Tips for switching to Apple Mac from PC
Learn how to perform some common tasks on your new Mac.
- Right click
Click the right corner of your Apple mouse, or click with two fingers on your Apple trackpad. You can change this in Mouse preferences and Trackpad preferences.
- Scroll, swipe, click
Settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures, and button assignments are also in Mouse and Trackpad preferences.
- Close & resize windows
Buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing a window are in the upper-left corner of the window.
- Change volume
Use the volume control in the menu bar, or use the volume keys on your Apple keyboard.
- Change Mac settings
Looking for the Control Panel? Use System Preferences instead.
- Open apps
You can also use Launchpad and the Dock to open your apps (programs).
- Find files
Use Spotlight to quickly find and open apps, documents, and other files.
- Browse for files
Looking for Windows File Explorer? Learn about the Finder.
- Throw files away
Looking for the Recycle Bin? Use the Trash, which is in the Dock.
- Rename files
Click the file once to select it, then press the Return key and type a new name. Press Return when done.
- Preview files
Preview most files on your Mac using Quick Look. Click the file once to select it, then press Space bar.
- Back up files
Time Machine keeps a copy of all your files, and it remembers how your system looked on any given day.
- Keyboard shortcuts
Many Mac keyboard combinations use the Command (⌘) key. Learn more keys and keyboard shortcuts
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