5 essential tips for your new MacBook

Bought or won a MacBook? This article is for you! Here are 5 essential tips for your new Apple notebook.

It can be either Macbook Air, MacBook Pro or any model of laptop, but it needs to be done. Let's go the tips on how to organize the macbook or the famous macintosh.

Thank you until today Steve Jobs for everything he has done for the company and the products, in constant evolution such as consumer electronics:

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Is Macbook good for gaming?

anytime to play You can take the time to make these indicated settings. However, I will make something very clear (opinion).

Anyone who buys a device like Mac to use the Windows software/operating system on it to play games I see it as a waste. Even in terms of hardware it is excellent for running windows.

If you want a computer to play games, in that case I advise you to buy a PC and not an Apple device.


Let's make one thing very clear, it may have factory defects. However, like any other equipment there is technical assistance.

MacBook tips and secrets tutorials

Every day thousands of people are delighted to become a new MacBook user. In case you are one of them, here you can find essential tips and the best Mac resources for you to make better use of your new toy and thus start this new experience on the “right foot”. So let's go the best macbook tips.

Getting Started with Mac

1st tip: Save everything!

One of the best experiences of buying a new Apple product is taking the product out of the box. Every detail has been carefully thought out by the Apple team. So the tip is to save everything, so that in the case of a future sale, something very common, you will deliver to the next user something very similar to what you received, valuing your product at the time of sale.

MacBook pro all in the box

Keep the box and everything that comes with your MacBook, including the plastics, they will be worth your money in a possible sale!

Continuing the tip, also keep the invoice, this is very important, as it is the guarantee that the product was legally purchased and so you will have warranty coverage. If you are afraid of losing the note, then scan it and keep it in your email or other safe place. It is also a fundamental part of a future sale.

2nd tip: Buy the right accessories.

I know you didn't buy your MacBook cheap, even if it's a used one, but accessories will always be part of the package. Generally focused on protection, styling, storage and connectivity. Even though it's made of very well-crafted aluminum, it dents and scratches, and not everyone likes its unique silver style. So accessories are always welcome.

case for macbook air

See how beautiful your new MacBook air looks with a colorful case. There are many different styles of protecting your Mac.

One of the main accessories are the cases (covers). They prevent surface scratches, and protect against small impacts. But don't buy a low quality case, it can scratch your Mac and in case of drop it won't protect anything. In addition, the cover also stylizes your Mac and makes it different.

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Macbook Settings and Security

On the Apple website in Brazil, there are several very cool covers and bags, it is worth taking a look. I use the Speek case on my 15 inch MacBook Retina. It costs R$ 200 at Apple Store Brazil.

Or you can search on Google:

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Make Invisible Backups With Time Capsule – Free Up Macbook Space

Do not trust 100% on your hard drive. Another key accessory is an external hard drive, or a Time Capsule. Apple's operating system for iMacs and MacBooks, OS X, has a fantastic auto-backup system that lets you go back in time and retrieve old files with ease.

Time capsule Apple how does it work?

But for this function to be perfect, I recommend purchasing the Time Capsule from Apple, which is a very high quality wireless router with a built-in HD. So you make backups of your articles without having to press a single button.

It is good to remember that Apple has Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 technology, which is much faster than USB 3.0. This makes backups with external hard drives with this technology up to 10x faster.

Is external hard drive worth buying?

Another interesting accessory, if you usually save a lot of important files or media, is the external HD. With the Mac OS X system you'll have a backup option (see how to use Time Machine) that won't let you miss anything and if you already have a Mac equipped with Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, take the opportunity to buy a device that is compatible and transfer your files much faster.

Google it:

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The last accessory I recommend is the adapter for the MacBook for an external monitor or projector, it's the Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. This accessory is essential, you can't do without it. You can buy at Apple Store.

Google it:

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3rd tip: Leave him your face!

Mac System Preferences

Click on the apple (top left) in the top menu and go to system preferences. Adjust everything and make your Mac your way.

