14 Cool Mac Tricks, Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easer

1. Master The Screenshot

Screenshots on the Mac are pretty awesome, and the

Screenshots on the Mac are pretty awesome, and there are three ways to take a screen shot with your Mac:

  • Command + Shift + 4 and you’ll get a crosshair that you can drag with your mouse to capture exactly what you want.
  • Command + Shift + 4 at the same time and then let them go, then hit the Spacebar. Now you can click on any window you want and take a shot of that entire window, shadow included.
  • Command + Shift + 3 to take a shot of your entire desktop. You’ll get a file for each display connected.


Safari Tools

6. Safari Web Site Validator

Safari Web Site Validator gets the HTML or XHTML from the current active Safari tab and sends the code to the W3C Markup Validation Service in a separate window. It then asks if you want to validate the page’s CSS file as well.

Safari Web Site Validator Type: Simple Scripts Requirements: OS X 10.4.4+

7. Tiny URL

7. Tiny URL

Despite its name, the Tiny URL script doesn’t use the TinyUrl application. It’s based on another URL shortening service called Metamark. It goes to the currently active Safari tab and puts the shortened URL directly in your clipboard.

Tiny URL Type: Simple Scripts Requirements: None

8. Safari Cleannup

8. Safari Cleannup

This automates the deletion of Safari icons and cache and plist files. Getting rid of these extraneous files can boost Safari’s performance.

Safari Cleannup Type: Simple Scripts Requirements: None

9. Scour Web Page

9. Scour Web Page

This script scans the current Web page in Safari looking for MP3, AAC and PDF media files. If it finds multiple files, it prompts you to select the ones you want to keep, and then downloads them and adds them to your iTunes media library.

Scour Web PageType: Simple Scripts Requirements: None


Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed Hover the cursor over any text and hit the keys above to get a definition, synonyms, and links for more info. Alternately, hover over the word and lightly tap three fingers on your trackpad.

7. Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield is all about offering protection while you’re browsing the internet or using streaming services like Netflix. The encryption is military-grade, and its speed is ultra-fast. In truth, it is even marketed as one of the fastest VPNs.

Hotspot Shield offers a plan that only costs  $7.99 a month; however, it’s one of the few in this list to provide its services for free. Like other Freemium apps, the free version comes with limited features. That said, it gives you a much better feel for the VPN.

Also, take note that the encryption feature is still there, though the limitations in the free plan include connecting to one location in the US and having limited streaming options and speed.

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Mail And iCal

10. Fuhgeddaboutit

In Sopranos-speak, fuhgeddaboutit means “forget about it.” Indeed, one of the purposes of GTD is to free your brain from having to keep track of everything. Just relax, forget about it now and be confident that you’ll remember when you need to.

This script make that possible by making iCal To-Do items from an Apple Mail email. Just invoke the script with the email you want, and it will create an iCal item with a due time set relative to the email’s arrival.

Fuhgeddaboutit Type: Simple Scripts Requirements: None

11. Send Attachment Droplet

11. Send Attachment Droplet

Just drop a file into this Droplet, and it will make a new Mail email with the file as an attachment and the subject set to the file’s name. If the Mail app is closed, the script will open it for you.

Send Attatchment Droplet Type: Droplet Requirements: None

12. Remove iCal Duplicates

12. Remove iCal Duplicates

When you sync and share many calendars in iCal, you often end up with a lot of duplicates. This simple script helps you remove those. But once you ask it to delete duplicates, there’s no undoing. So, be sure to back up your calendar first.

Remove iCal Duplicates Type: Simple Script Requirements: None

13. iCalculate

13. iCalculate

Invoke this script, create an iCal calendar item and start date, and it will generate a text file reporting how many hours you have worked on the project. It even calculates the total cost of the project, based on the hourly rate your specify. Especially suited to freelancers.

iCalculate Type: Simple Script Requirements: None



Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed You might not have much use for Safari, but this is a handy feature for those who want to browse links shared by people you follow on Twitter. Open Safari, then click ‘Show Sidebar’ in the top left of the task bar, then ‘Shared Links’. Browse the most recent tweets, and click to quickly open the link in the browser window. A great way to use Safari as a dedicated Twitter reader, while you use your preferred browser for everything else. For this to work, you’ll need to add your Twitter account in System Preferences > Internet Accounts.


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