Although, most of the experienced Mac users already tried these tricks, but if you are new in Mac, you can follow the following tricks to get more out of your Mac. If you use these tricks, you do not have to install any third-party software to do a particular task, sometime you do have to find a complicated setting in your Mac. All these tutorials are much easy to use.
5 less known Mac OS X Tricks
Set Custom Message in Log in Screen
Mac requires a password at several times just like Linux. Although, you can allow automatic log in, which won’t ask any password at startup but if you want to make your Mac secure, this is recommended to disable automatic log in. When you disable automatic log in, you will start getting a log in screen just like Windows and other OS during startup, where you will have to enter your password.
However, you can show custom messages on your log in screen that may be helpful if you have forgotten your MacBook at any public place and someone is trying to log in to your Mac. He/She can easily check your custom message and you will get your Mac back if you have a good luck. To set a custom message in your Mac’s log in screen, just follow the following steps:
Go to System Preferences >> Security & Privacy >> Unlock to Make Change >> Tick on “Show a message when the screen is locked” >> Set Lock Message >> Write down your message
Disable Drop Shadow in Screenshot
Alike Windows, Mac comes with an in-built screen capture tool. You can simply press cmd + shift + 3 or cmd + shift +4 to capture your screen. However, if you have checked your captured screenshots minutely, you might have already seen the huge drop shadow around the screenshot. This default setting/customization might be annoying at some moments.
Nevertheless, don’t worry. You can easily disable this drop shadow within seconds. To do so, just open your Terminal and enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
Now, you have to restart your Mac to get the change.
Save any Screenshot as PDF
Suppose, you have to send some screenshots to someone in PDF. Generally, most of the Mac users use many Image to PDF converter to convert captured images into PDF file. But, do you know that you can do this conversion without installing any third-party software? To do so, open your Terminal and enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type pdf;killall SystemUIServer
Now, you may have to restart your PC.
By default, you won’t get any system created files (.DS_Store) or any other self-made hidden files in your Mac. Sometime, we need to show hidden files to do something important. For example, you have hidden some files from your Windows and wanted to use that in your Mac. At such moment, you can simply use this following Terminal command:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES; killall Dock
Set Any Image as Folder Icon
This is one of the best tricks you can do. Although, Windows does not allow users to do so without having any third-party software but you can set any image as folder icon without installing any software in your Mac. To set any image as folder icon, just right-click on any folder and select Get Info. Then drag and drop the image on the default folder icon that is situated at top left.
When you are using Mac, you can easily customize it as per your wish. You can always find a great solution or trick to do whatever you want. Stay tuned to get more Mac tricks.