Two Mac Tricks I Love (that you might not even know about)

I’ve been a Mac user since August, so these two tricks may be old news for some of you, but for me, they were game-changers.

1. Zoom-in while presenting

It seems that during any presentation, the speaker will say something like, “If you look at the top right of the screen,” and attempt to describe something in the presentation display. If only the presenter could zoom in on a slide during the presentation… But he can! Check it out:


2. Create audio files from text

By highlighting text and right-clicking, you can turn any text into an iTunes audio file. This is great for personal use (listening to blog posts, for example), and it’s also great to help students who might be struggling readers.

Turn an article, PDF, or blog post (like the one pictured below) into an audio file like this:


Blog Post


Watch the short tutorial below to learn how:

I’m loving having a Mac, and these are just two of my favorite newly-discovered Mac tricks. It seems like I discover something new every day (or at least every week).

What do you think? Have any tricks you’d like to share? Comment below.


3 thoughts on “Two Mac Tricks I Love (that you might not even know about)

  1. I love love love the zoom in feature. My students “submit” work in evernote, and I have asked them to use 36 font so that I can display on smartboard without having to copy their work into my notebook. Anyway, you just saved me a few minutes of effort and now I can do more on the spot.

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