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Tips for newbie Mac users

CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 12:08PM
Place the cursor in the bottom left corner of the screen and it will show all your desktop activity.

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mlewis 13 1.5k United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 12:34PM

Quote:Notice the 'Light hearted chat'.........

Thought it may be useful to pass on tips for newbie Mac users.

For example....the first time you turn it on and have to follow the onscreen instructions it asks for your e-mail address...don't do what I did and spend 10 mins looking for the '@' symbol on the keyboard ..its moved.

Its on the number 2 key......

It would be nice if Apple made a UK layout keyboard instead of forcing US layout ones on us eh?
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 12:55PM
Does it still have the DVD eject button on the keyboard ?
If so it's definitely worth knowing about.

I'm sure some Apple G5 systems were broken by people trying to get their DVD out.
(The drive opening mechanism was rather complicated and not very strong)
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 1:00PM
OOh...yes it does...good tip.
newfocus 12 647 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 1:11PM

Quote:Its on the number 2 key...

Just wait until you try to find the # key Smile

(Tip - Alt+3)
NikLG 12 1.7k England
6 Jan 2012 1:57PM
Tip 1 : Try to avoid starting a thread about how you are happy with the fact that you use / have switched to using a Mac.....

And if that can't be avoided, TIP 2 :- remember that there is a 'Hide Topic' option on these forums.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2012 2:36PM
In system preferences you can set 'hot corners' (Cathy has mentioned one of these already) - it can be useful to set another corner to put your screen to sleep (note only the screen goes off at this point)
Some useful shortcuts: Print: cmd + p
copy: cmd + c
paste: cmd + v
cut: cmd + x
open new Tab: cmd + t
move to trash: cmd + ←
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 2:57PM
Your machine comes with Quick Time Player V10.1.....so if you want to video your screen say...for a tutorial , go to Launch Pad> Quick Time Player> File. New screen recording and it will save in Movies...Also New Movie recording and New audio recording.....
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 4:00PM

Quote:That buggers me up still - especially as the Mac keyboard does have a Ctrl key too.

Can't you get a util that will remap those keys for you, also a one that would remap the @ key if you prefer it elsewhere?
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 5:21PM
Blimey...I don't believe it...you're being helpful on a Mac topic.............I think I need a lie down.Wink
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2012 11:01PM
It was actually one of the many irritations that I couldn't cope with when I was using MacOS. The other was my habit of double-clicking on title bars to maximise windows which has the opposite effect on the Mac. I couldn't find a util, at the time, to solve those problems. There was one shareware program that allowed you to change some of the things but it was $25.

I'll try MacOS again soon but if it annoys me and I can't get it to work to suit me then I'll stop using it.
CathyT 12 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2012 11:49AM

Quote:I'll try MacOS again soon

Can someone pass me a glass of water please......I've come over all funny.Wink
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
26 Jan 2012 1:43PM
Its always worth a wander around here,,

new-ish Mac user,,Tongue
3 Feb 2012 2:30PM
Sorry to hijack your thread Cathy but does anyone know whether Macs are energy efficient, I've been told you told need to turn them off when not in use because they use consume so little energy? (Vampire energy?)

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