posting from my new mbp, a few questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by redrabbit, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. redrabbit macrumors 6502

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    So after wondering whether to wait or not for merom, i decided to head to the apple store and buy the 2.16 15" mbp and I'm loving it. No whine at all so far, and while it does get a bit hot, I've already ordered a laptop stand with fan for it. The adjustment to the new OS took a couple of hours, but I feel like I'm getting the hang of it. A couple of questions though:

    When I see screenshots of certain people's desktops, they get their HD icons on the desktop to display how much space is taken up and not taken up...how do they do that? All mine is just a boring Macintosh HD.

    Also, for expose, F11 and F12 work for me. But F9 and F10 do something else. When I press them, this little box with a line and lines shooting out from it appear. Aren't they supposed to relate to Expose?

    For memory, windows had used memory taken up, and free memory available. Can someone explain to me the mac's idle memory and active memory and stuff?

    Thanks so much for the help!
     
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Hold the "fn" key on the lower left, then press F9 or F10. That will let you use Expose.
     
  3. redrabbit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh ok, great

    is there any way to swtich around?

    and what does that line with all the lines coming out of it do anyways?

    thanks
     
  4. xPismo macrumors 6502a

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    For icons with info, from the finder:

    View -> Show View Options -> Show Item Info

    Apple-J. A common shortcut for me. Enjoy the MBP, its a killer machine.
     
  5. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a

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    System Preferences-->Keyboard & Mouse--> check the box next to "Use Function keys for Software features"

    However, from my experience, you will quickly learn to appreaciate Hot Corners if you used the trackpad a lot.

    As for the second question, the line with little lines coming out is your backlit keyboard. You won't be able to turn it on unless it is dark, however, or if you cover up the light sensors (they are under the speaker grills--at least on the Powerbook, anyway).
     
  6. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Ahh how I want a MBP now LOL I hope you have heaps of fun on yours :) I'm waiting for the new chip and Leopard
     

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