10 Productivity Tips For El Capitan

10 Productivity Tips For El Capitan

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Mac OS X El Capitan: 10 Productivity Tips – InformationWeek In any operating system there are the big features, like how to find a file and launch an application, and then there are little features, like how to change the color of a menu bar. The funny thing is, sometimes the features that seem little can have a huge impact on productivity.

Apple’s Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of them, like two-factor authentication for iCloud accounts, could come into conflict with existing enterprise security protocols. Many others, though, can be used by any employee given Mac OS X 10.11 and its variants.

Some of the tips we’re sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. There are certain applications that I kept out of consideration. Mail, for example, is an acceptable email client, but most businesses standardize on a mail client for their employees. Unless your company is Macintosh-only, your email standard will likely be something other than Apple’s offering.

There are those who will say that many of El Cap’s improvements merely mirror features that Windows already had in place. These observers may be right. But that really doesn’t matter when the people on your team now have the opportunity to be more productive and less frustrated with their computers. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.

There are those who will say that many of El Cap’s improvements merely mirror features that Windows already had in place. These observers may be right. But that really doesn’t matter when the people on your team now have the opportunity to be more productive and less frustrated with their computers. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.
Of course, one person’s productivity tip is another person’s cumbersome distraction. I’d love to know your best productivity tips. Has El Capitan made a big difference in your ability to get work done? Have I missed a feature that has made a bigger difference for you? Let me know in the comments section below — and I’ll be on the lookout for even more productivity tips to share.

Ninja Menu bars

Launch System Preferences>General and choose ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’. In future you won’t see a menu bar until you glide your cursor to the top of the screen.

Split view

Split view is really useful for working on documents, the only drag being key apps like Office 2011 don’t support it (you need to get Office 2016). To enter Split view just hold down the green traffic light button at the upper-left corner of a window, the window will shrink and you can drag it to either the left or right side of the screen. Release the button and you can select another window to populate the other side of the screen.

Faster Photos

You can improve Photos app performance by turning off the motion effects in the application. Launch Photos, select General in preferences and choose Motion: Reduce motion and toggle the feature off. (Thanks to OS X Daily).

Search better

Need to search Amazon for an item? Looking for a specific page on any site? Simply type search [location] and [item or headline] and Safari will offer you the capacity to search the relevant site for what you seek – no Google required.

Share files fast

If you run AirDrop on your Mac and use an iPhone 5 or later you can quickly chuck files from your Mac to your smartphone using AirDrop. Open Control Center on your phone, then control click on the file you wish to transfer on your Mac, choose Share and then select AirDrop.

Give tabs a little closure

If you use multiple Macs and iOS devices then you should already be familiar with this great feature, and if you’re not then you should be. In Safari click on the icon to the top right that looks like two squares one above the other. You’ll see a view of all your currently open windows, scroll down and you will see what browser windows are open on all the Macs and iOS devices signed into that iCloud account. That’s useful to help you find pages you opened elsewhere, but if you hover over a page and then click the small circled X that appears you can close the pages remotely.

F3

Press F3 to enter Mission Control’s Expose mode. When you do you’ll see minimized views of all your open documents so you can quickly navigate between them.

Quick Look

If you use Quick Look to check file contents before launching its app then you might also enjoy this tip to explore multiple files. Select a bunch of files in Finder and then select Option-spacebar. One of the files will show up in QuickLook view in a black window, but select the circular control with four squares inside and you’ll be able to check all the files you’d previously selected, all without opening an app.

Finder

Sick of new Finder windows opening in All My Files view? Take control in Finder Preferences>General where you can choose something else in the New Finder windows show menu.

 

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