Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Do the math, part of Mac OS X Yosemite Tips and Tricks.
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- Spotlight is a multi-talented utility built into OS X. Not only can you use it to search for things, but you can also use it for reasonably simple calculations. Let's see how that works. So, I'll press command-space to bring up Spotlight and we'll enter something simple like two plus two and there's our result. Now, if I were to press the return key that opens up the calculator app where I can perform other math functions. Spotlight can handle addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using the plus, minus, asterisk and slash keys.
It can handle more complex expressions by using parentheses. So, let's say two plus two times five times 12 and there's my result. It also understands the value of pi. It can calculate square roots. It will also respond to sine.
And cosine. And tangent. To use your result elsewhere you can just go into the results, copy them and then paste. Or you can click and hold on the selection and then drag it into a document. This is a simple enough tip, but it's one that may save you from dashing to Apple's calculator to solve simple problems.
The course also covers automating repetitive tasks with Automator and recording your Mac or iOS device's screen with QuickTime. Need help with basic housekeeping tasks? Chris dives into the utilities that help you resize disk partitions, create encrypted images, recover passwords, and more. The course concludes with great tips on efficiently using email and iCloud.
- Cleaning up the Mac OS X interface
- Using AirDrop to move files between your Mac and iOS device
- Extending Spotlight's reach
- Converting imported images with Automator
- Controlling your Mac with your voice
- Capturing screenshots and recording your screen with QuickTime
- Creating encrypted images
- Recovering passwords
- Archiving email
- Sending large email attachments with Mail Drop
- Working with iCloud