Things to do when you set up a new MacBook
Although you complete the setup of the initial screens from the Mac Setup Assistant with logging in your Apple ID, and then connecting to a network, your work is not almost done. Here are the settings you should do to change your new MacBook.
- Check for updates
Has Apple released an update of MacOS High Sierra for your MacBook? You can click on the Apple button at the upper-left corner and then choose About This Mac. Continue to click on the General tab > Software Update button, which will open the App Store app and check for updates of your MacBook.
- Set up Siri
By default, Siri is enabled, but if you just want to use Siri on your iPhone, you can then disable it on your MacBook by navigating to System Preferences > Siri and turn Enable Ask Siri off. If you use Siri frequently, you can then use the Siri window to select Siri’s voice, language as well as a keyboard shortcut.
- Show battery percentage
A MacBook can also display the battery icon at the top to show the battery power left. To show the percentage, simply click on the battery icon in the menu bar and choose Show Percentage. In case you don’t see a battery icon, head to System Preferences > Energy Saver and tick on Show battery status box in menu bar
- Customize the Touch Bar
If your new MacBook Pro model comes with a Touch Bar, you can go to System Preferences > Keyboard and choose Customize Control Strip and then drag the buttons you want to show up on the Touch Bar. The leap will be made from your display across the hinge and to the Touch Bar.
- Sync folders through iCloud
You can take advantage of iCloud to sync the Desktop and Documents folders between your Mac and iOS devices. To do so, navigate to System Preferences > iCloud and choose Options button for iCloud Drive. Next, click Desktop and Documents folders item.
- Get your Dashboard
MacOS Sierra allows you to have multiple desktops using Mission Control, which can be swiped through by the three- or four-finger swipe gesture. It’s a Dashboard, which is a special desktop for pinning several apps to quickly access to current weather conditions, calendar, calculator and others. To enable it, navigate to System Preferences > Mission Control. Here, switch the Dashboard setting from Off to As Space or As Overlay.
- Choose default browser
Although Siri is well-known for MacOS, many Mac users like using Chrome. So, to set a default browser, head to System Preferences > General and choose other browsers then Siri for Default web browser.
- Add and remove items from Dock
Apple has added the stock apps into the Dock at the bottom, but you can make room for the apps that you use most frequently by removing other apps in the Dock. To remove an app from the Dock, click on its icon in the Dock and then drag it to the desktop until the Remove icon appears. After that, release it. To add an app to the Dock, right-click on its icon in the Dock and scroll to Option line and click on Keep in Dock.
- Set up Safari
Safari can prevent two biggest internet annoyances, which are autoplay videos and ad trackers. Ad tracking is stopped by default, but you will need to manually stop autoplay videos. To do so, launch Preferences in Safari and click on Websites tab. From there, select Auto-Play from the left panel and from the When visiting other websites window, choose Never Auto-Play or Stop Media with Sound.
- Move the Dock
The Dock is placed at the bottom, but some of you might find it better to put it on the side on a MacBook display. If you want to move the Dock, simply head to System Preferences > Dock and choose Left or Right position. There is also a slider that allows you to adjust the size of the Dock. You can also check the Automatically hide and show the Dock box to make it disappear from view if you don’t use it.
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- Enable Night Shift
Staring at a blue screen for long hours can make you difficult to get a good night’s sleep. However, with Apple’s Night Shift feature, the colors of the display will be the warmer end of the spectrum for hours. Simply navigate to System Preferences > Displays and choose Night Shift tab. You can set it to start from sunset to sunrise, or set a custom period. All you need to do is using the slider to adjust the color temperature of the effect for warmer or less. Once you enable Night Shift, you will feel more comfortable when seeing a warmer screen for hours.
- Set app download tolerance level
If you want to download an app from the web without from the Mac App Store, you have to loosen up on the reins a bit. Navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy, choose the lock at the lower-left corner. From there, enter your password to apply the changes. Next, from Allow apps downloaded from section, select App Store and identified developers.
- Set Do Not Disturb
Besides the blue screens, you can disable notifications for certain hours. MacOS also allows you to turn notifications off so that they cannot you while you are watching films or sleeping. Head to System Preferences > Notifications and check the Turn on Do Not Disturb tab. By default, it’s from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m, but you can set your own Do Not Disturb time.
- Choose how your MacBook locks
In the Security & Privacy page, you can set the time for your MacBook to sit idle before locking the screen. You can set it for a longer time, but that also means it’s less secure. Head to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver and choose the style of the screen saver as well as the time with the help of the drop-down menu at the lower-left corner.
These are some things you should do when setting up a new MacBook. Let’s know your thoughts in the comment below.