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MacOS Tips & Tricks

Table of Contents

  1. Charge Limiter
  2. Microsoft AutoUpdate
  3. Dock
  4. Menu Bar
  5. Brew
  6. Updating everything Automatically
  7. Useful Application
  8. ZSH
  9. Shortcuts
  10. The Power of Option key
  11. Common errors
  12. General Tips
  13. Useful Sites
  14. Other Resources

Charge Limiter

You can use one of these to limit how much your MacBook charges:

Make sure you read the readme file and know what you are doing. In most cases, you don't need this but if you are a pro user, you might like controlling it yourself.


Microsoft AutoUpdate

Disable opening popup every day (source)

sudo plutil -replace StartInterval -integer 864000 /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist
sudo plutil -replace RunAtLoad -bool no /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist
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Check for update manually (source)

/Library/Application\ Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft\ AutoUpdate.app/Contents/MacOS/msupdate -l
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Open GUI manually:

/Library/Application\ Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app
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Dock

Location of the setting file: /Users/[user-name]/Library/Preference/com.apple.Dock

Parameters description: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/devicemanagement/dock

Lock size of the dock

defaults write com.apple.dock size-immutable -bool true; killall Dock
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Lock position of the dock

defaults write com.apple.dock position-immutable -bool true; killall Dock
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Add empty item

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock
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Revert to default

defaults delete com.apple.dock; killall Dock
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Menu Bar

In order to make it visible even in the fullscreen mode, you can go to System Preferences > Dock and Menu Bar and uncheck Automatically hide and show the menu bar in full screen

You can also set it individually for each app: (true means it will show it all the time in the fullscreen mode)

defaults write com.example.SomeApp AppleMenuBarVisibleInFullscreen -bool true
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💡 If you don’t know the app bundle identifier name, follow the first general tip.


Brew

Get the list of installed packages:

brew leaves
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Packages that I like to install:

cocoapods
composer
ffmpeg
gh
jq
openjdk
php
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Updating everything Automatically

Brew

brew update && brew upgrade && brew upgrade --cask
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Python packages (without package manager)

python3 -m pip install -U pip
pip3 list --outdated --format=json | jq -r '.[] | "\(.name)==\(.latest_version)"' | xargs -n1 pip3 install -U
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Check system updates

softwareupdate -l
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AppStore installed apps

brew install mas # install
mas outdated # show all the packages that need update
mas upgrade # update all of them
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Useful Application

Free/OpenSource:

CLI:

  • mas -> Mac App Store command line interface
  • YT-DLP -> Download video/audio from youtube

Paid:

  • BetterTouchTool -> Customize various input devices
  • Bartender -> Control and customize menu bar
  • Sound Source -> Sound control for apps and 3rd party monitors
  • MacUpdater -> Automatically track the latest updates of all applications installed
  • Movist -> Better video player

ZSH

Oh My ZSH install

sh -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/master/tools/install.sh)"
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Configuration

ZSH_THEME="robbyrussell"
DISABLE_UPDATE_PROMPT="true"
HIST_STAMPS="yyyy/mm/dd"

plugins=(git extract zsh-autosuggestions)
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Useful Plugins (all)

# zsh-autosuggestions
git clone https://github.com/zsh-users/zsh-autosuggestions $ZSH_CUSTOM/plugins/zsh-autosuggestions
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Shortcuts

  • Change volume in small increments: Shift ⇧ + Option ⌥ (alt) + Volume Up/Down
  • Change brightness in small increments: Shift ⇧ + Option ⌥ (alt) + Brightness Up/Down
  • Entering/Exiting fullscreen mode: fn + F
  • Paste without formatting: Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ (alt) + Shift ⇧ + V
  • Permanent deleting a file: Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ (alt) + Backspace
  • Show hidden files in Finder: Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ + .

The Power of Option key

Do all of these when holding the Option key!

  • Hit the volume icon to see both input and output
  • Hit wifi icon to see every little detail
  • Hit menu bar items to see other options
  • Hit close window to close all instances of that application
  • Right click after you copied something to show Move item here instead of paste.
  • When seeing an image, Click on File > Save As while holding the option to convert your image to other formats. When selecting a format, hold the option to see more formats!

Common errors

  • App is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash.
sudo xattr -rd /Applications/[name].app
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General Tips

1- Finding app bundle identifier:

osascript -e 'id of app "TextEdit"'
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2- Three-finger drag:

Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Pointer Control > Trackpad options and then enable dragging with three finger drag. Now you can drag any window with three fingers.

3- Change drag & drop speed:

Go to System Preference > Accessibility > Pointer Control and change Spring-loading delay.


Useful Sites


Other Resources

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