iPhone and MacBook tricks

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iPhone and MacBook tricks
You can fully operate your Macbook without a mouse using mutitouch. (Apple Inc.)

Apple products are designed to be intuitive. The hardware and software are made for each other on a Mac, which makes for a more seamless user interface when compared to most Windows machines, which feature hardware and software made by different manufacturers. Whether using an iPhone or a Macbook laptop, every day is a school day with new tricks and shortcuts to learn to improve your user experience.

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iPhone Quick photo

You’re out and about and want to take a quick snap, but by the time you’ve typed in your security key and opened up the camera app, the moment has passed. Make this frustrating sequence of events a thing of the past by using the quick photo trick. Wake up your iPhone by hitting the home button. The unlock button will appear, but just next to it you will notice a small camera icon. Swipe that upwards to access your camera without unlocking the phone. Your phone is still secure, as no other apps can be accessed this way, but you can fire of a few snaps without wasting time entering digits.

iPhone Quick screenshot

To capture your entire screen, press the home button, then the sleep button quickly after to get a screenshot. This saves the screen display as an image in your camera roll. If you’re browsing the web with Safari, touch and hold an image to save it to your camera roll. You can also paste it into an email.

iPhone screen orientation lock

iPhones have sensors that detect the orientation of the iPhone. The theory behind this is that the iPhone is supposed to automatically adjust the screen depending on whether you’re holding it upright or one one side. However, if you’re chilling on the sofa or lying in bed, you’ll find this annoying as the iPhone doesn’t take into account your body position, so it always assumes you’re sitting or standing. Lock the screen orientation by double-tapping the home button, then swiping left to right. This brings up the portrait lock button. Tap this and lock the phone into portrait mode.

Macbook screenshots

You can save your entire display, part of your display or a dynamic element of your display as an image using screenshots. Hit command and 3 to quickly screenshot everything, command and 4 to bring up the crosshairs to select your screenshot or command and 4 then spacebar to bring up the camera icon, so you can open menus before taking the screenshot.

Quick Macbook logout

Instead of navigating to the Apple menu and selecting Log Out, simply hit control, alt, shit and Q to logout. This is super handy if you’ve got to dash to answer the phone and want to secure your Macbook in a hurry.

Mackbook multitouch gestures

Your Macbook track pad supports a wide array of multitouch gestures for quick and intuitive commands. No more clicking in the dock or minimising windows for your. To zoom in or out, make a pinching gesture on the trackpad. To toggle between windows, swipe four fingers down the trackpad. To scroll up and down, swipe up or down with two fingers.

Spacebar zoom

If you're scrolling through a document folder or a photo album, you can quickly preview the file without opening it. Just point at it with your cursor then hit the spacebar. This enlarges photos so you can see them in detail and opens a read-only version of any documents. It's a handy and quick way to sort through files. To set a file back to its original size, hit the spacebar again.

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