New 'puter Questions.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rory Manton, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Rory Manton macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yeovil Somerset
    Hi again everyone, just got my new mac (details below) and after a day of grubbing about I have almost got all the stuff of the old one onto the new one. I have lost a few bits and bob's but nout that is really a problem just some minor irritations to sort out now, hopefully with your help.

    I have now got a wireless mouse and keyboard and I have a
    few questions.

    1, when the computer goes to sleep do the mouse/keyboard shut down an stop using power?

    2, There is no delete button! How do I delete?

    And now not related to the above

    3, I now have Time Machine, how do I access it if I need to backup?

    4, What settings do I need to set up the mail application and can I set it up to read news groups too? This is the one that confuses me the worst.

    Thanks all.
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    1. Depends what Mouse/ keyboard you have? They will probaby power down though.

    2. I just use backspace, there is a way to delete by using alt and bckspace or something like that ( I would check but I'm on my phone).

    3. If it's setup right you will have the time machine icon in the task bar and once an hour it will start backing up, click the icon to have a look when the next back up is due.

    4. What email service do you use? Googlemail, hotmail, etc?
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    1. The mouse & keyboard sleep when not in use. They can be used, though, to wake your Mac (you can disable the feature in System Preferences > Bluetooth, Advanced...)

    2. The delete key is next to the +/= key? If you mean a forward delete, then use fn-delete (function key and delete key).

    3. To use Time Machine, open the Finder window you're interested in recovering a file from, then click on the Time Machine icon in the Dock. The back arrow goes back in time to the last modification to the folder or document, or you can select the time/date along the right side. Use the Restore button to retrieve the file/document (there are more options in the tool bar).

    This also works with Time Machine aware applications such as Mail and Address Book (meaning you can go back in time from within those applications).
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    hope you enjoy your mac!!

    1. the mouse and keyboard go into standby mode - they still consume power but not as much as when its "on".

    2. delete as in backspace? its in the same spot as on PCs.. delete as in trash things? click and drag it to the trash bin in the dock! (or select it and :apple + :delete: it).

    3. have you turned on time machine? if not, enable it via System Preferences->Time Machine and click it "ON". you can enter time machine through this preference pane as well.

    4. as others have said, depends on what provider you are with. please tell us :)

    goodluck !
  5. Rory Manton thread starter macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yeovil Somerset
    I want to access my freeserve account and read
    Rush as a news group. I used to be able to do that on my old G4 but time and senility has left me unable to figure out how to now. Hotmail I access through aMSN so that one is not a problem.

    The function key and backspace is the one I am looking or, thanks muchly.

    Time machine is up and running but I didn't want to grub about too much until I was sure what to do, cowardice and the fear of having to borrow SWMBO's pc thingy and use windoze xp if/when I cocked it up stopped me from playing about.

    Thanks again.

  6. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    I suggest, before you need it anger, you have a play with it. Create a file, perhaps with text edit, write something in it like 'this is edit one ' or similar. A little bit more than an hour later, change it, perhaps 'this is two'. Wait another hour (TM backups are hourly) then delete it.

    Open finder, then enter TM, and you'll be able to navigate back and forwards through the different versions of the file.

    Note that the way TM works, after a day, only the last of those versions will be restorable , because TM keeps hourly backups for a day, then daily, cant recall after that I think it goes monthly. Worth playing with, and it saved my bacon when I accidentally deleted a Mail folder and only realised that a few weeks later, I was able to go back and restore (and that took a little looking as it doesn't go back where it was but to a new mail folder called 'Time Machine'.
  7. Rory Manton thread starter macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yeovil Somerset
    Right, just come back from being out and had a grub about.

    I hope to be using Thunderbird to access my freeserve account.It keeps asking me for server settings. I don't know what they are. Can anybody help please.


  8. Rory Manton thread starter macrumors regular

    Rory Manton

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yeovil Somerset
    PLEASE before I chuck the whole lot out the window, getting a tad stressed now:mad:

    Thanks all:D
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    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  10. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    As the other person said, either ask freeserve (do they still exist?) or copy them from your old computer (in the email apps settings)

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