Five (More) Cool Things You Can Do on Your MacBook Air

Someone recently asked me on Twitter, “Is the MacBook Air the laptop of choice?” I admitted that I was bit biased, being a devout Apple user. Even so, I couldn’t be happier with my selection.

Here is a follow up to a previous post, where I offer five more cool things you can do with your MacBook Air.


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1. Switch Screens with a Swipe

Like most of what I share, I discovered this trick by accident. Using the TouchPad, you can use two fingers to swipe either left or right. An arrow on the side you swiped to will pop up.You are then taken to a previous screen you left or want to come back to. It is a very quick way to navigate the web. Just be careful if you are filling out an online form.

2. Take a Screenshot

If you remember any tip from this post, it should be this one. Press “Shift” + “Command” + “4”. This action will replace your navigation arrow with crosshairs. Outline the part of the screen you want to capture, and your MacBook Air will take a picture of the content. The result is a fairly high quality image, saved on your desktop.

3. Put a Name with a Face in iPhoto

This is a similar process to tagging photos within Facebook. Select “Faces” within the iPhoto app, and it will bring up all images that display people. iPhoto will zoom in on each image to show just the person’s face. A suggestion for a future update: Once you put a name to the face, assign that label to all images containing that same person using face recognition technology.

4. Delete Emails When Notified

When new emails roll in through the Mail app, notifications show up on the upper right hand corner of the screen. You have the option of deleting the message before it goes into your inbox, or replying back right away.

5. Delete Applications in Finder

On the far left of the dock, you have a dual smiley face. This is the icon for Finder. Click on it, and all files and applications on your MacBook Air will show up. Sometimes we download files that a) we didn’t mean to, or b) no longer want. Click on “Applications”, select an unwanted icon/software, and drag it to the Trash.


Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

4 thoughts on “Five (More) Cool Things You Can Do on Your MacBook Air”

    1. I was just using it now, Jen, taking screenshots of some students’ writing online. It is way easier than that Chrome extension.


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