It has been the case for years that with every new release, Apple's OS X gets a never-seen-before enhancement. While more renowned features get instant popularity, the lesser known but equally effective ones remain hidden-until you discover them out of nowhere!
It’s been quite a while since OS X was launched with many renowned features after months of speculations. We have rounded up some of the craziest tricks which you would want to know. All geared up to explore, which they are? Let's dive in to find them!
Amazing Tricks for OS X Yosemite
#1. Use Dark Mode in Mac OS X Yosemite
You can turn your Mac into dark mode while working in rooms with poor light or dim areas. The dark mode will make it easy to look at your Mac. To do this, click on Apple Icon from left corner of Menu Bar → System Preferences → click on General → Check the box which is next to “Use dark menu bar and Dock. That's it!
#2. Change Safari Search Engine in Mac OS X Yosemite
DuckDuckGo is a private search engine found both in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. If privacy is what you are looking for while browsing on web and just doesn't like to be tracked, then it is the way to go.
Set it as your default search engine and it will work best to keep your privacy intact.
Launch Safari → select Safari from menu bar → click on Preferences → Select Search → click on DuckDuckGo under the Search engine popup menu.
#3. Using 3D Flyover Tour in Maps App
The 3D Flyover Tour in Maps app in OS X Yosemite provides you the enviable experience of an automated aerial tour of landmarks your favourite city. It is available in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Initially, it was started with only a few cities but Apple has added as many as 90 famous cities of the world.
Open Maps app → Switch to Satellite Mode on the top right corner → Enter the name of the city you want to fly over → Select Show Labels from Show from the bottom left corner → Click on the city name → Click on Flyover Tour
#4. Show All Tabs
You may be opening hundreds of tabs in a day and would want to manage them in a more structured manner for better convenience. “Show all tabs” icon (top right corner) in Safari in OS X Yosemite organizes your tabs in an organized way in accordance their source and so that you can easily find them.
For example, all the tabs you have opened from iGeeksblog.com will be listed separately and so will from others. All stacked up on top of one another respectively!
#5. Sign Your Signature Digitally on Documents In Preview App
Get rid of the lengthy process of scanning your signature! OS X Yosemite allows you to sign documents with the use of Mac Trackpad in Preview app with much ease.
Though the preview app could allow you to sign documents digitally before, you had to sign on a piece of paper and then scan with Mac's front-facing camera in order to digitize it. It was somewhat lengthy. Here is a detailed guide on how you can digitally sign your signature on documents in Preview app in OS X Yosemite.
#6. Use Command Key To Rearrange Menu bar Icons
You can rearrange menu bar icons as you wish. Just hold down on Command button on your keyboard and drag and drop them wherever you desire.
At the same time, you can get rid of the menu bar icons which you don't want. Just hold down on Command button-click and drag the menubar icons off menu bar. They will be disappeared!
Just in case, if want the menu bar icons which you have removed, open System Preferences app → find the relevant preference pane and click on “Show In Menubar.”
#7. Access Calculator and Currency Converter from Spotlight
Spotlight has packed in with a great many features. You can now use it as calculator as well as a currency converter. You can convert dollars to euros, pounds to kilograms, feet to meters etc.
Click on the Spotlight Search icon from the top right corner of the Status Bar (or Command + Space) to bring it and enter the units or currency you want to convert to anything. It will instantly present you the result. It’s never been as easy as it is with it. That's for sure!
At times, you would like to do some experiments with the looks of your Mac. Well, if you are fond of the same, it is time to get it started on the right note.
You no longer need to go to System Preferences in order to reposition Dock on your desired screen. It has got a lot easier now. Simply, go to Dock's divider on the right side, hold down the swift key and drag it wherever you want on your Mac screen.
#9. Record iOS Device Screen
QuickTime on OS X Yosemite lets you record the screen of your iPhone and iPad. Though you could do so previously, it was done through a third party product and AirPlay. Here is a detailed guide to record your iPhoe or iPad screen on Mac easily.
#10. Share Screen In Messages App
You can share the Message screen with anyone you want to. Besides being absolute fun, it can be a pretty handy stuff to do. Launch Messages app → Click Details in conversation thread → Click on Invite to share my screen or Ask to share my screen from share screen option.
Do you know more tricks? Let us know in the comments below.