My First Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scan, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. scan macrumors 6502

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    Hi, I am getting my first Mac in a couple of weeks which is going to be a Powerbook (probably 12"). I was at the Apple store today playing aroudn with it and I am completely lost. Is there any basic tips you guys can give.. for example: how do you right click? lol and how do you move that bottom bar of shortcuts to the side?

    Edit: I thought of some other questions. So as I understand you do not need anti virus for os x right? and what kind of free software are out there? I'm used to pirating my stuff. I probably need a word processor
     
  2. Verto macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Key + Left-click = Right click

    To move the Dock (bottom bar of short cuts) click the Apple logo in the top left corner, choose Dock, then Position on XXXX.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Welcome to Macs scan. You'll love them. :)

    You can right click by either buying a mouse with a right click button or holding down CONTROL as you click with the left/single button.

    As for the shortcut bar (better known as the Dock), leave it be. There are hacks to let it go to the side (uncentred) and you can drag it onto the right (or left) side of your screen without hacks but I recommend spending a bit of time with it where it is. I wanted to do the exact same thing when I got my first Mac but I soon realised it works better (for me) where it is by default.

    OSX is quite different to XP (which I'm assuming you're coming from) but I find it more intuitive so if you approach it with a pretty open mind (which I'm sure you'll do) then you won't have any problems. Just think of how an OS should work and ask these great forums for advice and you really can't go wrong.
     
  4. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you mean Control??
     
  5. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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  6. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Theres lots of *free* software avalible for the mac.

    Also if you didint know to access apps you click on the smiley face at the left side of the dock, then click on applications.

    Macs come with office 2003 for mac 30-day trial and also apple works which is bundled for free.

    Also the best thing i like about macs is that you can drag and drop anything. I.E, if you have a shortcut to you printer on your desktop you can drag the file you want to print to it and it will print.

    For logging off, restarting, shutdown, etc its all in the apple menu

    Also when i first got a mac, i was confused with the keyboard icons so i made this to help.

    [​IMG]

    And also welcome to the world of macs!
     
  7. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    I woulding worry about viruses, only like 7 exist.
    But if you want norton and mcafee make antivirus programs for the mac.
     
  8. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, there are not many viruses for mac, for various reasons, and if there is you can gaurntee that Apple will release a patch for it so it wont affect you. (Though there are some rare occasions) But other than that, welcome to mac :D
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    And not a single one in the wild either. I didn't think there were any viruses for OSX though, just nitpicking, aren't they trojans?
     
  10. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    As far as software goes, you can get many free titles from http://www.versiontracker.com/. As far as word processors go, you might want to try the free Open Office.
     
  11. Verto macrumors 6502a

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    oops! In World of Warcraft, right click is Apple/Left mouse button. I forget sometimes there is a world outside of WoW.
     
  12. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    1: Control + Click = Right Click.
    2: Control + Click (right click) and go to position on screen - tinker tool will allow you to move it to the top, bottom of the left/right side. Same with left and right for top and bottom. So your dock can be in the corner of your screen.
    3: Can OS X get viruses? I've never had any problems with those on any mac I own and I've owned macs for... 1.5 years. There is ClamAV and its free.
    4: AppleWorks comes standard on any Mac. iWork (Pages and Keynote 2) come with the Powerbook automatically I think. Otherwise its a trial. Abiword is out there. NeoOffice, OpenOffice, etc. there are tons of freeware out there.

    Last, but not least. WELCOME TO THE MACRUMORS FORUMS!!! You won't go wrong with a Mac. See my siggy? Bought him 5 days ago.
     
  13. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    sorry for another stupid question vbut whats ApplyWorks? iWork? I'm confused.
     
  14. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    AppleWorks is: Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Database, Presentation, Drawing and another Application in one... lemme open it rq and find out... it's Painting.
    iWork is: Pages - which is a beefed up Word Processor - compared to Microsoft Office, it's missing some features that I use in Microsoft Word. KeyNote 2 - Presentation - again beefed up - compared to MO its soooo much better.
    Numbers is going to be a Spreadsheet program - again beefed up. But it's not released yet, and there are rumors about it.

    You know you get iLife 2005 right?
    iPhoto - Photo organizers
    iDVD - Create real DVD's that you can play in any DVD Player - has different title screen designs/root menu designs
    iMovie & iMovie HD - Plug in your digital camera and make your own movie - send it to iDVD and make your own DVD, send your iPhotos to iMovie and iDVD make yourself an awesome Movie. Send your iTunes & Garageband 2 songs to either and make yourself the best movies.
    iTunes - you should know
    GarageBand 2 - Make your own music using presets/entering in your own notes/using a USB keyboard/etc.

    iMovie HD will use HD format - HDTV ya know.

    Plus you get iChat, Mail, Address Book, iCal, Quicktime, Automator, etc. etc. etc. Tons more apps than XP offers.
     
  15. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple works is like Microsoft works, its just an office suite with spreadsheet, word processing, etc.
     
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  17. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh thats great. so i'll basically have all the basics that i need. i'll be mostly using it for school: programing, surfing/chatting, word processing, and putting all my digital photos on it.
     
  18. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    and shoudl I keep the superdrive? or just reg. combo drive
     
  19. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh wait so the iWorks and AppleWorks is not free?
     
  20. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, you'll have everything you need. Do you think you'll be wanting to burn DVDs? Do you already have other means to burn them (a desktop or external or something)?

    AppleWorks comes free with consumer Macs (not PowerBooks) and you'll get a trial version of iWork (not free either). I recommend investing in Office for Mac because it's the standard and it works very well, especially if you plan on collaborating with others.

