“In terms of the technology I use the most, it’s probably a tie between my Blackberry and my MacBook Pro laptop. That’s how I communicate with the rest of the world and how I handle all the business I have to handle.” –  John Legend 

MacBooks have billions of fans throughout the world. Be it an IT professional or a game enthusiast, MacBooks have turned out to be a great hit in the technological world. What makes it a more demanding world is the consistent arrival of new features and functionalities keeping you up with the user experience.

Currently, there are more than 100 million active MacBook users throughout the world who can’t get enough of this flawless machine. Where decade-old MacBook lovers are always there to act as its brand advocates, many tech-savvies are switching to MacBooks from Windows.

Although this journey brings you the best of two worlds while making it a worthwhile experience for you to cherish, yet the newbie MacBook owners need to learn a few hacks to ensure the best experience for you. If you are one of those who have recently purchased a MacBook and now want to learn all the basics of this swirling machine, then here is something for you.

How to disinfect MacBook’s trackpad, keyboard, and mouse? As the mentioned input devices are frequently touched and accessed, catching bacteria is quite common. It won’t be wrong to call them the hotbeds for germs. However, the cleaning process for a Windows or MacBook remains the same, but you may need to keep a check on the delicacy of the keyboard for the MacBook.

Practice regular disinfection of trackpad, keyboards, and mouse. Try to sterilize it whenever possible to keep yourself away from infection. This has turned out to be a mandatory factor after the COVID-19 waves have hit the world hard. Also, the trackpad and keyboard of the MacBook are sensitive enough to handle and clean. Thus, make sure to clean them effectively.

Learn desktop and app management effectively – When talking about apps and desktop management, there are a lot of factors to consider. It includes almost everything like – activating the spotlight for quick search, closing or switching to new apps, swapping apps, opening the advanced hot corners, hiding windows, switching to multiple desktops, and facilitating the cycle between the apps and windows. There are different functions and features for each functionality; all you need is to know the shortcuts and give it a try!

Do you know which MacBook you have? In a high majority of cases, people purchase MacBook to ease and maintain a style statement. Here, they tend to forget to check the configurations and blindly go for the latest version available in the market. However, MacBooks are never a poor deal to rely on, but at the same time, one must know the basics of the machine. Lack of knowledge about the MacBook you purchased recently makes the newbie MacBook owners find answers to how to check MacBook model or other configurations’. Start with finding out more about the MacBook models and their details. The different MacBook models are – MacBook Air, MacBook, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, iMac, etc. All of them come with a different set of features (generally the same, but you may end up seeing a slight difference in everyone).

Next comes figuring out the model number of the MacBook you are using. For this, you need to click on the Apple icon through the Menu Bar, go to the ‘About this Mac’ option, and view details. It reveals the machine’s vital information like the size of the screen, date of production, MacBook model number, etc.

How to manage files in a MacBook? – Managing the files in a MacBook seems to be a different experience than on a Windows laptop. But at the same time, it is not any rocket science that’s hard to conquer. All you need is to look through the open folders and manage them accordingly. Generally, managing the MacBook files includes – opening the folders, cleaning the desktop, processing the instant file deletion, and at last, creating an auto duplicating file. All of these functions require you to fetch knowledge about the commands and shortcuts, making these functionalities easier for you.

Learn the keyboard tricks – To stand out differently, you need to learn something extraordinary. Find out the alternate ways to control mouse clicks. MacBooks come with an option to control the mouse cursor using keyboard shortcuts. One can enable it using the accessibility option too. For this, click on the ‘Accessibility’ option under the Pointer Control. Now choose the ‘Alternate Control Method’ tab. Now comes turning on the ‘Enable Mouse Keys’ and selecting the toggle to switch on the ‘Mouse Keys.’ 

The other keyboard trick is to learn the quick access functionality using the key settings. This setting is all about pressing the function keys to activate the brightness, mission control, media playback, etc. You can check the corresponding Settings within the ‘System Preferences’ option to keep you going. Remember, it does not work on the Touch Bar Macs.

Notification bar – Do you want to know how to activate the DND feature quickly? It’s an important feature to learn about, especially when you are an IT professional who has to attend meetings while keeping your MacBook on mute most times. For this, hold the ‘Option’ key and go to the ‘Notification Center’ icon and activate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option. If you want to restore the settings, follow the same process. It will hardly take you seconds to activate it. You can customize the notification settings from the Preference option too.

The Last Word

Giving your machine usage experience a kick-start with something amazing is never possible without the help of a MacBook. From the exceptional functionalities to remarkable measures, there is a lot for which one should consider to have a MacBook. What ten folds your experience of enjoying this machine is the knowledge you attain before buying it.