New Mac User

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Raggs, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Raggs macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    London UK

    Looking for some advice. I am buying a 13" MBA on the weekend and this will be my first Mac having used PCs for the last however many years.

    Just looking for tips and useful Apps that would help me out make the adjustment.

    I will only be using the MBA for generic web surfing, emails, word processing, basic photo/video editing, Itunes etc.

    I have an Iphone 3gs that i have had for a while so am ok with IOS.

    Cheers in advance.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Have a good time with your new purchase, but know, that you should leave your Windows thinking behind to efficiently use Mac OS X.


    Maybe have a look at Advanced Search to find hundreds of similar threads:
  3. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Go to the support section at, they have great tutorials there.
  4. Raggs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    London UK
    Cheers Sims, will have a look at that.

    much appreciated.
  5. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I was in your shoes a couple of months ago and got some good advice in this thread:

    I also bought the Lion tutorial app. I could probably have done without it and just used available web resources, but it's a nice app and I continue to use it for reference as the need arises.
  6. Raggs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    London UK
    Thanks Jojo,

    Just had a look, very useful post.

  7. Nioxic macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2011
    Only problem for me was getting used to using the apple button instead of ctrl when copy / pasting

    and how to install / uninstall programs

    a couple of hours and it felt pretty natural to use..

    and that was first day ever using a mac
  8. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I have Artboard on my Pro and its a great App for photo editing its very user friendly very similar to Photoshop and all for only $26!
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    On some of the more recent Macs that 'apple' button has become a 'command' button and features a sort of clover leaf icon rather than a picture of an apple. This is the one to use instead of ctrl.

    The thread cited by jojoba is also very good.

    When I switched - I copied a list of keyboard shortcuts for Apple and what they do - a sort of switcher's guide - on my desktop as a handy prompt for swift reference - and found myself using it until I got used to the differences between Apple and Windows.

    Good luck with it and you'll find that you enjoy the 'switch'.

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