Previously, I wrote an article about Mac tips for working faster. Today, I want to show you three of them. Some readers commented that they had trouble understanding a couple of the tips, especially the file path autocomplete feature, so I made a video to show them off! (The play button is a little hard to see above, but it's there). If you're at a place where watching video isn't possible, all of the tips in the video are also explained below.
Spotlight is the veins that connect your Mac together. Press Command + Space to open Spotlight, then type any program name and hit Return. The program will instantly open without having to find it in your dock or in your applications folder.
Spotlight can also find and open files and folders. This saves you a few steps compared to opening Finder, clicking the search bar, then searching.
One killer feature that is probably very underutilised is the math functionality. Type in 95F and it will convert it to Celsius for you. Type $10 and it will convert it to Euros. Type 100 + 100 and it will tell you 200. You can even do more advanced math with perens: (2/3) + 50 / 10 will give you 5.66666 and 2 / (3 + 50) / 10 will give you 0.00377.
You can even search "pizza" and it will tell you nearby restaurants that serve pizza.
I should make an entire episode about Spotlight, really.
File Path Autocomplete
When saving a file, you can drag a file or folder from a separate window into the save dialogue box to automatically navigate to that folder or file. If you drag a file, it will also fill in the name of the file so you can easily version out files without having to type the filename in multiple times.
Better Snap Tool
This little $1.99 app (available in the App Store here) is a game-changer for Mac users. Especially those who are used to Windows's superior window management. With the app installed, you can quickly make any window full screen, half screen (top, bottom, left, or right half), third screen, and so much more. Each function can be set to a hot zone or a keyboard shortcut.
My preference is to have drag-to-top make the window fullscreen and command + up/down/left/right make the window fill that half of the screen. This workflow makes copying files between two locations much cleaner. Or if you have Chrome on one half of the screen and a text document or something on the other half.
If you found any of these tips helpful, send them to your Apple fanboy friends! They'll appreciate the pro tips and will regard you as an upstanding friend/coworker.
Update: as requested, here is the wallpaper I use on my desktop. I did not take the photo, but I did apply the color correction to make it look so undeniably breathtaking. Click the image below to get the full resolution version. Thank you Imgur for hosting!