5 Cool OS X Yosemite Features You May Have Missed

OS X Yosemite image of Half Dome with blog title graphic

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is the best version of OS X yet, and the features list included with this free update is so deep that you probably aren’t aware of them all yet. To get the most out of your Mac, check out these five awesome OS X Yosemite features you may have missed.

1. Dark Mode

A common complaint with not only OS X but iOS as well is that the systems are too bright. While this makes it easy to find important items, some people like darker colors that are a little easier on the eyes.

Because of this, Apple introduced Dark Mode in Yosemite. To turn this on, go to System Preferences, click on General, and then check the box next to Use dark menu bar and Dock. Both the Dock and the menu bar will go a very dark gray.

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2. Batch Rename Files With Finder

Speaking from experience, a batch file-renaming tool is a must-have for anyone dealing with a lot of documents, images, or other files that are commonly named with the date or other signifying information. Being able to batch rename these helps you get them in line with one another without having to do hours of copying and pasting.

Selecting to batch rename files in Finder

In OS X Yosemite you can now batch rename files without the need for a third-party app. Just open the folder that has the files you want to rename, select the files, right-click and select Rename x items. You can replace text, add text, or format the file names en masse.

Rename Finder Items dialog box

3. Clear Recent Browsing History

Let’s say you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift for your significant other and don’t want to ruin the surprise by having him or her see what you’ve looked at in your Safari history. If you clear the entire history you lose important links you may want to reference later, but you need to get today’s browsing out of there.

Selecting to clear recent browsing history in Safari

In OS X Yosemite you can now easily clear a specific timeframe of browsing history. In Safari click the History menu, then Clear History and Website Data. Choose the timeframe you want and you’re all set.

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4. Use MailDrop to Send Huge Email Attachments

A huge feature in the new version of Mail for OS X Yosemite is the ability to email files up to 5 GB in size without issue. Thanks to MailDrop, you can use iCloud to host files and have Mail send a download link to the recipient.

It’s done seamlessly, and the recipient will have 30 days to download the file. Recipients don’t need to have iCloud or a Mac – they just click and download. You have to be signed in to your iCloud account to make this feature work on your end, though.

What’s also great is that this doesn’t count against your iCloud storage.

5. Share Your Screen With iMessage

One of the best ways to help someone with a computer issue is to share screens. By sharing screens with someone, you can see what they see to better understand what they’re talking about and solve their problem.

Showing Details options for a contact in iMessage

To use this feature, just open the Messages app on your Mac, select a contact that’s also using Yosemite, and click on the Details link in the upper right corner of that contact’s thread. You should see an icon that looks like two screens on top of one another (left-most icon of the three). Click on this and you’ll start sharing.


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