Top Ten Switcher Tips from iLifeZone

iLifeZone producer Vince Ferrari passed on his top 10 tips for switchers to go along with their last iLifeZone episode…

1. Copying a folder over a folder with the same name does not add to the copied over folder like it does in Windows. It replaces it. BE CAREFUL. You’re better off copying the contents of the folder instead.

2. Cmd-Tab switches windows just like Alt Tab in Windows. On the Mac, you can also move the mouse over the application’s icon to switch to it. Finally, you can also press Cmd+` to move to different windows within the same app. Of course, if you press F9, that’s when the fun really starts!

3. You can reposition your “desktops” with the display system preference including which screen the Menu bar appears on. This is particularly handy for when you have a bigger monitor next to a smaller monitor (think no more bumping into the “wall” when you reach the edge of the bigger screen).

4. On a Mac laptop, there is no DELETE key like there is on the PC (to delete the characters to the right of the cursor). Just press FN+Delete and it’ll do the same thing. If you hold down the option key, it’ll remove a word at a time.

5. File types are not determined by their extensions. On the Mac, you can change extensions forever, but the file will still be a JPG and will most likely open in Preview or Photoshop, depending on which you use.

6. Function keys don’t work the same as they do in Windows. On a Mac laptop, for example, the function keys control brightness, etc. To make them act like Function keys, go into the Keyboard and Mouse preference pane in System Preferences and make the change there.

7. By default, Apple disables tabbing through controls on web pages or in dialogs. In the Keyboard preferences pane, enable ALL CONTROLS. Now you can tab over to checkboxes, and hit the space bar to enable them. There are plenty of more useful things this does.

8. There is no more CTRL+ALT+DELETE. You can still Force Quit an application by pressing Option+CMD+Esc and ending it in the dialog that appears.

9. Along the same lines as above, if you’d like to see running processes, go to Utilities -> Activity Monitor. You’ll be able to see every process running and terminate each one there.

10. Right clicking… On the Mac, the Mighty Mouse out of the box is not enabled for right clicking. In the System Preferences, under Keyboard and Mouse, click Secondary Click for the right button. Now you can right click. On a Mac laptop, you can also enable two finger clicking so that when you put two fingers on the pad and click, it’ll be a right click. On laptops or desktops, you can always hold down the CTRL key and click to simulate a right click even if you’re one of those old guys that still have a one button “Pro” mouse!

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