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Five Tip Friday ~ Open Microsoft Office docs, iCloud in the Dock, default WiFi, your own shortcuts


Your dock in macOS is more powerful and interactive than you think, and it’s configurable.

1/ Open Microsoft Office docs in macOS Sierra without Microsoft Office — If you need to open (or export Microsoft) Office docs in macOS Sierra, but don’t want to buy and install the massive Office suite, you can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to open and save docs created with Microsoft Office. Every new Mac has these apps o them already, for free. If not, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available from the Mac App Store.
To open a Microsoft Office doc, drag it from a folder or even from within an email, and drop it on the Pages icon in the Dock – when the Pages icon goes dark, release the mouse or trackpad and Pages will convert and open the file. For an Excel doc, drag it over the Numbers app in the Dock and let go; Powerpoint over Keynote.
To export Pages, Numbers or Keynote documents as Word, Excel or Powerpoint, say for someone on a PC who only has these apps, choose File>Export to and select the correct app from the pop-out. Easy.

2/ Put the iCloud Drive icon (and others) in your Dock — In  Finder, in the menu bar, click Go, then Go to Folder near the bottom.
A window will appear where you can copy and paste the following directory:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Applications/
Here you’ll see six different apps that represent some Mac’s services: AirDrop, All My Files, Computer, iCloud Drive, Network, Recents. You can drag and drop any of these into the dock.
Unfortunately, they aren’t dynamic app icons unlike most, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote as above, Mail and others: if you drag a file onto the AirDrop icon, it won’t automatically open AirDrop and find your devices. You can only click on them, so it’s basically just a shortcut to these services. But now you won’t have to open Finder first before you jump to these locations. Hopefully it will save you a few precious seconds in your workflow.

3/ Set the default wireless network in macOS Sierra — By default, macOS Sierra attempts to join the wireless network it was most recently connected to. However, if you have a Wi-Fi network you use most often, you can set it as the default network in macOS Sierra.
The wireless networks your computer has connected to are listed in the Wi-Fi pane of Network preferences. You can set up your Mac to join a preferred network when you start your computer, wake it from sleep, or turn Wi-Fi on:
Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then choose Network.
Click Wi-Fi in the list at the left, then click Advanced.
If Wi-Fi isn’t in the list, make sure your Mac has wireless capability, then click the Add button (a plus sign) at the bottom of the list. Click the Interface pop-up menu, choose Wi-Fi, give the service a name, then click Create.
Click Wi-Fi.
If the network you expect to see isn’t in the preferred networks list, click the Add button at the bottom of the list, then click Show Networks. Click the network you want to add to the list, then click Join. If the network is protected by a password, enter it.
Drag the the network you want to give highest priority to the top of the preferred networks list. This is the network your computer will try to join first.
(To delete a network from the list, select it, then click the Remove button – it’s the minus sign.)

4/ Hide All Day Events in Calendar — Apple has built in a way to hide all-day events, so you could use that to temporarily get more breathing room for your own scheduled items. To do so, you’ll just deselect Show All-Day Events under the View menu.

5/ Create your own keyboard shortcuts — Make note of any menu command you’d like a faster keyboard shortcut for, click on the Apple Menu, choose System Preferences and visit the Keyboard section. Here, click the Shortcuts tab and select App Shortcuts from the sidebar. That section has a plus button near the bottom, so if you click that, you can add your custom shortcut. In the first drop-down, choose the program you’re applying your shortcut to.

Then type in the command, indicating the menus and submenus it’s under with the ‘hyphen-greater than’ combo (shown above). Be sure to include any capitalisation and punctuation; if you need to type an ellipsis, the keyboard shortcut is Option-Semicolon.
Once you’re sure you have the command typed correctly, add in the Keyboard Shortcut field by just clicking within it and pressing your desired shortcut – for example, the Command key + Option + 9.  You’ll see your creation appear in the list after you click Add – your shortcut will also show up within the app you added it to.
Be sure, though, that the shortcut isn’t a duplicate of one already in use. If that’s the case, yours may not work, and you’ll have to come back here to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and click on the original shortcut you created to press a new one.
(You may be able to add a custom keyboard shortcut without putting the menu hierarchy in (eg, using Show All-Day Events instead of View->Show All-Day Events), but doing so may mean that your shortcut acts flaky or stops working altogether. If you’ve got any more questions, feel free to check out Apple’s support article on this topic, as it’s fairly extensive. (From Mac Observer).