macOS Mojave is finally out following the unveiling event back in June. In reality, macOS was available for beta testing prior to the public release and received mostly positive reviews, with praise directed at its performance boost and exciting features. macOS Mojave retains what we have loved about Apple’s desktop operating system since the days of macOS Sierra while adding dozens of new features to the OS.
macOS Mojave really shines out there as it comes with a bunch of features that have been demanded for years. However, for some Mac owners, macOS Mojave may be a little bit disappointing as it mainly focuses on performance enhancements and bug fixes. With that in mind, we have created a list of the best macOS Mojave features you should check out right now.
Before we begin, make sure you now have the latest macOS software update on your machine. macOS Mojave has been available for a while so you can get the update now. To do this, click on Apple menu at the top, then click on System Preferences and click Software Update.
Dark mode is something that we have been expecting to see in macOS for years. In reality, dark mode is not revolutionary out there as it has been part of Android for years. In macOS High Sierra, you can change your menu bar and Dock to a darker color, but things like images, graphics, or user interface remain the same.
In macOS Mojave, Dark mode now works across the operating system, allowing you to turn almost everything into darker colors and themes, ranging from the dock and Apple menu to your favorite apps. The dark mode in macOS Mojave is widely welcomed this year, but we are expecting to see the same thing in iOS. In reality, iPhone and iPad owners have been craving for an official dark mode, but it remains unknown when we are seeing it.
To enable Dark mode in macOS Mojave, click on Apple logo at the top of the screen, then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu and select General. Once you are in, select Dark under Appearance. When you do it, your desktop’s background and your favorite apps like Safari, Photos, or Calendar will switch to dark mode. Keep in mind that dark mode now works with Apple’s stock apps only. Sources say that third-party developers are updating their apps so they support dark mode.
If you find your desktop’s wallpaper boring, then you can customize it in macOS Mojave. Specifically, Apple has introduced Dynamic Desktop, an exciting feature that changes your Mac’s desktop picture to match with the time of day. In reality, Dynamic Desktop is not something new out there as we have seen something similar.
To turn on Dynamic Desktop in macOS Mojave, click on Apple menu at the top of your Mac’s display, then select System Preferences from the pull-down menu and click on Desktop & Screen Saver. From here, select the Desktop tab and select your preferred Dynamic Desktop thumbnail (make sure you select Dynamic from the Mojave menu).
If you select Dynamic, your desktop’s picture will change according to the time of day. This means that you need to enable your current location in macOS. If you find this annoying, repeat the process and select your desktop pictures only.
If your Mac’s desktop is now full of app icons, then it’s time to clean up the mess. In macOS Mojave, Apple has introduced Stacks, a new feature that gathers all of the files scattered around your desktop and puts them into stacks.
To use the feature, right-click on any blank space on your Mac’s desktop, and then click Use Stacks from the drop-down menu. By default, Stacks organize your files by file type, but you can change that. To do this, perform a right-click on your desktop, then move your cursor over Group Stacks By and select your options (Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created, Tags, and Date Last Modified).
To view your stacks, you simply need to click on a stack and it expands to show you what’s inside. If you change your mind, you can return to your old desktop by right-clicking on a space and then selecting Use Stacks again.
A screenshot markup feature is not something new out there as it has been part of iOS for years. In macOS Mojave, Apple is finally making it official. From now on, you can quickly stretch your ideas, or add texts and shapes to your screenshots.
To do this, you simply need to take a screenshot of your Mac and then you will be presented with multiple editing options. The best part is that you can add your signature to your screenshot by using your trackpad and finger. Besides, macOS Mojave includes the Screenshot Utility toolbar that allows you to quickly perform some actions like taking a screenshot of your entire screen or recording your screen. To access the toolbar, you simply need to press Cmd + Shift + 5 on your keyboard.
With macOS Mojave, Apple has introduced Continuity Camera, a handy feature that allows you to take photos on your iPhone or iPad and then edit your shots on Mac. Keep in mind that Continuity Camera requires macOS Mojave and iOS 12, so make sure you now have the latest software updates on your devices.
To use the feature, right-click on any blank space on your Mac, then choose your option under the Import from iPhone section and your camera should open now. Select Use Photos after you have taken a shot to insert it into the Note app or Pages.
These are the best macOS Mojave features you should check out right now. If you have got a favorite, then don’t forget to let us know in the comments below.