Here are some shortcuts to make your life using a Mac a little easier. (Windows Shortcuts coming next week.)
Mac uses can do a spotlight search by pressing Command + the Spacebar, this will open a search bar that can be used to search your computer for software or files as well as search for definitions, weather, and news.
You can choose what appears in your Spotlight Searches in your System Preferences, click here for a guide on how to change your Spotlight settings.
Windows users can use a similar search by pressing the Windows Key.
This week’s tip might be short, but knowing how to use spotlight search can make the overall experience of using your computer easier!
Oftentimes the root of Mac printing issues relates to the keychain. An incorrect password might have been typed and saved or you may have changed your UIUC password and now your device is repeatedly trying to print with the wrong credentials. If this is the case when you print you will likely see “Hold for Authentication”.
To fix this you can go to Keychain Access then look for any credentials including printer names or ischoolprint and delete them. Then try printing again. Hopefully, at this point, it will pop up asking for credentials. You should enter your current netID and UIUC password, but do not save these credentials to the keychain to avoid this issue in the future.
This is a more common issue with Macs, but when it occurs on Windows machines the program is called Credential Manager as opposed to the Keychain Access program on Macs.
As always if you need help troubleshooting, please visit us at the Help Desk!
Another Tuesday, another tech tip! Check out some of these shortcuts more Macs!
Some of the most common and helpful Mac keyboard shortcuts are:
Command+C will copy a selected item to your clipboard
Command+V will paste the item in the clipboard
Command+Z will undo the previous action
Command+P will print the current page/document
Command+S will save the current page/document
Command+F will open the search to find a term in the current page
Command+Spacebar will open the spotlight search
A full list of keyboard shortcuts for Macs can be found here.