Are you a windows user and have switched to a Mac. I’ve done the same and have some tips to make the process a little easier.
Windows applications typically have a menu bar at the top of the application window. On a Mac that menu bar is at the top of the screen. When an application has focus, the menu bar will switch to display options for that application.
Since I’ve been on a Mac I prefer it on the top of the screen. It’s always in the same place and you don’t have to hunt for the window that contains it.
The Apple icon on the left gives quick access to the system preferences and information about your system.
When an app is full screen, moving the cursor to the top of the screen will cause the menu to display.
Min, Max, Close
Similar to windows, applications have a Minimize, Maximize and Close icon for the application’s windows. It’s located on the top left corner of the applications window.
The Close button works differently from Windows however. It will close the window but not quit the application. To quit the application, choose Quit from application menu.
Dock (Windows Taskbar)
Windows has the Taskbar, Mac has the Dock. Although similar, there are some differences in how they work. The dock allows you to keep applications and documents available for quick access.
You may be wondering what the small dot under an icon in the dock means. When an application is closed, the window is closed, but the app continues to run. The black dot denotes that the app is still running.
Finder (Windows Explorer)
Mac has the Finder app which is similar to Windows Explorer.
Apple has a great article on switching from Explorer to Finder. Definately worth a read.
Here are a few tips for making the Finder feel more explorer like.
- Sort folders first: See this www.howtogeek.com article for info on changing the display.
- Show Path and Status Bars: With the Finder open, select the View menu. Select the Show Status Bar and Show Path Bar items to display in the Finder window.
Force quit Application
Need to close that pesky application that is stuck? Pressing
command + option + escape will open the force quit window allowing you close the application.
Windows has the Search option in the start menu. The Mac equivalent is Spotlight Search. Press
command + spacebar to start the search. It will search for applications, files, folders and the internet for answers.
The Mac Activity Monitor is similar to Windows Task Manager. Spotlight Search for Activity Monitor to start.
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