Having a MacBook Pro like the powerful 16-inch is very exciting. With its multiple functions and elegant design, it is a work tool that combines performance and style. And if you also know how to set up a MacBook Pro, you can make it work as you need it.
Turn off auto brightness
Your MacBook Pro has an ambient light sensor on the screen frame that detects the amount of light and adjusts brightness automatically. If you work in a dark room, reduce it to avoid tired eyes. But you don't always need this function, like when you edit photos and you need a constant brightness to work with precision. Here we explain how to disable automatic brightness.
Step 1: Open system preferences. You can do it by pressing the Apple logo in the upper left corner, then in System preferences or by clicking on the icon System preferences in the Dock
Step 2: in System preferences, press on Screens.
Step 3: Under the slider Brightness, uncheck the box Automatically adjust brightness.
Step 4: If your Mac is compatible with True Tone, you can also disable it. This function automatically adjusts the colors of the screen, so that they are consistent with the ambient lighting. To disable it, uncheck True tone, under the box Adjust brightness automatically. If you don't see this option, your Mac is not compatible with True Tone.
How to adjust the dark mode
The dark mode in MacOS allows a better display of the screen, especially at night. Although it arrived with MacOS Mojave, with MacOS Catalina you can allow your Mac to enable it according to the time of day.
Step 1: Opens System preferences from the Apple logo in the upper left corner or from the Dock.
Step 2: press on General.
Step 3: at the top of the menu general there are three options under the heading Appearance: light, dark and automatic. When choosing one, you will change the MacOS color scheme, including the wallpaper, menu bar, window colors and more.
Step 4: Although the dark mode changes the wallpaper, you can set it manually. Go to the home page of System preferences and click on Desktop and screen saver, then choose a wallpaper.
How to change the notification settings
Notifications can be a real distraction. Fortunately, MacOS allows you to control them for the entire system or for applications.
Step 1: opens System preferences in the usual way.
Step 2: click on Notifications.
Step 3: In the left column, choose an application whose settings you want to change.
Step 4: you can disable notifications completely by clicking on Allow notifications from (application name).
Step 5: Notifications of applications and systems often appear as a banner in the upper right corner of the screen. Banner style only shows information, while Alert gives you action alternatives.
Step 6: It is possible to make other adjustments with the check boxes: show or hide notifications on screen, enable previews and if they will be available in the Notification Center. You can also hide the red circle in the icon of an application, which lists the pending alerts and whether they should play a sound.
He passed 7: Finally, you can activate Do not disturb at the top of the left column, to silence all notifications for the time and applications you want.
How to change how Siri works on your Mac
The Siri wizard is already an essential for Apple users, so it is important to make sure you configure it correctly. Here we explain how to do it.
Step 1: opens System preferences, then click on Siri. To respond to your requests, mark Enable Ask Siri. If disabled, keep making suggestions, but answer questions.
Step 2: There are a number of adjustments you can make, such as setting up a new keyboard shortcut, changing the language, Siri's voice and if it gives you recommendations with audio. You can also show or hide Siri in the menu bar.
Step 3: If you want to delete Siri recordings from Apple servers, simply click on Delete Siri History and dictated. This includes transcripts of your requests and other data, such as contact names, music you have requested, among others. Although Siri requests have a random identifier and are not associated with your Apple ID, it is best to delete them from time to time.
Step 4: you can choose which applications use Siri by clicking on Suggestions and privacy of Siri. This determines which programs can use the nous of machine learning from Siri to improve its operation and receive suggestions.
How to change how it works and you see the Dock
You don't need to keep the look of the Dock if you don't like it. There are several alternatives to customize it.
Step 1: open the System preferences, then click on Dock.
Step 2: Adjust the size of the Dock with the upper slider. If you check the box Extension, the application icons will be enlarged when you hover over them. You can adjust the magnification level with the slider.
Step 3: By default, the Dock is located at the bottom of the screen. If you prefer left or right, use the section Position on the screen.
Step 4: There are also several window management options here. You can change what happens when you double click on the title bar of a window, how and where they are minimized.
Step 5: Finally, there are options to hide it and show it when you move the pointer at the bottom of the screen; show or hide recent applications in the Dock; indicate which applications are open with a dot below the Dock icon; and if the cone of an application must "jump" when you open it.
How to customize gestures
Macs are known for their gesture support, which allows you to navigate quickly with a few taps. Here we show you how to take advantage of them even more.
Step 1: open the System preferences, then click on Trackpad. Each gesture in this section has an attached video that shows how to use it.
Step 2: vers three tabs at the top of the window: Point and click, Scroll and zoom and more gestures. Each section has a series of gestures that you can customize, with options on how they should be activated.
Step 3: Go to the section Point and clickk. You can adjust the sensitivity of the touch panel when you click and how quickly the pointer moves. You can also enable silent click and, if available, Force Touch and eptic feedback.
Step 4: By default, App Expos is disabled. This function quickly shows all open windows of an application side by side, making it easy to find windows. To enable it, go to the tab More gestures and check the box Application Exposure, then choose how to activate it.
Step 5: Sometimes, clicking and dragging a file across the screen can be complicated, especially if your MacBook does not have one of the trackpads after 2016, which are larger. Fortunately, there is a configuration that can help you. Opens System preferences and click on Accessibility, then press on Pointer control, in the left column. From here, select Touch panel options, then check the box next to Enable drag and choose an alternative: without drag lock, with drag lock and drag with three fingers.