Have a MacBook Pro –as the powerful 16-inches– is very exciting. With its multiple features and elegant design, it is a working tool that combines the performance and style. And if you also know how to configure a MacBook Pro, you’ll be able to get it to work as you need.
Turn off the automatic brightness
Your MacBook Pro has an ambient light sensor in the display frame, which detects the amount of light and adjusts the brightness automatically. If you work in a dark room, it will reduce to avoid the tiredness of the eyes. But not always need this function, as when you edit photos and need a constant brightness for precision work. Here’s how to disable the automatic brightness.
Step 1: open system preferences. You can do this by pressing the Apple logo in the upper left corner, then in system Preferences or by clicking the icon of system Preferences in the Dock.
Step 2: in system Preferences, tap on Screens.
Step 3: Below the slider Brightness, clear the check box to automatically Adjust the brightness.
Step 4: if your Mac is compatible with True Tone, also you can turn it off. This function automatically adjusts the screen colors, to be consistent with the ambient lighting. To disable it, uncheck True Tone, beneath the box Adjust brightness automatically. If you do not see this option, your Mac is not compatible with True Tone.
How to set the dark mode
The dark mode in MacOS allows a better visualization of the screen, especially during the night. Even though he came with MacOS Mojave, with MacOS Catalina you can allow your Mac to enable it depending on the time of day.
Step 1: Open system Preferences from the Apple logo in the top left corner or from the Dock.
Step 2: tap on General.
Step 3: in the top menu General , there are three options under the heading Appearance: clear, dark, and automatic. When choosing one, you’ll change the color scheme of MacOS, including the wallpaper, menu bar, window colors, and more.
Step 4: even Though the dark mode changes the background screen, you can set it manually. Go to the home page of system Preferences and click on Desktop and screen saver, then choose a wallpaper.
How to change the notification settings
The notifications can be a real distraction. Fortunately, MacOS allows you to control them for the entire system or by applications.
Step 1: open system Preferences in the usual way.
Step 2: click on Notifications.
Step 3: in the left column, choose an app whose settings you want to change.
Step 4: you can disable the notifications altogether by clicking on Allow notifications from [name of application].
Step 5: notifications of applications and systems often appear as a banner in the top right corner of the screen. The style of Banner only displays information, while the Alert gives you alternatives of action.
Step 6: it Is possible to make other settings using the check boxes: show or hide on-screen notifications, enable previews and if it will be available in the notifications Center. Also you can hide the red circle on the icon of an application, that lists the outstanding alerts, and whether to play a sound.
Step 7: Finally, you can activate do Not disturb at the top of the column on the left, to silence all notifications for the time and the apps you want.
How to change how to work Siri on your Mac
The assistant Siri is already an essential for Apple users, so it is important to make sure to configure it correctly. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: open system Preferences, then click on Siri. To respond to your requests, mark Enable to Ask Siri. If it is disabled, will continue to make suggestions, but will respond to questions.
Step 2: there are a number of settings that you can perform, such as setting a new keyboard shortcut, change the language, the voice of Siri and if it gives you recommendations audio. You can also show or hide Siri in the menu bar.
Step 3: if you want to delete the recordings of Siri from Apple servers, just click on Delete history of Siri and dictation. This includes transcripts of any of your requests and other data, such as names of contacts, music you have requested, among others. Even though the requests of Siri have a random id and are not associated to your Apple ID, it is best to delete them once in a while.
Step 4: you can choose which apps to use Siri by clicking on Suggestions and privacy of Siri. This determines what programs you can use the nous of automatic learning of Siri to improve your performance and receive suggestions.
How to change how it works and you see the Dock
You do not need to maintain the appearance of the Dock if you do not like. There are several alternatives for you to customize.
Step 1: open the system Preferences, then click Dock.
Step 2: adjust the size of the Dock with the slider top. If you tick the box Expansion, the icons of the application would enlarge when you pass the mouse over them. You can adjust the gain level with the slider.
Step 3: by default, the Dock is located at the bottom of the screen. If you prefer the left or right, use the section Position on the screen.
Step 4: Here, too, there are several options of window management. You can change what happens when you double-click in the title bar of a window, how and where it is minimized.
Step 5: Finally, there are options to hide and show it when you move the pointer in the bottom of the screen; show or hide recent apps in the Dock; indicate which applications are open with a dot below the icon Dock; and if the icon of an application should “jump” when you open it.
How to customize the gestures
The Mac is known for its support of gestures, that allow you to quickly navigate with just a few touches. Here we show you how to use them even more.
Step 1: open the system Preferences, then click Trackpad. Every gesture in this section has a video attached that shows you how to use it.
Step 2: you will see three tabs at the top of the window: Point-and-click, Scroll and zoom and more gestures. Each section has a series of gestures that you can customize, with options on how they should be activated.
Step 3: Go to the section Point-and-clickk. You can adjust the sensitivity of the touch panel when you click and the speed with which the pointer moves. You can also enable the click silent, and, if available, the Force Touch and the feedback is haptic.
Step 4: By default, App Exposé is disabled. This function quickly displays all open windows of an application side by side to the other, making it easier to find windows. To enable it, go to the tab More gestures and check the box for Exposure of the application, then choose how to activate it.
Step 5: sometimes, click and drag a file across the screen can be tricky, especially if your MacBook does not have one of the trackpads post-2016, they are larger. Fortunately, there is a setting that can help you. Open system Preferences and click on Accessibility, then click on Control pointer, on the left-hand column. From here, you select Options on the touch panel, then mark the check box next to Enable drag and choose an alternative: non-blocking drag, locking drag, and drag with three fingers.
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