Celebrating Apple: Our Top Mac Hacks Revealed!

Happy Apple II Day! 

On this day in 1977, Apple II was released. This home computer came in two forms. You could buy it fully functional, including a monitor (in color!), power supply, keyboard, and protective case. Your other option was to purchase only the circuit board, giving techies the ability and joy of building the computer yourself. Operating on basic programming, it was possible to build your own applications on your Apple II. Today, it seems almost a premonition of what was to come in the future…

Apple II became extremely popular. Its spreadsheet program gave its owners the new privilege of not having to lug around ledgers. Over the next decade, Apple II would continue to evolve and improve, making its way into educational facilities nationwide and expanding the capabilities of the modern computer. This began the Apple phenomena

As Peoria’s only Apple Authorized Service Provider, we at Heart are huge Apple enthusiasts. As our way of celebrating Apple on this historic day, we’re sharing our favorite Mac hacks for your personal use and happiness. Enjoy!

Heart’s Top 10 Mac Hacks

  1. The quickest way to put a file in the trash can (because dragging files to the icon can be such a pain): Command + Delete. It’s that simple.MacHack1
  2. Seeing your computer screen outdoors on a sunny day can be a bit challenging, but inverting your screen colors can make it easier! Click Control + Option + Command + 8 to toggle between standard and inverted colors.MacHack2
    NOTE: that this feature is by default disabled on Mountain Lion, so you’ll have to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility>Invert Colors (check box).
  3. Is your Mac running slow?  Click on the magnifying glass in the top corner of the screen, then type “terminal” and hit Enter. Type “purge” into the command line and hit enter to clear up 500MB+ of memory.MacHack3
  4. Do you ever struggle with finding the perfect volume to output on your computer? Macs increase and decrease levels more precisely if you hold Shift + Option when clicking the volume up/down buttons. This trick also works for screen brightness.MacHack4
  5. There’s nothing more awkward than the loud boom! that comes with having to restart your computer in a quiet place. Thankfully, you can restart your Mac sans noise by holding the mute button down while restarting. Crisis averted!
  6. Did you know you can virtually sign documents in Preview without a scanner? Open the PDF document you want to sign, click “Annotate” from the menu options, and then click Manage Signatures. Choose the first option. Sign a piece of paper, then hold it up to your web camera while Preview snaps a photo. It’ll then detect the signature and allow you to add it to your document.MacHack6
  7. Want to type in emojis? Control + Command + Space Bar lets you do just that in supporting platforms.MacHack7
  8. Help those less tech-savvy without leaving your desk! Record your screen and save it to send to Mom when she can’t figure out how to copy and paste into an e-mail. Select “New Screen Recording” in Quicktime, hit record, and either select an area of your screen, or the whole thing. When you’re done, hit the stop icon in the taskbar and Quicktime will auto-output a video file for you.
  9. Want to quickly go from one program to the next? Hold down Command + Tab to see all open programs. Hit Tab to select the next program to the right (Shift + Command + Tab for programs to the left), and wherever you land will bring that program to the front!MacHack9
  10. One of the most helpful tools is the print screen option. Command + Shift + 3 will take a screen shot of your entire window, while Command + Shift + 4 allows you to select only part of the screen to save as an image.Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.04.13 PMScreen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.04.05 PM