For Those New to Mac

Since converting to Mac, I’ve convinced a lot of people to follow me and make the switch. And they always have the same questions so I’m making this blog post to answer all of their questions at once. Good luck folks, and welcome to world of Apple!

Basic stuff for Windows users:
The maximize-minimize-close button on the upper right side of the window are replaced with a red-yellow-green X – +. The red X closes the window, but not the application. The yellow minus minimizes the window (just like Windows!), and the green + maximizes the window to the entire screen.
copy/paste:  In mac, this is copy: ‘Command Key’-C, paste: ‘Command Key’-P. Your fingers are kind of close together when you do this, but you’ll get used to it.
Delete: The delete key in Mac is backspace in Windows. To delete, use ‘fn’-delete (hold fn key, press delete)
Mac operating systems are named after animals. The current one is called “Lion.” The one before Lion was called “Snow Leopard.”
Searching for files and moving files in a Mac is lightening fast and it doesn’t always ask you, “Are you sure you want to delete this file?” so be careful and don’t get hurt.
Moving and Copying files: To move a file, just drag it to the new location. To copy it, hold the ‘option’ button while you drag it.
Changing the name of a file: Select the file (one click) then press enter. That’s it!
Often there’s no ‘save’ button on windows. Mac automatically saves your config/data.

Excel users: some differences with Excel on Mac:

  • There is no ‘select all objects’ option. You have to use ‘command’-click and select all of the objects by hand.
  • A carriage return inside a cell is ‘option’-'command’-return. As opposed to windows ‘alt’-return.

Newbe’s always ask, “What about anti-virus?”
First, note that Macs come with a firewall (System Preferences > Security) but initially it’s NOT enabled so please enable it NOW.
It is possible for an Apple Macintosh computer to get a virus, so the short answer to the question is Yes. However, the likelihood of an Apple Macintosh user getting a virus when compared to a MicrosoftWindows user is very little to none. In fact, many of the Apple Macintosh users don’t even run an antivirus protection program.Below are some of the reasons why Apple Macintosh computers do not have as many viruses as Microsoft Windows.

  1. Newer Macintosh operating systems, such as the Mac OS X, is built on the Unix kernel, which is one of the oldest and most secure operating systems available.
  2. Microsoft Windows is used by a lot more people than the Apple Mac OS. Because more people use Microsoft Windows, it is a much better target than Apple computers.
  3. Most of the computer virus writers are more familiar with the IBM platform and Microsoft Windows, which means its easier for them create a virus for that platform.
  4. Many of the tools and scripts used to help users create viruses or other malware are designed for Microsoft Windows.

I got these tips from computerhope.com. However, keep in mind that the use of Macs is spreading like wildflowers. Therefore, there is no doubt hackers/viruses will start to target Mac. 
Note:
 If you’re running a virtual PC on your Apple Macintosh or Windows in Bootcamp, because it’s emulating Microsoft Windows, it can become infected with Windows viruses. In addition, an Apple Macintosh can serve as a virus carrier, meaning that a virus could be stored on an Apple Computer but not infect it. However, if that infected Apple computer were then to connect to a network or forward an infected e-mail, it could infect a Windows computer.
Additional security threats
Although a Macintosh computer is less susceptible to viruses because it is a human who’s operating the computer you still can be a victim of Trojan horsesphishing, and other online fraud. If you’re an Apple computer user, we still recommend keeping informed about how to keep safe while online.

Finally,
Once you’ve had Mac, you’ll never go back! Enjoy ;-)

Super helpful links:

How to Copy CDs or DVDs:  http://www.thinkmac.net/blog/archives/mac-tips-daily-171-copy-cd-and-dvd-discs.html

How to add files to CD or DVD:  http://helpdesk.coloradocollege.edu/index.php/student-computing/post-graduation-computing-guide-v11/how-to-copy-files-to-a-cd-using-mac-osx/
Hey newbies, please suggest sites that helped you in the below comment section!

And oh yea, welcome to the world of Apple!

More stuff:

Installing software on a Mac is actually easier than installing software on a Windows or Linux operating system. However, it can be somewhat confusing at first, especially if your brand new to using a Mac. In the following simple solution, I will cover the entire process and trust me, it’s so simple you wont need to take notes.

The Mac software installation process is composed of a maximum of three simple steps.

Step 1: Acquiring Mac Software

Step 2: Unpacking Mac Software

Step 3: Installing Mac Software

Installing Applications on a Mac:

    1. Acquiring Mac Software: First you need to acquire the software either from CD, DVD or the internet. In many cases, software downloaded from the internet, will arrive compressed. Compressed formats include, .zip files, .sit or .sitx files, and .dmg files. If your installing files from a CD or DVD, you can skip the next step as these files are already uncompressed.
    2. Unpacking Mac Software: You can simply double click the .dmg, .sit, sitx or .zip file and open or (if it is a disk image .dmg) mount the compressed file.
    3. Installing Mac Software: There are two approaches to installing a software package.

A: If the software comes with it’s own installer, it may look like this:
Mac software with an installer
Simply double click the package and you are presented with an automated software installer that may resemble something like this:
Mac Software Installer screen

With this type of package, you simply follow the onscreen instructions and the application is automatically installed.

B. To manually install Mac software on packages that do not come with an installer, simply drag and drop the application into your applications folder. See the example below:
Drag and drop the application into the applications folder

 

Cleaning up after a software install:

Once the software has been installed on your Mac, you can eject the mounted image by pressing control and clicking the mounted image, then select Eject. Then press control and click the file and select move it to trash.

 

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