Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Apple launched macOS Monterey to the general public within the fall, and the brand new desktop OS brings an entire slew of helpful new options and modifications to apps like Safari, Maps, FaceTime, Notes, Pictures, Messages, and extra.

Past the headline options, Apple has additionally made quite a few tweaks and modifications to macOS that intention to make the time you spend utilizing your Mac‌ extra environment friendly, extra practical, and extra fulfilling. To that finish, we have pulled out 40 additions and enhancements to Monterey, a few of which can have gone beneath your radar, and we have highlighted 20 of them within the video up above. Hold studying to refresh your reminiscence or maybe be taught one thing new.

1. Click on to Save Pictures in Messages

There is a good probability you may need to save the images you obtain within the Messages app to your ‌Pictures‌ library, and ‌macOS Monterey‌ makes this simpler than ever.

You now not should right-click or open the picture (or stack of pictures) to put it aside. Merely click on the Save to Pictures button to the fitting of the picture as an alternative.

2. Change Mouse Pointer Coloration

Apple has made it potential to vary the colour of the mouse pointer from the usual white define and black fill, to just about any shade mixture you need.

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To take action, go to System Preferences -> Accessibility, then click on Show (beneath “Imaginative and prescient”) within the left column. Click on the Pointer tab within the window of choices, and you will find Pointer define shade and Pointer fill shade settings. Click on the colour swatch to decide on a customized shade from the palette that seems. You may all the time click on Reset to revert to the default colours.

3. Handle APFS Snapshots in Disk Utility

Within the macOS Disk Utility app, you now have entry to particular person APFS drive snapshots. An APFS snapshot is a read-only copy of its father or mother APFS quantity, taken at a selected second in time, and you’ll preserve these snapshots and duplicate gadgets from them, supplied what you are doing (see Disk Utility’s Assist menu for extra).

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To view them as an inventory, merely choose a quantity and select View -> Present APFS Snapshots from the menu bar. The fastened order record exhibits you the identify, creation date, and cumulative measurement of every snapshot, whereas the latest snapshot has a partition image beside its “Tidemark.” Choose a snapshot from the record and you’ll right-click or use the ellipsis button on the backside left nook of the record to mount the snapshot, rename it, and delete it.

4. Take a look at Community High quality

It is now potential to measure the standard of your Mac’s web connection immediately from inside macOS. Merely open a Terminal window and kind networkQuality into the command immediate.


After a short time, you may have an add/obtain measurement, together with the variety of “flows” (check packets) used for the responsiveness (community spherical journeys) check. The add/obtain capability is roughly the identical outcome metric you get from on-line web pace instruments like Speedtest by Ookla, though it checks add and obtain concurrently somewhat than sequentially.

5. Shield Mail Exercise

Within the Mail app, a brand new function referred to as Mail Privateness Safety prevents senders from utilizing invisible pixels to gather details about you. It does this by stopping senders from realizing whenever you open their e mail, and masks your IP handle in order that it might probably’t be linked to your different on-line exercise or used to find out your location.


To activate the function in Mail, choose Mail -> Preferences… within the menu bar, click on the Privateness tab, after which verify the field subsequent to Shield Mail Exercise. In the event you depart it disabled, you possibly can nonetheless independently choose to Conceal IP handle and Block All Distant Content material.

6. AirPlay to Mac

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, you possibly can ‌AirPlay‌ content material from an iPhone or iPad straight to your Mac, and even from one Mac to a different Mac. Begin taking part in a tune/podcast or video in your ‌‌iPhone‌‌ or ‌‌iPad‌‌, faucet the ‌AirPlay‌ icon within the app’s media playback interface, after which choose your Mac from the record of ‌AirPlay‌ units.


If it is music or a podcast, the audio ought to begin taking part in by your Mac’s audio system or any exterior audio system linked to your Mac, and you’ll management playback in your Mac by opening the Management Middle. Video ought to robotically play in your Mac’s show in fullscreen mode, and you’ll management playback immediately in your Mac by shifting the mouse and choosing the onscreen playback controls.

