OS X El Capitan Tips And Tricks You Should Know

OS X El Capitan

El Capitan is the latest release of OS X that offers a number of new useful features and improvements that will make your Mac experience more enjoyable. Apple continues working on performance and stability of its operating system with every update, but there are also valuable and compelling new things aimed at expanding the abilities of OS X. So here is a list of tips and tricks you definitely should learn:
Split View mode

This mode lets you have two apps open at once in full screen mode. This is an irreplaceable feature when you take notes in Outline and would like to easily drag and drop content from Safari or other apps to your notes. Just click and hold the green full screen button for a couple of seconds and Split View will be activated. Then move Outline’s window to one side and, for example, Safari to another side. You can use the vertical line separating two apps to regulate how much space each of apps gets.

Split View mode
Hide the menu bar

El Capitan allows to automatically hide and show the menu bar so that users can get more screen space. To enable this option, open System Preferences dialog and go to General, then click the corresponding checkbox. After that, the menu bar will automatically disappear when not in use. If you want to bring it back, just put your cursor at the top of your Mac’s screen.

Find your cursor

This is a small, but useful feature, especially when you have many open windows and can’t locate your cursor. To find it, shake your mouse or swipe your finger back and forth on the trackpad. This turns cursor into a big arrow, so you won’t miss it anymore.

Delete files immediately

OS X El Capitan now makes it possible to delete files even faster than before. Choose a file you want to delete and hold down the Option key, the Delete option will immediately appear in the File menu. You can skip the File menu and use Option+Cmd+Delete shortcut either once a file is selected.

Two-factor authentication

New security method requires not only entering a 6-digit code, but also access to your device where you were logged in with your iCloud account before or trusted phone number to be able to get a code via text message or phone call. So even if someone has your password, it’s hard to hack into your account. You can enable this feature in System Preferences -> iCloud -> Account Details -> Security. After clicking on the button “Turn on Two-Factor Authentication” you will be prompted to set up trusted device or phone number. Note that this feature is available not for all users at the moment.

App Store password settings

Similar to iOS, there are new security options for in-app purchases and free downloads for the Mac App Store. You can make it harder or easier depending on your personal preference. To do that, head into System preferences, choose App Store, and customize your settings.

Devices using iCloud

If you forgot which devices use your iCloud account you can check this out in System Preferences -> iCloud -> Account Details -> Devices. You will see a list of devices signed in with your iCloud account. So if you don’t use one of them anymore, just remove this device from your account and be sure no one has access to your personal data.


What’s New in Outline 3.2.


Outline for iPad and Mac has been updated to version 3.2. Newest Mac version includes OS X Services and improved tables tool. iPad version also provides more opportunities to create and edit tables, minor bug fixes and stability improvements.

Another time-saving feature of Mac OS X is Services that allows to quickly perform actions, using a contextual menu, instead of launching additional apps. This feature is primarily intended to provide capabilities of one app to another. Therefore, you can simplify multi-step process of data transfer between apps on your Mac.

Where to start? First of all, you need to make sure that Outline is in the list of enabled services. It will take not more than a minute, just go to System Preferences, click on Keyboard icon and select Shortcuts tab. Then click on Services to see the full list of available services. Find there “Send to Outline” and set tick opposite it. You can also disable services you might not use in order to make Services menu more convenient and applicable for your needs.

OS X Services

Now “Send to Outline” option will appear in the contextual menu that pops up when you right-click on file, image in the Finder or Desktop, selected text in Safari or in other apps. In the other hand, you can send data from Outline pages to other apps through the same contextual menu. You can also set keyboard shortcuts for this option from the Shortcut tab in System Preferences menu and get faster access.

Import from Safari

We tried to make a process of table creation more user-friendly and accurate. In Outline for iPad you now have at your disposal special dropdown menu that brings more power to already existing options. This menu lets you get all features of working with tables in one place – separate button is situated on the toolbar. We also added extended tables capabilities in the contextual menu for Mac version. You can use this menu or new keyboard shortcuts to create, edit or delete your tables.

We added some navigation shortcuts as well, so don’t forget to learn about new hotkeys from Getting Started Guide.

improved tables


See you,

Outline Team.