One of the things that make new users not adapt to their MacBook is not properly configuring their new device. This tip also works for your mobile device (iPhone and iPad). Go into system preferences and make it your own.

Correctly configure how you would like to use the mouse, screen resolution, application bar (Dock) position, desktops, desktop background, screen saver, user configuration (photo, password, full name), or that is, mess with the settings and make them your style.

4th tip: [Security] Activate Find My Mac.

Safety first. So the first thing you should do is enable your MacBook's security features. They are:

User password | System Preference > Users and Groups Firewall | System Preferences > Security & Privacy Enable Find My Mac | System Preference > iCloud > Find My Mac

These 3 steps are extremely important for your safety. The first one you will do right when you get your new Apple notebook. Many people prefer not to have passwords on personal computers as usually only the owners touch their Macs.

But this is a basic beginner mistake as the password is also a form of virtual security. If your MacBook is connected to a local computer network, and there is no password, it is free for third-party access (if the sharing option is enabled).

The second, Firewall, is something basic for those who use the internet. Firewall is a “filter” where you only allow access to the internet for what you authorize. This is good for both browsing safety with Safari and email and app security. It is not an anti-virus, but an anti-invader over the internet.

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Enabling Find my Mac on your MacBook

The third is one of the most important. Find My Mac is a free tool from Apple for those who have an iCloud account. It's a service that uses your MacBook's GPS to find where it is in case you lose it.

For this you will have to have an iCloud account that you can create instantly and for free! This service finds your Mac if it is connected to the internet.

5th tip: Learn to use your Mac keyboard.

This is a very important adjustment, especially for new users of OS X and coming to Windows with the keyboard. On Windows most keyboards use the ABNT standard which has the ç (cedilla) inside the keyboard and uses shift to place accents [shift + accent + letter].

Apple's standard is different, the keyboards are of the international style and it usually uses alt to accent the words [alt.+ specific key for each accent + letter].

But since everything is adjustable (phew!), you can use the default Windows on your Mac. Just go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Layouts and add the US International – PC option. With this layout option, to accentuate your words, just use the combinations shift + [accent] and then the desired letter to accentuate.

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Making keyboard language adjustment

Example: I'm writing this entire article on my MacBook, and for me to accent the letter é, I used shift+[accent key] and then [e].


Other keyboard shortcuts:

1. Fn + Arrows: Equivalent to PC Home(←)/End(→) and Page Up(↑)/Page Down(↓) buttons.

2. Fn + delete: Deletes the character to the right of the cursor. Similar to Delete on PC;

3. command (⌘) + X/C/V/Z: cut/copy/paste/undo;

4. command (⌘) + Q: Closes the application in the foreground;

5. command (⌘) + W: Closes the application's active tab (browser, Finder, etc.);

6. command (⌘) + T: creates a new tab in the active application (browser, Finder, etc.);

7. command (⌘) + F: search for text;

8. command (⌘) + space: spotlight.

9. command (⌘) + delete: send selected item to trash (Finder);

10. option (⌥) + command (⌘) + esc: window to force quit the application;

11. control (⌃) + ⏏/Power: window to restart/sleep/shut down your Mac;

12. control (⌃) + shift (⇧) + ⏏/On: puts the screens to sleep;

13. control (⌃) + ←/→: switches between Spaces;

14. enter: rename selected item (Finder);

15. shift (⇧) + command (⌘) + N: creates a new folder (Finder);

16. command (⌘) + I: shows the information panel of the selected item (Finder);

17. command (⌘) + shift (⇧) + 3: screenshot (full). Equivalent to Print Screen.

18. command (⌘) + shift (⇧) + 4: screenshot (selectable zone).

19. command (⌘) + shift (⇧) + 4 | space: screenshot (selected window).

20. option (⌥) + delete: deletes the word to the left of the cursor.

These were the 5 essential tips I've separated for you who just bought a MacBook, soon I'll bring you more simple tips on how to better use your new notebook.

If you liked it, have any questions or anything to add, feel free to leave a comment.

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