We all know, when we are not happy with how things work we changed it. Sometimes it’s  about our behaviour towards something, sometimes we just need to learn more about it.

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I’ve found myself struggling with typing and using the trackpad of my Mac far too slow. It annoyed me that I couldn’t access folders quicker, or reply faster to emails, because of my lack of orientation when it comes to opening several programs at one time. Gross and terribly inefficient!!!
That’s why I want to share some useful skills with you; I use now to make my life easier + more efficient.

Word translation

Just select the word that needs to be translated, or you want to look up by pressing
ctrl + cmd + d (for dictionary)

 

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Organisation of your Inbox and your
mails

Some of them are already well-known, others have never been used and seemed quite useful for me. Have a look at these:

  • New message – command + N
  • Send message – command + shift + D
  • Forward message – command + shift + F
    (extremely helpful, when facing the fact how many emails we are forwarding every day!)
  • Flag a message – command+ shift + L
    (everyone who doesn’t want to disappear into chaos needs this shortcut!)
  • Reply all – command + shift + R
    (I don’t know how you are feeling, but I ALWAYS keep forgetting to reply to all, I respond to one instead – haha)
  • Mark as Junk Mail – command + shift + J 

Shortcuts for documents

I catch myself a lot of the time scrolling up and down, when changing sentences or words into a more bold/italic style or if I only want to underline a passage. This habit can be left behind with these helpful keyboard combinations:

  • turn boldfacing on/off or boldface a text –  command +B 
  • turn italics on/off or italise a text –  command + I
  • turn underlining on or off or underline a text  – command + U

 

50/50 Shortcuts

Half the people know about them, half don’t. After getting used to these shortcuts, I’ll never survive without them anymore!

  • Spotlight search – Command + space bar 

Searching for something quickly? Use spotlight!

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  • Quick look – space bar 

If you want to preview a picture select it and press space bar. It will appear simultaneously.

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  • Individually selected screenshot – Command + shift + 4

Very helpful, if the bigger picture is – in fact-  too big.

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