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If you find an outdated link, please let me know.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