10 wonderful Mac tips for students

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By John Wick

Shortcuts, dictionaries, and reading text; they’re all Mac tips guaranteed to make studying easier and more fun. Check out all our tips and make all your tasks as easy as possible. Hopefully, these tips will help you be more effective and efficient.

Whether you are as optimistic as the NFL Week 8 odds or if you are as effective as these tips, there is always room for improvement. We truly believe these tips will get you a long way. Let’s have a look.

Special letters

Looking for a particular letter? For example, é, ö, or ü? Just hold down the letter in question and a menu of options will appear on the screen so you can choose the one you want. For example, hold ‘e’ in to get an ‘é’.

Smiley face

Access your own Emoji keyboard. By pressing Command + Ctrl + Space, you can access your own emoji keyboard. If you have the globe button (Fn), you can also use this to access the emoji keyboard.


Access to a dictionary on your Mac. The full-size keyboard is comfortable and precise, whether you’re typing or coding. And unlike other laptops, you can tap anywhere on a Mac’s spacious Force Touch trackpad. Using intuitive gestures like pinch-to-zoom and differences in how hard you press, it understands exactly where you want to go.


Forgot to save the link to a website that was important to you? As long as you remember a word or two from the website, enter this in the address and search bar and Safari will show you the websites you have visited with that word. The Mac remembers for you. It is compatible with both iOS and Mac.

Cut and paste

It’s annoying to paste text from one document into another and have to change to the correct font and font size for the ninth time. Hold SHIFT + ALT in addition to CMD + V when pasting the text and everything will take care of itself.

Search engine

Use Spotlight as a calculator. Go to Spotlight by pressing Command and Spacebar, type your math, and get the answer instantly.


Use your voice to type text on a Mac. The Mac can act as your personal secretary. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences and click Dictation & Speech. Switch on Dictation, and choose from various options for “Dictation”, e.g., language, etc.


Tired of reading long texts? Right-click and press “Speech” and “Start Speech”. The Mac reads the text for you, so you don’t have to. Instant audiobook! Perfect on the edge of the bed.


Do you have any phrases you use often? Enter the desired abbreviation and the Mac will fill in the correct text regardless of the program. Example: “Wayn” can become “Where are you now?” This is particularly useful in mail or messages.

Fast startup

Get an even faster startup. Leave the desktop as empty as possible. The fewer files on the desktop, the faster the computer starts.

Use one or more external displays

It is possible that you can connect one or more external displays to your Mac. To do this, you need a video cable for each monitor, and you may need an adapter. See the Apple Support article Adapters for the Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C port on a Mac. Once you’ve connected one or more displays to your Mac, you can choose whether you want to use them as an extended desktop or in Like Displays mode.

Connect the monitor

For each display, connect a video cable (and, if necessary, an adapter) securely from the video output port on the Mac to the video input port on the display. Read about the video ports on the Mac. You can connect one or more external monitors, depending on which Mac you have.

For Macs with an Apple M1 chip, you can connect a single external display to the Mac. You cannot increase the number of monitors that can be connected by connecting a docking station.