⌘-Spacebar to bring up Spotlight

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If you want to use Spotlight to search for something, don’t bother clicking on the magnifying glass at top right. Just press ⌘-Spacebar and Spotlight pops right up. If it doesn’t, go to Apple menu/System Preferences/Spotlight and make sure the preferences are set that way. See below:

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(Thanks, Rick, for pointing out that the preferences might not be set to ⌘-Spacebar.)

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Let Apple take care of Daylight Saving Time on your Mac

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Apple will take care of setting the clock on your Mac as long as the Date & Time preferences are correct. Go to the Apple menu, then System Preferences, then Date & Time. In the Date & Time section of the Date & Time preference panel check the box for “Set date and time automatically.” The menu to the right should be the one closest to where you are.

Yosemite date and time preferences

The preferences should have been set this way already but sometimes things happen. With these settings you never have to set the time yourself. Apple will do it for you.

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How to show the day, date, and time in menubar

For some reason, the default settings for the Date & Time preference panel don’t show day, date, and time in the menubar. (Yes, I know you can click on the time to show everything. But I don’t want to click. I want it all in the menubar, viewable at a glance.)

It’s easy to turn everything on. Look in System Preferences for Date & Time, then click Clock, then turn on Show the day of the week and Show date.

Like this.

Ta da.

 

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