Personalising Your Mac In Yosemite – Part 4

Well you’ve made it, we are finally onto the last part of personalising your Mac, the previous four articles covered customisation on your Mac such as Changing your icon and folder sizes, personalising wake and sleep setting, adjusting dock size, setting hot corners and much more.

In this article there will be step by step guides on… customising keyboard shortcuts, experimenting with sound alerts and Trash edit.

Ok so lets get started!

 

Customising  Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

As you might already know there are soooo many keyword shortcuts some default and some you can add yourselves. Most shortcuts cross over into Apps, such as

⌘+C (Copy)

⌘+V (Paste)

⌘+P (Print)

⌘+ X (Cut)

⌘+ Z (Undo)

⇧ (Shift Key)

fn (Function Key)

⇪ (Caps lock)

⌃ (Control key)

⌘+⇧+3 (Screenshot/Capture)

⌘+⇧+4 (Adjusted screen capture)

⏏ (Eject key)

 

1) To change your shortcut settings go to > Apple Menu > System prefrences > Keyboard

2) Now click on Keyboard Shortcuts

3) You can modify the shortcuts to your hearts content!

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Changing Mac Sound Alerts

Sounds alerts are made on your computer when a task is completed, an email comes through, or an iMessage from friends, basically it’s your computers way of communicating with you!

To change the sound of your alerts for something more like minded to you:

1) On your Dock open System Preferences (Or go to Apple Menu) > Sound

2) Click on Sounds

3) Have a stroll through the various sounds and pick which ones you’re happy with

4) When you exit System Preferences it should ask you to save your changes, if you are happy with your choices hit save

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Well did you know you can add sounds of your own? I know pretty cool! but they must be in AIFF format to work. Go on give it a whirl:

1) On your Mac enter ~Library/Sounds

2) Drag your AIFF file into your sounds folder

3) Go to Apple Menu > System prefrences > Sounds

4) Click on the Sound Effects tab

5) Your sounds should now be added to the list! to activate that sound just select it.

 

How To Empty Mac Trash Can Without A Warning Popup

A lot of people find it incredibly annoying that every time you want to delete items from the trash it comes up with a warning popup. If you are one of those folks, then by all means lets get rid of it! BEWARE: by taking the warning popup off you must be 110% certain you are happy for the trash contents to be deleted without the prior heads up. Personally I don’t see any harm in it, and at times has saved me from deleting some previous irreplaceable photos at the click of a button.

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If you’re sure you’d like to process follow these simple steps:

1) Go to Finder > Finder Preferences. Options will now pop up

2) Please select the Advanced tab

3) Uncheck the ‘Show warning before emptying the trash’

4) Congratulations no more trash warnings for you,  just follow the same steps to re-activate the warning.

If you are interested in our other How To tutorials on how to easily personalise your Mac, Please read articles 1-4 below.

Sophie

Sophie

Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)