OSX is a beautiful operating system that can be a pleasure to work inside of. Here, I have assembled eight of my favorite tips for working faster and more efficiently. If you adopt these, you'll start working like a pro in no time. Feel free to tell me your favorite tips in the comments!
A lot of people ignore Spotlight entirely, but you should be using it all the time. To start, press command + spacebar to open Spotlight. Now you can search for any program and press return and instantly open the program. If you're a heavy Dock user, I feel ya. You might like having all those icons down there, ready for you. But what happens when you want to open a program you don’t recently use? Do you open Finder, go to Applications, hunt the program down, then open it? You shouldn’t. Just open Spotlight and type the first few letter of the program and BOOM, you're running Photoshop like a pro.
Bonus: Spotlight can understand basic math equations. Go ahead and try!
Copy File Path to an Open/Save Dialogue
If you're saving or opening a file from a different location than last time, it will usually automatically start you there. But if you have a Finder window open, you can drag a file from there into the Open/Save window and it will instantly navigate to that location. This is a huge time saver.
Resize a Window from the Center
Hold option before or after clicking the corner of a window to change the resizing from corner-anchored to center-anchored. This works great for when you want to make a little window larger without having to then reposition it after resizing.
Screenshots for Any Occasion
command + shift + 3 takes a screenshot of your entire desktop (including external monitors).
command + shift + 4 gives you crosshairs for a rectangular snippet. While holding the left mouse button down during sizing, you can hold the space bar to reposition the box. This lets you get a lot more precise with your captures. Additionally, hitting the right mouse button or escape during any of this will cancel the action altogether.
command + shift + 4 + space will highlight whichever window your mouse is over. Click to take the snapshot. These images are nice because they capture the window with a nice drop shadow included.
Hide Icons in the Menu Bar
This is a more obvious one, but many of the icons in the upper right can be hidden by going to their respective page in System Preferences and unchecking “Show Item in menu bar.” Even quicker, though, you can hold command and simply drag the icons right out of there and into oblivion. For third-party plugins, this usually doesn't work.
Quiet Volume Adjustment
Holding shift while adjusting the volume will mute the clicking noise that happens when you normally adjust the volume. This comes in handy during meetings or while listening to music with others.
Incremental Volume Adjustment
If for some reason you need to adjust the volume just slightly on your mac, hold both shift and option then hit the volume keys. This allows you to break each volume block into fourths.
Minimize and Maximize Windows Slowly
This is a silly one, but you can impress your friends with it. When minimizing a window, hold down shift to make it move reeeeaaaaal slow.