13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook

Apple has included the same Force Touch technology used with the Apple Watch in the new 12in MacBook – but what’s so great about Force Touch? Well, it can be used to simulate a number of tasks to make your every day OS X life a little bit easier – just read on to find out how.

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  • Rename files 2
  • Preview 3
  • Calendar event preview 4
  • Add events 5
  • Drop Pins 6
  • Pressure sensitive zoom 7
  • Dictionary definition 8
  • Pressure sensitive controls 9
  • Display open windows 10
  • Add Contacts 11
  • Edit Contacts 12
  • Link preview 13
  • Pressure sensitive drawing 14
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Apple has included the same Force Touch technology used with the Apple Watch in the new 12in MacBook – but what’s so great about Force Touch? Well, it can be used to simulate a number of tasks to make your every day OS X life a little bit easier. It can be used to quickly add contacts, preview links in Safari and can even be used for pressure sensitive drawing. “HOW?! HOW?!” We hear you cry – just read on to find out.

See also: Inside Apple's Force Touch trackpad

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Apple has included the same Force Touch technology used with the Apple Watch in the new 12in MacBook – but what’s so great about Force Touch? Well, it can be used to simulate a number of tasks to make your every day OS X life a little bit easier. It can be used to quickly add contacts, preview links in Safari and can even be used for pressure sensitive drawing. “HOW?! HOW?!” We hear you cry – just read on to find out.

See also: Inside Apple's Force Touch trackpad

 

Step 2 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Rename files

You can rename the label of any file anywhere in OS X. It could be the name of an individual file, or the name of a folder in Launchpad – simply Force Touch on the name and you’ll quickly be able to edit it. Once you’re done editing, press Enter to save and apply your changes. 

 

Step 3 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Preview

One feature that’s extremely popular with OS X users is Preview, which previews a selected file using the space bar. It’s a great way to preview a video file, or to make sure you’re sending the correct document in an email, and it can now be accessed via Force Touch. All you need to do is Force Touch a file to open up a Preview window. 

 

Step 4 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Calendar event preview

The Force Touch file preview has also taken over the OS X Calendar app – until now, users have had to select the event and press the space bar to get any additional information. This process has been simplified, and now you only need to Force Touch an event to get more details including time, location and any alarms you’ve set up. 

 

Step 5 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Add events

Traditionally speaking, if you’ve been texted or emailed about an upcoming event, you’ve had to manually open the Calendar app and add a new event – however with the new MacBook, you can easily add it to your Calendar using Force Touch. Simply Force Touch the date to open a window where you can fill out additional details about the event, and then click the “Add to Calendar” button.

 

Step 6 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Drop a Pin in Maps

You can also use Force Touch in Apple Maps, this time dropping a pin wherever you Force Touch. Some users may not have much use for custom pins in the Maps app, but it’s a handy feature to have for those of us that do.   

Read: Here's why it doesn't matter that the MacBook is expensive, underpowered and only has one port

 

Step 7 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Pressure sensitive zoom in Maps

There’s also another Force Touch related secret within the Maps app. By Force Touching the Zoom button in the bottom right hand corner of the app, you have access to pressure sensitive zooming, enabling a fun new way to interact with the Maps app. 

 

Step 8 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Dictionary definition

With the introduction of OS X Mountain Lion came the introduction of the integrated dictionary, which allows users to select a word, right click and then choose “Look Up in Dictionary” to get a definition almost instantly. While this is still possible with the new MacBook, users can simply Force Touch any word to quickly get a definition. 

 

Step 9 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Pressure sensitive video controls

One of the best uses of Force Touch is when watching a video using Apple’s QuickTime app. If you Force Touch the fast-forward button, you get varying speeds from x2 to x60, depending on the amount of pressure you use. This enables fine-control over the speed of the fast-forward and stops you from going too far ahead and seeing any potential spoilers! It’s also worth noting that this is available for rewind, too. 

See also: Five reasons to buy the new MacBook

 

Step 10 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Display open windows

If, like us, you loose track of the amount of windows you have open from within a single app, you can Force Touch the apps icon in the dock. Force Touching the icon will open Mission Control, displaying all open windows for the selected app.

For certain dock icons, namely those on the right hand side of the divider, Force Touch activates a slightly different action. As there won’t be many occasions where you’ll need to gather multiple Trash or Download windows, Force Touching these icons simulates a right click. 

 

Step 11 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Add Contacts

It’s a lot easier to add new Contacts to your Contacts app with the new Force Touch technology. If there’s a phone number or email address displayed anywhere within OS X, you can quickly Force Touch it and save it as a contact. 

See also: 8 laptops that rival Apple's new MacBook

 

Step 12 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Edit Contacts

From within the Contacts app, you can quickly add or edit contact details simply by Force Touching the field that you want to edit. Again, it’s not a deal breaker, but it’s a gesture that could save people some time. 

 

Step 13 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Link preview

One of the most intuitive uses of Force Touch is apparent within Safari. When hovering over a link in Safari, you can Force Touch it to open a smaller window with a preview of the page within it. You can scroll up and down in the preview, and clicking on the preview will open the page in a new tab.

 

Step 14 of 14: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook: Pressure sensitive drawing

Force Touch also enables pressure-sensitive drawing when using your trackpad. You can annotate in Preview using a brush, which gets thicker as you apply more pressure. Hopefully, other creative apps like Adobe Photoshop adopt this functionality in the near future. 

See also: 12in MacBook (2015) review

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