15 tips and tricks for working on Windows and macOS – Gizmodo | Hot Mobile Press

A Surface Laptop next to a MacBook

Not everyone is divided into Windows or macOS camps — for some people, using these two operating systems is part of their computing experience. If you’ve been using one of these platforms for a long time and are in the process of getting to grips with the other as well, you might need a little help along the way, and that’s where this guide on using Windows and macOS comes in.

Neither Windows nor macOS are so different from each other that newcomers are completely lost, but at the same time Some support is probably welcome… and even if you’ve been using both operating systems together for some time, we might skip it a few tricks and features you don’t know yet.


1) Choose a file sync service

Syncing your files across multiple platforms will make life a lot easier, so choose the service you like the most. While A ride has a Mac client and iCloud has a Windows client, we recommend going for a third-party option that doesn’t favor Windows or macOS: in our experience, here are two of the best options Google Drive or Drop box.


2) Share files over a network

You can easily share files between Windows and macOS over a local network. From Windowsright-click a folder or file in File Explorer, and then select Show more options, grant accessand Certain people begin; from macOSopen the System Preferences pane, and then click the Split icon to activate it data exchange Possibility.


3) Sync your clipboard between Windows and macOS

Having the same clipboard and clipboard history available on both Windows and macOS can be extremely useful when switching operating systems. As you might expect, the functionality isn’t available as a native feature, but you can get it via the excellent 1Clipboard App: It uses Google Drive to sync your clipboard between multiple devices.


A screenshot from 1Clipboard

1Clipboard works on multiple platforms
screenshot: 1Clipboard


4) Use virtual desktops

Another feature available on both platforms but implemented in slightly different ways is virtual desktops, which give you more space for your open programs and windows. win+tab takes you to the right interface on windows and Ctrl+Up on macOS the same: On the following screens You can then add, remove, and switch to multiple desktops.


5) Know your Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are powerful productivity tools, but it can be difficult for your fingers to remember which operating system they’re using. You can replace the for many common shortcuts, including cut, copy, and paste ctrl key on Windows with the command key on macOS and vice versa – that is Ctrl+C becomes Cmd+C, Ctrl+V becomes Command+Vetc.


6) Know your mouse gestures

Another related area: mouse gestures. Right-click is essential in Windows, but harder to manifest on macOS, for example. You can get both operating systems to work pretty similarly by going to Bluetooth & Devices and then Mouse and touchpad from the windows settings as well Mouse and trackpad from the macOS System Preferences.


Screenshot of macOS trackpad settings

Adjust trackpad settings in macOS
screenshot: macOS


7) Use the same keyboard and mouse

Speaking of shortcuts and gestures, you can use the same keyboard and mouse (or trackpad) to make switching between Windows and macOS easier. This can also be done without additional hardware – a program such as e.g synergy takes care of everything for you and works with up to 15 different devices as if they were all physically connected.


8) Be consistent with your programs

Your Windows and macOS life will be much easier if you use the same programs on each platform, especially when it comes to web browsers – if you want to sync all your passwords and browsing history etc between multiple devices, then you really need to choose a browser , which works well on both operating systems. Chrome is an easy choice, but hHere are a few Miscellaneous options.


9) Choose the right external drive format

When you access files from the same external drive from both Windows and macOS, you want to make sure you can see the file system from both operating systems – which may not be the case if you only accept the standard drive format. For reasons of compatibility between Windows and macOS, you should choose exFAT as the file format.


Screenshot of a Mac accessing an external My Passport drive

macOS can read NTFS-formatted drives, but not write to them
screenshot: macOS


10) Add additional window snapping to macOS

Windows is very good at docking your open programs to specific parts of the screen — for example, one browser tab docked on the left and another on the right. While macOS is catching up on this functionality, it’s not quite up to par: the excellent rectangle Add on is an option to get more control over snapping Mac windows.


11) Add a quick look mode to Windows

Windows lacks some features that macOS also has, like the ability to instantly preview files with Quick Look, which is tap-activated in the Finder on Macs place. The good news is that there is a utility to close the gap that is – imaginatively enough – named.quick look. Once it’s installed, you can just press like on macOS place to open and close the file preview.


12) Master multitasking

Quickly switching between open apps is essential to getting things done efficiently, and the keyboard shortcut for that is pretty similar on both operating systems: Alt+Tab for Windows and command+tab for macOS. To search for apps and other things, press Win+S under Windows or cmd+spacebar on macOS, then start typing what you’re looking for.


A screenshot of Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access Windows from macOS (and vice versa)
screenshot: Chrome remote desktop


13) Remote access to desktops

Accessing your macOS desktop from Windows or your Windows desktop from macOS is not difficult at all and can save you from switching between keyboards and screens. There are numerous tools that will do this for you, but perhaps this is the simplest and most appropriate Chrome remote desktop: Just follow the instructions to set it up.


14) Choose the right web apps

You’d be surprised how many apps can be run directly from the web, rather than through a desktop application – by Spotify to Relaxed to Tweet Deck– and if you regularly switch between operating systems, then it makes sense to stick to the online versions of these programs to minimize the risk of compatibility or synchronization errors.


15) Manage your notifications

Something you want to avoid when working on multiple computers is duplicate notifications, which can distract your day even more. You can manage notification settings via system and notifications from the Windows settings and off Notifications & Focus then notifications in the System Preferences dialog box on macOS.

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