8 tips and tricks for OS X El Capitan

“OS X El Capitan comes with a number of helpful new features that add real value for any user,” Jim Lynch writes for CIO.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be released on September 30th and introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.

Lynch writes, “I’ll show you eight tips and tricks so you can get the most out of OS X El Capitan.”

8 tips and tricks for OS X El Capitan:

1. Auto-hide the menubar
2. Use Split View window resizing
3. Delete files immediately
4. Pin sites in Safari
5. Mute all tabs in Safari
6. Find your cursor by shaking your mouse or trackpad
7. Enable the three-finger drag gesture
8. Use a gray background in Safari Reader

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Are you ready for OS X 10.11? Or will you be waiting for OS X 10.11.1?


    1. We can only hope, but…………My girlfriends Windows7, now Windows 10 wi-fi works great, just saying

      On my Mac Mini, iPad, and iPhone its a maybe, always seem to lose connection just when I need it. The Macbook I am typing it on is much better, its on Mavericks and I don’t see a reason to “upgrade” it.

      1. Yes, figured out how to do that (not as easy as it sounds), but iPhoto won’t now open the migrated Library file, so I am still screwed.

        Bottom line remains the same: this customer is _far_ from delighted.

    1. Yeah, you’ll be fine. But of course have a backup before you upgrade. Don’t dump the backup after you upgrade! I found having the backup to be very handy when upgrading to Yosemite, thanks to Yosemite’s multitude of bugs early on. I could erase the volume and start from scratch then migrate from the backup.

      Also, keep in mind that there are some application fatalities due to changes in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The worst casualty I’ve run into is the death of MenuMeters. There is no sign of the developer updating it to work with El Capitan at this time. Very sad. 🙁

      1. Argh, not Menumeters! After some digging it’s because they use a private menubar item API that Apple has now completely blocked, i.e. only code signed by Apple will run. Devs can now only use the “approved” API which is apparently slower and has other disadvantages. The dev might feel it’s not worth his time and effort to rewrite a free/donationware utility.

        Another dev forked the Menumeters code and was trying just that, but after an initial couple weeks of code updates there’s been no activity for a month now.

        1. I found the note today from the developer of MenuMeters pointing out what you’ve described, mossman:

          Due to new Apple-enforced code signature restrictions, MenuMeters is not compatible with the OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” public beta. Although the restriction is similar, this is not directly related to 10.11’s “System Integrity Protection” (SIP, aka “rootless”) feature and disabling SIP has no effect on MenuMeters.

          Unless Apple makes the signature restriction optional, it is not clear that MenuMeters in its present form can ever be made compatible with OS X 10.11.

          In the meantime I can only suggest that you do not install 10.11 if you wish to use MenuMeters.

          *sigh* Tonight I changed over to iStat Menus, a copy of which I happen to own. It’s not quite as good or detailed as MenuMeters. 🙁 But it will make do.

  1. To go along with number 3, while in the trash you can sort by Drives! This way you can only empty the trash for that one drive somewhat after you moved the items you don’t want into the trash and know you really don’t need them after a few days.

  2. Will upgrade without enthusiasm.

    It’s obvious Apple is too busy blazing new trails to fix Photos and rethink iTunes. Maybe the two are doing exactly what Apple wants.

    The upgrade is free, so why not? I won’t be doing it for that list of 8, though. Maybe Apple will give us another one of those lists with 300 “new features” to Mac OS X. I’ll find something that makes this worth doing.

      1. Did anyone notice Craigs sidestroke on OS X quality while his presentation?

        I need more coffee.
        How about you?

        Phil should be the next CEO. I really love this guy, he is always cool-notcool, reminds me a lot of Steve.
        Craig and Phil do not need to be best friends to make a great team!


  3. Slide Shows. Sometimes I wish I could reach out through the Internet and apply a 15,000 volt cattle prod to the jerks who perpetrate these awful throwback things on the Internet. What’s extra special is when I want to save these things as PDFs for future reference, having to make an individual PDF for each frickin’ slide and having to number the PDFs from 00 on up because the first slide isn’t the first tip. It’s merely an intro slide. User hostility.

    Anyway, a great list of tips to have handy after installing El Capitan! 😀 This is going to be a much better upgrade than lousy Yosemite.

  4. So I’ve been on the El Capital preview since nearly day 1, and never had an issue with this until golden master. Now when I view videos, in safari, in full screen, my app bar still shows up along the bottom. What in the hell is that about?

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