12 features I'm excited to see come to OS X El Capitan

Here are the coolest little features I’m excited to see come to OS X this fall.

OS X El Capitan was announced at WWDC on Monday, and there are a ton of little bits and pieces to be excited about — super-powered graphics, a new-and-improved Mission Control, full-screen tweaks, and more. But what about the awesome little things that Apple may not have mentioned on-stage? Here are my favorite hidden features coming to the Mac later this year.

1. Photos for OS X gripes begone

This makes the very top of my OS X El Capitan list: improvements to the Photos app. Not only will El Capitan bring third-party in-app editing extensions (yes!) but it’s also rethinking Faces (woo!) and offering sort-by-date for albums (yippee!). Lack of editing extensions was one of my biggest Photos 1.0 gripes, and I’m glad to see improvements coming down the pipe.

2. Find your cursor

If you have a large monitor or constantly find yourself losing your cursor, this OS X El Capitan feature may save your life: When you jiggle your cursor up and down to find it, it auto-magnifies, to help you quickly find where it might be hiding on your screen.

3. Draw and record in Notes

My next three picks are Notes app features. I’m not sorry, because Apple’s improvements to Notes in OS X El Capitan are awesome. First off, Notes isn’t limited to plain text and the occasional attachment anymore: It can ingest and pin sketches, audio notes, webpages, photos, videos, documents, and map locations — all interactive. I realize that apps like Evernote have been doing this for years, but it’s great to see Apple incorporating advanced features like this at the OS level.

4. Add to your reminders and notes from the Share menu

Copy and paste is so 2014: In OS X El Capitan, you’ll be able to automatically add information, links, and more to Notes and Reminders — all by using the Share button to send your content to your other apps.

5. See all your attachments in Notes

Adding photos, links, and more to Notes is all well and good, but what if you want to find a specific image? The new Notes app in OS X El Capitan makes this easy by taking a page from the Messages app: It now has an Attachments browser, modeled after Messages’s Details menu.

6. You can resize (and move!) Spotlight

This might be the nail in Alfred’s coffin for me: Not only is Spotlight getting natural language improvements and additional search options, but it can now be resized and moved around your screen. So excited.

7. There will be a Find my Friends widget

Want to find your friends outside of the Messages app? There’s a Notification Center widget for that. Apple hasn’t detailed exactly how this will work beyond the excited phrase “Find My Friends widget” but I’m hopeful.

8. AirPlay video files from Safari — in full screen

Who needs Chromecast? In OS X El Capitan, Safari will be able to use AirPlay to send full-screen video from any website to your Apple TV. Mirroring your Safari windows will soon be a thing of the past.

9. Mute auto-playing video

Apple is tackling the worst part of the internet in OS X El Capitan: auto-playing videos. Ugh. I hate these things, and Apple does too, and soon you’ll be able to mute anything that makes noise from the Safari URL bar, as well as quickly select the offending tab and disperse of it.

10. Drag and drop windows to new desktops

In OS X Yosemite, you could drag a window from space to space by bumping it up against the edge of your screen, but were out of luck if you didn’t have an additional space to drag to. Not with the new version of OS X: El Capitan will not only let you create a new space from your window by dragging to a corner — regardless of how many spaces you have — but also combine windows together.

Add suggested events and contacts

If someone emails you a dinner invitation or a meeting time suggestion, Mail in El Capitan can automatically suggest an event be created based on that info. It’s smart enough to figure out if the sender of the email is someone in your Contacts database, and will let you add them with one click. If their email address changes, Mail will try to keep you up to date as well.

Tabs in Mail

Tabs have long been commonplace in Safari and last year Apple brought tabs to Finder windows in OS X Yosemite. If you have a bunch of emails open at once and you need to copy and paste between them or want to compare information, now you’ll have a much easier time thanks to Tabs in Mail.

Your picks?

Even with this list, I’ve just scratched the surface of new OS X El Capitan features. There’s lots of other exciting things: the new San Francisco system font; time to leave integrated into your appointments and notifications; renaming files from the context menu, strikethrough in Mail, and a new Disk Utility app. What’s on your list?

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