Interesting MacBook Facts

Apple’s goal for the MacBook was to engineer a full‑size experience into the lightest and most compact notebook. The result is more than just a light, thin, functional and capable computer. It’s the future of the notebook.

Interesting MacBook Facts

There are so many reasons to love the MacBook, and here we will list some facts to show you why! These facts may help you to use your notebook, and to better understand it. Enjoy this article!

Interesting Facts

  • On the MacBook Air, you can watch a DVD using another computer’s drive over a Wi-Fi network by using the Remote Disc feature.
  • If you can’t open the DVD Player, or if you want to use an alternate player as your default player, alter the settings in System Preferences – CDs & DVDs.
  • Whichever applications you use on your Mac, you can speed up your work by manipulating text with the keyboard rather than the mouse. Many developers and other professionals use shortcuts to work faster and make the entire process easier.

Standard Shortcuts

Command key + S – a standard shortcut for Save.

Command key + Shift + S – Save As.

Command key + D – when you are specifying where to save your work, this combination leads you to the desktop.

Command key + Shift + H – takes you to your Home folder.

▲/▼ button reveals or hides the file browser.

Moving around: Use the arrow keys to move around by letter and line. Add the Command key (or the Options key in some applications), to move by word and paragraph.

Selecting text:  Hold down the Shift key and the arrow keys become tools for selecting text.

Use the Command key or  Option key to select by words and paragraphs rather than letters and lines

Cut: Command key + X f.

Copy: Command key + C.

Paste: Command key + V.

(Cut, Copy and Paste are easy to remember and fast to use, as X, C and V are adjacent on the keyboard).

Macbook Shortcuts

Jumping around: Use the Home and End keys to jump to the beginning or end of a line.

Many text shortcuts are available in each application. In Microsoft Word, Shift + ^ + Arrow Up or Shift + ^ + Arrow down move paragraphs up and down. Shift + F3 toggles selected text between upper and lower case.

A search box will help you to find folders to save into. You can also create a new folder using the button at the bottom-left. Just as in Finder, you can navigate back and forward or change views by using the button on the top-right.

You can drag the Sidebar pane on the left in and out.

  • Start-Up Modes: When troubleshooting your Mac, there are various key combinations that do useful things during start-up. In each case you have to make sure the Mac is switched off. If you are not sure if the machine is switched off, hold down the power button for five seconds. Then switch on and as soon as you hear the startup chime hold down one of the following until something appears on the screen:

Shift – Safe Mode.

Command Key + S – Single User Mode.

C – Boot from CD.

  • The first MacBook Air was very similar to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, except that the MacBook Air was shrunk down to an ultra-thin case. The case measured just 0.76 inches thick. As its name suggests, the MacBook Air is all about being light-weight, as it is almost two pounds lighter than the MacBook. The MacBook Air’s lightweight structure makes it a popular choice for users who travel for work and carry the device with them. Although the MacBook Air lacks the glass trackpad from the MacBook and MacBook Pro, this notebook does have multi-touch capability.
  • The MacBook Air’s screen remains the full 13-inch size. It has the same full-sized backlit keyboard as the MacBook Pro.
  • The MacBook Air has no optical drive. Users can purchase the optical drive separately and attach it to the notebook via USB. However, Apple’s Disc Sharing feature enables a MacBook Air to borrow the optical drive from another Mac or even PC computer.
  • Despite costing more than previous MacBooks, Apple’s MacBook Air has much lower specifications. By shaving two pounds off the weight of a MacBook, without compromising on the screen and keyboard, Apple made a popular notebook for users who carry around a notebook all day long. Indeed, when walking around all day with a notebook, the extremely low weight is very convenient.
  • MacBook Pro: The MacBook Pro is a portable notebook which has higher specifications and a wider range of features compared to other MacBook models. This ensures that the MacBook Pro is a much more powerful unit. As well as the 13-inch screen, it also has 15- and 17-inch display options. The MacBooks with these larger screen options have more powerful innards, for example, graphic cards with their own memory (unlike the integrated graphics option used on the MacBook, which shares the memory with the main system). The MacBook Pro can thus be used for graphics-intensive tasks, such as video editing, digital image, games or programs that use 3-D graphics, and more. The MacBook Pro features a backlit keyboard. When the light in the environment fades, the keys light up, enabling the user to easily continue working.

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