my first post/a few simple noob questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JMarc, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. JMarc macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2009
    Ok, I just got my iMac, and I never really knew much about them before buying it. Of course I used PC's/Windows XP.

    I'm wondering is if I can run app's such as Safari,etc..... In full screen?? Is the window size limitation the same for all OSX programs? Lets say I was to make Firefox my default browser, am I still limited to the same window size?

    Is it possible for me to set Goggle as my homepage for when I open Safari? Am I limited to the Apple home page on Safari, would it be same with Firefox?

    I was quite used to my Windows XP/Firefox/Google setup, I know I'll have to get used to quite a lot of changes, but that's what I'm most concerned about right now.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    One of the biggest adjustments for me when I got my first Mac was its aversion to full-screen windows. The zoom command (plus button in the top-left corner of the window) behaves differently in each application, which is a little annoying. However, most applications are normally designed to be run windowed. That's especially the case with larger monitors. Your new iMac has a screen resolution of at least 1680x1050, and most websites are designed for a width of 1000 pixels. That means that while you can certainly size a browser window wider than that, you're wasting a lot of screen real estate that could be used for other purposes. Text is easier to read with narrower columns, and so forth.

    In Safari, the zoom button only makes the window as large as the website. You can of course resize it and most other applications by dragging the handle in the lower-right corner of the window.

    Yes, you can customize your homepage. Go into Safari -> Preferences and tweak things to your heart's content.
  3. JMarc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2009
    Thanks, that definitely clears up a few things. I was a bit overwhelmed at first but I'm starting to get the hang of it.
  4. Avi macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2009
    No you are not limited to apple's website for either safari or firefox.

    Go to Safari -> Preferences -> General : Change the homepage from there :)

    It should be similar for Firefox
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    In FF, to change the home page:

    Firefox -> Preferences -> General
  6. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    OSX's zoom button makes the window as big as the content it's displaying. Not, as Windows does, as big as the monitor. OSX has a different way of working. That's why it's called switching.

    Pretty much all apps have a preferences panel. You can get to it from the app menu or by pressing CMD and the comma button (CMD+,).

    Also, I'd argue that Safari is the best browser on the Mac. I'd stay away from Firefox.
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    And there are plenty of people who would argue the exact opposite.
  8. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I personally prefer Firefox because its more user friendly, but Safari's the fastest browser on Windows or Mac by far, period.
  9. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Spend a few more dollars and buy David Pogue's Switching to the Mac. It will help you make the transition. Best wishes.

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