How to speed up your work with macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave is not a big update, but it comes with a lot of little things that help you stay productive

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Apple poured a lot of love into macOS Mojave with plenty of new features and changes. macOS Mojave retains what we have loved since the days of macOS High Sierra while adding some major fan-favorite features. In reality, macOS 10.14 has been out there for 6 months, and to be honest, Apple did not disappoint us as macOS Mojave receives new updates on a regular basis.

macOS Mojave comes with a lot of built-in tools that help to boost your productivity, such as Stacks, dark mode, text shortcuts, and even more. And, in the section below, we made a list of the best tips and tricks to speed up your work in macOS Mojave.

Before we proceed, make sure you have the latest software update installed on your Mac. The recent macOS update you can get is macOS 10.14.5. One of the biggest changes coming to macOS 10.14.5 lies in AirPlay 2 support for non-Apple smart TVs. To update your Mac, open System Preferences > Software Update > Update Now.

Text shortcuts

One of the coolest macOS Mojave features is text shortcuts. As the name suggests, the feature allows you to quickly transform an abbreviation to a longer phrase; for example “Thurs” could become “Thursday” or “2moro” could turn into “tomorrow”. To enable text shortcuts in macOS Mojave, open System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. From now on, use (+) and (-) to add or replace words.

Dictionary app

In macOS Mojave, you can download a dictionary for offline use, which comes in handy if you want to look up the meanings of words in a foreign language. This is because of a Dictionary app that’s built into macOS Mojave. Basically, the app acts as a hub for your favorite dictionaries. Indeed, you can add any dictionary to the Dictionary app and use it even when you are offline.

To use the Dictionary app, click on Spotlight, then look for Dictionary, and press Enter to launch the app. If this is the first time you are using the app, you will be prompted to download some dictionaries. After that, click on Dictionary > Preferences and then drag your dictionary into the order you prefer.

PiP (Picture in Picture)

Picture in Picture is now part of macOS, allowing you to watch videos while doing other tasks. To access PiP, launch Safari on your Mac, then play a YouTube video and Press Ctrl + click on the video. Now just simply click “Enter Picture in Picture mode” from the drop-down menu.

Once you do it, you now can watch the video in a small window pinned to a corner of your Mac’s screen. To stop it, you simply close the original Safari window.

Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard is one of my favorite macOS features as it allows you to copy texts, images, and videos on Mac and paste them on an iPhone or iPad. This is something I am really in love with as I can quickly transfer my photos from my MacBook to my iPhone X without the need for a third-party app to be installed on my device.

To use Universal Clipboard, open System Preferences on your Mac, then select General and check the box next to “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices“. On your iPhone or iPad, launch Settings > General > Handoff.

Keep in mind that both your Mac and iOS device must be signed in using the same Apple ID. Plus, your iOS device needs to be running iOS 10 or later.

If Universal Clipboard fails to work on your Mac, then try rebooting the device and start over. Make sure you have got Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.

Customize icons

With macOS Mojave, you can create a custom icon for any file or folder using your favorite pictures. This is pretty cool as I now can identify which apps I use the most. To do this, open the image you wish to use as an icon in a Preview window, then Edit > Select All > Copy. Now open Finder and navigate to the folder that contains the icon you want to change and right-click on that folder > Get Info. Click on the image of the current icon, then press Cmd + V to paste your new image.

Wrapping Up

macOS Mojave is not a significant upgrade over macOS High Sierra, but there are still a lot of new things that are worth an upgrade. Apple will announce a new macOS at this year’s WWDC and we are expecting to see many impressive features at launch. We have to wait and see.

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