Be aware that ‌AirPlay‌ solely works on MacBook Air 2018 and later, MacBook Professional 2018 and later, iMac 2019 and later, M1 Mac mini, ‌iMac‌ Professional, and Mac Professional 2019.

7. Hi there Screensaver

macOS 12 consists of two new display savers value testing. “Hi there” is a homage to the unique Macintosh that writes the enduring phrase on the display in joined-up handwriting, whereas “Monterey” presents less complicated sluggish transitions by hills and valleys in numerous shades of pink, purple, and blue.


The Hi there display saver cycles by numerous colours, and there are a number of themes to select from together with Smooth Tones, Spectrum, and Minimal. Smooth Tones makes use of the pastel colours launched with the brand new iMacs and matching coloured textual content, whereas Spectrum makes use of extra saturated shades with lighter textual content. Minimal exhibits the “Hi there” wording in black, white, and grey.

By default, the display saver will show “Hi there” in a number of languages, however you possibly can pressure it to make use of solely your native language by toggling off Present ‘hey’ in all languages within the Display screen Saver Choices. A match system look toggle can also be obtainable to be used to match gentle and darkish mode preferences.

8. Convert Picture Fast Motion

Convert Picture is a brand new pre-installed Fast Motion in Finder that may shortly convert a picture file from one format (JPG, HEIC and PNG) to a different. It additionally helps you to change the file measurement (small, medium, giant, or precise measurement) and allows you to select whether or not to maintain the file’s metadata within the transformed picture.


To make use of the Convert Picture Fast Motion, right-click (or Ctrl-click) a picture file after which choose Fast Actions -> Convert Picture. Select your settings within the dialog that seems, then hit Convert. You will additionally see the Fast Motion within the Finder preview pane when viewing pictures.

9. Create a Safari Tab Group

Tab Teams in Safari intention to make organizing and preserving your open browser tabs extra manageable with out having to have these tabs energetic. They provide a technique to simply save and handle associated tabs, resembling these used when planning journeys or procuring, or teams can be utilized to retailer the tabs you go to each day.


To create a brand new Tab Group, click on the Present Sidebar icon subsequent to the visitors lights after which choose New Tab Group. (Alternately, click on the down arrow subsequent to the Present Sidebar icon and choose both New Empty Tab Group or New Tab Group With X Tabs, “X” being the variety of tabs at present open. Any Tab Teams you create are listed within the sidebar for straightforward switching.

10. Change QuickTime Playback Pace

In macOS, now you can modify the playback pace of video in Apple’s native QuickTime Participant.


Merely click on the chevrons within the bottom-right nook of the media controls overlay and choose your most popular pace from 0.5x to 2.0x.

11. Compact Safari Tab Bar

In early beta variations of macOS, Apple launched a default compact and unified Safari design that did away with the devoted URL and search interface, as an alternative letting any particular person tab be used for navigation enter. The design induced an outcry from many customers, which led Apple to stroll again the change and reinstate the unique design through which the URL/search bar sits on the high of the Safari window, together with your tabs organized beneath it.


Nevertheless, for those who preferred the Compact tab bar design, you could find it as an possibility in Safari -> Preferences…. Click on the Tabs tab and choose Tab Format: Compact to activate the unique compact tab bar that merged every thing collectively.

12. Erase Contents and Settings

Following within the footsteps of the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, Apple silicon Macs and Intel Macs with a T2 safety chip (2017-2020 fashions) now have an “Erase All Content material and Settings” possibility obtainable in ‌macOS Monterey‌.

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Not solely does this successfully erase all person information and user-installed apps out of your Mac with out reinstalling macOS, it additionally indicators out your Apple ID, removes your Contact ID fingerprints, purchases, and all Apple Pockets gadgets, and turns off Discover My and Activation Lock, making it far simpler to revive your Mac to like-new manufacturing facility settings.

