taskbar for os x???

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  1. I3eXa macrumors 6502

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    Is the dashboard the only thing that will show me what programs I have running???
     
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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Did you notice the little black triangles under running applications in the Dock?
     
  4. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    Activity monitor, if you want to get a fuller grasp of what's going on.
     
  5. AutumnSkyline macrumors regular

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    The dock is the bar across the bottom of the screen that shows you what you have open by a little black arrow (soon to be a little blue dot). When you minimize applications, a little thumbnail appears that gives a short preview of the application. When you click on it, it slides out.

    The dashboard is different, when you hit the middle button on the might mouse, or if you hit a hot key on the notebooks.
     
  6. I3eXa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    my bad. I meant dock. But thanks for the help. Also, is there a way to disable the "enter security password" everytime I wanna do an update or install a new program?
     
  7. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    well i got my first mac today..new mac user aswell..but i do know that apple make you type password when updatting/installing programmes to keep you safe from viruses and spyware..they make sure that YOU are using the computer not a spy =),
     
  8. I3eXa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i guess thats a smart idea but it still gets annoying....oh well.
     
  9. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

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    it doesnt annoy me(even its my first day ever using a mac)..but im using the same password for like 2years,its short and tricky..once you get used to typing your password..it wouldnt annoy you..would be very fast and easy =)
     
  10. StealthRider macrumors 65816

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    It's worse in Vista. Trust me. :p
     
  11. I3eXa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've used the same password for about 7 years now and even though I left the password field blank it's still annoying to me.
     
  12. kolax macrumors G3

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    I love the Dock - it is such a better way to display open programs than the "taskbar" method Windows uses.

    It is brighter, more colourful and I can easily see what is open since I have all my frequently used programs in the Dock anyway so I become really quick at navigating the Dock to open another program or whatever.
     
  13. MaddieBrad macrumors regular

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    Hold down the apple key and then press the Tab button to see all the programs running. From this menu you can also close apps by keeping the apple key pressed... each time you press tab it will switch to the next program. When the one you want to close is highlighted and with the apple button still depressed, press Q. Apple Q quits any program. The apple button and the Tilde key (the one above the tab key) makes it scroll the opposite direction.

    Have fun!

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  14. Zel macrumors regular

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    After your first few days you wont be installing so much software and this wont be an issue. It's a thousand times better than under Windows where any website can install 'software' without your consent. If that ever happened here, it would say "Evil website p4yp4l.c0m needs you to enter your password to make changes to your system. " Then you'd be like "password? huh? no. cancel."
     
  15. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    You are using OS X not Windows, so keep in mind they don't function the same.

    Just look at the Dock if you want to know what programs are running, seems silly to open up something else when its right in front of your face.

    Just enter your password, this is called SECURITY. This seems like a non issue, this is a part of what make OS X so secure.

    You are using a BLANK as your password, that is down right foolish and asking for trouble.
     
  16. I3eXa thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i left it blank so I don't have to enter anything everytime, i just have to hit enter....not so 'foolish' in my opinion. I don't need to worry about my neighbor breaking in and stealing all my GS-5 top secret files or anything :rolleyes:
     
  17. NateNateNate macrumors newbie

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    The first password I try on all my friends computers is blank..
    70% of the time It works. :p
     
  18. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a

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    That's not Apple..It's Unix. Basically, when it asks for a password, it's just like using sudo in Unix. In other words, running "Super User"/Administrator priviledges on normal, everyday account. (At least, that is my understanding of it) It's there for reason and has a lot to do with why OS X doesn't have spyware/adware/virii.
     
  19. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    There's also a program called Witch, which gives you the windows style alt-tab, it doesn't just display programs, but groups windows under programs, like this...

    [​IMG]

    It's free and probably the single best enhancement for a user coming from windows (or anywhere, I never use :apple: - tab anymore, they honestly except you to go to a program and then a window?).
     
  20. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    All these people using the same password over and over... oh it gives my sense of security a fit!

    It's IMPORTANT that it asks you for a password. It lets you know that what you're doing may have consequences.

    The reason you're asked for an admin username/password is to verify that the installer you're running is allowed to install something in a directory that is not commonly available to the everyday user. That is all.

    Somewho wrote a trojan could easily create on that asked for a username and password and you will still get owned all the same. So it doesn't really account for the lack of malware for a Mac, though it keeps others from installing something without using exploits if they don't know an admin username/password. So.. it partially protectes against malware. :D
     

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