System Preferences

Turn Dark Mode On In Mojave

In the macOS Mojave update released in the autumn of 2018 a Dark Mode was added. While in many people’s opinions it is a welcome visual enhancement it was also added to aid concentration and to ease computer use for those who work into the evening and night.

This feature is easy to turn off and on, the steps are below.

How To

Select the System Preferences icon (img. 1).

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Choose the General icon (img. 2).

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You can now toggle between Light and Dark (img. 3).

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Many applications that you run will automatically switch between Light and Dark Mode but some may require you to switch in the application’s preferences.

Find Your Mac’s Cursor

Many times the best place to look for something you’ve lost is down the back of the sofa, however, this is not helpful if the item lost is the cursor on you Mac’s screen. A feature that has been available since the release of El Capitan in September 2015 is the ability to make your cursor reveal itself by simply moving your mouse quickly or running your finger rapidly back and forth across the trackpad, this makes the cursor increase in size. Once you’ve located the elusive cursor, stop and it will shrink back to its normal size.

How To
Open System Preferences and select Accessibility.

Once the Accessibility panel is open select Display on the left side and ensure the ‘Shake mouse pointer to locate’ checkbox is ticked (img.1).

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A quick way to find mislaid cursors. 

Automatically Hide & Show The macOS Dock

This is a follow up to the post of 9th January about automatically hiding and showing the menu bar, you can also automatically hide and show the dock, I find this really helpful while playing games in windowed mode.

How To
Select System Preferences (img.1).

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Choose the Dock icon in the top row of the window (img.2).

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Now tick the, Automatically hide and show the Dock, checkbox (img.3)

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When you tick this box, the dock will reappear as you move your cursor towards the bottom of the screen, allowing you to get at all your dock actions while keeping your screen uncluttered.

Tame Notifications On macOS Sierra

Constant notification popping up on your desktop is the enemy of everybody who wants to get work done efficiently and every application seems to want to add it's notifications to your system whether relevant or not, why would I ever need a notification from an piece of image manipulation software?

However, it is extremely easy to just have the notifications you are interested in display and the rest be completely ignored, giving you a more productive working environment.

How To
First, select the System Preferences icon, I keep mine in the dock for easy access (img.1).

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Once the System Preferences window displays you will see a Notifications icon in the top right of the window, you should now click on this (img2).

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The window will then display all of you applications with notification options on the left of the window and the actual notification options on the right.

You will now have to spend some time going through all of your applications that you do not want to receive notifications from, making sure all of the tick boxes are unchecked and the alert style is none (img.3). This will turn the notifications off for the selected application including sounds, banners, badge app icons and notifications on the lock screen.

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Just leave the notifications on that you feel are essential and you will have a much more productive working environment.