Ideas That Will Improve Efficiency Using a MacBook

Getting a new MacBook also means having to familiarize yourself with a new UI and other computer elements, especially if you have switched from Windows to macOS. For some, the adjustment period can be natural because they have the time.

However, that is not the case for other people because they will use a Mac for work, meaning that they need to be efficient while using it.

Luckily, there are ways to increase the speed at which you learn to be more efficient with your Macbook. And those ways are mentioned below.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Start by memorizing relevant keyboard shortcuts. The combinations are different from what you have used before on Windows. The list of every macOS keyboard shortcut is available on the official Apple support site. However, the number of these shortcuts could be a bit overwhelming at first.

Pick the ones you feel are necessary the most. For example, if you have a habit of switching tabs constantly, you will need to use Command + Tab. Those who need to take and share screenshots will have to use Command + Shift + 4 and Command + Shift + 3

Proper Applications

One of the best MacBook features is its built-in tool kit. Applications like Spotlight let users do calculations, convert units and set up a hub that shows you the latest events (an alternative to reading news sites). 

You can also record the laptop’s screen and send videos to your coworkers when it is time to give them instructions or share problems you encounter at work. 

Of course, you do not have to rely just on the built-in tools. There is a plethora of neat applications on the official App Store as well as third-party websites. If you find an app that you believe will improve your efficiency on a MacBook, do not hesitate and give it a try.

Browser Extensions

Similar to macOS applications, you should also consider certain internet browser extensions. However, keep in mind that cluttering the browser with more extensions than it can handle will result in poor overall performance.

An ad blocker is probably one of the extensions that stand out a lot. If you encounter annoying and aggressive advertisements, eliminate them by using an ad blocker extension on your internet browser.

A VPN extension could also be worth considering. In fact, some browsers, like Opera, come with a built-in virtual private network that gives you access to geo-restricted content.

Lastly, as you can expect, different browsers have different extensions. If you cannot find an extension on the browser you are using, consider switching to an alternative browser and trying your luck on that.

Dictation

dictation on Macbook

The dictation feature may seem like a bothersome thing to deal with, but it can come in quite handy in certain situations. For example, you might have too many documents in your hands and no scanner to get the text on the computer. Typing endless paragraphs would be a chore, right?

Well, this is where the dictation feature comes in. Instead of overworking your fingers and typing the text yourself, you can read it out loud and see how the letters appear on the computer’s screen. 

Notification Disabling

Just like your smartphone notifications, MacBook notifications might also bombard you with annoying pop-ups and reminders about installing software updates. A notification is quite disruptive, and you should limit them as much as possible.

Go to your MacBook’s notification center and enable the “Do Not Disturb” option or work on separate apps to disable notifications from them. 

Computer Maintenance

MacBooks are quite reliable as far as their performance goes. However, do not expect to have an optimally running computer if you neglect to take proper care of it.

For starters, make sure to keep tabs on potential malware and other cybersecurity threats. Install reliable antivirus and run custom scans regularly to confirm that the system is malware-free.

The dust inside the laptop could also become a problem. Too much filth that accumulates over time will lead to overheating and loud internal fan noises. If you do not wish to risk taking the MacBook apart yourself to clean it, have someone with experience do the work for you.

Lastly, drive space. Pay attention to the total disk storage and try to have at least 10 percent of disk space free. Less than that will result in a poor Mac performance.

Remove old apps, downloads, and other files you no longer need. Temporary storage could also be one of the primary reasons behind cluttering the MacBook’s drive. Look for more information and familiarize yourself with app caches, extensions, plugins, system backups, and other temporary junk data.

Music

Music on Macbook

The last bit of advice in this article is to listen to music. Your day will go by faster if you have nice tunes playing in the background. And so long as they do not get in the way of your work, you should notice that the workflow is smoother than usual when you can enjoy music.

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