When I made the leap to an iMac I knew it would be a new experience for sure. As I got going and the years went on, there were several things that I learned along the way and said to myself “I wish I knew that when I got started!” I have made a list of them below to help out anyone that has recently switched to a Mac or may be doing so in the future (bookmark this page).
There are many ways to take a screen-shot on a Mac but my favorite and the most flexible is done by holding down “command/apple key”, the “shift” key and the number “4″. Your cursor will turn to cross-hairs and now you can click anywhere on the screen and drag, creating a box. When you let go of the mouse button, the image is automatically saved to the desktop!
This program is great and has many functions, but if you are like me and have thousands of songs from years ago on your computer, there is one function of this app that really comes in handy. A lot of my songs were all mis-labeled or spelled wrong. This becomes a pain when searching for songs later on. With the Tune up application it runs right along side of iTunes and you can drag all of your songs into the main screen, it then looks up each song and comes back with suggestion and shows you the proper album, song and artist. Once you hit “save” it will then change the song name, artist, album and genre to the correct name and spelling. Sounds simple but it’s great when you have thousands of songs to go through!
This last one is an application that will convert .WMA or windows media files into Quick Time format so that you can easily view different video you come across on websites or one of your friends emailed you.
Syncing your Safari Bookmarks to your iPhone
- Start by plugging in your iPhone or iPod touch in to your Mac.
- Open up iTunes.
- Select your iPhone or iPod in the Devices section on the left-hand side of the iTunes menu. The right-hand side of the iTunes window displays settings tabs for the selected device.
- Select the
- Scroll down to the “
Web Browser"section on the Info tab.
- Check the box next to
"Sync Safari" bookmarks.
Now when you sync your iPod touch or iPhone with your Mac, the Safari bookmarks will be transferred.
Lock screen when I am away
There are a couple of ways to tell your Mac to require a password when you leave it. The easiest way for me is to set “Require password after sleep or screen saver begins” in the “Security” section of System Preferences. Here, you can also set a time limit so a password isn’t required right away, but only after 15 minutes for example.
These are just a few of the things that I love about my Mac now, I just can’t list all of my secrets! . If you are an iPhone user then you might also try out our top 10 free iPhone apps . You can also check our list of best iphone 4 gadgets .