New ways to get the most out of your Mac with macOS Sierra

With new features designed for your desktop, macOS Sierra makes getting things done on a daily basis a lot simpler. From a more organised desktop, to different ways to multitask and free up storage space, macOS Sierra is packed with an advanced set of tools that are simple to use. Plus, with Siri by your side, you’ll have a sidekick to tackle everything and anything that comes your way. Here are some of our favourite features.

Clean out the clutter

MacOS Sierra comes with plenty of easy ways to free up valuable space on your Mac without wasting precious time going through files and deleting them manually.

All you need to do is:

Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen > select About This Mac > Click the Storage tab > Click the Manage button on the right-hand side.

You’ll be presented with a list of options that will help you save disk space and better manage your storage. 

There are four different options:

  • Store in iCloud allows you to move photos and videos on your Mac to iCloud
  • Optimize Storage removes movies that you have already watched
  • Erase Trash Automatically automatically empties any trash file that has been there for more than 30 days (some of your trash may have even been piling up for months!)
  • Reduce Clutter allows you to easily review and delete any old documents by showing you the largest documents first and letting you decide which can stay and which must go.

Move content around in a flash

Wouldn’t it be great if something you copied on your iPad or iPhone was instantly available for you to paste onto your Mac? With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, you can do exactly that – it’s called Universal Clipboard! It’s super easy to set up as well. All you need is for all of your devices to be signed in to the same iCloud account, for them to be operating on the same network and for all of them to be within Bluetooth Range – it’s kind of like Airdrop but with a cherry on top.

There’s nothing to it really, just select your text or photo or something else and select ‘copy’ on one device and select ‘paste’. It works across apps so you can copy something in Safari on your iPad and paste it into Pages on your Mac.

Make sure you turn on Handoff between your Mac and iCloud devices to allow the Universal Clipboard to work. Here’s how: System Preferences > General > Allow Handoff.

Keep things neat and tidy

If you’re the typical ‘A’ type personality then having a neat and tidy screen brings all sorts of calm to your day. Well, we have good news for you. MacOS Sierra helps you to completely declutter your desktop by using tabs for all of your different applications. So instead of having a ton of unfinished email windows open, you’ll be able to collate all of these windows into the Mail app and access them via tabs.

To do this, select Merge all windows which is in the View or Window menu (depending on the app) and voilà, all is in order. You can also select File > New Tab from the menu bar or drag and drop windows to combine them into one tabbed window.

With all your windows in one easy-to-navigate window, multitasking will be your new middle name.

Let Siri make your daily tasks easier

One of the major additions to macOS Sierra is Siri, and we welcome her with open arms. Getting things done in record time and multitasking like a pro is Siri’s middle name, and she’s here to make everyday tasks on your Mac a total breeze. You can ask her to do all sorts of things like sending messages, look for files, adjust settings and so much more. Ask her about the weather for the upcoming week for a destination you’re travelling to, enable Do Not Disturb when you’re catching up with your favourite YouTube channel or ask her to to show you specific files deleted on a certain day with the word “language” in the heading. The options are endless.

Need this now? Go to System Preferences > Siri and adjust settings for language, voice and keyboard shortcut that launches Siri. Now you’re A for Away.

Keep watching while you multitask

Picture in Picture is a new feature that comes with macOS Sierra which allows you to continue watching a video, in the corner of your screen, while you do a bunch of other things on your Mac. You can switch between apps and do what you need to do while the video remains in a floating window in front of all the other windows on your desktop. So if you don’t want to miss a moment of the game or you’re watching a TED talk while you’re work, Picture in Picture means that your video will remain visible on your display in full view no matter what you’re busy with.

One more tip to keep handy in your “back pocket”

Did you know that the blue light from screens has been linked to upsetting your biological rhythm and contributing to insomnia? With macOS Sierra comes a useful setting called Night Shift which is specifically designed to gradually shift the display on your Mac from a blue tint to a warmer tint as the day turns into evening. Go to System Preferences to play around with the different settings like scheduling Night Shift to activate at sunset and deactivate at sunrise or at a specific time of your choice.

We’ve only scratched the surface of all the great features that are packed into macOS Sierra. Did we mention that its a free upgrade? Just visit the Mac App Store, click upgrade and you’re on your way to a brand-new Mac experience.