7 key settings in macOS Sonoma you should change right now

Apple’s macOS Sonoma comes with a ton of great new features, including desktop widgets, video screen savers, and more. With them in abundance, you just need to sit back and enjoy them, without requiring much action on your part. But this is not always the case.

Sometimes, you need to change some settings to enable a new feature. Other times, you may want to disable something that’s on by default. Either way, it’s often worth diving into macOS Sonoma’s settings to get things the way you want them.

Here, we’ll show you all the settings you should change in macOS Sonoma to get even more out of the operating system. Getting started is easy – just follow this guide to customize macOS the way you like it.

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Show desktop items immediately

A user clicking on their wallpaper showing the desktop in macOS Sonoma.  The two open windows move out of the way, revealing the desktop.
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In older versions of macOS, hiding your open windows and showing files on your desktop required either a trackpad gesture or pressing the Cmd+F3 keyboard shortcut. If you don’t have a trackpad or don’t remember the shortcut, this can be awkward.

Now, you can do this by simply clicking on an empty space on your desktop. This is enabled by default, but you might not want it to be – a slip on your mouse button can unexpectedly move all your windows out of the way.

To disable this feature, simply open Adjustment App and select Desktop and Dock In the left-hand sidebar. Below Desktop and Stage Manager header, uncheck on the desktop checkbox to the right of show item, Thats all there is to it.

stop trackers

Safari's settings in macOS Sonoma, where the user can enable advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection.
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Apple has always been good at protecting user privacy, and macOS Sonoma is no different. It comes with a feature called “Advanced Tracking and Fingerprint Protection”, which is built into the Safari web browser and prevents advertisers from following you across websites.

By default, this is only enabled for private browsing windows in Safari, but you can turn it on for regular browsing as well. To do this, open Safari and select Safari > Settings In the menu bar. choose from advanced choose more in all browsing in the dropdown menu next to Use advanced tracking and fingerprint security,

Delete old verification codes

The Settings app in macOS Sonoma, where the user can enable the operating system to automatically clear verification codes.
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These days, many websites use two-factor authentication when you log in. It sends a verification code to one of your devices, but those codes can still create clutter (and a potential security risk) in your inbox after you’re done. Luckily, Apple has thought about this and added a new feature that automatically removes these codes in the Messages and Mail apps after they’re used.

To enable it, open the Settings app and select passwords In the sidebar. Enter your Mac’s password, then select password option, under Verification Codetoggle forward clear automatically,

Change video call effect

Continuity camera in macOS Sonoma, showing the Portrait mode slider in the menu bar app.
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Apple introduced FaceTime video effects in macOS Monterey in 2021, but it wasn’t until 2023 and macOS Sonoma that we were able to adjust these effects in detail. However, now it is easy to do and totally worth it.

During a video call, you’ll see a camera icon in your menu bar. Select it and you’ll see a pop-out window showing your video feed and a variety of effects. Select the arrow next to Picture And a slider will appear that will change the strength of the blur effect. You can also change the strength of the Studio Light feature in a similar manner.

If you’ve disabled Center Stage and are using your iPhone as a webcam through Continuity Camera, you can hover your mouse pointer over your video feed and you’ll see a scale – Zoom In Or drag it to zoom out. You can also move the frame, or select re center To bring yourself back to the middle. Note that these last effects only work with the Continuity Camera, not when you’re using a regular webcam.

Use iPhone widgets on your Mac

A widget being moved into place in macOS Sonoma.  The placement is shown below the grid widget.
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Apple adds desktop widgets for the first time in macOS Sonoma. This means you can now bring useful little panels of app information to your desktop instead of hiding them in Notification Center. The best part of this is that you can use widgets for apps installed on your iPhone, even if they’re not installed on your Mac.

To do this, open Adjustment select app and Desktop and Dock In the sidebar. scroll down widget Enable header and toggle next to it Use iPhone Widgets, Now, the next time you open macOS Sonoma’s widget gallery, you’ll have the option to add some iOS widgets to your desktop.

column view in reminders

The Reminders app in macOS Sonoma showing a column or Kanban view.
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The Reminders app does a good job of keeping you on top of all your tasks, but one thing that’s been missing for years is a column view (also known as a Kanban view). Unlike the portrait iPhone display, it is ideally suited to the landscape orientation of most Mac screens. Now, it’s here in macOS Sonoma.

If you want to use this, you’ll need to open the Reminders app and select the list you want to view in the column from the left sidebar (note that this won’t work for smart lists). Now, choose View > As Column From the Reminders menu bar. To switch things back, just select > View as list,

In the Kanban view, you can add a new column by right-clicking and selecting new column, Give it a name, then drag some items from one column to another. Or right-click a reminder and select go to column And select a column from the list.

Share passwords securely

The shared password introductory dialog box in macOS Sonoma.
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Sometimes, you and a group of people will share an account or login. Instead of sending passwords to each other insecurely (like using email or text that others can see over your shoulder), macOS Sonoma lets you share passwords with select people without compromising the security of your account. .

First things first, you need to create a group that includes people who will have access to the shared login. Open and select Settings app passwords In the sidebar, then enter your Mac password. choose + buttonThen new shared group, Give the group a name and select Add people, then enter the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to add to the group. select now Add, Once you’re done adding people, select create,

You should now see a list of your passwords. Mark the checkbox next to any password you want to share, then select step, This will move the login information to the shared group. Finally, select Notify via messages Sending each member a quick note to invite them to the group.

To remove the password from a shared group, you must select i button Next to Password, then select my password From the dropdown menu next to Group, select now Go to My Passwords > Done, Now you can delete the group by selecting Manage > Delete Group > Delete Group,






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