Useful settings guaranteed to improve your user experience on a Mac device

Productivity Must Have

Topic covered:

  1. Enable three-finger dragging thing.
  2. Make mission control and window switches faster
  3. Auto-hide the dock, and speed up the animation.
  4. Turn of Magic Mouse acceleration/scaling.

It is my personal belief that the Mac computer is superior to windows ones. But only recently that I realized that this might not be the case for many people. You ask, why? In this article, I covered four settings I believe every MacOs user should know to take advantage of the system.

To reduce the animation and delay in auto-hide Dock: run the following codes in the Terminal.

  1. to reduce the animation, run the below codes on Terminal
defaults write autohide-time-modifier -int 0;killall Dock

Note: you can change “-int 0” to “-float” followed by the number you like, for example “-float 0.25".

2. to reduce the delay before animation starts, run the below codes on Terminal

defaults write autohide-delay -float 0

You can change the number after to your liking, for me. To enable and disable auto-hide with shortcut: CMD+ CTRL+ D.

If you want to restore the change, run the below codes on Terminal, not that you will ever need it.

defaults delete autohide-time-modifier;killall Dock

To reduce the motion/animation in mission control, desktop switch, tab switch.

Super easy, launch Spotlight with CMD + Space Bar, type “Accessibility” and enter, navigate to the Display setting. Check the Reduce motion box. And see if you like it.

Go to Accessibility in System Preference, check the reduce motion box in Display.
Go to Accessibility in System Preferences, check the reduce motion box in Display.

Enable Three Finger dragging from the older version macOS.

You might be missing the three-finger drag function from the older macOS if you are a long-time Mac user or a heavy trackpad user. I strongly recommend you enable this function. Instead of having to click and hold to select text or drag contents/windows across the screen, you can hold three fingers and move the cursor. There are two ways to do it. One is to move the cursor with three fingers the whole time, and another is after selecting the items or the text, quickly remove two fingers and continue movements with one finger. The keyword is here is “quickly”, practice a few times, and you will get it. It definitely takes some getting used to. However, once you do, it is very convenient.

Go to Accessibility in System Preferences, check the Enable dragging box in Pointer Control.

Turn off Magic Mouse Scaling/Acceleration.

There are many great mouses on the market. However, my personal favorite is still the Apple Magic Mouse 2. I noticed that many people gave up on it right away after trying it in the apple store. And I understand because the magic mouse scaling definitely takes some getting used to, and some people never got used to it. I strongly recommend you to give it a shot because the magic mouse itself has a lot to offer, the scrolling and swiping integrated with the macOS system is flawless and efficient. Many useful apps such as BetterTouchTool (more on that in the future) allow you to customize and create new shortcuts that would make working on any software on a mac device twice faster. I say give it a try, but if the scaling is what makes it hard for you to stick to magic mouse, I suggest you follow the below steps and try again. Other apps such as SteelSeries(click to download) also allow you to adjust the setting in the app.

Launch Spotlight with CMD + Space Bar, type Terminal, and enter. Run below codes

  1. to know your current setting
defaults read .GlobalPreferences

2. to disable scaling/acceleration

defaults write .GlobalPreferences -1

Note: number -1 means turn off the acceleration, if you like scaling, adjust the number to your liking to turn on and change the acceleration.