Click on the Apple () image within the menu bar and choose System Preferences…. When the preferences pane seems, choose System Preferences -> Erase All Content material and Settings from the menu bar, after which comply with the onscreen directions supplied by the Erase Assistant.

13. Low Energy Mode

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, Low Energy Mode reduces the system clock pace and the show brightness of your Mac with the intention to prolong battery life. So for those who’re doing much less intensive duties like watching movies or looking the net, you possibly can flip it on to eke much more out of your Mac’s battery.


Open System Preferences and click on the Battery pane. Then, within the sidebar, choose Battery, and verify the field subsequent to Low energy mode.

Within the Messages app, there is a new “Shared with You” function that takes content material you’ve got obtained in Messages and makes it obtainable within the related app in your Mac. So if somebody shares an Apple Music tune with you, for instance, the tune might be listed within the For You part of ‌Apple Music‌. Equally, if somebody shares an internet site hyperlink, it exhibits up within the “Shared with You” part of the Safari begin web page.


You might not need content material shared by a selected individual showing in different apps, through which case you possibly can flip it off for particular person contacts. To take action, choose the dialog thread in Messages, click on the information (i) icon within the top-right nook, and uncheck the field subsequent to Present in Shared with You.

Monterey features a new productiveness function referred to as Fast Notes that gives a faster technique to jot down issues with out you having to go out and in of the Notes app.


Fast Notes also can detect the app you are at present utilizing or that you just only in the near past used, and gives a dropdown menu on the high of the editor window from which you’ll add a hyperlink to the precise message you are viewing in Mail, or the web site you have been simply viewing in Safari, for instance. When a observe consists of such a hyperlink, you possibly can simply click on the hyperlink and you will be taken on to the associated content material.

16. Memoji Person Profile

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, you should utilize an animated Memoji as your Mac person profile as an alternative of a typical static picture. Go to System Preferences -> Customers & Teams, after which hover your pointer over the circled profile image and click on edit. There you may discover a full gallery of Memoji characters, together with any you’ve got made your self, and you’ll customise them in numerous methods, proper right down to the frames of their glasses and the garments they’re sporting.


Subsequent time you log in to your Mac, you may see your animated Memoji avatar there to welcome you. And for those who get your login password fallacious just a few occasions, simply watch the expression on their face go from mildly irritated to irate. In the event you depart them hanging, they could even take a nap…

17. Choose Textual content in Fast Look Previews

Invoked with a press of the spacebar, Fast Look is an effective way to swiftly preview information in Finder with out opening them of their related app or the devoted Preview app.


For no matter motive, Apple in earlier variations of macOS eliminated the flexibility to pick out textual content in a doc when seen in Fast Search for copying/pasting elsewhere. In Monterey, nonetheless, this capacity has quietly, and fortunately, been reinstated. Not solely that, Apple’s Stay Textual content function means the textual content you choose needn’t be in a doc – you may as well spotlight textual content displayed in a photograph and carry out completely different duties on it, resembling translation and net search.

18. Blur Your Background on a FaceTime Name

In ‌macOS Monterey‌, Apple has introduced a number of enhancements to ‌FaceTime‌, together with Portrait mode in video calls. With this mode enabled, you possibly can blur your background in order that the main focus is on you somewhat than what’s behind you.


To allow it, open ‌FaceTime‌, then click on the Management Middle icon within the menu bar and choose Video Results -> Portrait Mode.

19. Add Shortcuts as Fast Actions

Because of the introduction of the Shortcuts app to macOS, now you can add shortcuts as Fast Actions to execute in Finder.


Merely launch the Shortcuts app, after which drag shortcuts from All Shortcuts to Fast Actions within the sidebar. You may then make the shortcuts accessible in Finder’s right-click contextual menu by checking them in System Preferences -> Extensions -> Finder.

