If you are reading this then chances are you are new to OSX Maverick and are probably wondering about the capabilities of your new operating system. Well fortunately you have found us and we are going to provide you with some of the most useful tips a new OSX Maverick user can have, so without any further delay, let us begin.
Restrict Spotlight from Searching Specific Files
We all have some files that are meant to be private, but using the search tool of OS X called ‘Spotlight’’ one can easily find their desired files including your private ones. So in order to prevent anything like that from happening you can simply add ‘.noindex’ extension to the end of the filename or folder and it will be excluded from search results.
Get Rid of Dashboard
This is one of those features on the MAC OS X that most people won’t use in a regular basis if at all, probably the only reason it’s still included in all versions of MAC operating systems is due to its legacy as it has been a part of them for almost 9 years now. However you can use a workaround and get rid of the Dashboard in OS X Maverick, all you have to do is open up terminal and enter the following command “defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled-boolean true” , when done re launch your MAC Dock by typing this comment in the terminal “killall Dock” and voila you have gotten rid of the Dashboard.
Combine All the Finder Windows Together
One of the most welcome features of the OS X Maverick is support for tabs in Finders, what that means Is that now you can merge multiple panes into one window. This is a great improvement from before as you would have to drag them all one by one in order to merge. In order to do this all you have to do is go to the Finder menu and choose window, you will an option that says merge all and after clicking that all your windows will be automatically be merged.
Shortcuts You Can Use for a Better Experience
When I first switched from Windows to OS Maverick one thing that really got in my way was the lack of knowledge regarding shortcuts. Naturally as a Windows user I knew the basic shortcuts that really helped me get my way around and fortunately I later found out there are many OS X shortcuts that can do the same if not more than Windows OS. Below I have listed these shortcuts along with details as to what they do.
Allows you to switch between application windows, really useful for those who multitask
Command + H
Helps you hide your currently open window quickly
Command + Options + ESC
This command allows you to see all the running applications and gives you the option to manage them
Shift+ Command+ 3
Upon pressing this shortcut you will take a screenshot of the entire screen and will be given the option to save them to your desired location
This command opens a window with spotlight, really useful for quickly searching specific file or folders
Do Not Let Notifications Get on Your Way
Imagine working on an important project for your job and all of a sudden notifications start to distract you, that’s quite an annoying feeling. But with OS X Maverick you have the option to disable notifications. In order to do this, go to the notification center menu that should be located on the top right corner of your display and from there scroll till you find side-loading bar, there you will find the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option. Once activated you won’t be bothered by notifications anymore.