15+ Mac OS Terms

There are many terms that come with Mac OS, and it can be difficult to know what they all mean. In this post we will walk you through some of the most basic terminologies in Mac OS so that you can understand them better.

  • AirDrop: Air Drop allows you to send files from one device to another wirelessly without having to any internet connection or other cables, and it is even possible for two people standing next to each other but with no WiFi signal available!
  • Finder: Finder is Mac OS’s default desktop application that displays the content of a user’s computer. It can also be used to manage files and folders by creating new ones, deleting old or broken ones, and changing their names.
  • Quick Look: Quick Look allows users to visualize what kinds of data are inside an item without having to open it up in a separate program window. This feat can be accomplished either from Finder (double-clicking) or within any app with the Share Sheet enabled (tap on the Action button).Spotlight: Spotlight is like Google for your Mac because it searches through different items on your system for specific types of things such as emails, documents, presentations ̵…
  • Notification Center: Notification center shows you all the alerts and notifications that you have received from apps, programs, as well as other services like Twitter.
  • FileVault: File Vault encrypts the hard disk on your Mac so that nobody else can access it without a password. It is an important security measure to take for any device because theft of devices has been becoming more common over recent years.
  • Gatekeeper: Gatekeeper checks which applications should be installed on your system by verifying if they are approved or not in order to protect against malware attacks. Users who want to install unapproved items must override Gatekeeping with their Apple ID credentials first before installation takes place.
  • Library Folders: Library folders are system-wide locations that can be used to store documents, pictures and other files which you might want to access from anywhere on your Mac.
  • iWork: iWork refers to all three of Apple’s productivity suite – Keynote (presentations), Pages (word processing), and Numbers (spreadsheets).
  • My Photo Stream: My Photo Stream is a system built into Mac OS to automatically sync pictures taken on your iPhone with the Pictures folder in order for them to be accessible from any device. It also has an option of adding comments, tags or other metadata onto photos so that they are easier to find later on.
  • Smart Groups: Smart groups allow users to group selected files together by using certain criteria such as file type or date modified. They can either do this manually or set up rules beforehand – which makes it possible for those items pop up when you open Finder without having to go through all the folders first!
  • Mission Control: Mission Control shows you every desktop window at once, allowing you greater control over how they are displayed. You can also use it to enter fullscreen mode and make windows appear as smaller icons if you prefer not having so many on the screen at once for a more minimalist look.
  • App Exposé: App exposure is an application launcher that displays all programs open in a particular app’s window, allowing users to see what files or documents they have open without leaving them behind. You can visit System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures to see how App Exposé works.
  • Natural Scrolling: Natural scrolling happens when items scroll down automatically after reaching the end of the page rather than requiring you to manually keep clicking on “Next Page.” It helps conserve energy because your Mac will no longer need to do that repetitive work for you!
  • Look Up: Look up allows users to search Wikipedia directly from Spotlight instead of having to open a separate browser window.
  • Hot Corners: Hot corners are four specific spots on the edge of your Mac’s screen that you can set up for different functions, such as minimizing all windows and activating Mission Control. This feature is especially useful when working with multiple apps because it allows users to easily access what they need without having to click or move their cursor around too much.
  • Share Sheet: The Share sheet lets programs communicate more fluidly by allowing them to share things like pictures, videos, files etcetera in order for other devices nearby (such as an iPhone) to pick them up automatically – which saves time and energy! It also has options for copying text from one app into another so that there is no need to type out the same thing twice.

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