Top 10 OS X El Capitan Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know


Here's a list of the top 10 tips and tricks for OS X El Capitan every user should know about.

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OS X El Capitan is packed with a lot of small features that make up for a great upgrade. But today, we're gonna focus on the top 10 of those features which every user should know about.

Locate Your Mouse Pointer With A Shake

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Lost your mouse pointer on the display? Simply shake your mouse and the pointer size will increase, giving you a good look at its location. Ideal if you have a Retina iMac, or a dual monitor setup.

You Can Hide The Menu Bar

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If you're bothered by the site of the Menu bar at all times, then you'll be pleased to learn that you can hide it in El Capitan. Launch System Preferences, then click on General. Here you'll see an option labelled 'Automatically hide and show the menu bar.' Click on the option to enable it. The Menu bar will go away and you can access it by moving the mouse pointer to the top of the display.

Split View Full-Screen Apps

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You can now run two full-screen apps running side by side if you so wish. Simply click and hold on the green 'full-screen' button at the top of a window. You'll notice that El Capitan will ask you to drop a window in one of two panes - left or right. Make your choice and the app will go full screen in that pane. If you have a second app open on the display that supports full-screen mode, then it will show up in the non-active pane. Simply click on it to bring that into the full-screen view as well.

Safari Tabs Now Highlight Audio

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If you have Safari running with multiple tabs and one of those tabs is blasting out audio, then you'll notice a little 'speaker' icon on that tab so you can easily locate where the audio is coming from. Clicking on the speaker icon will mute that tab instantly. You can also mute all tabs by clicking on the speaker icon in the address bar. Nice and easy.

Pin Tabs In Safari

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You can easily pin tabs in Safari. Simply right click on the tab itself, and then click on 'Pin Tab.' The pinned tab will always appear on the left hand side of Safari.

Spotlight Is Now More Useful

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Spotlight search is much more useful in El Capitan, and you can type in queries naturally as well. For instance, you can type 'Weather Mountain View' and it will show you weather for that location. Or you can type in 'Documents I worked on last week' and it will give you all the relevant results. Furthermore, you can drag Spotlight around on the display as well, unlike Yosemite.

Notes App Is Much More Powerful

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Just like on iOS 9, the Notes app in OS X El Capitan is much more handy and can do things like adding images, drawings and whatnot.

Maps Now Features Public Transit Info

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While most of us are still not ready to lay our trust on Apple's Maps app just yet, but the Cupertino company is doing all in its power to make things more useful again. For instance, the Maps app will now give you public transit information in select locations, saving you a bunch of time and trouble. Click on the 'Transit' button on the top right hand corner to access the feature.

Delete Files Immediately Without Dropping Them In Trash

Instead of deleting a file and moving it to Trash and getting rid of it for good from there, you can delete a file immediately without going through the aforementioned trouble in El Capitan. Open a Finder window where the file is located and single click on the file to select it. Now hold down the Option key on the keyboard and click on 'File' in the Menu bar. Don't let go of the Option key and you'll notice an option labelled 'Delete immediately.' Click on it and the file will be erased for good without it being sent to Trash. You will be asked for confirmation before you proceed though.

Rename Files Using Contextual Menu

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Instead of slow double clicking on a file to rename it, El Capitan allows you to right-click on a file and rename it right from the contextual menu. Simply select the option labelled 'Rename' and you're good to go.

While there are other features littered across El Capitan, but we believe these are the best ones which should be included in our list. We hope you get a good kick out of it!

If you’re looking to do a clean install of OS X El Capitan on your Mac, then be sure to check out our following tutorials: