5 quick and easy Mac tips

5 quick and easy Mac tips

By Kirsty Harding

1.     Opening the emoji keyboard

Sometimes whilst you are on your Mac you want to add an emoji, whether it’s to add it to a message or to a tweet. It turns out it’s a lot simpler than I ever thought. All you have to do is press Control, Command and Space together and the emoji picker will appear.

2.     Renaming more than one file at once

Renaming files can be a slow process, especially if you’ve got a lot to rename at once; luckily the Mac has a bulk rename feature for exactly this problem.

To do this you need to select all of the files you want to rename then right click and select Rename.  

The Rename menu with then appear and allow you to select if you want to Add Text, Replace Text or Format. Selecting one of these options will then allow you to do one of the following:

  • Add Text – allows you to add text either before the file name or after, this can be useful if the files all need to start with the same text.

  • Replace Text – using this function you can find certain words and then replace them with your chosen text, this is perfect for fixing spelling mistakes across multiple file names.

  • Format – the most powerful of the options enables you to rename files using a chosen pattern. The Format function can be useful when renaming your photos.

Each of these options can be used on their own or you can chain them together to get exactly the result you are after.

3.     Adding shortcuts to the toolbar in the Finder

Most people have a file they are constantly needing to open. The solution to this issue is to create a shortcut in Finder. 

To do this all you need to do is select the file or folder you want, press command and drag your file to the top of the Finder toolbar.

4.     Using Stacks

If you save things to your desktop then it can become quite unorganized quite quickly, especially if you’re like me and don’t remove files when I’m done with them.

To help keep your desktop clean and tidy you can group your files together using Stacks. Stacks works by simply grouping files by either their type or tag.

To use Stacks, you need to do is Right Click on your desktop and select ‘Use Stacks’, this will then group your documents into Stacks, such as screenshots, PDFs, or Documents. 

5.     Pasting text to match your formatting

I bet we have all tried to paste some text and then realised that it doesn’t match the rest of the text. However, there is a way that you can paste your text and ensure that it fits in with everything else you have done. To do this all you need to do is press Shift, Option, Command and V at the same time, or you could go into edit in the Menu Bar and select ‘Paste and Match Formatting’. 


I hope you find at least one of these tips useful. If you have your own please leave them in the comment section below! 


Jake HarrisKirsty Harding