Terminal is a utility that most Mac users haven’t dared to dabble with—but it’s not as complicated as you might think! I’m going to show you five killer tricks that can only be activated using Terminal, but will supercharge your productivity and expertise while working on your Apple computer.
Show Full File Path in Finder
Windows definitely has a leg up on macOS when it comes to the file system explorer. I actually really love Finder, but it’s sometimes hard to find the hierarchy of the drive when you’re several folders deep. Rather than having to right click the folder name at the top of the menubar, you can make the full path static with this super handy trick.
Want to change it back? Just change “YES” to “NO” (no quotes).
Add Spacers into Your Dock
Dock is perhaps the most distinguishing feature between macOS and other operating systems on the market. Admittedly, I don’t use it a ton to launch apps (I’m an Alfred guy), but there is a really great way to organize Dock users with TONS of app icons. The following command will allow you to insert a spacer into the dock that you can move around and place anywhere to divide your apps up by category. Run the command for each additional blank placeholder you’d like!
Want to change it back? Just drag the blank icons off the dock until the “remove” bubble shows up—it’s just like removing any other app!
Make Hidden Apps “Hidden” in Dock
A lot of people use the yellow minimize button or ⌘M to temporarily set aside app windows they’re not using. I think the minimize transition takes too long and I don’t like that I can’t call the app back to action by selecting the app in ⌘Tab switcher. So, I use ⌘H (hide app). It’s fast and works well. The only problem? Sometimes I forget I’ve hidden an app as it displays as open in the Dock (the black dot is below the icon); however, I can’t see the window thumbnail in the Dock. Well, if you use this quick little Terminal command, you’ll be able to add transparency to all of your hidden apps so you don’t forget they’re running in the background!
Want to change it back? Just change “TRUE” to “FALSE” (no quotes).
Eliminate the Dock Reveal Delay
I mentioned earlier that I don’t use the Dock a ton, so I have it hidden. It gives me more room to work, and I can still call it to action when I need it. If you’ve ever noticed, there is a slight delay before the Dock slides out and the transition animation is just slow enough to be annoying when you want to refer to it quickly. Well, with these commands you can ditch the transition all together, or speed it up super quickly.
Hidden Wallpapers, Man!
Okay, so I admit this one isn’t a Terminal command, but it is hidden and it’s bloody awesome so I thought I’d share. Search “Default Collections” in Spotlight and you’ll find a folder chock-full of wallpapers that don’t show up in the wallpapers section of System Preferences
Watch Star Wars in ASCII
Why would you want to do that? Um…. why wouldn’t you…?! Paste the following into Terminal.