Get System Information with a single click

You probably know that going to the Apple menu and choosing “About This Mac” gives you a little window with a bit of information about your computer. You’ll find a button in that window that gives you more info (in fact, in some systems the button is labeled “More Info…”).

If you hold the Option key when you go to the Apple menu, “About This Mac” changes to “System Information…”, and if you click on “System Information…” you get the same report that clicking on “More Info…” produces– except this way, you do it all in one move, cutting your work in half.

Try it now, while you’re thinking of it.

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How to make the green zoom button work the way it used to

When you click the green zoom button at top left of a window, that window goes full screen. It hides the menubar, it hides the window’s bar , it hides the window’s bottom frame. That’s not usually what we want to do. If you hold the Option key down when you click a window’s green zoom button the window will still zoom, but stop short of hiding the menubar and the title bar and the bottom frame. This is how the green button used to work but it changed in macOS Yosemite. As usual, the Option key is your friend. Try it and see.

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