How To On Mac

Are you new to MacOS? It might be tricky at first, especially if you’re used to working on Windows or Linux. But don’t worry, this post will guide you through some common tasks and shortcuts on MacOS which will make your life a lot easier. Let’s dive in!

1. Taking a Screenshot

Taking a screenshot on a Mac is simple but it offers a variety of options depending on what exactly you want to capture. Here is the basic command to take a screenshot:

Command + Shift + 3

This will capture the entire screen. But what if you want to capture a specific area only? That’s where this command comes in:

Command + Shift + 4

After pressing these keys, your cursor will turn into a crosshair. You can then click and drag it to select the area you want to capture.

2. Force Quit an Application

Sometimes, an application might stop responding and you need to force quit it. On Mac, you have a shortcut for that:

Command + Option + Esc

This will open a window listing all your active applications. Just select the unresponsive one and click on ‘Force Quit’.

3. Showing Hidden Files

By default, MacOS hides certain files to prevent them from being accidentally modified or deleted. However, sometimes you need to view these files. Here’s how you can show the hidden files:

Command + Shift + .

This will toggle the hidden files on and off, so you can use the same command to hide them again.

4. Using Terminal

The Terminal is a powerful tool that can give you control over your system and help you automate tasks. Here’s a simple example of how to create a new directory (folder) using Terminal:

cd Desktop
        mkdir NewFolder

The first line makes sure you’re operating on your Desktop. The second line creates a new folder named ‘NewFolder’.


These are just some of the basics to get you started on MacOS. As you explore further, you’ll discover more features and shortcuts that will boost your productivity. Happy exploring!