Simple Tips For New Mac Users

If you have been using windows for most of your life, the switch to a Mac machine can be one which is a shock to the system at first and it might be something which confuses you greatly.

Mac and windows are like two sides of the same coin, they work towards the same means but take a different route to get there, the the idea of clicking the top left to close a window instead of the top right is just the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t fret though, because today we are going to share some simple starter tips for anyone using Mac this year. Whether you need to know how to set up iMessage on Mac – Setapp, to take a photo or send an email, it is simpler than you think.

1. Take a screenshot

If you want to take a screenshot of one small portion of your screen on windows, you can use the snipping tool and select your target. For Mac, it is even easier than this and doesn’t even require you to open an application. Simply type the following:  

Cmd + Shift + 4.

And then click and drag the box to select the part of the screen you want to copy. When you release your selection the image will be saved on your desktop for you to use.

2. Rename multiple files at once

When it comes to organising your files at work or home, one of the most boring and time consuming tasks is to rename every file you have. This is why this handy trick is great for anyone who has a lot of work to do in a short space of time. You can rename many files at the same time and this will make your job much easier.

All you have to do is select multiple files, right click and press rename. You can rename your files to the same thing such as ‘spring project’ and it will number your files as ‘spring project 1’, ‘ spring project 2’ etc.

3. Run Windows

Sacrilege! If you really are struggling with your Mac and you want to use something a little more familiar, you can actually change and use the windows operating system for your Mac machine. It might seem like a major betrayal but it can actually be something which is great for new users.

Head to the application folder, click utilities, and then boot camp. Bootcamp will essential partition your computer hard drive so that you can have windows and Mac operating systems on there to use. You can choose to use windows for some things and Mac for others and this can be handy for any computer user. You’ll need to purchase a windows 7 or 8 CD or installation and there you have it!

4. Add your signature to documents

If you work for a company and you need to sign off e-documents with your name and date, it is important to be able to do this efficiently instead of having to print off the document, sign it, scan it and send it.

For Mac you can open the document you want to sign in the preview application. Press the pen icon and this will allow you create a signature from iSight. Sign your name on paper with a regular pen, hold it up to the camera and your computer will scan the image and add it directly to the document!

5. Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Ctrl + Alt + Delete is a saviour all windows users have utilised in the past. It will allow you to get away from frozen screens and manage your applications as well as restart the computer if you need to. For Mac, this is Cmd + Option + Esc.

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