Late-2016 MacBook Pro comes with a brand new start-up feature. When the notebook is powered off, it will automatically start up when you open the lids or connect to the power supply.
Specifically, when MacBook Pro is power off, it turns on when:
- Open the lid of your Mac, even if it’s not connected to power. This is provided the MacBook Pro isn’t completely out of power.
- Connect it to a power adapter while its lid is open.
- Connect it to a power adapter while its lid is closed and it’s connected to an external display.
Source: Apple Support Article
One of the new feature in macOS Sierra is the Picture-to-Picture mode for Safari. First appeared in iPad, Picture-in-Picture allows you to detach a video so that it is always viewable while using other apps.
It is easy to enable Picture-to-Picture mode for YouTube video. First right-click on the video to bring up a menu. Then right-click again on the menu to bring out a different menu. Select “Enter Picture-in-Picture” from the menu.
The video will now detach, and stay on top so that you can watch it while using other apps. You can control the video as usual, and also resize and reposition it on the screen.
If you’re trying to type a certain scientific symbol on your computer, it is at times tedious to browse through pages of special character pane to locate the symbol that you need. Google Docs has a helpful feature where you can hand draw your character to narrow down the search.
On Google Docs menu, select Insert > Special Characters to bring up the dialog box. On the right panel there is an empty area for you to hand draw your symbol. Your input will then be used to narrow down the search with the filtered search result display on the left panel.
This tool is handy even if you’re not a regular Google Docs user. Simply use it to locate the symbols that you need, then copy and paste them from Google Docs to Pages, Word or whatever editor you’re using.
Google Chrome on the desktop is admittedly a memory hog compares to Safari and Firefox. Beside removing non-essential Chrome add-ons, one way to release Chrome’s memory usage is to restart the browser.
Here’s a handy way to quickly restart the browser with a Chrome URL. Simply key in “chrome://restart” on the address bar and hit Enter key.
To make it one step more convenient, you might want to bookmark (Command-D) the URL “chrome://restart” and save it to your Bookmark Bar for quick access.
There are times when you might want to disable the built-in Trackpad on your MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. For example, you’re more used to using a mouse as an input device, you’re using an external trackpad device, or the trackpad is having issues and behave erratically.
To disable the trackpad, go to System Preferences > Accessibility. Select “Mouse & Trackpad” and check the box “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present”.
You will notice that there is no way to permanently disable the Trackpad. You will need an external mouse or input device in order to make the built-in Trackpad non-functional.
There are many hidden files and folders in macOS. Hidden files are used by the operating system and applications for their inner working. These files by default are not shown in Finder to keep things simple and to prevent casual users from messing with them.
However it is occasionally useful to access hidden files especially for troubleshooting purpose. To reveal hidden files in Finder, open the Terminal app and enter the following commands:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
$ killall Finder
The first command set the Finder default attribute AppleShowAllFiles to boolean YES in order to show files. The second command relaunch the Finder.
If you take a look at your desktop or Finder now, you can see that there are some new files that were previously hidden. A word of caution, hidden files are hidden for a reason. You can do serious damage to macOS if you don’t know what you’re doing making changes to hidden files.
To hide these system files in Finder again, repeat the same commands by changing the Finder default attribute AppleShowAllFiles to boolean NO, like so:
$ defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
$ killall Finder
If you’re still running an old version of macOS, you’re likely be annoyed by the big macOS Sierra banner that appears on the top of the “Updates” tab of the Mac App Store app. This is especially true for those with older Mac which technically is not able to upgrade to macOS Sierra. Fortunately you can easily get rid of the banner. Just right click on the banner and select the menu option “Hide Update”. The big banner will disappear.
Just about all macOS users are aware that you can add items to the dock by dragging the item from Finder into the dock. There is a quicker way by using a handy keyboard shortcut.
First select the item in Finder, be it an app in the Applications folder, a file or document, or even a folder. Enter Command+Control+Shift+T. The selected item will now be in the dock. Applications will be added to the left/top side of the dock, whereas documents or folder will be at the right/bottom end of the dock.