9 New Tips & Tricks for MacOS Ventura to Check Out Now
Did you just install macOS Ventura on your Mac? Or maybe you’re thinking of downloading Ventura and installing the latest MacOS release, and you are just curious to see what some of the more exciting features and tips are for MacOS 13? Then check out some of these great new capabilities that the Mac has gained with the Ventura release.
1: Use Your iPhone as a Mac Webcam
Assuming your iPhone is running iOS 16 or newer, you can use it as an HD webcam on your Mac with Continuity Camera.
Selecting the iPhone as the camera to use is really easy, though it may vary per app. Look for where ever the camera selection setting is, and choose your iPhone from the camera list.
You can get the snazzy Belkin iPhone webcam adapter for newer model iPhones directly from Apple if that looks enticing to you.
2: Use Quick Look in Spotlight Results
Spotlight is the fantastic search feature accessible anytime from the Mac by hitting Command+Spacebar, and now you can preview your search results even better with Quick Look which now works with Spotlight search results.
Just select a result in Spotlight and hit the spacebar as usual to open Quick Look.
3: Clock App Comes to the Mac
The Clock app has come to the Mac, finally!
This may not seem like a big deal if you rely on your iPhone or iPad for timers, stop watchers, and alarms, but for those who want the option to set an alarm or timer on their Mac, the inclusion of Clock app in MacOS is a nice added touch.
4: Stage Manager Brings a New Multitasking Option
Stage Manager is a new multitasking interface available to the Mac (and select iPad models) that allows you to group apps and windows and flip between those apps and windows at once.
The interface takes some exploration to get used to and may not for everyone, but like all multitasking interfaces and window managers, it’s worth exploring to see if it clicks with you.
You can access Stage Manager on the Mac by going to Control Center and toggling into it to turn the feature on and use it.
And if you like Stage Manager on Mac, you might also appreciate it on the iPad too.
5: Undo Sent Messages
You sent an embarrassing message. Or maybe you sent it to the wrong person. Or maybe the message could be interpreted as rude. Or maybe you didn’t mean what you said. We have all been there, right?
Just right-click on a sent message and choose “Undo Send” from the menu options.
Now with MacOS you can unsend sent messages, as long as the recipient is also using a modern MacOS, iOS, or iPadOS version.
This feature is available for five minutes, and only works with other iMessages (meaning blue text messages), and for those running the latest system software versions (macOS Ventura 13.0 or newer, iPadOS 16 or newer, iOS 16 or newer).
6: Edit Sent Messages
Similar to undoing sent messages, you can edit sent messages on the Mac.
Right-click on a message after you send it and choose “Edit” to edit that message. Perfect for correcting a typo, the wrong word, capitalization issues, improper grammar, or whatever else you’re looking to adjust.
And just like unsending messages, this feature only works with other iMessage users (meaning blue messages), and between users running the latest system software versions (macOS Ventura 13.0 or newer, iPadOS 16 or newer, iOS 16 or newer).
7: Schedule the Sending of Emails with Mail App
You can finally schedule the sending of emails right from the Mail app on Mac.
This is a great feature if you want to send a particular email at a given time, whether it’s a birthday wish, anniversary reminder, a resignation letter, or anything else that is time relevant.
After you compose your email in Mail app, look for the little pulldown menu next to the send button, and choose when you want to send the email from the options.
You must have the Mac and Mail app open for email scheduling to work, so if you schedule something out to send two years from now, you’ll need to keep that in mind.
8: Undo Sending of Emails on Mac with Mail App
Much like you can unsend iMessages now, you can unsend emails for a limited time too.
After you send an email in Mail app on Mac, look for the “Undo Send” option in the lower left corner of the main Mail window. Clicking that will unsend the email.
The default undo sending offers 10 seconds to undo the sending of an email, but with Mail Settings you can adjust that to a longer period if desired.
All this really does is delay the sending of the email by the time, but since it’s often right after clicking ‘send’ that people have regrets about what they sent, or realizations of a typo or error, it’s reasonable to behave this way.
9: Redesigned System Preferences Becomes System Settings
System Preferences has been renamed to System Settings, and it looks like someone copy and pasted everything from an iPhone over to the Mac.
If you like scrolling through lists of settings more than clicking on familiar icons, you’ll really appreciate the all new System Settings in MacOS Ventura.
Some settings will be in familiar places, whereas others have moved to new locations and under new names, keeping us all on our toes.
What do you think of the new features, tricks, and changes brought about in macOS Ventura? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.