Maximum features in macOS go undiscovered. Users utilize just the basic functions and don’t bother to explore. It is mostly out of laziness or lesser availability of time. So, to make sure that you use your Mac to its core, we performed the task and formulated this master guide to help you discover the undiscovered in macOS.

Cleaning Up System Preferences

System Preferences on the Mac is a centralized window, where you get all of your main settings. However, this menu has more useful items than useful ones. So, here is a quick way to clean up the menu and trash all the wasteful items.

Step 1: Start with the Apple menu at the top left of the screen and select “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Now, select “View” at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Choose “Customize” in the dropdown list of shortcuts.

Step 4: Here, unmark the menus you don’t need or want access to.

Find the Emojis

Mac has a collection of emojis on a separate virtual keyboard. You can easily access them from your Mac keyboard. You have to press Control + Command + Space together to access this emoji keyboard. Once you press these keys, the emoji picker will open up on the screen. You can use these emojis in applications, like Safari, Mail, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, and iMessage.

Rename Multiple Files at Once

This is one of the most usable and time-saving settings, especially for organizing photos. For this purpose, go into Finder and search for a bunch of photos or documents.

Step 1: Once you have found the images to be renamed hold the Command key on the keyboard and select additional photos.

Step 2: After selecting the photos or files, right-click on your mouse or trackpad.

Step 3: Select “Rename X items” from the drop-down menu. Here “X” represents the number of items you are renaming. 

Step 4: You may rename one of the photos or files, and the remaining will follow the same format.

Combine Open App Windows to Tabs

Mac does turn you into an organized person or at least try to with all its combing and adjusting features. By using this distinct setting, you can combine multiple applications in a single tab. 

For illustration, start two windows for Apple Maps. Now, on the menu bar, open “Window -> Merge All Windows.” The two Apple Map windows that you opened will combine into one application with two tabs. 

 Spotlight Does Math

Calculators are cliché, macOS can do math for you, including currency conversions and profit/loss estimations.

To do so, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right of the menu bar and search Spotlight. It can also open by pressing Command + Space on the keyboard. Once Spotlight opens up, type the calculation in the search bar. The answer will appear as a search result that you can copy and paste.

Stop Autoplaying Content

Autoplaying ads and videos can be really frustrating. With macOS and its web browser, Safari you can put an end to this tradition.

Step 1: Open Safari, then select Preferences at the top of the menu bar.

Step 2: Open the “Websites” tab.

Step 3: Look for an option labeled “Auto-Play,” unroll its drop-down menu and stop audio and video from auto-playing automatically. 

Muting Siri

Fortunately, you can mute Siri’s response with a little tweak.

Step 1: Open the Apple menu and select “System Preferences -> Siri.”

Step 2: Find the “Voice Feedback” menu and tick-mark the “Off” box.

Step 3: Now, you ask questions from Siri, and you will get silent responses. This won’t kill the functionality as the answers will still be visible on the screen.  Above mentioned are just a few tips on how you can customize settings in Mac. There are still plenty of useful options available in your precious Mac.

Graccey Leio is a self-professed security specialist; she has been manufacture the people aware of the security threats. Her obsession is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, societal engineering, internet and new media. She writes for McAfee security products at mcafee.com/activate.

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