Top 3 tips - iMac arriving tomorrow

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  1. snowmaan macrumors regular

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    Well, after 8 long days of waiting, it will arrive tomorrow
    If you could go back in time, and you were me, what would you do when you get it??

    Nb:
    • I have bought a new N series wireless router to connect to my Apple TV
    • I have backed up all data on my PC onto an external drive, ready
    • I have called in sick for the day already :)
     
  2. G5power macrumors 6502

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    Normally I never call in sick, but I think that was a great strategic move. Unpack your shiny new Apple and set it up (taking a few pictures).

    I would load some of your favorite vacation & family photos and just enjoy how great they look on the LCD screen.

    Then you may want to install some programs like VLC, iStat and that sort of thing.

    Enjoy.
     
  3. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Pleese i can haz pics.

    Sorry, that was my natural instinct to ask for unboxing pictures of a new :apple: product :p
     
  4. osin macrumors 6502

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    That's a good tip :D


    First thing you should do is install OSX updates and if you have an extra drive run Time Machine to backup your fresh Mac hard drive. Within first two weeks of having my first Mac I screwed up with permissions settings (which is very easy to do) and had to reinstall OS. That thought me a lesson to use a Time Machine.
     
  5. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I would say the first thing to do is hit the power button to turn it on.:D
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    You might want to install some software updates and load a few programs like VLC, MS Office, iWork, Firefox, etc.
     
  7. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    1. Set up user accounts the way you want them it multiple people will be using them.
    2. Set up system preferences the way you want them- where you want your dock, mouse preferences, etc. Things got so much more enjoyable once I got my mouse preferences set up it's not even funny.
    3. Set up Time Machine.
    4. Install updates.
    5. Learn keyboard shortcuts.

    Sorry- couldn't stick to three!
     
  8. snowmaan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks someone
    Cool, Ah I cant wait now

    I will do the updates and look at two profiles - one for me, and one for the wife, hopefully it's easy

    Whats a dock?
     
  9. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    The bar at the bottom, or side if you prefer, of the screen that holds buttons for applications, folders, etc.
     
  10. Morod macrumors 68000

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    The dock is the bar that holds your application icons, usually found on the bottom of the screen.
    And I would have three or four accounts: one for you, one for your wife, one (only one) with Admin privileges, and one that you only use for testing if/when other accounts go haywire, call it Troubleshooting for example.
    Morod
     
  11. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    Get used to it, mabie open a few things see what is on there. Get familiar



    And i recommend a Software called


    Onyx, It keeps everything in order, registry and disk optimization.

    Run it every now and then to keep the mac tidy.
     
  12. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    o and if you need to right click

    and your using mighty mouse


    Hold CTRL when clicking



    Good luck x

    ML
     
  13. Pomeroy macrumors 6502

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    If you want to use the Mighty Mouse that will come with your IMac you may want to turn Right Click on ( comes as off by default). Click on the Apple in the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences / Keyboard/Mouse and turn Right click on,, System Preferences is kind of like the Control Panel on a PC.
    Or you can do what I did and put the Mighty Mouse back in the package it came in and drop in a drawer and us a PC mouse. :)
     
  14. snowmaan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks again
    I will check out that program, I want a smooth running machine unlike my PC I am getting rid of, so that sounds good

    I thought the mighty mouse right clicked as a standard? I got the wireless one.

    Just found out my iMac wont arrive today, aghhhh - 10 days waiting now!
    :mad:
     
  15. osin macrumors 6502

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    wireless mighty mouse doesn't have a right click either. sorry

    but you can always use your old PC mouse ;)
     
  16. snowmaan thread starter macrumors regular

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    What, are you kidding?? Thanks for the heads up
    Omg, what am I going to do? No right mouse, its things like this they dont tell you when you buy it.

    Geez!
     
  17. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Here's my #1 suggestion -- ENJOY IT!!!

    Far, far too many people spend their first minutes and hours of ownership desperately looking for something to be wrong with it. Screen. Fan. Temperature. Mouse. Whatever. For heaven's sake, don't obsess about it -- just enjoy it!!! :apple:
     
  18. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    Very easy. Apple -> System Preferences -> Accounts. Click the lock icon to type in your admin password, then click the plus sign to add an account.
     
  19. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure what that person was thinking, but mighty mouse absolute does have right click. You just need to turn it on in system preferences.

    Apple -> System Preferences -> Keyboard and Mouse, find your mouse on the tab on top, and enable secondary mouse click.

    System preferences is your friend.
     
  20. miiles macrumors regular

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    Most definitely has right click.
     

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