Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by X1Lightning, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. X1Lightning macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
    I've always been a widows user and i picked up a mac mini for a testing machine
    Its a neat little machine, but i keep finding my self trying to use keyboard short cuts that i always use in windows. does a mac have similar keys?
    I use a windows keyboard on the mac... does that affect anything?

    CRT ALT DEL to lock the machine
    Alt Tab to flip windows
    CTR X, C, and P for cut copy and past

    also i have a cannon scanner i wanted to use on this mac so i went and down loaded the driver for it, but i have no idea how to install the driver.. when i click on it,,, it does nothing...

    Thanks in advance for any help
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Apple Key + Tab

    Edit: Just noticed you are using a windows keyboard, not sure what the Apple key would map to.
    Apple Key + X, C or V respectively

    Have you tried just connecting the scanner and see if it works.
  3. marco114 macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2001
    First of all, congratulations on your purchase of a Mac!

    Using a PC keyboard isn't THAT bad, but you may be missing one of the most important keys, the Apple/Command key. You might want to go into the Keyboard Control Panel and make sure you have the Apple Key mapped to your maybe Windows key. The Option key on Mac is the same as the ALT key on Windows.

    So, to "lock" the machine, you can either:
    A: Have a screen saver with a password
    B: Command-Shift-Q to logout

    To flip between windows: hold down Command and press tab.

    Copy, Cut & Paste in most Apps:

    For the Scanner, go to Canon's Website and find the MacOS X Software and there should be an installer or a .dmg that will mount a disk image on the desktop.
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Here is a good link to shortcuts.

    As far as driver software is concerned: is it the Mac version? If so, is it a DMG file. If so, double click and it should open up.
    C: Use System Preferences...->Accounts->Login Items to enable Fast User Switching, then just go to the login screen - locks the Mac yet leaves your apps up.
  5. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
    WOW thanks for the quick replies!

    The short cuts are easy enough i will try to map the windows key to the apple key.

    I didn't try the scanner yet, as I'm used to getting the driver installed B4 connecting the hardware...

    marco114 ---when you said "mount a disk image on the desktop." what does that really mean?
  6. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
    Sweet! that is exactly what I'm looking for!

    and the driver was the mac osx version.. i will try it again.. tonight..
  7. WillJS macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    Have you just tried to connect it?
  8. maccam macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2007
    go to system prefs -> keyboard & mouse -> keyboard shortcuts :)

    enjoy your mac!
  9. X1Lightning thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2007
    i went to system prefs -> keyboard & mouse -> keyboard shortcuts
    but it cant identify my keyboard, so i wont let me change anything...

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