20 of our best Mac hacks in 2021

2021 was a big year for Mac. First, Apple gave us macOS Monterey, which included a treasure trove of published features (and a handful of hidden gems). Following this update, the company dropped new MacBook Pros with the improved M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets. All that news meant lots of tips and hacks for us to put our teeth into. As the year is now coming to an end, we are excited to highlight our favorite Mac tricks of 2021.

Get an extra year of repairs to your older MacBooks screen

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There are two types of MacBooks that are eligible for Apple’s extended repair programs; the first concerns the 13-inch MacBook Pro’s backlight problem. If your 13-inch from 2016, 2017 or 2018 has backlight issues, you can have yours repaired for free up to five years after the original purchase date or three years after the program starts, giving you until at least May 2022.

The second issue is not published by Apple; these are the anti-reflective coating repair feature for 12-inch MacBooks released in 2016 and 2017 and MacBook Pros with Retina displays. Apple launched this repair program back in 2015, then through 2017. It now plans to continue coverage based on an internal memo reported by MacRumors, though we will not hear about it publicly.

How to Get Into the Trial of Apple’s Terrible MacBook Keyboards

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Apple’s butterfly keyboards were controversial from the start; apart from how many people did not find the superficial typing experience very comfortable, these keyboards were also prone to fail. A lawsuit claims that Apple knew about the error but continued to sell these keyboards to an unsuspecting market.

The inquiry to push the matter forward is still open if you want to express your opinions and experiences on the issue. Although completing the survey does not necessarily cover you in the trial, the more people who support it, the more likely the case will cover more people. Speaking of butterfly keyboards …

How to Repair Sticky Keys and Double-Touch on Your MacBook Keyboard

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Although Apple has not sold a butterfly keyboard in a few years, there are plenty of them out there. My personal MacBook Pro has a butterfly keyboard, and although I have never felt the contempt many have for the superficial typing, I have felt the sting of a sticky, non-responsive key. Fortunately, if you find yourself with one of these keys, there are a few things you can try to solve the problem.

How to disable Spotlight Search on Mac (and replace it with something better)

Spotlight search is a great way to quickly find apps, files, and other media on your Mac. However, there are other options out there that make it easy to find what you’re looking for in macOS; it may be worth spending time (and money) replacing Apple’s standard search option with something else.

10 practical things you can do with your Mac’s Touch ID button

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Apple has included Touch ID on Mac since 2016 MacBook Pros. It’s certainly a handy tool for unlocking your Mac, but if that’s all you use your Touch ID sensor for, you’re missing something. These are our favorite Touch ID tips and hacks.

10 smart shortcut keys you don’t use on your Mac

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How often do you think about your Mac’s Option key? You may not think about it at all; it does not seem so important when using your computer for basic tasks, especially compared to something like the command key. But your Option key actually drives some useful and cool shortcuts.

14 Ways to Use Your MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

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Apple decided to drop support for the Touch Bar with its latest MacBook Pros; Currently, the only Touch Bar Mac you can buy from the company is the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro. However, if you are buying this machine or you have an older Mac with a Touch Bar, be sure to take full advantage of the feature. We have 14 tips that we think everyone should use.

How to arrange your macOS system settings so you can actually find things

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Apple’s default system settings layout on the Mac is a bit … confusing. Of course, you learn where goods are with time, but once you start, it can be frustrating to find “Security and Privacy” in a sea of ​​possibilities. This is why you should rearrange these items in an order that actually makes sense.

How to tell when a game has been optimized for M1 Macs

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Apple’s M1, M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max computers are fantastic. These machines combine power and efficiency in one fantastic package. If you’re among those of us trying to get the most out of gaming on a Mac, you want to know when a game has been optimized for Apple Silicon, for the best possible gaming performance. How to check.

How to install the latest macOS on an unsupported Mac

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It’s hard to grow old; at some point, your Mac will reach an age that Apple no longer supports with software updates. While you could buy a new machine, or just use yours with outdated software, you can install the latest version of macOS on it – if you are willing to smear some elbow grease in.

How to hide the notch on your MacBook Pro

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro introduces a number of new features (well, if you count on bringing ports back “new”). One of the features that is actually new is the mini-LED screen, which, in addition to looking great, significantly reduces the frame around the screen.

However, to achieve this look while keeping the webcam in place, Apple gave the MacBook Pro an iPhone-like notch. If that bothers you, there are a few hacks you can use to hide it.

Finally, copy text from photos on your Mac

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When you are on your Mac, there are many times where it would be great to just copy and paste text from an image. Until now, of course, you could not do that, and instead you had to copy things down by hand. With macOS Monterey, however, you can simply highlight text in any image. Here’s how you do it.

Use Mac’s new “Quick Notes” feature and never search for the Notes app again

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Apple’s iPadOS 15 feature is now on Mac, thanks to macOS Monterey. Quick Notes lets you write a thought down no matter what app you use. Best of all, the system remembers which app you are using at the time and “staples” the note to it so you can keep those thoughts attached to the relevant sites.

How to enable Macs’ new built-in two-factor authentication (and why you need it)

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Two-factor authentication is an important component in keeping your digital accounts safe and secure. Therefore, using MacOS Monterey’s built-in authentication tool is an easy task if you have a Mac; it’s simple, intuitive and makes 2FA a breeze to use.

9 of the most useful shortcuts to automate tasks on your Mac

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macOS Monterey brings iOS and iPadOS ‘shortcuts to Mac. Shortcuts can cut down on the time it takes you to perform certain tasks, run programs in the background or just show a cool trick or two to your friends. Here we highlight nine great shortcuts you should use on Mac.

The best alternative Dropbox clients for Mac if you’ve had enough of its app

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The Dropbox app on Mac stinks. It consumes too many resources, constantly fails you to update your password itself, and it still does not have a built-in M1 Mac app (although the company says it will come in 2022). You do not have to settle for mediocrity; try one of our favorite Dropbox alternatives today.

How to check your internet speed directly in macOS Monterey

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If you need to check your internet speed, you can download a third-party app or visit a third-party website, but why bother? Instead, you can simply use the built-in internet speed tool in macOS Monterey. You just have to know where to turn.

Use these hidden settings to organize the open windows on your Mac

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If you have experience with both macOS and Windows, you know that the latter has traditionally shone in window management. On the surface, it seems that the Mac lacks some key features that make it easy to snap windows together. But macOS do has some great window management features; they are just hidden.

Customize your Mac ‘Finder’ to show you the things you actually need

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Many of us use Finder as set up and designed by Apple. It is fine! But it can get better. You can tailor the Finder to your needs. For example, you can choose which folder a new Finder should open, instead of the default “Recent;” you can also easily see the detailed path to a folder every time. There are lots of tweaks you can make to Finder right now.

You can use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac

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We’ve mentioned how Touch ID is a great way to unlock your Mac, but not all models have this feature. Whether your doing it or not, you may be interested to know that there is another way to unlock your Mac without using your password; this Apple Watch.

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