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Mac OS X Tutorial: Use the Apple menu for quick actions

The Apple menu bar hides a wealth of quick actions that you can put to use when you want to be really efficient. It’s well worth taking the time to learn what tricks it has to offer

The great thing about using a Mac is that you can really tell that they’ve been designed by someone who cares. They care that you have work to do and want to do it right, they care that your computer should be a tool and not a task. To this end the software engineers have tucked away a few very cool features in the Apple menu bar on the top left of your screen.
It’s a very accessible place to get to and it doesn’t require that you open a finder window. The tools and features you can access here are very useful if you need to get somewhere quickly. You can find information about your Mac and the version of OS X you are running. You can even call up recently used items – and that is from any app you have been using, not to mention drives and servers. So, why not familiarise yourself with a very cool way to get around your Mac.

1: Find It
The Apple menu is a constant on your Mac, you can find it no matter which application you are in. Simply click the little Apple to reveal all of its juicy secrets.

2: Pick a place to go
You can quickly find recently used documents, access System Preferences and even make changes to the behaviour of your dock from this menu as well as sleeping and shutting down your Mac.