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Mac Experience 6 Key Things All New Mac Owners Should Know

Mac Experience 6 Key Things All New Mac Owners Should Know
Written by Abdul Shaikh

Experts estimate that Apple shipped 5.57 million computer units in the first quarter of 2021. That’s 48.6% more shipments compared to the first quarter of 2020. All in all, Apple had the most considerable growth of all computer makers, even beating Lenovo.

One reason for Apple’s sustained growth is the irrefutably luxurious Mac experience. There’s also the A.P.P.L.E Way of doing things, the company’s magic formula that compels consumers to buy Apple items.

While Apple computers are easy to use, there’s still a learning curve for new Mac owners. This is especially evident in folks who’ve been using non-Mac devices for a long time.

If you’re a first-time Mac user, don’t worry. We shared some of the top tips to help you get the most out of your Apple computer in this guide.

  1. Track Your Mac

As explained in https://setapp.com/how-to/mac-address-guide, you can find a lost Mac by using its MAC address. MAC stands for Media Access Control, and you can use it to geo-locate your Mac.

As a new Mac owner, though, it’s best to start with the activation of your device’s Find My service. It’s an app that allows you to track the location of a Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and even AirPods. By enabling it now, you can use it to find these Apple devices if they ever get misplaced, lost, or stolen.

Apple also recently updated the app, so it can now find compatible non-Apple devices, too. Some of these include specific e-bike models, wireless earbuds, and item finders.

To use the Find My app, you must first enable the location services on your Mac computer. You also need to log in to your Apple ID and iCloud account. After that, you can add your Mac to your Find My app’s list of trackable devices.

Once you’ve set up the Find My app, you can now use it to pinpoint where exactly your Mac is, even if it’s offline. You can find your device on the map embedded in the app. If you misplace or lose your Mac, sign in to your iCloud account from another device to access the Find My app.

  1. Sync Your Other Apple Devices

Did you know that you can copy text from an iPhone or an iPad and then paste it on the text editor of a synced Mac? You can even mirror an iPhone on the desktop of a cable-connected Mac! Syncing these devices also shares their contacts, iMessage, photos, videos, notes, and more.

Once you’re done syncing, you can then iMessage or FaceTime people straight from your Mac. All changes you make on the shared content will also reflect on all your synced Apple devices.

  1. Allow Siri To Help You Out

Siri is the first modern digital virtual assistant built into a smartphone. Apple introduced it back in 2011 as the voice-activated AI of the iPhone 4S. It wasn’t perfect, but it has come a long way since then, and you can now ask Siri to do more, including on your Mac.

Once you enable Siri on your Mac, you can ask your assistant to make a call, send a text, or search for something on the web. You can even ask Siri to launch an app, play music, or put your Mac to sleep. You can make all these requests using just your voice, without having to type anything.

One more thing: you can also ask Siri to help you locate your other Apple devices, so long as they’re in your Find My list. Simply say, “Hey Siri, where my iPhone?” or “Hey Siri, where’s my watch?”. If it’s nearby, Siri will offer to make your misplaced device sound out an alarm.

  1. Put the Spotlight on Spotlight

The Spotlight tool is pretty much like a Google search and taskbar built into your Mac. One of the key differences is that it lets you look up stuff not only online but also within your Mac. So, you can type in whatever you need to research online, or you can also use it to find files, launch apps, or open services.

Spotlight also lets you do basic math calculations or unit conversions. However, you can use it to launch the actual calculator app, too.

The easiest way to open Spotlight is with the keyboard shortcut Command () + space. This should open the search/taskbar on your desktop. You can then close it by switching tabs or hitting the escape button.

  1. Customize Your Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple lists over a hundred different keyboard shortcuts you can use on a Mac computer. These are all useful in helping you save time, but you can also create customized ones yourself.

To add a new keyboard shortcut, open Spotlight, and type in “keyboard” (without the quotation). After you hit enter, your Mac’s keyboard settings should show up. Select the Shortcuts tab, click App Shortcuts from the list, and hit the + button to create a new shortcut.

  1. Make Your Mac Announce the Time Aloud

The average American adult spends at least seven hours in front of digital screens. If your new Mac is your workhorse, you most likely spend that amount of time or even more staring at it. Work is work, but you need to take frequent breaks to at least let your eyes rest.

If you tend to get engrossed with work, though, it can be easy to forget about those breaks. To help you stay on top of them, as well as deadlines and schedules, you can make your Mac speak out the time. You can find this nifty time announcement feature on your Mac’s clock menu settings.

Launch System Preferences, then click the Dock & Menu Bar option. Scroll down the list and click on Clock. Place a checkmark on the “Announce the time” check box.

You can then choose to get the announcements on the hour, half-hour, or quarter-hour. You can even change the voice and use Karen’s, Moira’s, Daniel’s, Samantha’s, or Fred’s.

Level up Your Mac Experience With These Nifty Tips

As you can see, there’s a lot of neat tricks you can do on Apple computers, which can then help boost your Mac experience. So, be sure to try out as many of the tips we’ve listed in this guide. Start with the Find My app, as you need to enable it now to get it to work if you do ever lose or misplace your Mac.

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