Need Some basic Help

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macbookvirgin, May 21, 2011.

  1. macbookvirgin macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011
    hi all,

    I have finally managed to buy a new mac book pro 13 inch. It has been long overdue.

    I am a mac book virgin and have no clue what to do at times as I am so used to using a pc.

    Can i plz plz get some assistance with some of the following stupid questions :

    1. What browser should I use ? Is safari good enough. In windows i had the option to right click and open a new window or open a new tab. how do i do that in safari or in mac?

    2. when I use an application or open safari, it does not open in full. I usually prefer the page to open in full covering my entire screen, how do I get that done in mac ?

    3. Linked my hotmail account to mail option in mac, but is there a way I can see my junk account as well in it. As of now it shows my inbox and sent items only. In addition my friends use my computer at times, can I create a password option on the mail account, so no one else but me can log in ?

    4. Last thing is please advise me anything else I need to know or re direct me to a page or a book that I can read a little more about mac ?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    1. I'm not sure if Safari has those exact options on right click, but I know that Chrome does, it's what I use.

    2. The default zoom button functionality is a bit weird. It works ok on a big screen with lots of windows but on a laptop I like to maximize windows. There's a program called BetterTouchTool that has a lot of trackpad options but also has an option that lets you drag a window to the top of the screen to cause it to maximize. You can also drag windows to the left or right of the screen to snap them there.
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Congratulations on your first Mac. I'm sure you will love it.

    1) Safari is fine although you can switch to Firefox, Chrome, Opera or any others.
    When you run any program on your Mac the menu bar you are used to seeing at the top of your program is move to the top of the screen. Your Mac will always show the name of the active program at the top of the screen and you'll have your normal menu options to the right of the name. Just poke around a bit and you'll find the one for new tab.

    Or, just alt click on the Safari icon in the dock at the bottom of your screen and you'll get a small pop up menu allowing you to start a new tab.​

    2) When you maximize a program in Mac it works quite differently than a Windows computer. There is no command to fill the screen for most programs. You will want to maximize them and then drag the lower right hand corner to fill the screen. Its odd but you'll get used to it. I actually prefer it now.

    3) To create a password for your account you'll want to hit the system preferences section. You can put a password on your account and create a guest account to maintain your privacy and stop them from installing a lot of stuff on your computer. Its pretty simple.
  5. macbookvirgin thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2011
    thnk you :)

    thank You all.. I am just gonna have to do a lotta googling to learn more about my new mac book pro.

    I have ticked the box of smooth scrolling, but for some reason it has stopped working ? any suggesstions ?

    Please let me knw if there's a place where I can learn a more about macbook.
  6. mac00l macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    1.- Safari is good enough, but Chrome is better. To open a new window, you press command while clicking and it will open the link in a new tab

    2.- You can use Chrome in full screen mode. You can set it either in the View menu, or by pressing shift+command+F, additionally you can type "about:flags" in the bar and in there enable Tab Overview, which will let you navigate trough open tabs with a 3 finger swipe down

    3.- Hotmail is very limited, I would suggest you using Gmail which is much better.

    4.- Just read the links provided by GGjStudios

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