My First mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by levitynyc, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. levitynyc macrumors 65816

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    I have a 24" iMac 3GB of Ram 500 GB HD - 256 MB Graphics card - 2.33 MHZ
    Wireless Mouse

    I have never owned a Mac before, and barely used OSX, but I gambled big and won big time by buying this.

    I am upgrading a 6 year old Dell. ( I use new Dells at work) This baby blow everything out of the water.

    My iMac is barely audible when its on.

    No stuck pixels. I think i had a few, but with a little pressing on them, they were gone. (They could have been dirt spots, but I can't tell...)

    I really like OSX. I am till getting used to it, but I love the speed of this baby.

    I hate the MM (but i discussed that in another thread).

    Thank you for all your help. I am really enjoying this machine.

    What are some cool quick key things I can do on OSX (I already know Control Alt Command 8)
     
  2. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    If we are talking about useless but impressive features, my favorite is holding down the shift key while using expose/minimize
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    there are a ton - you can look up in Mac Help, from Finder.

    aside from cut/copy/paste (cmd-x, cmd-c, cmd-v) here are some of the more useful ones:

    Exposé F9, F10, F11 (and/or hot corners)
    Dashboard F12 (and/or hot corners)

    Screen shots (complete with shutter sound)
    (they will put a PNG file on desktop):
    cmd-shift-3 does full screen shot (complete with shutter sound)
    cmd-shift-4 gives you cursor, to select portion of screen you want to capture
    cmd-shift-4, followed by "space" will give you a "camera" cursor. place it over the window you want to capture and it will capture ONLY that window. This is nicer than dragging cursor around it and doesn't need trimming after.

    cmd-tab brings up application switcher

    in Finder:
    cmd-shift-A opens Application folder
    cmd-shift-U opens Utilities Folder
    cmd-shift-H opens your Home folder

    many, many more shortcuts for getting around in Finder, best to consult help
     
  5. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    If you are trying to close an app in the dock, you can click and hold and that brings up the same menu as if you ctrl+click or right click. This is nice if you are too lazy to hit control or reach to the right button.
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Did you know that you can connect a FireWire cable between your cable box (standard or high-def) and use iRecord to record shows on your Mac, then use VLC to watch them?

    Nice bit for just the cost of a FireWire cable.... esp. for high-def content.
     

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