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 are looking for my reviews or how-to guides check this link.
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The Best macOS Tweaks
- Amphetamine – Free
Essential if you want to keep your computer awake when on battery (presentations, meetings, etc).
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.
If you want to “hide” the notch on newer Mac’s, this turns the menu bar black.
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.
- If you want to emulate a retro Mac, try this macOS 8 emulator.
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.
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: