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Master your Mac with these 18 power tips

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If you’re a longtime Mac user, MacOS is like a well-worn, comfy sweater. You inhabit the environment every day and move through it effortlessly by instinct. But familiarity is not the same as mastery.

MacOS is packed with features—some well hidden—that allow you to customize it for greater comfort, productivity, performance, and security. Many of these gems have been around for years. Some are just emerging in the new Catalina edition of the OS. Add in a few free utilities, and you can transform your old Mac into a powerful new experience.

Change screen magnification and text size
MacOS can pack a lot onto a high-resolution screen. Perhaps that’s too much for your eyes, or maybe you want to squeeze in even more. Click Apple icon>System Preferences>Displays>Display>Scaled to select a denser or airier layout or enlarge the text size in apps.

Customize notifications
MacOS can overwhelm with desktop and lock screen banners and pop-ups. Select which apps alert you, and how, by clicking Apple icon>System Preferences>Notifications.

Enable Dark Mode or Night Shift
Tone down the look of a bright, blue screen if it tires your eyes. For a dark screen with white text, click Apple icon>System Preferences>General and select Dark under Appearance. For a warmer (less blue) screen in the evening—thought by some to be easier on the eyes as you head toward bedtime—click Apple icon>System Preferences>Displays>Night Shift.

Customize the dock
You can change nearly every aspect of the Dock by clicking Apple icon>Preferences>Dock to:

To remove apps, you can drag them off the Dock. To add more, drag from the Applications folder to the Dock. Drag the Applications folder itself onto the dock to enable a popup menu of all programs.

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