Very new mac user

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by goose1873, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. goose1873 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Erie, PA
    New to mac and had a couple stupid questions...

    how do i open multiple browser windows with safari? If i have one minimized and try to open another, it just re-opens the min. site?

    i'm very used to right-clicking and saving pics, etc...How would i go about saving a pic from a webpage?

    just trying to get my feet on the ground w/ new OS. any help appreciated.
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    I'll help you with this one – just drag it onto your desktop with your cursor. Easy as that and twice as simple. ;)
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Open Apple-N... sorry... Um... Command-N for new windows... but use tabs!

    Drag it to the desktop. You'll get the image.
  4. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    For another window, press CMD-N for a new Tab, press CMD-T.

    Click on the pic and drag it to the desktop or wherever you want to store it.


  5. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Press Command and T to get a new tab. Yes, right clicking brings up a new menu where you can save the image. To do a right click press Control and the mouse button or if you have it configured place two fingers on the pad and press the mouse button.
  6. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    For new window: Command+N, or File->New Window
    Just drag the picture to the desktop, or wherever in Finder you want it (the same goes for text etc.)
  7. CJRhoades macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Lafayette, IN
    To open a new window, just go to File - New Window.

    To save a pict. just drag it to the desktop. Or, hold ctrl and click on it. Then go to save.
  8. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    The problem is you are going to another app after minimizing and coming back to Safari which brings it back up. For another window, yes, use CMD N or new window from the file menu but really tabs are much better. BTW you can also have more than one window and combine them into tabs in one window, drag a tab out to a new window or drag a tab to a different window. Probably TMI.
  9. goose1873 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Erie, PA
    Thanks everyone...I'm sure there will be more OS questions from me in the future...
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Use COMMANT-T to open new tabs. You can navigate through the different tabs by using COMMAND-SHIFT-[ or COMMAND-SHIFT-]

    Switch between different apps by COMMAND-TAB (you can then use tab, shift-tab arrow keys, or mouse to choose the app you want to go to).

    Saving picture:
    Open the folder you want your picture, put it in a corner. Go back to browser, drag picture into folder. Much faster than right click. If the picture is linked by itself, you can OPTION-click the link to download the picture.
  11. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    You should never be minimizing windows, the minimize feature has been usurped by better window organization functions. The minimize function is basically vestigial at this point. If you're new to Mac coming from an MS Windows world, I'd strongly suggest you start breaking the minimize habit.

    Instead try using these (written here as key commands, but also accessible via menu bar items):

    command H = hides the app
    command ` = cycle windows in the front app
    command tab = cycle front apps
    f12 = show all open windows
    f11 = show all open windows in the front app only
    f10 = show desktop
    command N = new browser window
    command T = open new safari tab
    command shift arrow left/right = move to next tab
    drag safari tabs into desired order
    drag a safari tab off the window to create a new safari browser window with that page

    ...and many more great options. You should minimize your usage of minimize. ;)
  12. goose1873 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Erie, PA
    thanks again...this honestly helps more then you can imagine
  13. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Glad to hear you're open to new ways of working! :) You will be much more successful switching if you keep an open mind rather than clinging to old Windows ways like some do. Heed motulist's advice. There's no real problem with minimizing and things like that, but if you try out new ways, you may find them much more productive in the long run. I started out minimizing things in OS X and then I realize the "hide" feature was much easier. I never used keyboard shortcuts in Windows because they were odd and confusing, but in OS X they're generally intuitive and work across many application.

    Try all of these out; they're very helpful.

    Some other useful habits to get into...

    Cmd + W = closes window
    Cmd + Q = quits program

    Remember, the red "x" button only closes the window, same as Cmd + W, in case you want to do more things in the application after closing that window. Cmd + Q, or choosing quit from the menu, actually quits the application.

    motulist's suggestions

    Cmd + H = hides the app
    Cmd + ` = cycle windows in the front app
    Cmd + Tab = cycle front apps
    Cmd + N = new window

    work for all OS X apps. Also, the Expose features

    F12 = show all open applications
    F11 = show all open windows in the front app only
    F10 = show desktop

    are also very useful. The exact F# they are assigned to may differ depending on which Mac you have, but you can change them if you want.

    And remember, right click is Ctrl + Click! :D If you have a laptop Mac you can make it even easier than right-click was by going into System Pref -> Keyboard and Mouse and allowing right click when you have two fingers on the trackpad. Now you just need to tap with two fingers, or have two fingers on the trackpad and click the button. If you have a Mighty Mouse, you can go to the same place and check "allow right click," and you can right click using that, too, even though there's only technically one button, it'll be able to tell.
  14. GoKyu macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2007
    New Orleans
    I'm still a fairly new Mac user too, and with spaces, I don't bother minimizing anything anymore...and a cool tip I figured out - if you click anywhere on the desktop, the finder menu bar comes back, so you can just hit Command-N to open a new finder window, instead of having to go down to the dock.

    The only stuff I still get a little weirded about (aka - "why does it work this way?") is that I can't just hit the dock icon to open a new instance of, say, Firefox in a different space...have to have the app focused, then do Command-N and drag it manually to a new space.

    Also, I get really freaked about Photoshop...if you don't have a photo open, and you click on the desktop or switch spaces, the whole PROGRAM just goes away instead of staying anchored in the space where I left have to hit the dock icon to bring it back. Am I missing a Mac preference to keep it where it is when no photo is loaded up?

    Other than these *very* minor things, I'm *loving* OS X, and I typically keep a terminal window open all the time as well. I compiled ncftp this morning :) (hey, I love the command line too...)

  15. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    buy a two button mouse it will help you adapt rather quickly

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