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MAC 101 - AN INTRODUCTION TO YOUR NEW MACHINE

ONE-TO-ONE LAPTOP STRATEGIES
MAC APPLICATIONS 101
Watching material
APPLE FIND-OUT-HOW I'm not sure you can see this in China.
Reading material
Mac 101 Training.pdf
Mac_OS_X_tricks.pdf
Win_to_Mac_Switching_Cheat_Sheet.pdf
OPTION KEYS - special characters shortcuts (you'll never memorise them all!).

HOW IS THE MAC DIFFERENT?

Not hugely, but you do need to learn the differences.

1 APPLE ICON  (top left) takes you to useful processes such as Log Out, Restart, Force Quit ...
See: About this Mac | System Preferences

2 PROGRAM MENU - click on Firefox next to  - here you can set Preferences for the program or you can quit it (also command-Q).

3 SPOTLIGHT (top right) is a good way to search your Mac. Find calculator.
Type in some random words and see what happens.

Get some pictures to play with: Spotlight > Type 'Nature' > Select Nature - Backgrounds > Drag to Desktop

4 Set up TRACKPAD
Apple > System preferences > Trackpad
Try them out including rotating and zooming a picture from the Nature folder. Open the folder and select a photo and play.

5 Return to other System Preferences: Show All (brings you back each time).
Play with Appearance > Desktop & Screen Saver
You can set Hot Corners here eg bottom left = show Desktop. Also hot corners for Expose and Spaces (see below)

6 Set up DOCK
In System Preferences - Change position; icon size; magnification to taste and other tweaks.

7 Check out DASHBOARD
Click F4
Try out the widgets
Click + at bottom left and add a widget

8 FINDER - the list of all your files. See smiley icon on Dock
Open Finder window:
finder.jpg
A Explore these features of the window (close/ minimize/ maximize/ reduce/ resize)
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B Interesting folders listed in Sidebar: have a look at what they contain.
Finder_folders.png
Base = your computer


steveweatherell = Home folder. It is in Base > Users

Applications = Programs. It is in Base.

Documents = Your own creations. It is in Home. Applications will usually save documents here by default

Teaching = self-created folder in Documents. Drag key folders to Sidebar.
C Create a folder in Documents (eg 'Teaching') using File > New folder, name it, drag into PLACES on Sidebar
D Explore different Views in Finder.
E Quick Look. In finder, highlight a file and press spacebar to see the file without opening it (works with many file formats). You can move from one file to the other in a folder using arrow keys.
F Play with folders and files (pictures and screenshots).

9 EXPOSE - click F3 to see all of the windows you have open.

10 SPACES - System Preferences > Expose and Spaces > Enable spaces and Show in menu bar > Set F6 as Spaces shortcut (this is actually activated with fn+F6). Command arrows and Command + 1 etc for navigation.
Play around with Spaces - it may take a while to decide if it will be useful for you.

And that's just for starters. As you get to know your Mac, you will refine your shortcuts, Expose, Spaces etc etc.

MAC SHORTCUTS