Alex Kaloostian

Apple Certified Master Trainer | Systems Integrator | Video Editor | Motion Graphics Artist

New year’s resolution – save time on your Mac

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I’m making a resolution to do things more efficiently on my Mac, even if it means forcefully un-learning years of bad habits. And the best way I can think of is by embracing Spotlight.

Most people, by now, know that you can use Spotlight to search for content, on your Mac or even on the internet. And that Yosemite features a greatly enhanced Spotlight that can also search media and other types of information, thanks to Bing integration. (Yes, Bing!)

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But did you know it can also perform very quick conversions, math, and even currency calculations?

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Cool. But that’s not really what I’m here to talk about today, that’s not what will REALLY save you time on your Mac. You see, if you use your Mac a lot, like I do, and you use a lot of apps, you might get a bit frustrated, trying to remember where they are. That’s because Apple puts some apps in the Applications folder of course, but some others in the Utilities folder. But that’s not all! Apple has decided, in their infinite wisdom, to scatter other utilities all over the place, including the System folder, and sometimes 5 levels deep.

Take the Network Utility, for instance. It’s a utility I use ALL the time to troubleshoot network issues and gauge performance. So why did Apple move it? I have absolutely no idea, but where it once lived happy in /Applications/Utilities, it is now buried in /System/Library/Core Services/Applications, in a locked file cabinet, behind a sign reading “BEWARE OF TIGER”.

But so what? Forget about using the Dock. Forget about the Go menu, forget about keyboard shortcuts. Just use Spotlight. A quick Command-spacebar, type a couple letters, and bing! your app will appear instantly. You don’t even need to double-click, just press return and it will launch.

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This one tiny trick (insurance companies hate her!) will save you several seconds, each and every time you launch an app, and trust me, it adds up.

Happy New Year and happy searching!

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Author: alexkaloostian

I'm a video editor, motion graphics designer and Mac IT consultant in the Boston area.

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