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10 great Mac tips to make you more productive

As business users increasingly move to Macs, TechRepublic offers several tips on migrating files and mastering commands to gain maximum effectiveness from your machine.

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As more enterprises issue Macs to employees, it's important to know how to use the machines to the best of their abilities to increase productivity.

"For decades, Macs have been designed with the end user in mind," wrote TechRepublic contributing writer Jesus Vigo. "From hardware to software, Apple goes to great lengths to simplify the complicated, allowing users to focus on getting work done instead of having to resolve a number of issues before getting to the crux of the task."

Here are 10 TechRepublic articles with Mac tips that will help business users be more effective at work.

SEE: Apple products favored by 84% in the enterprise (Tech Pro Research)

1. How to migrate settings, printers, and networks between Macs

When you get a Mac, there are multiple options for migrating preferences, networks, and printers to the new machine. Here, TechRepublic contributing writer Eric Eckel describes how to make the migration process easier, listing the pros and cons of using Migration Assistant, Time Machine, or a fresh install.

2. How to use iCloud to migrate files between Macs

For users who are less familiar with Macs, in this article, Eckel explains step by step how to use iCloud to transfer files to a new Mac, and to share and move files among multiple devices, including Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

3. How non-iCloud users can migrate files between Macs

While iCloud simplifies the process of migrating files from an old Mac to a new one, there are several alternatives for those users who do not wish to use iCloud. Here, Eckel describes how to leverage Dropbox, OneDrive, gigabit ethernet, Thunderbolt, FireWire, and thumb drives or external hard drives to make file transfering go as smoothly as possible.

4. How to use the zip and bzip2 macOS file compression commands

While several Mac applications compress files, the two simple commands bzip2 and zip that are native to macOS fulfill the same functionality, often more quickly and for less expense, Eckel writes. Here, he describes how to use these commands to enable compressing files, in order to free disk space, use less storage, and decrease email attachment sizes.

5. 16 OS X tweaks for business power users

For business Mac power users to get the most out of their day, it's important to understand how to customize their device to meet their individual needs. Here, Vigo outlines 16 tips to maximize your OS X usage, including how to gain quick access to network drives, how to enable keyboard access for all controls, and how to sign documents with the trackpad.

6. How to access Microsoft Remote Desktop on macOS Sierra

When Mac users need to access a Windows application for work purposes, Microsoft Remote Desktop connection can be a good option to do so, according to TechRepublic news editor Conner Forrest. Here, he explains step by step how to access the application, and set up a connection.

7. How to create a bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra

Apple released MacOS Sierra in September 2016, continuing the company's yearly release cycle for hardware and software. Vigo notes that while the process of upgrading to macOS Sierra is relatively easy for consumers, it can be more difficult for IT administrators who need to update all supported end users. Here, he explains how to facilitate the upgrade process by creating a bootable USB installer drive to help get Sierra deployed quickly in SMB environments, for those who have not already done so.

8. How to use the Touch Bar API when developing for new MacBook Pro 2016

One of the highlighted features of the new MacBook Pro was the addition of the Touch Bar, an OLED display at the top of the keyboard. Here, TechRepublic contributing writer Cory Bohon explains how developers can create Touch Bar extensions for their apps, taking advantage of the Touch Bar's Touch ID sensor and context-aware buttons, actions, and UI.

9. How to open a new Terminal window from any folder shortcut

Here, Vigo describes a time-saving shortcut that allows users to open a new Terminal window from any folder, simply by selecting it from the context menu. This shortcut does not require any additional software or modifications to macOS; all users need to do is enable a setting, and it will work from any Finder window, he said.

10. How to master macOS whois command basics

The whois command allows users to discover administrative and technical information for a web domain, and even public IP addresses. It can show the date when a domain name was registered, who registered it, and who serves as its administrative and technical contacts. This is especially helpful for Mac users who regularly fulfill web registration, development, design, hosting, and related consulting services, Eckel writes. Here, he explains how to use the command.

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About Alison DeNisco

Alison DeNisco is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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