Get the Mac you’ve al­ways wanted with our guide to im­prov­ing ev­ery as­pect of OS X

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Whether you sit at a desk in front of an iMac, or on a sofa with a MacBook on your lap, us­ing a Mac is an

in­tensely per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence. We all use our Macs for dif­fer­ent things and in dif­fer­ent ways, so it’s nat­u­ral that we like to set up a com­puter – or at least our user ac­count – in a way that works best for us.

How far you go in per­son­al­is­ing your Mac will de­pend on how of­ten you use it, how or­gan­ised you are, and the de­gree to which the stan­dard setup suits, or doesn’t suit, your needs.

Some of the ways you can per­son­alise OS X are purely aes­thetic – friv­o­lous, even. Oth­ers have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the way you use your Mac, mak­ing you more pro­duc­tive in the process. Whether it’s cre­at­ing text short­cuts, adding ex­ten­sions to Sa­fari, or us­ing an app launcher, many of th­ese tips will save you time ev­ery day, so you can spend more of it do­ing re­ally im­por­tant stuff or re­duce the amount of it you spend in front of a screen.

The idea be­hind all th­ese tips is sim­ple: to re­duce the fric­tion be­tween you and your Mac by ad­just­ing or aug­ment­ing OS X so that it gets out the way and lets you get on with what you need to do.

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