Got a new Mac? Your new Mac is incredible, easy to use, and powerful; however, you are responsible for maintaining its performance for the long term. If this is the first time you are using a Mac, then you need to learn new things about the operating system.
Let’s learn some of the common tasks that you will need to do in routine to enhance your productivity.
Run Windows on Mac
Surprised? But that’s true; you can run Windows on your new Mac by using the built-in Boot Camp utility. Using this feature, you can run Windows on Intel-based Macs and set up partitions. You can select to run any of the operating systems on your new Mac each time it starts.
However, you will have to install Boot Camp and Windows drivers to be able to start Windows or macOS on the system. This way, you can take advantage of both the operating systems on one single machine.
Defrag Not Required
Mac users often ask if They need to defrag their systems or this service is provided by Mac only. Well, you don’t have to bother about defragging your device as it is not required since macOS is based on the UNIX operating system. However, you can practice some other ways to improve your device performance and productivity, if required.
If you are installing the latest version of the Mac operating system, it automatically defrags the disk on finding any particular partitions. However, you can use third-party defrag software to defrag your Mac. Being a new Mac user, you must know that macOS automatically defrag the disk when your system is in an idle state.
Install & Remove Applications
Installing apps on macOS is simple. You only have to drag the download file and drop it down to the Applications folder. Though the process to install apps on Mac is different from that of Windows, you will become familiar with it once you start downloading the apps regularly.
Similar to Windows, it is quite simple to remove unneeded apps from Mac. All you need to do is select the file and then drag it to the Trash bin. Then, make sure to empty the Trash bin to delete the file completely from your system.
Quit Unresponsive and Crashed Files
If some of the apps or files on your Mac have become unresponsive and you are not able to use them anymore, it’s better to remove them from the system. Outmoded apps hamper the system performance and occupy considerable storage space on the hard drive. If you are not able to close the unresponsive app, you can Force Quit the same by picking it from the Dock.
Alternatively, select the application and press Command + Options + Esc to launch the Force Quit Applications window, highlight an application that you wish to close, and then tap on the Force Quit option.
Record Your Screen
You must know about the screenshot functionality that allows you to take an image of an entire or a portion of the screen. But a screenshot is not just enough when you need a clip of a presentation, an interview, or an online meeting session. The built-in QuickTime feature allows you to record the screen and save the clip in any desired location.
Open the Applications folder, tap QuickTime, click File, and then select the New Screen Recording option to start the recording. To save the video clip, swipe the video thumbnail to the right corner. You can also save the thumbnail to other locations such as a document, an email, the Finder window, etc.
Clean Other Storage
If you are trying to delete files to make more storage space on your Mac, but nothing seems to change, you need to visit Other Storage. All uncategorized files on your macOS system are stored under the Other Storage folder. You can delete cache files such as browser cache, user cache, and system cache that continue to build up and expand over time.
You will find files with different file formats, including system files, temporary files, PSD, DOC, PDF, etc., in the Other Storage folder. All the archives, plugins, extensions, disk images get accumulated in this folder, and you need to delete them regularly for making more storage on media.
Back Up Your Data Often
Apple’s built-in backup software, Time Machine, simplifies backup tasks as it keeps a snapshot of your Mac. You can restore data easily while moving to a new Mac using this backup utility. It works with external hard drives and helps you to get your data back in case you delete something accidentally or encounter a cybersecurity threat that removes files.
Time Machine backs up your entire data on an hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly basis. As long as the external drive is connected to your Mac, your Mac will be backed up consistently. It is an effective and powerful backup utility that keeps your data safe and secure at all times.
Knowing these points will help new users become familiar with the Mac system quickly and easily.