How to Begin Using a Mac

There are times in life after you end up having to use mac for 1st time, this is often quite hard for windows pc users. I’ve putted together a quick start guide for any Windows users.


Mac OS X doesn’t have a begin menu (or screen), however instead uses a dock that by default runs on the bottom edge of the screen (and it can be relocated to any side of the screen). Applications are found on the left side, folders and minimized windows appear on the right. Applications that are already running have a dot or line next to them, as you can see in the screenshot below.


At the top of the screen is the menu bar, and this is often wherever you’ll always notice the familiar File, Edit, view options for any currently opened application. Most of the functions of the Windows system trey are often found within the top-right corner of the menu bar, like the battery meter, clock and Wi-Fi toggles.

Search for Everything

Mac OS X has a superb search engine within the top-right corner of the screen called  Spotlight, therefore if you ever want to find something or anything, it is then all you need. At any time, hit command + spacebar to call Spotlight or click the magnifying glass icon at top right corner. Type whatever you are looking for: an application, document name, system setting and so on – and let OS X do the magic for you.
Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to reveal its location in Finder by holding the command key while selecting it.


Keyboard & Mouse

The command key currently performs like control key on Microsoft keyboards (It’s a modifier key you can press to issue keyboard shortcuts to applications. For example, while you press Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+V to copy, cut, and paste on Windows, you press Command+C, Command+X, and Command+V to do the same on a Mac. This key has the ⌘ symbol on it), option is corresponding to alt, there’s no backspace key – delete only. Instead of using alt + tab to cycle applications, mac OS X uses command + tab.


Right click on Mac, if you are using mouse – well, you know where the right click is. Those of you on a laptops on Magic Trackpad you’ll use a two – finger click or hold the control keyboard button while clicking.


 Finder, Files & USB / CD/DVD or external Hard Drives

Finder on mac is equivalent of Windows explorer, and you’ll access it at the dock, it is first icon with smiley-facefinder_icon.png. 


There are links on the left-hand Finder sidebar to quickly access common locations like Documents, Downloads, Music, movies, pictures and etc, if you scroll to the bottom you will notice any connected USB, external, CD/DVD and / or network drives (If connected).

you have got any issues writing to USB drive, it might be due to format type. Mac is unable to write to NTFS format.

On a Mac, there’s no way to “cut” a file by default – you have to copy it first (command+c) then hold the option key while pasting (command + option + v) to turn “copy” into “move”. If you would like to rename a file or folder, 1st select it then hit the return (enter).



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