This blog is part of a continuous series that highlights experiences, insights, and tutorials from fledgling developers at Flatiron in Web and iOS.
At The Flatiron School, we use Macs. As far as I know, every student in the class uses a borrowed Macbook Air from The City of New York. Before starting at Flatiron, the last time I used a Mac was in the mid 2000’s. My elementary school PowerPC (not Intel) Macbook ran OSX version 10.4 “Tiger”. The only reason I was able to determine which version it was is they added the Dashboard in that version and my 10 year-old brain thought it would be important that I remembered that.
Since then, much has changed in the Apple world (including Apple completely changing the world with the iPhone). I feel like it’s a pretty stellar time to remind myself how to use a Mac and hopefully learn some new tricks to make productivity a bit better.
I started writing the rest of this post without knowing how to take a screenshot on a Mac. I’m not sure how I would ever figure out how to do that if Google didn’t exist.
- Command + Shift + 3 = Full Screenshot
- Command + Shift + 4 = Interactive Screenshot
Finder is Mac’s file manager. Its fairly similar to Windows Explorer and Nautilus (for all of you Linux users), but being a product made by Apple, Finder is designed for a group of people that use technology completely differently than everyone else. Finder’s default settings make it completely useless to a developer. Let’s fix it.
By going to Finder > Preferences or pressing the Command + , keybind, you can access the Finder preferences. Under the Sidebar tab, you can add a home folder. While you’re here, you can also remove some of these completely useless options.
Next, drag your development folder into the list as well.
New Terminal at Folder in Context Menu
System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services
Under Files and Folders:
Enable New Terminal at Folder.
Now you can Control + Click any folder and press New Terminal at Folder.
Make yourself useful.