I've always seen myself as a tech-savvy person. I went to an engineering school, ended up working at a software company, and at some point thought learning code would be fun (it is!). The girls in my office even ended up dubbing me as their in-house "IT Manager" because as long as I could figure out our issues, no one ever needed to call the IT guys.
It never really struck me that the little things I know were cultivated from simply existing in a technical environment. The truth is that we all have little nuggets of knowledge to share based on where we come from and what worlds we continue to live in. My 15 seconds of fame for being slightly more tech-savvy than your average food/fashion blogger was letting Eva Chen (yes, THE Eva Chen) and others on Twitter know that they can express their feelings in emoji on desktop.
Maybe you haven't thought about writing in emoji on desktop before, and maybe you haven't sought out to find little tricks to make yourself a teeny bit faster in the digital world. That's OK— because even if you haven't asked, you shall receive!!! Included below are the top three Mac shortcuts I frequent on a daily basis.
1) Emojis ( Ctrl + ⌘ + Space )
Let's face it, every now and then when you're typing away on your Macbook, you might shake your fist at the Keyboard God. "I can't express myself properly without the laugh-cry emoticon! Why isn't there an emoji keyboard already?" Well, there is, and it's built right into your Mac.
As long as you haven't altered your default keyboard shortcuts, you can get to your emojis by entering (Control + ⌘ + Space). Doing so will bring up your emoticon palette which also includes a search field! Talk about handy! 👍😉🌟
2) Window Screenshots
Taking screenshots isn't an uncommon action for bloggers (although you might want to check Creative Commons to make sure you're not stealing someone else's work). You may already be familiar with the most standard method of taking screenshots (⌘ + Shift + 3), but I've gone ahead and listed out a few more ways (not the exhaustive list) to take screen captures:
⌘ + Shift + 3: Takes a capture of your full screen and saves it to your desktop or specified folder
⌘ + Shift + 4: Lets you snip an area of your screen and saves to your desktop or specified folder
⌘ + Shift + 4, Space: Lets you choose a window or program to snap and saves it to your desktop or specified folder
⌘ + Ctrl + Shift + 4: Lets you snip an area of your screen and saves it to your clipboard. Promptly paste it into a photo editing program or a content field to see / use it.
⌘ + Ctrl + Shift + 4, Space: Lets you choose a window or program to snap and saves it to your clipboard. Promptly paste it into a photo editing program or a content field to see / use it.
3) Focus on next window ( ⌘ + ` )
Everyone knows "Alt + Tab" helps you quickly move between programs. Unless you've been living in Apple Mac World your whole life, then you may know it as "⌘ + tab." If you've ever wanted to quickly switch between windows within an application, then you may find ⌘ + ` (backtick / tilde) to be helpful. This is great for switching between Photoshop windows, word documents, and of course... swapping that shopping site with your Gmail when your boss comes walking by your cubicle. You're welcome.
Which keyboard shortcuts and tricks do you find helpful? Is there anything you've wanted to know how to do but still can't figure out? Would you like to see more of these kinds of posts? Let me know in the comments below!