    Have you looked at the iBooks? If you don't need a Superdrive, you'll save some money and get AppleWorks. :)
     
  21. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Hi, and welcome to the wonderful world of Mac! I am a newbie to Mac, too, and I was really surprised at how easy the transition turned out to be. I had bought a couple of books but really I haven't needed to refer to them, as things are much more intuitive on the Mac than they are in Windows.

    Right clicking....yeah, that frustrated me, too, temporarily. Although some users don't bother with a mouse on a laptop, I've always felt more comfortable with one rather than using a touchpad. Solution for me was to buy the new "Mighty Mouse," which provides the ability to right-click. It matches my new iMac very nicely. Another thing many people do is to simply use their two-button mouse if they've got one left over from a Windows machine. When my new PB arrives I will probably temporarily plug in an old two-button mouse until I have a chance to buy a bluetooth mouse.

    The first time I was in the Apple store playing around with the laptops and other machines, I, too, was a little puzzled by the main desktop interface. Where were the icons? How did one get to their programs? I have my Windows XP machine's desktop measled with icons and the clean slate appearance of the Mac really surprised me. Once I actually had my machine at home and was setting it up I began to understand that you don't really need to populate the desktop with icons and that everything is quickly accessible by using the dock. Websites are quickly available after you've set up your bookmarks. Now when I look at my old PC that desktop looks soooo cluttered! LOL!

    OTB
     
  22. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh and I was playing with the Apply Mighty Mouse. Really cool mouse. I'm not sure what that little button does though
     
  23. scan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i dont' think i will be burning anything. i have all my music and movies on my PC.

    I have looked into iBooks but I really dont' like the "feel" of it if it makes any sense. I don't like how easily it gets dirty and I like the aluminum feel of the PB (thats right. i'm using the lingo now). Money is not a factor but the reason I'm getting the 12" as opposed to teh newly released 15" or 17" is I don't want to lose sight of the fact what i'm getting this laptop for: portability.
     
  24. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Fair enough scan. In that case definitely get Office 2004. It's the easier and better solution IMO. I'd never pay money for AppleWorks.
     
  25. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a

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    okay, you don't need any hack to move the dock. Just right click it (control - click) on the line to the left of the trash and you will see all the dock options. You can also click and drag that same line up or down to make the dock bigger and smaller.

    You can add things to the dock by just dragging them down onto it. You can remove them by dragging them off. Programs that are open will always show up in the dock and will have a little black arrow under them.

    To open an application (more often called a program or ".exe" in windows), you either can click it once on the dock, or you can open a finder window to see all available applications. To open a finder window you click on the smiley face on the dock (when you put the mouse over it it will say "finder"). THis will open a finder window which is similar to opening "my computer" on a windows PC. On the left side of the window you will see desktop, home, applications, movies, music, documents and pictures. Just click once on applications and you will see all the programs that are installed on the computer. Double click them to open them, or drag them down to the dock if you want to keep them there.

    Noticeable differences between Mac and Windows:

    Shortcuts: Macintosh doesn't require you to throw shortcuts all over the palce just so you can open a program. You can put the actual program wherever you please and it will work just fine. If you would prefer a program to be on your desktop instead of in the applications folder, just drag it there. You can make shortcuts, but on a mac they are called aliases. To make one just select the application, file or folder that you want an alias of and go to the file menu and select "make alias".

    Install/Uninstall: Since mac programs store almost all their data in one file, it is usual unnecessary to have installer or uninstallers. Everything can be done by simply dragging and dropping. If you want to install a program from a CD-ROM, you can just drag the program from the CD-ROM to your applications folder (or wherever else you want it) and that's it. If you decide to delete an application, all you have to do is drag it to the trash.

    Media loads up on the desktop/no autoexecs: On a windows computer when you put a software cd-rom into your computer, a program will open up and offer you installation/uninstallation options. Since installers are unnecessary (mostly), you won't get this. Instead, the cdrom will show up on your desktop and to install the software you simply ahve to open up that cdrom and drag the application to wherever you want it.

    No start menu: Apple encourages you to organize your files any way you like. YOu don't have to use the start menu or a desktop shortcut to open a program. If you miss the start menu then I recommend dragging your applications folder to the dock. Right clicking this folder will then bring up a menu of all of your applications.

    More menu based: In windows, menus are attached to windows. In mac te menu bar is locked to the top of the screen and in addition to the typical menu items, it incorporates some of the features of the task bar and start menu. You can adjust the system volume, access wireless networks, change screen resolution, setup bluetooth connections, see your battery life and you also have the apple menu. YOu can also get applications that add features to the menu.

    Quit: In windows, when you close all of the windows in a program it is done and closed (except for the programs like AIM that remain alive in lower right of the taskbar). In mac this is not the case. YOu can close the itunes window and itunes will still be open and continue to play whatever music is playing. This may seem illogical, but sometimes you don't need any windows in a program open, so why it helps get rid of clutter. In order to exit completely out of a program, you have to "quit" the program. To do this you can go to the file menu and select quit, or you can use the keyboard shortcut, apple-Q.

    Maximize, minimize and hide: CLicking maximize in windows usually means making a window consume the whole screen. When you maximize a mac window it will only grow big enough to show everything in that window. For example if you only ahve one file in a folder and you click to maximize it, it will probably shrink so that it is big enough to see that one icon and that's it. Clicking the maximize button again (the green button in mac), will send the window back to the shape it was before, or if you have changed the windows since you previously maximized it, it will adjust it to suit the changes.

    control panel = system preferences: Most of hte stuff in windows' control panels is in the system preferences which can be found in the apple menu.
     

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