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:
- find file by prepending
- see matching bookmark results
- clipboard history (
- text expander: insert frequently used snippets through a keyword
- web search:
gmp: Google Maps
drv: Google Drive
weather: Weather forecast
Workflows (premium) Despite the rather high price tag, I think that it’s a worthy investment:
- Bitwarden: simply type
.bwto access and copy credentials. Very useful for programs outside the browser.
- **Spotify: **I use it mainly to choose music, but you can also add songs to playlists etc. I set up a separate shortcut for spotify context (
- Google: get search suggestions:
os: search markdown files
odi: append to daily note
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.
You can set up your own shortcuts in the settings under
Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> App Shortcuts. I use these frequently:
Cmd+Shift+i: Move screen to iPad
Cmd+Shift+o: Share via AirDrop
Other useful system shortcuts include:
Cmd+Opt+h: Hide all other apps
Cmd+o: Open file
Cmd+t: Open tab
Cmd+Opt+w: Close all windows
Shift+Cmd+5: Take screenshot or make recording,
+3for whole screen,
Opt+Sound: Open sound settings
Opt+double-click: Open the item in a separate window, then close the original window.
Opt+drag: Copy the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item.
Cmd+dragto another volume: Move the dragged item to the other volume, instead of copying it.
Opt+Cmdwhile dragging: Make an alias of the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item.
Cmd + Shift + .: Show hidden files
Cmd+d: Duplicate selected files
Shift+Cmd+o: Open documents
Alt+Cmd+l: Open downloads