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Use These Mac Shortcuts Instead of the Esc Key Use These Mac Shortcuts Instead of the Esc Key

Here’s a dumb shortcut that will come in handy some day. In some apps, ⌘-. does the same thing as the escape key. So if that key is broken, or your stupid Touch Bar is hiding your stupid virtual escape key, or your hands can’t reach the corner of your keyboard, or you just like the ergonomics better, then go for it.

Google Directly From MacOS Spotlight Using This Keyboard Shortcut Google Directly From MacOS Spotlight Using This Keyboard Shortcut

Sometimes you want to Google (or Bing? up to you...) something, but opening up another browser tab feels like a touch too much effort. If you use MacOS, try this handy keyboard command that makes search queries from Spotlight automatically open in your default browser’s search engine.

How to Get Gmail's Best Features If You're Holding on to an Old Email Account How to Get Gmail's Best Features If You're Holding on to an Old Email Account

In this week’s Tech 911—the column where we offer reasonable answers and explanations for of your deepest, darkest tech confusions—a Lifehacker reader wonders why she can’t access some of Gmail’s best features with a third-party email client (and a non-Gmail address).

How to Take Prettier Screenshots on a Mac How to Take Prettier Screenshots on a Mac

Mac: If you’re clipping a bit of text to send in a tweet or saving info from a rental car confirmation page, your standard Command-Shift-4 shortcut for a screenshot is more than adequate. But adding a couple keystrokes can make all the difference when you want to, say, include a professional-looking image of your…

How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File How to Rescue Embedded Images From a DOCX File

“If you rename a .docx file to .zip you can open it,” tweets SwiftOnSecurity, the security professional/Taylor Swift parody account. Then you can grab images and video that were embedded in the document, all as separate files. Swift’s followers have more great tips for rescuing data from different file formats. For…

Switch Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS Mojave With This Handy App Switch Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS Mojave With This Handy App

Mac: Even though you probably shouldn’t install a public beta of an operating system on your primary device—your laptop, in this case—go ahead. Give macOS Mojave a try. There are plenty of fun features you can play with, including the operating system’s new dark mode (close to the top of my list).

How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2 How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2

Some Sonos speakers are finally getting support for Apple’s latest wireless streaming technology, AirPlay 2. Whether you’re want to blast your favorite Netflix movies or rock out around your house, this update lets you connect your speakers to your iOS devices. Here’s how to get started:

Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games Trick Out Your Touch Bar With These Creative Apps and Games

I don’t know about you, but I’m still on the fence about Apple’s Touch Bar. The most use I get out of it is accidentally tapping the virtual “back” button in my browser when trying to press a number key. That, and I mainly use the Touch Bar to adjust my MacBook’s brightness and volume. (Perhaps I need to configure…

The Best Features to Try in macOS Mojave The Best Features to Try in macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave is in public beta now, and it has a lot of cool features that might not totally change the way you use your Mac, but will speed up parts of your workflow, help keep your files organized, and make you smile with customizable touches.

Stop Copy-Paste From Turning Your Emails Into Ransom Notes Stop Copy-Paste From Turning Your Emails Into Ransom Notes

You’re typing an email, you paste in some text from a Word doc, and suddenly half your email is in the same font as the doc. Or you paste a headline into a Google doc, and it shows up in giant 48pt text. This annoying paste behavior is the default in most Windows, MacOS, and web apps. In outgoing docs and emails, it…

How to Make the Most of Mac's 'Preview' for PDFs

In a perfect world, we’d all have a feature-packed, free PDF editor that can do everything you might need whenever you’re given an important document to fiddle with.

Save Everything You Copy on iOS and macOS with Paste 2 Save Everything You Copy on iOS and macOS with Paste 2

Mac: When updating Lifehacker’s Mac Pack for 2018, some readers noticed that I didn’t include any clipboard management apps this time around. It’s nothing personal; there were just other apps I thought were more interesting.

How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave How to Fix Chrome's Checkboxes and Buttons in macOS Mojave

It’s a pretty specific issue, but an annoying one. If you’re playing around with the latest public beta for Apple’s macOS Mojave—as of when we wrote this article—and you’re a big fan of Chrome, you might have wondered where your checkboxes and (some) website buttons have gone.

Vanilla Is a Cheaper Cleanup Tool for the Mac Menu Bar Vanilla Is a Cheaper Cleanup Tool for the Mac Menu Bar

MacOS: We love Bartender, the $15 app that lets you hide menu bar items of your choice. But there’s a simpler, cheaper app that does the same thing. Vanilla hides your menu bar items for just $5. And you can try it for free.

How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10 How to Get Apple's 'Quick Look' Feature in Windows 10

Windows: Even if you’re the world’s biggest Microsoft fan, you have to admit that Apple’s “Quick Look” feature for macOS is pretty convenient. If you’re such a purist that you haven’t even touched a Mac in the last decade or so, here’s a brief introduction: You click on a file. You press the space bar. A preview of…

How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone? How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone?

Sometimes, the best tech problems aren’t the super-specific, why-is-this-doing-that-thing-and-now-smoking-help kinds of questions. This week, a reader sent in a fairly generic question that’s applicable to everyone, because it concerns our favorite topic: passwords.

Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache

A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac’s Quick Look feature—useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar—stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you’ve connected to your system.

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

We’re back with another Apple-themed issue of Tech 911, where I give it my all to help you figure out the issues you’re having with your computer, smartphone, device, or life.

How to Get Apple's Mac Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS Betas Right Now How to Get Apple's Mac Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS Betas Right Now

If you want to play with the “early AF” release of iOS 12, or run around in the deserts of macOS Mojave, you normally have to give Apple $99 for the privilege of developing apps for its platform—apps it’ll ultimately take a 30 percent cut of (unless you offer a subscription and keep a user for longer than a year, but…

How to Get Early Access to Everything Apple Announced at WWDC  How to Get Early Access to Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 

A new Mac App Store! Dark Mode! Desktop Stacks! Group FaceTime! Dick Tracy mode for your Apple Watch! It’s WWDC day, and Apple revealed plenty of new features for its various platforms this morning. (No, you’re not getting more free iCloud space and, yes, your Macbook Pro keyboard still sucks.)

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