My first ever Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chadsworld81, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. chadsworld81 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    Hi all. I bought my very first mac (MacBook air 13in 2015). I am a long time pc user. Any tips or advice do you have for a mac newbie? I do have ios products such as iphone and an Ipad. Thanks in advance
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
  3. chadsworld81 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    very general computing browsing managing music and photos occasional word document writing etc
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Enjoy it

    My advice would be to enjoy it and play around with it, it's fairly intuitive not too different from windows and fun to use.

    There are endless tutorials online for specific uses so make use of them.

    Downlaod VLC for movie playback.

    Skim for reading PDF's

    Transmission for torrents

    Avoid chrome web browser it doesn't play nice with macs.

    Other than that play with it until you get it set up as you like there are as many ways to use it as there are owners....
  5. gmintz09, Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

    gmintz09 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2015
    I was in the same boat as you in 2013 and I haven't looked back since! I absolutely love my Air and it still runs just as well as the day I bought it. It's wonderful. Honestly, I was pretty surprised at how similar a lot of things were on my new Mac compared to my old PC laptops in the past. There are a few things that are confusing to try and figure out how to do on a Mac vs. a PC, but if you just Google it or look up a tutorial on Youtube, you can get it pretty quickly. Obviously you have to install a Flash plug-in for Safari if you want that to work (and many, many sites have Flash content), but I found the Safari plug-in "ClicktoFlash" to be useful in page loading time so that I could activate the Flash content if I wanted to or ignore it if I was not interested. You'll be happy to find that a good number of iOS apps have Mac equivalents (or at least, many of the more well-known apps), so they sync very nicely between iOS and OS X. The whole process is really just trial and error, but I feel like I caught on pretty quickly once I got used to the gestures on the wonderful trackpad. Having an iPad helped to remember some of those because some of those gestures are the same on the Mac trackpad.

    Oh, and be sure to activate the phone call and text message forwarding in the settings so you can take care of those things on your Mac if you desire to do so rather than on your phone/tablet.

    A couple key shortcuts I have found useful over the past year and a half are Command+Space for Spotlight (wonderful tool to search your system and online) and Command+Alt/Option+Esc for the Force Quit screen to see which apps are running and finally Command+Q for quitting apps. Also remember that "X-ing" out of screens on a Mac doesn't quit the app, you have to either use that aforementioned key shortcut or go up to the bar at the top and click the name of the app and click "Quit" from the pull down menu. That was probably the thing I had to get used to the most on a Mac.
  6. chadsworld81 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2015
    Thank you all for your tips I look forward to playing around with my new mac
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I got Parallels since after so many years of Windows use, there are still a couple of apps I need that won't run on Mac. Parallels is very useful and reliable way of running Windows in a virtual machine on your Air for those times you may need it.
  8. iLondoner macrumors 6502


    My only regret is not making the move many years earlier!

    However, one thing I find sub-par on the Mac is the Finder app compared to Windows Explorer. You can download the free XtraFinder app to extend Finder.
  9. mubeenshahid macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Same here bought MBA core i7 8gb ram after using windows for 10years.I am loving every bit of it so fast quiet and beautiful


    Yes finder is crapy compared to explorer in windows.also better touch tool app enhances multitasking capabilites
  10. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Congrats on the purchase! gmintz09 actually covered what I consider the two most important keyboard shortcuts for new Mac users:
    • command + space bar = you can search for nearly anything (whether that's files, web searches, using as a calculator, etc.)
    • command + option + escape = force quitting something that isn't responding
    But in addition to this I'll also say Macs have the ability to run Windows via Bootcamp (which is built in) or using a virtual machine like Parallels (as ZBoater mentioned). Each method has its own pros/cons (which you can find with a quick search), but if you find you absolutely need Windows for something you have options!

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