20. Maps Interactive Globe

In Monterey, Apple has enhanced the Maps app to incorporate a brand new globe view that lets you spin the world round and zoom into completely different areas on Earth.


In earlier variations of Maps, zooming out would current you with a flat world map, however the brand new globe view provides you a three-dimensional view of Earth from area that is much more enjoyable to navigate. You may drill down into areas, the place you may discover extra detailed data on huge geological options like mountain ranges, deserts, forests, and oceans.

In Monterey, you possibly can allow anybody, even when they do not have an Apple gadget, to affix a ‌FaceTime‌ name with you by making a hyperlink to a ‌‌FaceTime‌‌ dialog that may be shared wherever. Utilizing this new hyperlink facility, family and friends members who don’t have an Apple account can log right into a ‌‌FaceTime‌‌ name with you utilizing an online browser opened on any non-Apple gadget, whether or not that is a Home windows PC or an Android cellphone.


Merely click on Create Hyperlink within the ‌FaceTime‌ interface, after which choose a technique of sharing your hyperlink from the Actions menu, e.g. over Messages or Mail. As soon as you’ve got despatched the hyperlink and the recipient opens it, they will be directed to a webpage the place they will enter their identify to affix the dialog. As soon as they’ve joined the decision, they will have the standard ‌‌FaceTime‌‌ choices to mute their microphone, disable video, change the digital camera view, and depart the decision.

22. Spot Mic and Digicam Entry

When an app is utilizing the digital camera or the microphone in your ‌Mac‌, a small indicator gentle will seem within the menu bar simply subsequent to the Management Middle icon (in case you have the menu bar hidden, it’s going to seem within the top-right nook of the desktop).

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Like in iOS, a inexperienced dot means an app is at present utilizing the digital camera, whereas an orange dot means an iOS app is at present utilizing the microphone. In the event you click on the Management Middle, you may see which app is answerable for utilizing the digital camera or mic. This fashion, they can not be accessed within the background with out your data, and you’ll make sure that apps aren’t sneakily recording conversations or movies.

23. Offline Dictation

Keyboard dictation on Apple silicon Macs now protects person privateness by performing normal dictation processing on-device, which means it is fully offline. (Dictated search requests stay server-based, nonetheless.) And because of on-device dictation, customers with Apple silicon Macs also can dictate textual content of any size with no timeout.


With keyboard dictation, you possibly can dictate textual content wherever you possibly can sort it, and the function improves the extra you utilize it, personalizing over time. The Begin Dictation command may be discovered within the Edit menu of text-based apps.

24. Full Keyboard Entry

Apple has expanded its Full Keyboard Entry choices in order that you do not have to make use of a mouse or trackpad to make use of your Mac. These settings may be present in System Preferences -> Accessibility -> Keyboard.


With Full Keyboard Entry enabled, the merchandise on the display that has focus is highlighted. You may customise the colour, distinction and measurement of the spotlight utilizing the Choices within the Navigation tab. When Full Keyboard Entry is turned on, you possibly can shortly present the Full Keyboard Entry shortcuts by urgent Tab-H, then utilizing the arrow keys to navigate the lists.

25. View File Path

In Finder, now you can press the Possibility key whereas holding the pointer over a file or folder to momentarily present the trail bar, so you possibly can simply see the place the file or folder is situated.


You too can right-click (Ctrl-click) a folder within the path bar to open it in Terminal, or copy the file path to that folder. Lastly, you may as well Shift-click a folder to see or navigate to any subfolders in the identical listing.

26. Go to Folder Window

It is simple to overlook, however Monterey consists of an enhanced model of the Go to Folder menu bar possibility in Finder (Go -> Go to Folder…).


As an alternative of a dialog, the command brings up a Highlight-style floating search bar that incorporates a vastly improved auto-complete engine and even a Recents record.

