Well we are onto part 3 already! Well done to those of you that have started the challenge of personalizing your Mac. In this section of the articles we will be going through step by step how to Change Wake and Sleep setting on your computer and tweaking Dock settings. So here we go!
Lets start by looking into possibly adjusting Wake and Sleep settings. Did you know that you can set your Mac so that it will wake at certain times of the day you can even set your Mac so it will go to sleep and switch off, perfect parental training before you decide to have kids 😀
Set up Mac Wake and Sleep settings
1) To access Wake and Sleep options select System Preferences from you Dock (or go apple menu >System Preferences).
2) In the System Preferences menu click on Energy Saver
3) If you like, you can set your computer sleep times. Sleep mode is when your Mac goes to ‘sleep’ and the hard drive slows down for a rest, everything (apps etc) will still be live and running just on pause. Your Mac will use a little bit of battery power whilst in sleep mode but considerably less than when it is running as normal.
4) Click Schedule if you are interested in detailed shut down and start up times.
Mac Power Nap Feature
The power nap feature is new to OS X Yosemite and is one handy little tool indeed. Even if your Mac is in sleep mode your computer can still preform updates for your reminders, emails and notes and check this… it will even preform backups!
To access the Power Nap feature it will be under Energy Saver in System Preferences.
Customising Your Mac Dock
Your Dock has several personalization options you can apply.
Modifying Dock Size
1) Open up System Prefrences on your Dock
2) Select Dock from the list of icons available
3) A menu will now pop up with clicked and un-clicked options
4) Use the first slider bar to alter the size of your Mac dock icons.
5) Once you are happy with a size, slide the curser named Magnification this will change how much your dock magnifies when you hover your curser over it. Go on give it a try 🙂
Changing Dock Position
1) Inside your Dock settings under the header ‘Position on Screen’ are three options named Left, Bottom, Right. Most Mac users have their Dock on the bottom of their screens as this the default position.
Other Dock Options include:
Scale or Genie effect – Basically when you minimise Windows on your Mac ‘Scale’ is the standard effect used to make the window drop. ‘Genie’ also glides down in a cool way, it’s hard to describe so select both and test it out with closing a App or a internet browser window.
Double click a title bar to minimise – Just another simple way to close down a window, more exciting than simply clicking the yellow minimise button.
Animate opening Applications – If you have this option activated, whenever you click to open an App it will bounce up and down. If deactivated the App will open but the icon will remain stationary.
Automatically hide and show the Dock – By default when you get your computer the Dock will be on view. I personally find that this can be quite distracting and takes up too much precious space on your display. If you activate ‘hide and show dock’ the Mac dock will momentary disappear. That is until you move your curser over to the bottom of your screen, it will then automatically pop up and then disappear again when you move your curser away.
Show indicators for open Applications – When you open an application it shows on your Dock with a little light underneath the item to remind you it’s open. Deactivate this option and no light will indicate the App is open.