MacBook: Top 9 Secret Features You Need to Know

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The Macbook is one of the most well-known and popular notebook computers. However, despite its long-standing popularity, there are still some secrets about MacBooks that most people don’t know. Here, we present our list of the top nine secret MacBook features you need to know. Well, what are you waiting for? Check the list out for yourself below!

Number Nine: Get an Emoji Keyboard

Just because it’s a computer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to take advantage of Emojis, right? To access the Emoji keyboard, hit Command + Control + Space.

Number Eight: Invert Screen Colors

By hitting Command + Option + Control + 8, you’ll be able to invert the colors of whatever is on your screen. This is especially useful if you’re in the dark and want to decrease the brightness without changing the brightness level of the screen itself. Before typing the shortcut, make sure to go to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Accessibility and check off the “Invert colors” box.

Number Seven: Special Character Shortcut

If you’re writing about Beyonce and are sick of leaving off the accent or copying and pasting every time you mention here name, there’s an easy shortcut to access special characters. Just type the letter you want the accent to be over/under/on and hold it down. After a few seconds, a window will pop up above the letter giving you available options. You’re welcome.

Number Six: Silent Startup

If you’re in a pretentious coffee shop, any extra noise you make can draw negative attention to yourself. Avoid this by starting up your MacBook without that annoying startup tone. To silently start up your MacBook, hit the power button and hold down the F10 key.

Number Five: Use a Signature to Make Things Personal

If you want to add a handwritten signature to a document, you can do it without awkwardly using the touchpad to write a bastardized, kindergarten version of it. Open Preview, go to Preferences > Signatures, and select “Create Signature.” Sign a piece of white paper and hold it up to the camera. It’s that simple!

Number Four: Tab Through an Online Form the Right Way

Many people hit “tab” when filling out online forms to easily navigate them without having to use a mouse; however, things get messy when you have to tab through items that have drop-down boxes. To allow your computer to access these boxes without skipping them, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, and choose “All Controls” under “Full Keyboard Access.”

Number Three: Use MacBook Spotlight as an Impromptu Calculator

If you’re working on something and don’t have time to check the calculator on your phone, just use Spotlight! Hit Command + Space, and then you can perform all sorts of basic calculations right there.

Number Two: Record Video on Your MacBook Screen

If you want to record yourself typing on your screen, you don’t have to do it from a separate device. Your MacBook will do it for you! Go to Quicktime, select “New Screen Recording,” hit record, and select the part of your screen you want to be recorded.

Number One: Avoid Everybody With Do Not Disturb

Not in the mood for notifications? You can turn them off by selecting “Do Not Disturb” in the notification sidebar. It will block all notifications from popping up until the next day. Thanks for reading!

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