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The Fix: Five essential tips on setting up your MacBook

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The Fix: Five essential tips on setting up your MacBook

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These customized settings will get you up and running so you can get the most out of your MacBook.

[MUSIC] There are so many ways to set up your new mac but if you're just getting started here are five of the most essential settings. First, let's get something really important out of the way, keeping track of your Mac. If it ever falls out of your grasp, or you leave it in the library under some drunken fatigue, there is an easy setting that'll let you find out exactly where you left it. It's a good idea to enable Find My Mac. Like Find My iPhone, the free service let's you locate your missing Mac from any other device. By default it's disabled, so to turn it on, head to system preferences, then iCloud. Then check the box next to Find My Mac. Give it permission, and you're good to go. Now if you ever need to find your computer. Just log in to iCloud. Cloud on another browser or use the app on another IOS device. Once you log in, a map will show up pinpointing the last tracked location of your map. [MUSIC] Okay, with that. That safeguard in place, let's enable a few small but important features that'll make getting around your Mac a lot easier. For starters, enable Tap to Drag. Go to Preferences, then Accessibility Settings. [MUSIC] Then head over to mouse and track pad, then trackpad options, and enable dragging. You might also want to customize what shows up on your desktop. For instance, you can put your hard drive directly on your desktop for quick access. To do this, go to the Finder menu and choose Preferences. Then to the General tab, and use these checkboxes to pick the items that will appear on your desktop. And. One more setting you'll be much more relaxed enabling battery percentage. There's no use trying to figure out how much battery is left based on this symbol. So instead, click the battery symbol and head down. Down to show percentage. Select it, and from now on you'll see exactly how much power you have left. Now if you wanna be really productive on your Mac, get to know the gestures. Apple calls the track pad the magic track pad for a reason. It can do a lot more than just mouse around. So for instance, you can use two fingers up or down to scroll on any page. page. To zoom, double tap with two fingers or use the familiar pinch-to-zoom. No navigate, swipe left or right with two fingers and to view all open apps, swipe down. With three fingers and pinch out with your thumb and three fingers to reveal the desktop at any point. Finally if you have spaces of full screen apps open, use three fingers to navigate them. [MUSIC] Now that you have those essential tips down, you're one step closer to mastering your MAC. [NOISE]

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