Hot corners allows you to designate some sort of event that should take place when you scroll your mouse into one of the four corners of your screen. For example, you can set it up so that when you place your mouse in the bottom left your computer will go to sleep. This is one of those features that is hard to live without once you get used to it. You can configure hot corners in “Expose and Spaces” under System Preferences.
Spaces almost goes hand in hand with hot corners. This feature allows you to split your desktop into multiple screens and is very useful for multitasking. It can be configured on the same screen as hot corners.
Although Safari probably doesn’t have as good of a rep as some other browsers, it still packs a lot of power. One of the coolest hidden features is the very useful debugger. In order to activate it type this command into your terminal:
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu YES
Not many people know about his trick, but if you want to see your Mac invert its screen colors hold down Ctrl-Option-Cmd-8 on the keyboard.
Quicklook is one of those features that really sets a Mac apart. You don’t even have to open the file to read what’s inside. As unbelievable as it may seem there are some plugins out there that can make it even better.
If you travel a lot or you just want to conserve your battery life you may like the fact that your Mac automatically dims the screen to save your batteries. Sometimes this can be annoying, however, and it can be changed by going to System Preferences » Energy Saver and selecting the options for “battery”.
Although iTunes is the default music player for Mac many people prefer using something else. Songbird is one such opensource alternative that will give you myriad of features to manage all of your music files.
This is one of the coolest features on Mac and arguably another reason to use native programs like Safari. This is because as long as you are in Cocoa applications (things like Safari and TextEdit that are native to Mac) you can press Ctrl-Cmd-D while hovering your mouse over a word and you will receive the dictionary definition.
The dock is one of those features unique to Mac that people either love or hate. Since Mac doesn’t really give people many options when it comes to customization there are a lot of plugins and hacks out there to accomplish this. One plugin that works well is Candybar. It gives you a wide variety of styling options and lets you customize your dock fairly easily.
This has been the bane of many a person’s existence who has made the switch from PC to Mac. The fact of the matter though, is that it shouldn’t be a problem. Mac actually does support right-clicking as long as you enable it. You can do this by going to System Preferences » Trackpad.