macOS Tips

If we meet or talk about Apple Macs or macOS, I may recommend an app, tool, or command line tweak to you. This is an attempt to summarize everything on one page.

General macOS How To Guides that I have written up can be found at the end of this page.

If you find an outdated link, please let me know. If you’re after my general tips, I have a page for general here.

If you are looking for my reviews or how-to guides check this link.

If you’re looking for a protective hardshell case for your M2 Macbook Air, I’m tracking the best Macbook Air M2 cases here.

Important Note:
If you own, operate, or publish anything I link to, please contact me BEFORE you want to add me as someone who endorses you, testimonial, etc.

This list is provided as a courtesy to family, friends, and colleagues not for you to quote me in marketing material.

The Best macOS Tweaks
  • Amphetamine – Free
    Essential if you want to keep your computer awake when on battery (presentations, meetings, etc).
  • HiddenBar
    A free app to hide macOS menu bar icons. It works, it’s 100% free on the Mac App Store.
    alternatives to HiddenBar include BarTender (paid) and Vanilla (freemium)
  • MOS (preferred)
    Enable smooth scrolling on your Mac (my preferred Mac smooth scrolling tool)
    an alternative to MOS is Smooth Scroll.
  • New File Menu – Free (Paid Available)
    If you’re coming from Windows and like to right-click to create text files, but also try QMenu.
  • QMenu – Free (preferred)
    The best way to get a Windows-like right-click New File context menu on macOS.
  • Tinted Folders Lite (Free)
    Customize the color of your Mac folders in Finder.
  • TopNotch
    If you want to “hide” the notch on newer Mac’s, this turns the menu bar black.
  • TuneMyMusic
    if you’re moving from AppleMusic to Spotify (or vice versa), the best way to sync or move playlists. Web service, not an app.
  • World Time – Free
    If you work across multiple time zones and need another clock in your Mac Menu bar, this is perfect.

Fun Stuff

Recommended M1 / M2 macOS Apps

  • Forklift (File Manager)
    The best file manager for macOS. Dual panes, supports FTP, Cloud Storage, etc.
Discounted macOS Apps

If you’re after discounted Mac Apps, StackSocial is a good place to look. I have picked up macOS software for less than half the price that they sell for on the macOS App Store.

macOS Gaming

Not a tweak, but if you’re looking to see if a game will run on Mac silicon, check out this site. It will also give you benchmarks for games running on Mac silicon.

macOS How To Guides

Separately, macOS-related blog posts with tips, tricks, or advice written by me are listed below:

If you're on a Mac and you have a random red microphone with an x next to it, like that ...
If you're anything like me, you're getting increasingly frustrated because you somehow trigger the macOS Emoji shortcut. Or this annoying ...
I have been looking forward to macOS 13.0 or macOS Ventura, as it's also known, mainly to test the continuity ...
If you're running Microsoft Teams on macOS and get an error message that says: Update driver? Looks like your audio ...
It's easy to remove duplicate menu items from the "Open With" menu in macOS Finder. This "Open With" duplicate fix ...
If you are having an issue on macOS where Desktop Icons are missing (network drives, screenshots, etc) it's easy to ...
If you are finding that on macOS Monterey (12.5) or other versions that macOS Finder is launching on startup and ...
The 2022 MacBook Air that runs Apple's M2 chipset is a beautifully engineered laptop, typical of everything designed by Apple ...
If you're coming from Windows, you probably are probably more than familiar with the ipconfig /flushdns command to clear the ...
I own a few LIFX smart light bulbs. I'm a big fan of the LIFX Antibacterial smart light that I ...
Did you know Apple has a hidden privacy setting that may be sharing your Apple ID with other Apps? No? ...
If you use macOS you may be looking for a shortcut to close all open apps. Effectively force quitting every ...
If you use Windows and macOS, you might want some things to operate similarly or look visually similar or familiar ...
Disclaimer: I do not provide technical support, accept liability or offer a warranty. If this doesn't work, experience issues, or ...
I recently made the switch to macOS from Windows and one of the things I miss is smooth scrolling. Especially ...
I recently switch from Windows to Mac. I still have a laptop that runs Windows for gaming, but a Mac ...
I recently made the switch to macOS from Windows and one of the things I miss is being able to ...


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