Just got a new MacBook? Here are 5 settings to change on your laptop


Apple MacBook ranks among the most desired laptops on the market. The Cupertino company has been working on improving on its laptop lineup in terms of both design and hardware. If you just got the new MacBook from your local Apple Store or an authorized reseller, there are a lot of things you need to do first.

This article walks you through 5 settings you need to change on your MacBook. Before trying to do anything, make sure you update your device first. To do this, click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen and select About This Mac from the pull-down menu. Once you are in, hit the Software Update and check for any available updates.

  1. Show battery percentage

MacBook allows you to see how much battery power you have left on your device. In reality, your laptop displays a small battery icon at the Apple menu from the top. By default, battery percentage icon is not enabled, meaning that you need to enable it.

To do this, head to the Apple menu at the top, then click the battery icon and hit Show Percentage from the drop-down menu. If you don’t see a battery icon in the menu bar, click on Apple icon and select System Preferences. After that, click Energy Saver and check the box next to Show battery status in the menu bar.

  1. Set up Siri

Siri is one of the best virtual helpers out there. Apple has been working on improving Siri since the launch day. Apple Siri is not just restricted to giving you sport scores, or weather forecasts. Apple’s digital assistant now can do a lot more things, mainly thanks to Apple recently opening it to third-party developers.

Apple Siri officially made its way into macOS, offering Mac owners a new way to interact with apps. Setting up Siri is a smart move if you want to speed up your work. To enable Siri on your Mac, click Apple menu > System Preferences > Siri and check the box next to Enable Ask Siri.

  1. Customize Touch Bar

Back in 2016, Apple introduced a notable change (Touch Bar) to its MacBook lineup of laptops. Touch Bar is a small screen that sits at the top of the physical keyboard and replaces the function keys. The coolest part is that Touch Bar adapts to what you are doing on your Mac.

If you just got a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, then make sure you master Touch Bar to boost productivity. You can add or remove buttons from the Touch Bar for quick access. To do this, head to the Apple menu, click System Preferences from the pull-down menu and hit the Customize Control Strip button. After that, drag the buttons you wish to show up on the Touch Bar view.

  1. Sync folders via iCloud

iCloud is the gathering place for your important data. If you just got a shiny MacBook, it’s a good idea to sync folders via iCloud, so you can access them across multiple Apple devices. To sync folders via iCloud, click Apple menu, select System Preferences from the pull-down menu and select iCloud. After that, click Options for iCloud Drive and check the box for Desktop and Documents folders.

  1. Customize the Dock

The Dock is one of the highlights of Apple MacBook, allowing you to quickly access your favorite apps, files, and folders. When you first set up your Mac, your Dock sits at the bottom of your Mac. If you do not like its positioning, you can move it to the left or right.

You can also add or remove apps from the Dock on your Mac. To remove an item from the Dock, click on that item and drag it to your desired location. If you want to add an app to the Dock, right-click on an app icon, then move your cursor to the Option line and hit Keep in Dock.

Also read: Just got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Here are five things to do first

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