So you bought an Apple computer...

I know two people who have just bought themselves new Apple Mac computers, one a behemoth desktop, the other a 15” MacBook Pro. Both have been immersed in “Windows World” and are essentially new to the Mac OS (one did have a Mac years ago).

So, where to start?

Here are my initial tips:*Be prepared for some frustration. It doesn’t work the way you’re used to. Yes, it’s change. It’s worth it, you’ll be more productive, I am.

*The keyboard and the trackpad are your friend. More than you know. Learn the ‘gestures’. single tap on the trackpad is a left click, two finger tap on the trackpad is a right click.

*Get in the habit of pressing the ‘Option’ key. You’ll suddenly find extra options.

*Use COMMAND-SPACE to start Spotlight. Use Spotlight.

*Use Google Chrome as your browser.

*Working with words? do your drafts in ByWord. Power tip: learn Markdown.

*Working with programming code? use TextWrangler.

That’s a start. I’m sure they’ll have more questions yet.

Written on March 14, 2014