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Mac OS X El Capitan: 10 Productivity Tips

Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.
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(Image: Curtis Franklin, Jr.)

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In any operating system there are the big features, like how to find a file and launch an application, and then there are little features, like how to change the color of a menu bar. The funny thing is, sometimes the features that seem little can have a huge impact on productivity.

Apple's Mac OS X El Capitan has its share of features that can help employees be more productive in their work. Some of them, like two-factor authentication for iCloud accounts, could come into conflict with existing enterprise security protocols. Many others, though, can be used by any employee given Mac OS X 10.11 and its variants.

Some of the tips we're sharing here deal with the operating system itself, while others are concerned with the small applications that come with the operating system. There are certain applications that I kept out of consideration. Mail, for example, is an acceptable email client, but most businesses standardize on a mail client for their employees. Unless your company is Macintosh-only, your email standard will likely be something other than Apple's offering.

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There are those who will say that many of El Cap's improvements merely mirror features that Windows already had in place. These observers may be right. But that really doesn't matter when the people on your team now have the opportunity to be more productive and less frustrated with their computers. When it comes to making the most of time spent at a computer, every little bit helps.

Of course, one person's productivity tip is another person's cumbersome distraction. I'd love to know your best productivity tips. Has El Capitan made a big difference in your ability to get work done? Have I missed a feature that has made a bigger difference for you? Let me know in the comments section below -- and I'll be on the lookout for even more productivity tips to share.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is executive editor for technical content at InformationWeek. In this role he oversees product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he acts as executive producer for InformationWeek Radio and Interop Radio where he works with ... View Full Bio

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