my PC. For instance:
Shift + 3 = Screenshot
Command + Esc = The Equivalent of Ctrl + Alt +
Del for a PC
FN + Delete = Deletes the character in front of your cursor (as a writer, I use this one
all the time—it's one of the first shortcuts I went out in search of when I
realized the delete button didn't function in the same way on my Mac as it did
on my PC. This shortcut gives that delete button the forward deleting
capability you might be looking for.)
recently I started wondering, what other Mac tricks exist that I may not yet
know about and that other moms might want to learn, too? So, I reached out to John
Massie, a 14-year tech professional (and a self-proclaimed
Mac junkie) for his insight.
shortcut launches the "Spotlight Search," which can pretty quickly and easily
bring you to just about anything you're looking for on your computer.
You can also use it to do some basic conversions (including currency) and math!
Want to widen
Option + Command + Spacebar
will open up the full Spotlight Search menu, which will allow you to use
filters in your search.
Hide the Porn
(Just kidding … maybe)
you're looking at something on your computer you wouldn't want your kids to
see. We'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume birthday presents (or,
you know … something slightly more naughty). What do you do if one of your
children then suddenly runs up behind you and jumps into your lap, demanding a
turn on your computer?
Command + H
this is your go-to savior in the world of Internet surfing as a mom. It will
hide whatever you're looking at, not to be found again until you go back in search of it. Promise.
Explore "hot corners"
you want to walk away from your computer, but you want to make sure it's secure
without putting it into sleep mode or shutting it down. "Hot Corners" is the
trick for you. When this is enabled, you can simply move your cursor to the
right hand side of your screen to prompt a password the next time you try to
To turn this feature on, click
on your Apple menu on the top left-hand side of your screen, then go to System
Preferences, Desktop and Screen
Saver, the Screen Saver tab, and
finally: Hot Corners.
There are a few other items you
can trigger there, so don't be afraid to explore!
Wondering about the right click?
Control + Clicking Your Trackpad
users are awfully fond of their right click menu, and for good reason—that
thing is helpful! But you can pull up the same menu on your Mac with this
shortcut. Or, you can go into your system preferences, click on mouse settings,
and enable two other right click options. On my current system, I can simply
click on the right hand side of my trackpad for the same old user experience.
that trackpad ...
to the trackpad can take some time for PC converts. Here are a few things you
should know about what that trackpad can accomplish:
· Try placing two fingers on your
trackpad to scroll up or down a webpage or document.
· Return to your previous page by
swiping two fingers across the trackpad from left to right.
· Use two fingers to pinch and zoom
(just like you would on your iPhone) to get a closer look at anything on your
· If you're in full screen mode and
want to get back to your desktop, just swipe with three fingers.
Make your own shortcuts
that's right—if none of these shortcuts suit your needs, or the keys don't seem
all that intuitive to you, you can make your own.
your Apple menu, then go to system preferences, the keyboard icon and
see a list of shortcuts there. A quick double click on the current shortcut
will allow you to change things up—not to mention, explore the possibilities
someone who is on her computer eight to 10 hours a day, I can honestly say that the
switch to a Mac was one of the best moves I've ever made (Apple had nothing to do with this post). John agrees,
explaining that he often encourages people to switch because of Apple customer
service, the life and longevity of Apple devices, the included applications,
the mobile productivity, and the improved ability to create. Plus, he told me the
systems themselves are simply more intuitive—he gets far fewer user questions
from Mac users than PC loyalists.