Adrian Stobbe

Tools and shortcuts for MacOS

2 minutes (482 words)
Table of contents

After many years of Windows, I switched to MacOS this year - with no regrets. Besides the big plus of being UNIX-based, I got to appreciate the user-friendliness and smooth integrations with the iPad. My favourites are using the iPad as an external sreen, Airdrop, signing documents and continuity.

But the system switch, also made me find new ways to interact with it. In the following I want to show a few tools and shortcuts that optimize my workflow on the Mac:



An OSS window management tool. I use it to split windows and move them between displays with shortcuts.


Besides Apples Spotlight, it provides great features like:

Workflows (premium) Despite the rather high price tag, I think that it’s a worthy investment:


An OSS tool to control the brightness of external monitors using the native keyboard keys or automatic brightness using the dim-sensor.


An OSS tool to declutter the menubar. It lets you hide a desired portion of the menubar icons on a hotkey. Great for focus :)

As you see, I am an advocate of Open-Source tools, and there is a great compilation on Github. I also like this plugin to open vscode inside the Finder.

πŸ”—System shortcuts

You can set up your own shortcuts in the settings under Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> App Shortcuts. I use these frequently:

Other useful system shortcuts include:

I hope you found some useful new trick. If you have something to share that I missed, I'd be happy if you'd reach out on Twitter or via Email!

Tags: #Tech