Tips and tricks to use Mac OS X for Windows users

New to Mac OS X? Confused with its operations and finding it difficult to use it? Do not worry, just read this article, you will find some useful tips and tricks on how to use the Mac OS X. Sometimes your Mac OS X becomes very difficult to handle for the beginners, as you will be used to the Windows OS. All of a sudden when you shift to Mac OS X, you feel confused with its usage and keys. Hence, I would like to just give you some tips on using Mac OS X.
Using Windows keyboard keys on a Mac

If you are using the Windows keyboard on Mac OS, then first you need to be aware of few keys that have different operation on Mac. Two of the most commonly used are Command and Option keys, check below:

  • Command (on Mac) is equivalent to Windows symbol (i.e. the key with the Windows symbol) on Windows OS
  • Option (on Mac) is same as the Alt key on Windows OS

Working with Mac…

  • On Mac OS X, the “Maximize Window” button will be at the top left (not at top right, like in Windows)
  • In Windows OS, I remember using the red-button (on top right corner) to close an application or a file. But on Mac, to close a file or application you need to choose Quit option from the menu at the top screen or else simply use Command-Q
  • As in Windows, you cannot resize a Window by grabbing the sides, instead use the lower right corner to resize it

Application Menu

On Mac OS X, the menu containing the list of applications will be just pinned to the top of the screen. When you have opened many applications, and want to switch between them, just click the icon on the dock bar and your top menu changes with each click.

How to find files on Mac OS X?

You may store hundreds of files on Mac OS X. How will you find a particular file among these numerous files? Of course, you can open each folder and look for the one needed, but you need to spend hours together to find one single file. To avoid such things, Mac OS X has File Manager, commonly referred as Finder; which is present at the bottom dock (it has a picture of two guys kissing inside a square). Using this Finder you can easily find any file stored on your Mac OS X.

Force Quit Application

Sometimes, some of your programs or applications may hang for a longer time, in such situation, you will have to force quit such applications. On Mac, you can use Command-Option-Escape, this quits the window forcefully.

The keyboard short cut to close any app without quitting is Command-Option-W. And in case your open file is not responding, then you can forcefully close the files by using Command-Shift-Option-Esc. And to see all the running processes, you can just go for Applications-> Utilities -> Open Activity Monitor.

Copy-Paste options

We always try to move the files to different folders by dragging and dropping along with the Command key held down. Instead you can just use the keyboard to perform this action. Just use Command-C key to copy one or more items from the PC and then use Options-Command-V to paste it. Actually, while pasting, the files will be moved from the source to the destination location.

Install and uninstall programs:

For some reasons, installation in Mac has different steps when compared to Windows. First, just click on .dmg file, which extracts the files and just creates a virtual drive. Just click on the drive, a folder containing the application opens. Now, drag the application into the Applications folder.

To uninstall the application, just drag the programs icon from the Applications folder into the Mac Trash.

File Deletion

Unlike Windows, in Mac there is no option to delete a file that bypasses your Trash Bin. In order to delete a file you can simply use “Command + Delete”. And to empty the trash use “Command + Shift + Delete” keys combination. There is another option which is “Command + Shift + Option + Delete”, which will empty the Trash without asking any confirmation.

While using these deletion options, uninstalling the programs (it moves the file to Trash) and emptying the Trash you need to be very careful. Since you are a new Mac user, there are huge chances of losing the files. Mistakenly you may uninstall a wrong application or may delete an important file accidentally. But, you may not be aware of it and empty the Trash without checking the contents. Hence, your important files on which you had worked for months will be lost by just one single click from your Mac machines.  If such instances happen, you can just use Mac recovery software like Remo Recover (Mac) and get back your lost data easily. However, you need to be cautious while using these options on your Mac.

Tips and tricks to use Mac OS X for Windows users was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by Tony Landry

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