Customization is one of the most overlooked MacBook features. If you have purchased a new Mac recently and are still not too familiar with what the device has to offer, you may be surprised by how much you can change to turn the UI and other aspects of the computer to your liking.
Interested in finding out what Mac customization options exist? If so, this article will give you an idea of what you can customize on your laptop.
If you are unhappy with the default application icons, you should learn how to change app icons on the MacBook. The process is pretty simple.
Start by downloading icons from the internet. The files should have the .icns ending. Open a new icon file via Preview and click Edit and Select All. You will need to copy the selection to the app you wish to modify.
Click the Get Info button on an app you want to change the icon of. The original icon will be available at the top-left corner in a mini form. Click on it and paste the custom picture you have downloaded on the internet. The changes will be saved, and you will have a custom icon.
Using the same desktop background is a bit boring. You could spice things up by enabling the macOS feature to change the background every few hours or days.
To enable the feature, go to System Preferences, click the Desktop and Screen Saver tab, and select the Desktop Pictures folder on the left corner.
You will see the list of available pictures for the background. There will also be the option to select how often you want the picture to change. Lastly, you can even have the pictures change randomly rather than in a specific order.
The Dock may not seem like a thing with a long list of customization features, but the reality is quite different. For one thing, you can add extra space between the Dock icons if the bar becomes too cluttered.
In addition, if you want, you also have the option to customize the Dock’s magnification. If you prefer, making the Dock invisible is also one of the available features. Finally, if you prefer to have the Dock on the left or right side of the MacBook’s screen, you can change it as well.
To customize the Dock, go to System Preferences, and click the Dock pane.
Some MacBook users may find the default blue color for highlighting bland. If you feel the same way, customize the color scheme in the General tab of the System Preferences.
The default set of available colors consists of eight different options. However, clicking on “Other…” at the bottom of the list will bring out the full-color palette, letting you choose a color you desire.
Despite the fact that the Menu Bar has a lot to offer, most MacBook users do not bother exploring those options.
For starters, you can customize the date and time preferences. By default, the macOS uses a 24-hour clock, but there are other options, like hiding and showing AM and PM, indicating days of the week, the date, and even displaying seconds. Clicking on the Language and Text tab in System Preferences will also let you pick the date format you prefer.
For some, it is the year that should come first, whereas other people would like to have the day, followed by the month and the year.
Let’s cover a few other neat things you can do to make your MacBook feel unique. For example, if you wish, you can exclude certain files from the Spotlight search.
Modifying the default macOS dictionary is also an option. Go to the Dictionary app and click the Preferences pane to select your preferred dictionary version.
Finally, regional variations. The Region tab in the System Preferences allows you to modify the default language, calendar type, temperature units, time format. The available changes might not seem that significant, but some users may find them to be quite useful.
The last piece of MacBook customization in this article is about Finder. In addition to what it offers already, Finder also lets you change some things for personalization, including:
- Automatic folder organization
- Removal of mounted discs from the MacBook’s desktop
- Bringing back the status bar
You will need to launch Finder and customize it from within the tool.
To sum it all up, these simple yet neat ways to customize a MacBook should prove quite useful to Mac owners who want to make their computers look and feel a bit different. There is no need to go all-out, but a small change here and there will add a unique touch to your laptop.