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You must have found that your MacBook Pro is so powerful with so many tasks it can do. Nevertheless, it is generally the case that you may forget some useful functions so as not to full use your Mac. Here the editor concludes six tips you’ll need in order to use your Mac more efficiently.

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Sign your documents and PDFs right in Mail
Signing documents seems not useful for the majority, but it does work for many businessmen who agree to all manner of things with signature. Without printing, you can just drag a PDF into the email you’re sending, and hover over it then at the top right you’ll see a little button appear; click it so you will get yourself an option of signing documents. Best of all, you can either add your signature by holding a signed piece of paper up to the webcam on your Mac or by drawing on your trackpad.

Batch rename files
When you need to deal with a group of files, renaming is usually the case. However, in versions of OS X before Yosemite, a third-party software is needed in order to renaming a group of files at once. Now, you can just select a group of files and select Rename to do your work either from the right-click contextual menu or from the drop-down button marked with a cog icon in Finder windows.

Share with your friends in an easy way
It is not uncommon for you to share interesting news or important information with your friends, the best thing with Mac is that it keeps track of how and to whom you most often share stuff so that you can easily access to those options next time.

Use split screen
Doing multiple tasks in one Mac is always one of the situations. Thanks to the Split Screen View, this becomes much easier, not only you can work with two windows or apps side by side, but also by dividing the separating line between the two apps you can make them smaller or larger, which can come in handy for keeping an eye on live information.

Annotate PDFs and images
For those who aquatints with PDFs and images documents, annotating is always being viewed as indispensable function. Preview has some fantastic tools built into it for annotating images and PDFs. The best thing is that you can easily share the annotated documents with your friends as they are based on a standard that’s compatible with Adobe’s PDF app, Acrobat, which is used by Windows users and companies.

Share your passwords and credit card details
If you are a big fan of apple products, this is may be a tip for you. Turning on iCloud Keychain, this lets you keep your Safari website usernames and passwords, credit card information, and Wi-Fi network information in sync across all your devices. Entering your secure credit card details is not an easy thing, but as sharing once, it will much convenient later so it’s worth trying.
There are hands of cool things you can do on your MacBook Pro, bring your insight eyes to find out! If you have any interesting findings and tips, please comments below!

Terminal is not for mere mortals, you're probably thinking. It's a kind of a sacred knowledge that only geeks and Mac geniuses possess. But if you get through your first command line you'll find it's not that terrifying. In fact, using Terminal is like applying Harry Potter wizardry to your tasks. Once you know the right spells you can break any laws of how applications behave and do some unbelievable things that even the most experienced Mac people can't. Isn't it seducing to try?

We've chosen just a few of Terminal's most impressive features. For more serious take on Mac terminal commands, check out this article. Okay, are you ready to type in your first code? To start the journey, learn how to open Terminal app on Mac: Click Launchpad and then type Terminal in the search bar.

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1) Make your Mac talk to you

One of the simplest commands which can be very fun, especially when you are planning a prank on somebody. Just type any text in Terminal and your computer will speak it in your Mac's default voice. But there's about 20 voices and intonations to choose from plus the ability to convert an entire text file into speech. So here's a slick audiobook maker at your hand.

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Open up Terminal, type in:
say followed by a space and any text you want to hear

2) Customize Login Message

This is what makes Mac more personal and humanized. For example, you can write an inspirational motto or helpful information for other users, if it's a public library computer. It might even be a way to retrieve your MacBook if you lose it — if you set a login message with your contact information. Once again there's much room for pranking other people, but we won't go deep into that.

Open up Terminal, type in:

sudo write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow LoginwindowText 'Custom Text Here'

3) Watch Star Wars in Terminal app

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In Terminal symbols, of course. This could be the greatest trick which makes no particular sense, but even if just for the coolness alone you should try it. The Death Star, R2D2, spaceships and the rest of the Episode 4 story retold in Terminal graphics will blow your friends away at the party. And there is no sound by the way.

Open up Terminal, type in:
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
On macOS Sierra and higher macOS versions, you should use a different command:

nc towel.blinkenlights.nl 23

4) Show hidden files in Finder

This isn't as funny as the previous one, but searching for important files is no joke. With this command, you'll be able to see everything on your Mac, even files which were omitted from standard display.

Open up Terminal, type in:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

This should summon Finder with previously hidden files shown grayed out.
To reverse this operation (be aware that you may be swamped with lots of irrelevant system files) just substitute TRUE for FALSE in the command line above:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

5) Pay a visit to a psychiatrist

Funny Mac terminal commands are many. This is a classic Easter egg type of joke macOS developers are famous for. When you're feeling stressful, talking to friendly chatbot will at least make you smile. Strangely enough, this therapy may be actually working because you are asked to verbalize your emotions, by giving them a closer look. And the psychiatrists (the real ones) will confirm that sometimes it works.

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Open up Terminal, type in:
emacs and then hit Return. Press Esc, then x, and finally type doctor

6) See iTunes songs notification via Terminal app

A clever addition if you normally work with the music on the background. If you fell in love with a particular track from your playlist you don't need to open iTunes to find out the artist's name. It will pop up on your Mac Dock from now on. Though a bit strange this feature isn't included by default because it's really a timesaver.

Open up Terminal, type in:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE

Close the dock using the following command:

killall Dock

7) Play simple games

This is another retro cool feature to cheer you up once in a while. You can play Tetris, Pong, Snake and a dozen of other arcade games. Once you have unlocked these nice hidden toys, you'll surely get to love your Mac more. Prepare to use your arrow keys.

Open up Terminal, type in:
emacs. Press Enter to open it up, press Esc then x. Now you have to type the name of the particular game and that's it.
Game names:

  • tetris
  • pong
  • snake
  • solitaire
  • 5x5
  • landmark
  • doctor

What you learn from using Mac Terminal commands is that nothing is really impossible if you're on a Mac. But it's better to start your Terminal experience with these funny little tricks and then go to something serious. This program has a nearly infinite number of magic spells to choose from.

8) Make your Mac faster and more responsive

Okay, this has nothing to do with Terminal. But who wouldn’t want their MacBook as speedy and efficient as back then, on its first day? Surprisingly, this can be achieved easily, Terminal-style way — with aid of CleanMyMac X.

  • Remove up to 74 GB of junk from your Mac
  • Uninstall unwanted apps completely
  • Speed up Mac with maintenance scripts
  • Fully clean browsers and messengers

Download the app from developer’s site for free
Hope you found this article helpful, stay tuned for more!

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