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5 awesome, useless MacBook tricks (photos)

Stop taking your Mac so seriously and master these five awesome (but mostly useless) OS X tricks.

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Sharon Profis
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Invert desktop colors

Press CMD-OPT-CTRL-8 and the colors on your screen will be inverted--white pixels turn black, blue turns orange, etc. This seemingly useless trick is actually an accessibility feature, and can be helpful in bright-light situations, but we all know it was really implemented to let geeks prank their unknowing friends.
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Talk to me, Terminal

In Spotlight, type "Terminal" and hit Enter. Here, type "say" followed by a word or phrase. Useful? No. Awesome? Yes.
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Slow-motion minimizing

Hold the Shift key, then minimize to escape into a moment of life in slow motion.
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Zoom in anywhere

Mouse over the part of the screen you want to magnify, then press option while scrolling up (two fingers up on the trackpad, or with the mouse scroll wheel).
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Play retro games in Terminal

Go to Spotlight, type "Terminal" and hit Enter to launch it. Then type "emacs", and hit Enter. Once the new screen loads, hit Esc, then type "x" followed by "tetris," "snake," or "pong." Enjoy!

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