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Setup a new macbook

Published on Sep 14, 2021

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  • notes
  • macbook
  • setup
  • uses


  • Set system mode to dark mode
  • Trackpad and mouse
    • Set speed
    • Set tap to click on trackpad
    • Enable secondary click on both
  • Menubar
  • Finder
    • Remove tags from sidebar
    • Remove documents from shortcuts because I never use those
    • Always open in column view. Set to use groups by default.

Download utilities

  • MonitorControl to control monitor brightness through software. Used to use Lunar but started having trouble with it.
  • Spectacle for window management Spectacle is deprecated. Rectangle for window management
  • KeepassXC for managing passwords - the only solution I trust
  • Dropbox for syncing keepass db file in sync
  • Signal for private chats
  • Chrome for development
  • Firefox for private browsing
  • Slack and discord for personal groups
  • Notion for note keeping
  • Cleanshot for screenshots. The default one sucks. This is a paid product but worth it for me as I screenshot a lot when working remote.
  • Hidden bar to hide menu bar icons when you have too many
  • Maccy app for clipboard management. Helpful when I have something in the clipboard and copy something else by mistake.
  • Keeping you awake for when you don't want your computer to sleep. Sometimes, on work machines, the sleep settings are managed by the company

Create accounts

  • Create a new apple account using the work e-mail address so it's separate from personal stuff

Browser extensions

Dev specific


At somepoint, I'll write up a /uses list with all my peripherals and preferences.

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