New Mac User! Any tips for MacOSX would be appreciated! :D

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  1. ashwin4 macrumors member

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    Just got my macbook air haswell 13 inch for college! Except im newbie at the whole mac experience. Any tips or things i should know? Thanks guys!!
     
  2. Doublea6 macrumors regular

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    You can get a quick view by pressing spacebar on files. It made things a lot easier once I figured that out.
     
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Nobody have that much time.

    Play with it. Stuck on something? Then post again.

    Coming from Windows? Windows let me know there's more than 1 page by showing me the scroll bar. OSX by default doesn't and it drove me batty until I told it ALWAYS SHOW ME SCROLL BAR!
     
  4. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    I assume you're coming over from Windows. What were some of your favourite Windows tips and tricks, and what kind of tasks did you usually use the OS for?

    Like, we could give you all kinds of tips and hints for working with files in Finder and it turns out you never really do stuff like that.
     
  5. ashwin4 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah i have some questions, like how come you cant transfer .txt files from windows mac? or how can i do that :confused:
     
  6. firedept macrumors 603

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    One of the things I find helps is to learn OS X keyboard shortcuts. It will save you a lot of time once you get use to OS X and will help you learn your new computer.
     
  7. kjid macrumors regular

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    I'd suggest you to check out system preferences > trackpad. There are some example video's of how to get the most out of your great new trackpad. It really speeds up your work.
     
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    The method varies whether you are copying from another PC box already on the network, or you are attaching a Windows-formatted hard drive to the Mac.
     
  9. Vervatic macrumors newbie

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    I find it hard to use a fresh install of OS X without lots of customization. It's nice to enable all the hot corners (to make it easy to get to launchpad, mission control, and the notification center), enable all the trackpad options, and turn on most of the settings in Finder. Use, use use mission control (I usually have 6 desktops between 2 monitors) - I think it's one of the best parts of OS X.
     
  10. mattferg macrumors 6502

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    Install some form of Antivirus. It might be a Mac, meaning viruses are less likely to target OS X vs a Windows-based PC, but there are vulnerabilities and it's better to be safe than sorry.

    I use Sophos :)
     
  11. imjoee macrumors 6502

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    don't download things that aren't actually "needed" because the SSD gets eatin' up quickly.
     
  12. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

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    Get the following applications for your Mac, I just converted 1 year ago and these are my favourite applications...Coconut Battery (Battery management), Unarchiver, PixelMator (photoshop alternative), Parallels Desktop (running Windows!), Page (Word, though there's Office), Number (Excel), Keynote (PowerPoint), I use ScreenFlow for screen recording, Final Cut Pro X as Sony Vegas, and Disk Inventory X for file cleaning.

    Here are also some extra links that I made for Mac OS X...if you need any help I can make a special tutorial for you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjxZ8rg9U18
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eDcAu6L8Zo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95QfRhKRNzk

    Another thing I made as make sure to turn off the scroll thing off of natural, I found it annoying, and I also got GFX card status, but that depends on your version of Mac OS X.

    I hope this helps you!
     
  13. ashwin4 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you so much guys! really getting used to this, but liking MacOS so far! :)
     
  14. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

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    Click on the :apple: in the top left corner. Click on System Preferences. Go through each item and you will learn volumes about MacOS and customize your settings all at the same time. I recommend spending some time playing around in System Preferences. This helps familiarize the entire user experience.
     
  15. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    This is exactly what I would have recommended.

    And turn off "natural scrolling" in trackpad settings. I find it to feel very unnatural on anything but a touchscreen, but that's just me :cool:.
     
  16. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    David Pogue has an excellent book for windows users migrating to the Mac; it's called "Switching to the Mac" and answers lots of questions.
     
  17. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    I don't know if anyone posted this yet, but Apple has some great video tutorials for new users here
     
  18. yliu macrumors regular

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    It took me about an hour to get used to the 'natural scrolling' and could never get back to the traditional scrolling on my PC.
     
  19. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    haha yeah - that one was an aha! moment for me also. that and the fact that you can hit return to rename a file, but com-o to open it.

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    yup - i do this in every new piece of tech i buy, all the way from computers and crazy-complicated software suites i use at work down to things like digital recorders.

    great advice
     
  20. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    That's true, it's all about spending the time and effort to adapt. I use a Windows laptop for work from time to time, and it's just easier keeping the same scrolling movements/gestures on my MacBook.
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    This may be useful:
    I recommend avoiding Sophos, as it can actually increase a Mac's vulnerability, as described here and here. 3rd party antivirus apps are not needed to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as the user practices safe computing, as described in the following link. If anyone insists on running antivirus for some reason, ClamXav (which is free) is one of the best choices, since it isn't a resource hog, detects both Mac and Windows malware and doesn't run with elevated privileges.

    Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
    Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
     

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