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Go to Mac School Part 2

April 6, 2007

To help make life easier for Switchers and all Mac users, Apple has developed some websites to teach everybody how to better use their Macs. Switch 101 was developed to help PC to Mac switchers discover all that a Mac can do. Mac 101 was developed to help anybody learn more about their Mac.

Switch 101 Website
Switch 101 Website

Mac 101 Website
Mac 101 Website

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A Guide for switching to a Mac

March 29, 2007

Just switching to a Mac? Just follow the below link to a great article from Lifehacker. Items that are covered include Keyboard symbols, Keyboard shortcuts, Login items, Installing apps, and Hard Drive structure.

Lifehacker Website
Lifehacker Website

Top Ten Switcher Tips from iLifeZone

March 25, 2007

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!

Get in the Zone with iLifeZone

March 25, 2007

iLifeZone is both a blog and a podcast. It is a special place where you can learn how to get the most out of your investment in your Mac hardware and software. Their blog is updated several times each week, and their podcast on the 1st, 10th and 20th of each month.

You don’t need a iPod to listen their podcast, just a copy of iTunes. Just click on the subscribe link on their webpage and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Everytime you start iTunes, their newest podcast will downloaded automatically. You can then listen to their podcast whenever you get a chance.

iLifeZone Website
iLifeZone Website

Go to Mac School

March 21, 2007

The best way to get the most from your Mac is to learn all you can about your Mac. Besides free software, which is always a nice thing, well done free Mac advice also helps makes using a Mac more enjoyable. One site that offers well done free advice is Macinstruct.

Macinstruct is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching people how to use their Macs. Since 1999, they’ve provided free tutorials to people around the world. Run completely by volunteers, they’ve expanded their offerings to include columns, online courses, and a video podcast.

Macinstruct website
Macinstruct Website

Lifehacker Top 10: Free Mac Downloads

March 17, 2007

One of the drawbacks of switching from Windows to Mac is the smaller selection of free software available for OS X. Sure there’s tons of fantastic Mac software out there, but most of it isn’t free – unless you know where to look, that is.

This week’s Top 10 highlights our favorite free Mac software, available right now for your installation pleasure. Click on through the gallery of free Mac goodness to take a look and get to downloading – and tell us if this would have been your list, and what you think of each choice in the comments. — Gina Trapani

Free Mac Downloads

Lifehacker Top 10: Free Mac Downloads