27. Add to Fast Be aware

We have already talked about Fast Notes’ capacity to incorporate hyperlinks to emails, net URLs, and so forth. However the New Fast Be aware command deserves particular point out when used together with Safari.

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Spotlight some webpage parts, resembling textual content and pictures, then right-click (Ctrl-click) and choose New Fast Be aware/Add to Fast Be aware. Now, the following time you click on the captured parts within the Fast Be aware you created, you may be taken to the unique webpage with the highlighted parts nonetheless there. You too can reopen the observe by clicking in your highlights.

28. View Shared iCloud Recordsdata in Finder

There is a new Shared collaboration folder for the Finder sidebar, the place you possibly can simply discover paperwork shared with you over iCloud or utilizing the collaboration options in Apple’s productiveness apps. It could possibly show data resembling invitation standing, the one that final modified the file, and different sharing-related metadata that will help you handle your shared information.


So as to add/take away the ‌iCloud‌ Shared folder to the Finder sidebar, choose Finder -> Preferences…, click on the Sidebar tab, after which click on the checkbox subsequent to (‌iCloud‌) Shared.

29. Automate a Focus Mode for Particular Apps

Apple’s new Focus function in Monterey helps you to arrange your Mac that will help you be within the second and zone in on a single factor. It does this by filtering notifications primarily based on what you are doing, and you’ll customise Focus modes for particular situations, resembling whenever you open specific apps.


When organising a Focus mode in System Preferences -> Notifications & Focus, click on the + button on the backside of the field labeled Flip On Robotically, after which choose Add App Primarily based Automation. You will then be prompted to pick out which apps robotically activate the Focus mode upon launching.

30. Proper-click to Translate Textual content

The Translate function from Safari is out there system-wide in ‌macOS Monterey‌. Simply choose some textual content and right-click (Ctrl-click) to carry up the Translate possibility, which works with a number of languages.


Not solely are you able to learn and duplicate the translated textual content, click on the play button and you may get macOS to say it out loud to you to be able to higher perceive the verbal pronunciation.

31. Change Playback Pace and Skip Silences in Voice Memos

Apple has added a few welcome options to the Voice Memos app. Now you can choose to robotically skip silences in recordings throughout playback, and in addition change the playback pace.

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Merely choose an audio recording, click on the controls icon within the top-right nook of the window, and you will find each settings beneath “Playback Pace.”

32. Spatialize Stereo Impact

Apple has included a brand new audio function referred to as “Spatialize Stereo” that takes any non-Dolby stereo combine and creates a digital spatial audio surroundings out of it. To entry it, join a pair of AirPods Professional or AirPods Max headphones to your Mac and begin taking part in some audio. Subsequent, click on the Management Middle icon within the menu bar, after which click on the Sound quantity bar. It’s best to see the choice to Spatialize Stereo within the dropdown beneath your headphones.

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Be aware that Spatialize Stereo is completely different from Spatial Audio. Spatial Audio with assist for Dolby Atmos creates a three-dimensional expertise by shifting sound throughout you. Spatialize Stereo then again is Apple’s try and simulate the impact of getting sound coming at you from completely different instructions in a digital surroundings. It does not make the most of Dolby Atmos, however it works with mainly any content material.

33. Automated Window Resizing

Monterey is much more display-aware than earlier variations of macOS, and can robotically resize a window to suit a secondary display. This implies you need not manually scale back the dimensions of a window to suit it onto a smaller show, for instance.


The automation works each whenever you drag a window manually to a different show or click-hold on the inexperienced visitors gentle within the top-left nook of the window to pick out one other linked show. Be aware that the window choices within the inexperienced visitors gentle menu additionally embody tiling home windows for hassle-free Cut up View administration when working with two apps open facet by facet.

