Mac Tricks: Touch Bar, Boost your MacBook Trade-In, Delete Safari Extensions

Mac Tricks: Touch Bar, Boost your MacBook Trade-In, Delete Safari Extensions

How to Use the New MacBook Pro Touch Bar for Pressing the Escape Key?

Apple showed the new MacBook Pro to the world not so long ago. They demonstrated the new OLED Touch bar placed across the keyboard’s top. This bar replaces all function keys on MacBook. Though, it can be optimized for the user’s needs to suit the application that is currently running on the Mac. But the fact that you have no instant access to the Esc key can be a real problem.

Still, this key is not completely gone. Hold down the fn key on the lower side of your keyboard while the Touch bar is in another mode. That will show up all function keys on the Bar. The Escape key will appear there as well.

If it’s not good enough for you and a physical Esc key is the only ideal variant for you, let it be. You are able to remap the Escape key for any other key on your Mac’s keyboard. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Open the ‘Apple menu’, go to ‘System Preferences’ and choose ‘Keyboard’ there.
  2. Click the ‘Keyboard’ tab and enable it. Tap on the ‘Modifier keys’ button, it’s on the lower right.
  3. Select the keyboard you use in the pop-up window that appears.
  4. Firstly, you’ll notice a list of 4 keys: Option, Command, Caps Lock and Control. If you want, you can reassign one of them for the Escape key. Command, Control and Option will be a bad choice for reassigning, as they are frequently used in the everyday work. That’s why the Caps Lock key is the best variant. So, pick a necessary key that you want to reassign. Select Escape in the pop-up menu to the right.
  5. Choose ‘OK’ and close ‘System Preferences’.

Now you have a physical Escape key on your new MacBook Pro keyboard! Congratulations!


How to Boost your MacBook Trade-In

Buyback applications can shortchange you when we talk about Apple computers, because there are always more iPhones than MacBooks on the market. Laptops are more difficult to repair, so users prefer mobile devices for the everyday life.

But there are some tips for those who want to maximize the profit while trading an old MacBook for cash.

  1. If some key is missing, try to replace it by yourself. You can pick up the parts online just for couple of bucks. Such an easy step will increase your MacBook’s price by hundreds of dollars.
  2. Don’t remove the hard disk drive or erase MacOS. The time and money you save by removing the HDD is not comparable to the sum you would sacrifice in buyback value.
  3. Do you have any stickers on your device? Remove them. No one enjoys scraping off that things. That’s why some buyback companies drop the price if there are stickers on MacBook.

Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy won’t pay you money for the broken machine.  Even NextWorth and Gazelle offer very little sums in comparison to the good working laptops.

We compared prices to Cult of Mac’s buyback program using a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 2.4-GHz processor from 2013. As we mentioned before, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy are a no-go. Gazelle offered us just $100 for a broken laptop. NextWorth were ready to give 100.09 or 115.09 for the same machine. The price differed because of the type of charger included. At the same time, Cult of Mac’s program offers $250 for the merely damaged MacBook, and $150 for the one that doesn’t turn on at all.

If you want to know how much your MacBook is worth, check the ‘Laptop’ section on the ‘Cult of Mac’ website. Calculating of the price will take you less than a minute!


How to Watch ‘Hello Again’ MacBook Pro Keynote

Finally, the new MacBook Pro is near! We have been waiting for this so long!

The second keynote was the final for months of rumors and leaked images. Tim Cook and Co. are ready to unveil new Mac lineup from the Apple campus.

‘Hello Again’ keynote is going to start at 10 a.m. Pacific. But you don’t need any press badge to witness this event. The festivities will be streamed from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. You can simply watch the event via your iPad, iPhone, Mac or Apple TV.

Here is how to get in on the whole action:

  1. Tune in live on the official Apple’s website. Mac users can do it via Safari.
  2. PC users can turn it on using the Edge browser (if you have Win 10)
  3. Watch the keynote with Apple TV. Go to ‘Apple events’ application which is down at the bottom. The feed goes live 10 to 5 min before the show kicks off.

While you are waiting for this interesting and awesome ‘Hello Again’ event, see what we expect from it.

(Spoiler alert: MacBook Pros will be there, but, sorry, no airpods, as they’ve been delayed).


Let’s delete Safari extensions on Sierra

Some Safari extensions can be really useful in adding functionality and letting users explore the web as they want. But how can you get rid of them if you don’t use these features? There can be lots of reasons for this. Extensions can cause glitches and crashes sometimes, or you just don’t need then anymore. So, we are here to provide you with an easy guideline on removing them.

  1. Open Safari, click on ‘Safari menu’ and go to ‘Preferences’ there.
  2. After you’ve done the previous things, select the ‘Extensions’ tab. You will see all installed Safari extensions on the left. Select one you want to remove and click ‘Uninstall’.
  3. You will get a chance to think your decision over before deleting an extension permanently. Choose ‘Uninstall’ or ‘Cancel’ in the new window.

What do you have to do if extension was not deleted and the instruction above didn’t work?

We don’t know why the guideline hasn’t made it, anyway, reasons can be various. Anyway, you can delete extensions manually! Open Finder, tap Command+Shift+G and enter this address:  ~/Library/Safari/Extensions/ into the pop-up box that will appear on the screen. Here you can remove extensions just like any other file by choosing them and clicking Delete. Or right-click on the extension you don’t need and select ‘Move to Trash’. The third way to do it is to drag the unnecessary file to the Trash can on the dock.


How to Use iCloud Keychain to Sync Accounts Between iOS, MacOS with… Firefox?

If you’ll face some problem, for example, Yahoo account hacking, you would change your password on the Mac. Right? But after doing this you’ll notice that changes took place to iPhone and iPad (they update automatically). However, this change can be made via Firefox, not the default Apple Safari browser and not by the Internet Accounts panel.

But how then the iOS devices got the information about changing of the password so quickly? The first thought that comes to our heads is come cooperation of Yahoo and Apple, but the next question arises: “Why doesn’t Apple work with other email providers. For instance, Gmail?"

The truth is not in cooperation, as facts say. The point is in integration of iCloud Keychain to Firefox. Many years, people who use Firefox begged Apple to make it. So, if you have the Yahoo application on an iOS device, some magic can happen. They say, you just enter the username in another app or in another app, confirm the login and enter with no password required!

Working with iCloud via Safari can be enabled and configured in the iCloud preferences panel. You can get all the devices synchronized and your acc’s info will be saved on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Still, there is no unencrypted data, you can feel free to use iCloud keychain and be confident in its safety. It passes your secrets only to certain connected devices that have the encryption key.

We wonder if you have noticed some magical outside-of-Safari synchronizing. Write to comments!