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You think you know the Mac? Think again. Introducing, the Big List of Mac Tips by Snazzy Labs.
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0:43 - Quick Look - http://quicklookplugins.com
2:21 - DND toggle
2:34 - Batch file renaming
3:16 - Window management and tiling
3:50 - Finder toolbar customization
4:30 - Common items in Finder toolbar
4:56 - Finder preferences
6:11 - Hidden files toggle
6:30 - Frequent Finder folder hotkeys
6:58 - Show path/status bar in Finder
7:29 - Finder pane view hotkeys
7:43 - Quick Look preview pane toggle
8:13 - Pane view column rescaling
8:47 - List view item scaling
9:02 - Finder advanced search filters
10:24 - Smart Folder setup
12:20 - Move original file in Finder
12:53 - Web browser navigation hotkeys
13:14 - Safari per-site settings
13:38 - Safari master site preferences
14:32 - Web form navigation hotkeys
15:16 - Safari recover browser history
16:00 - Exclude files from Time Machine
16:27 - Rapid-fire Safari tips
17:06 - Safari bookmark applet in Dock
18:27 - PIP in Safari (and other browsers)
19:00 - General keyboard shortcuts for navigation in macOS
19:24 - Paste text without formatting
19:50 - Every macOS screen shot tip you ever wanted
21:12 - Granular volume/brightness control
21:38 - Emoji character palette
22:02 - Application / Window switcher
22:41 - F5 dictionary word auto-complete
23:09 - Three finger tap "Look Up" alternative
23:33 - Spotlight power-user features

*** 24:41 - TERMINAL TIPS ***

24:51 - Screenshot format (can change JPG to: PNG, TIFF, PDF)
Paste this: defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG

25:36 - Mac App Store update check frequency (change 7 to any number of days)
defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 7

26:13 - Disable character accent menu (revert by changing 'false' to 'true')
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

26:44 - Keep Mac running (end by closing Terminal window or pressing Control+C)
caffeinate

27:23 - Expand print dialog by default (revert by changing TRUE to FALSE)
defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE

27:49 - Re-enable classic Mac boot chime (restore default by changing %00 to %01)
sudo nvram StartupMute=%00

28:21 - Add dock spaces (remove by dragging space off dock like normal)
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock

28:55 - Dock transition/reveal delay
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-delay -float 0; killall Dock (reduces delay)
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0; killall Dock (removes animation)

DOCK SHORTCUT FREEBIES:
1. Opt+Cmd+D - Toggles dock show/hide
2. Add AirDrop to Dock (a) go to Finder, (b) press Shift+Cmd+G, (c) paste this: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Applications/ (d) drag AirDrop icon into Dock
3. Pin Dock elsewhere quickly by holding Shift and dragging by "line" on Dock

29:54 - Set lock message on lock screen
30:27 - Move window in background without disrupting foreground
30:36 - Mac screen sharing / VNC settings
31:40 - Three finger window drag
32:13 - Move items around in menu bar (and remove)
32:30 - Find WiFi network password
33:08 - Modifier keys for hot corners
33:53 - Use Siri to show keychain password
34:09 - Toggle DND on iMessage thread and share screen
34:26 - Quick print from Desktop
34:52 - Print envelope from Contacts app
35:07 - Dialog box cancel hotkey
35:28 - Add items from iOS device with Continuity