Frustrated newbie with questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Chr1ssy711, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Chr1ssy711 macrumors newbie

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    I am pretty computer savvy but with PC now that i got a ibook G4 there are a few things i cant figure out. can anyone help???

    1. is there a way to make a "short cut" on the desktop to a folder or program? i can only seem to copy things.

    2. Can you expand a page to cover the whole screen like PC? like the browser or document

    3. what programs are there like -paint

    4. what programs are there like netscape composer for editing HTML

    I would be very greatful if anyone could help me.

    thanks!

    -chrissy
     
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    1. "Shortcuts" are called aliases. You can right-click an app or document and choose Make Alias, then drag the alias to the desktop.

    2. No. The little green button will expand the window to show you the whole document. There's no point in making the window bigger than the document as it'll just be white space. This does take a while to get used to, but you'll eventually realise that it's better :)

    3, 4. I'll let someone else field these ones.
     
  3. Lau Guest

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    1. Control+click and choose "Make Alias"
    2. The only way to reliably do this is to drag the right hand corner of the window. The green button will resize the window to what it deems "useful". This is a more effective way to work with multiple windows, in my opinion.
    3. You could check out a free program called Poster Paint, made by a fellow MacRumor poster.
     
  4. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    ...or you can click then hold down the option and apple keys while you drag a file to where you want the alias (cursor icon will change to an arrow).

    There are plenty of HTML editors out there but most of the good ones are pricey (like Dreamweaver or GoLive)
     
  5. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

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    For number four, I'm personally a fan of Taco HTML Edit. However, do a search and you'll find threads with more suggestions.
    -Chasen
     
  6. cjc343 macrumors 6502

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    I don't know how Netscape Composer works, since I've never used it, so I don't know if it's WYSIWYG or plain text editing. Personally, I do most HTML work with a text editor, and my favorite is SubEthaEdit, although I don't use most of the document sharing features.

    For basic image editing, I use GraphicConverter, which at least used to ship with new computers...

    I hope that answers the unanswered....
     
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    Only with the Pro systems, I think :(
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's right. The consumer machines get AppleWorks instead which has adequate Paint-type abilities. :)
     
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Welcome to the forums Chrissy!

    In addition to already mentioned methods you can also just drag a file/folder/whatever while holding down the option (aka alt) and command (aka apple) buttons. Then you will not move the file/folder/whatever but make an alias wherever you "drop" it...

    This is one thing all newbies has to get over... :p

    But if you, for some reason need to have your browser do this, make a bookmark in your bookmarks bar and change the address to:

    javascript:self.moveTo(0,0);self.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight);

    Then you can use that bookmark as a "full screen" button.

    What do you use paint for...? If it's a basic image manipilator you want, i.e. something like Photoshop and GIMP, you could try Seashore. It's a bit early in its development, but very promising. If it's more of a drawing program just like Paint you want, then you should be able to use the Paint in Apple Works that should already be installed on your iBook.

    Mozilla Composer...? :)

    If you want something more advanced but still free, try Nvu. But if you want something easier, and can afford to spend $35, RapidWeaver might be interesting... I don't care for WYSIWYG web editor and recommend that you just get the very nice and free text editor TextWrangler and make your web pages in that... ;)

    And remember: Most newbie questions has already been answered more than oce here at MR, so you with a little searching and/or browsing you can find amazing stuff... ;)
     
  10. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    There's also Netscape Composer. Just download Netscape 7 for OS X from Netscape's website. It has a composer mode just like the Windows version.
     
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    Well, they did. I wonder what will fill the gap now that AppleWorks is no longer bundled (most likely because it's for PowerPC).
     
  12. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    Hey, that's cool. Thanks.
     
  13. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

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    Since the switch from OS 9 to OS X, there has been little need for aliases. This is because it's much more convenient to drag such items into the dock, and use them from there. I personally always put my Applications folder, and my Documents folder into the dock so that I can Ctrl-Click them, and access anything I need to. It's infinitely better than the Windows start menu, for my purposes anyway.

    You can drag any application into the left side of the dock, and any document or folder into the right side. You might find this far more convenient than leaving aliases all over the desktop.
     
  14. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    that's brilliant! ta. (love this forum) :)
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks for that, I didn't notice it disappear. :eek:
     
  16. Chr1ssy711 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks so much for everything!!! i am really enjoying my mac, but being so used to PC it has just taken alittle getting used to

    thanks for the help!!!

    -Chrissy
     
  17. blythy macrumors member

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    Fireworks / Dreamweaver ;)
     
  18. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I've never thought to do this, but it's a good idea. I tried it out, but I couldn't get the Application to show everything in it when I Ctrl-Clicked. It worked with the docs folder though. :)
     

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