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10 things you need to tweak when setting up a new MacBook



After you've visited the first screens of the Mac Setup Wizard, where you signed in with your Apple ID, connect to a network, and so on, your work is not complete. Here are 18 settings that you can change or at least check on your new MacBook.

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Check for updates

Has Apple released an update to MacOS since it created your MacBook? To find out, click on the Apple Button in the upper left corner of your screen and then on About This Mac . You should be staring at the General tab of the About this Mac window. In this case, click the Software Update button. This will start the system settings to check for updates.

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Battery percentage display

Like an iPhone, a MacBook displays a small battery icon at the top of the display to show how much battery power is left. It makes more sense to display the percentage of remaining battery in addition to this icon. To view the percentage, click the battery icon on the menu bar and click Show Percentage . (If no battery icon is displayed, go to System Settings> Power Saving and select the check box. Display the battery status in the menu bar. .)

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Set up Siri

Siri should be enabled by default. However, if you only want to use Siri on your iPhone, you can disable Siri by calling System Preferences> Siri and clearing the check box for Enable Ask Siri . If you want to use Siri frequently, you can select Siri's voice, language, and keyboard shortcuts in this Siri window.

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<h2>  Adjust the Touch Bar </h2>
<p>  If you own a new MacBook Pro <span section= ($ 1,849 on Amazon) with the Touch Bar, go to System Preferences> Keyboard and click Touch Adjusting the Touchbar Button and then simply drag the buttons that you want to appear in the default Touchbar view into the Touchbar below the display. Do not worry, they make the jump from your display to the touch bar via the hinge.

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Syncing folders through iCloud

I find it incredibly useful to sync the Desktop and Documents folders between my two Macs and my iOS devices. To sync these two folders, go to System Preferences> iCloud and click the Options button for iCloud Drive . Next, select the check box for the top element "Desktop" and "Documents" folder .

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Select Default Browser

Although it needs more system resources than Safari, I use Chrome instead of Safari because Favorites help me keep track of all my open tabs. To set a default browser, go to System Preferences> General and select a selection other than Safari for Default Web Browser .

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Adjusting the scroll direction

The "natural" scroll direction of a MacBook does not feel natural to me. If you want the two-finger swipe gesture to scroll vertically in the opposite direction, go to System Preferences> Trackpad and click the Scroll & Zoom tab. Next, clear the scroll direction: Natural check box.

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Get Your Dashboard

With MacOS, you can use Mission Control to juggle multiple desktops that you can flip through using the three- or four-finger swipe gesture. The Dashboard is a special desktop where you can attach various apps to quickly access the current weather conditions, your calendar, a calculator and other information. To enable the dashboard, go to System Preferences> Mission Control and change the setting Dashboard from Off to As Space or As Overlay . , In the former, the dashboard is set up as your leftmost desktop, and the latter is displayed on your current desktop by pressing the F12 key.

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Add items from the dock and remove them from the dock

. Apple throws a bunch of recent apps into the dock at the bottom of the screen. You can make room for the most commonly used apps by removing others you do not need from the dock. To remove an app from the dock, simply click the corresponding icon in the dock and drag it to the desktop until Remove appears above the icon. Then let go. Poof, it's gone! To add an app to the dock, open it and right-click the dock icon. Right-click the option option and click Keep in Dock .

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Move the Dock

The dock is at the bottom of your screen. However, on a widescreen MacBook display, it may be better to have it on the page. To move the dock, go to System Preferences> Dock and select either Left or Right for Position on the screen . If you are there, you can also drag a slider to adjust the size of the dock. You can also make it disappear from view if you do not use it by checking the check box and automatically hiding and displaying the dock .

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Stop Watching Video Automatically

Safari is now fighting two of the biggest online harassment: autoplay videos and ad trackers. Ad tracking is stopped by default. However, there is a global setting for stopping the automatic playback of videos you want to enable. Open the Preferences of Safari and click the Sites tab. Select Auto-Play from the left pane and for . If you visit other websites at the bottom of the window, select Never Auto-Play or Stop Media with Sound (if you are satisfied with playing muted videos) and sit back and enjoy the silence.

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Enabling Safari Favorites

The favicons are tiny icons that appear on your tabs and in the bookmarks bar, making your browser visually more interesting. It is also an important help if you want to know which tabs are which. Chrome has been around for a while, and now Safari. To enable favicons for Safari, open Preferences and click the tab above. Next, check the box Display the site icons in tabs .

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<h2>  Work the Night Shift </h2>
<p>  Gazing at a blue screen at bedtime can shift the body's natural clock and make sleep difficult. Apple's Night Shift feature shifts the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum in the evenings. Go to <strong> System Preferences> Show </strong> and click on the <strong> Night Shift </strong> tab. You can choose to enable the night shift from sunset to sunrise, or you can choose a custom time range. Use the slider to adjust the color temperature of the effect between less warm and more. When you start Night Shift, you'll be wondering how you sat in front of a cold blue screen in the evenings. </p><div><script async src=
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