New to macOS? Well, there are a few settings you should change (in my opinion) right out of the gate. These are things that I change on every single device, and I think you should too.
- 1. Uncheck “Reopen all windows when logging back in.”
- 2. Change your Dock settings to not show recent applications in the dock.
- 3. Change the Scrolling direction
- 4. Change your finder settings
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1. Uncheck “Reopen all windows when logging back in.”
By default, macOS likes to ReOpen all Windows when you reboot. I personally have never found this useful, so I always check it off. I think restarts should be “wiping the slate clean”, and restarts are much faster when this is off.
- To do this, just click the Apple Logo in the top left and then click “Restart”.
- Then uncheck “reopen all windows when logged back in”.
2. Change your Dock settings to not show recent applications in the dock.
This is a personal preference, but it probably comes from my Windows/PC background. I don’t like having recent apps open on the dock. I just want the dock to show apps that I have open.
- To change this, right-click on the “line” on the dock and select “Dock Settings”
- Uncheck “Show Recent Applications in Dock”.
3. Change the Scrolling direction
This is also a preference of mine. I like the scrolling direction in Windows/PC. It’s more natural to me.
- To change this, go to “System Preferences” and click Mouse. (or search for “Mouse” in Spotlight)
- Then uncheck “natural scrolling”. (hint: if you want the trackpad and mouse to be separate settings, check out my other article where I talk about “Scroll Reverser” )New to macOS Guide Day 2 - Apps that I Always Install on my Mac
4. Change your finder settings
The default Finder settings are fine, but I like to adjust them so I can see more of my files in the sidebar. (again, probably because of my Windows/PC background)
- Make sure Finder is open. Then on the top bar, click “Finder” and “Settings”.
- Click on Sidebar, and select anything you’d like to see in your favorites bar for your finder Window. (This is what I have selected currently.)
- You can also find other useful Finder settings in this menu too that you may not be familiar with.
That’s it! I hope you find some of these setting changes helpful. If you have other settings you are curious about or feel stuck on a Mac, send me an email at email@example.com.
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