In earlier variations of macOS, launching an app in fullscreen mode robotically hides the menu bar, which signifies that it’s important to hover the mouse pointer excessive of the display to disclose it. Nevertheless, in Monterey, you possibly can pressure the menu bar to all the time stay seen in fullscreen mode, together with all its menus and gadgets.


To take action, go to System Preferences -> Dock & Menu Bar, and within the Dock & Menu Bar choices, uncheck the field subsequent to Robotically conceal and present the menu bar in full display.

35. Import Picture Libraries

The ‌Pictures‌ app has been up to date in Monterey to allow the importing of images from one other ‌Pictures‌ library. To take action, choose File -> Import… from the menu bar to carry up a file browser window.


As soon as you’ve got chosen the ‌Pictures‌ library, you possibly can assessment its contents earlier than importing it into your principal library.

With the Shortcuts app coming over to Mac from iOS, now you can add particular shortcuts to completely different elements of macOS. We have already talked about that you would be able to make them obtainable as Fast Actions in Finder, however you possibly can add them to your menu bar, too.


If you’ve dragged some shortcuts into the Menu Bar part of the Shortcuts app, a brand new menu merchandise will seem within the menu bar itemizing these shortcuts, permitting you to manage HomeKit units out of your desktop, for instance.

37. Change MacBook Professional Refresh Charge

When you’ve got a 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Professional, you possibly can modify the refresh price of the Liquid Retina XDR show, which is helpful if you wish to match it to video content material you is perhaps enhancing.


Go to System Preferences -> Shows, after which click on the Show Settings… button. In the event you’re utilizing an exterior monitor, choose your MacBook Professional’s built-in Liquid Retina XDR show within the facet column, then click on the dropdown subsequent to Refresh Charge and select from the next: 120Hz (ProMotion), 60 Hertz, 59.94 Hertz, 50 Hertz, 48 Hertz, and 47.95 Hertz.

Each the Reminders and Notes apps assist tags, a much-requested function which means now you can use hashtags that will help you set up your notes and reminders and discover saved notes and to-dos extra simply.


Tags generally is a highly effective technique of group, as a result of there is not any restrict to what number of you possibly can have, and a single observe or reminder can embody a number of tags, so the identical observe/reminder can present up in numerous tagged classes that you have created (one thing Good Folders are helpful for producing). Additionally, whenever you enter a hash image, macOS will conveniently recommend current tags so that you can choose beneath the cursor.

39. Flip On Personal Relay

In Monterey, Apple launched ‌iCloud‌ Personal Relay for Mac, a function of all ‌‌iCloud‌‌+ paid plans that is designed to encrypt all the visitors leaving your laptop so nobody can intercept it or learn it.


Personal Relay works by sending net visitors to a server that’s maintained by Apple to strip the IP handle. As soon as the IP information has been eliminated, Apple sends the visitors to a second server maintained by a third-party firm that assigns a short lived IP handle after which sends the visitors to its vacation spot, a course of that forestalls your IP handle, location, and looking exercise from getting used to create a profile about you.


The checkbox to allow Personal Relay may be present in System Preferences -> Apple ID, and you may as well flip it on and off for particular person networks within the Community choice pane (proven above). As soon as ‌‌iCloud‌‌ Personal Relay is enabled, you possibly can select how the assigned IP handle makes use of geographical data to hide your precise location. In the event you nonetheless need to obtain native content material whenever you’re looking in Safari, the IP handle can preserve your normal location with out being particular (the default setting), or if you’d like the relay to be extra non-public, the IP handle can merely embody your nation and time zone.

40. Resume Copy in Finder

In Finder, Apple has made it simpler to understand how lengthy copying information will take, due to a brand new pie chart progress indicator. What’s extra, it is also added the flexibility to begin or pause a protracted copy and resume it at a later time.


In the event you cancel a replica halfway by, a ghosted model of the file or folder will stay within the vacation spot location. Simply click on it and you will be given the choice to End Copying it, or you possibly can Hold the Resumable Copy for ending the switch at a later time.

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