If you are using your mouse to minimize and maximize app windows or switching between the apps, you are probably compromising on the productivity part. This article describes several ways that you can follow to improve your efficiency and productivity when you are working on a computer. 

Most of the tips mentioned on this page are macOS-oriented, but if you are using another operating system, a few tips can still be of use. 

Stop Using Mouse 

Using a mouse is quite inefficient, and moving your hands to the mouse and then back to the keyboard can consume a lot of time; you might not have noticed this, though. Some advanced text editors have taken this into consideration and have designed their apps in such a manner that you do not have to go near your mouse to accomplish the task at hand. 

If you want to improve your efficiency, you will have to learn new shortcuts. Obviously, this is not something that you expect to learn in a couple of days, but practicing them for a couple of months can help you get acquainted seamlessly. So, next time when you try using shortcuts, you will not miss your mouse, and your hands will automatically move to the keyboard shortcut combinations. 

Use Scrolling Screenshots 

Screenshots are a great way to share information with visuals rather than only the text. Visually appealing screenshots are easy to understand and make it easier to consume information efficiently. But do you know how to do a scrolling screenshot on mac? If not, this is what you need to know.

Capture scrolling screenshots on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to present information in a captivating manner. You can also use third-party applications to get a scrolling screenshot of web pages, app windows, home screen, and more. 

Optimize Space on Screen 

Using full-screen apps always enhances the experience, and you find it easier to work on multiple applications simultaneously. On macOS, screen halves can help you focus better On what you are doing. You can also use tiling window manager applications to interact effortlessly with two different applications running in parallel on your computer screen. 

It is recommended to hide the Dock if you want the full-screen applications running on your computer to cover the screen space. Apple’s native Mission Control can also help you to efficiently use the available space while using the fullscreen mode. To get to Mission Control, go to Settings, click Keyboard, select Shortcuts, and tap Mission Control. 

Learn Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning shortcuts is the key to improving your productivity while working on a computer. By using keyboard combinations, you can do things efficiently without clicking the mouse buttons, trackpad, or other input mediums. 

Use Command + H to hide the windows of the front app and press Option + Command + H to hide all other apps but view only the front app. Press Command + W to close the front window of the application. 

Once you become familiar with a MacBook's keyboard shortcuts, you will improve your productivity and avoid potential problems because using shortcuts saves you time.

Save Your Searches

If you are into a profession that requires sort of the same searches over and over again, you don't have to spend a lot of time on the web. You can save your searches for later use and be more efficient with your work tasks. Apple allows you to save your searches in Smart Folders, which are virtual folders that constantly update search results for better productivity. 

To enable the feature:

  1. Run a search in the Finder window by typing in the keywords in the search box available in the top right section.

  2. Click on the + (plus) button displayed in the right section on the screen to add search criteria.

  3. Click Save and give your search a unique name. You can then access the saved search criteria, also known as the Smart Folder, from the Sidebar. 

Type Efficiently With Text Replacement 

If you are a writer or someone who is engaged in something that requires shooting similar emails messages incorporating almost the same phrases, then this feature can be of great help to you. Your Mac can perform the major part for you, making your work easier. 

To enable the feature of text shortcut, click System Preferences, click Keyboard, and then click Text. The system will provide some examples that you may select, or you can also add custom phrases for quick typing by pressing the + button available in the lower section of the window. 


All in all, productivity on a computer requires experience and knowing certain tricks that cut time spent on redundant processes and tasks. By implementing ideas from this article, you should become more efficient at using your MacBook.