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Things Every New Mac User Should Know

Make Daily Tasks Easier on Your Mac

While working on your Mac, you’ve probably noticed some features aren’t as productive as they could be. Spending a minute here and there can add up over time, particularly with tasks you do regularly. Saving time on your Mac can earn you more time to do something you fancy.

For my early computing experience, I had only ever used Windows and was feeling reasonably confident about switching to Mac. I mean it’s a computer, I know how to use Windows, and a Mac shouldn’t be that much unusual. Right?

After logging in for the first time, I found myself on Google questioning how to install an app on Mac OS X. To anyone who’s used a Mac for a while now, installing an app is just common sense. To someone brand new, the little things can be somewhat complicated. 

So I thought why not share Few things to the New Mac user, which I know.

Here’s is a list of the Few Important (Basic) things every new Mac user should know. 

> Installing Apps

  1. Download the APP in .dmg format.
  2. Open the .dmg file.
  3. Dragged the APP icon into the Applications folder.
That's how easy to install the app in Mac! 

​> ​Uninstalling Apps

Uninstalling apps is really simple.
Just drag and drop the application you want to remove/uninstall to the trash bin.
Successfully Uninstalled! 

-Hide Your Dock by Default

Turn On Hide Dock in Mac
The macOS Dock takes up a significant portion of your screen by default. This is handy for first-time Mac users, but for more experienced users, it's just a waste of screen real estate.

Hiding the Dock gives you more usable vertical space to work with. This is handy for all types of work, from coding to writing up Word documents. It’s also handy for browsing the web since nearly all websites scroll vertically. More space on the screen means less time spent scrolling.

To do this, right-click on an empty area of the Dock and select Turn Hiding On.

>Move Your Dock to the Side


Whether or not you’ve got your Dock hidden, its home at the bottom of the screen isn’t entirely optimal. It makes sense visually since the menu bar is at the top of the screen, but for maximum usability, try moving it to the left or right side.

Even with the 16:10 aspect ratio MacBooks use, you still have more horizontal screen space than vertical. Moving the Dock to one side takes advantage of this. I prefer the left-hand side, but try both and see what works for you.

To try this, right-click on the Dock, mouse over Position on Screen, and choose Left or Right.


>Close Unresponsive or Crashed Applications

It doesn’t necessarily happen often but sometimes applications just crash or freeze.

If you come across such a situation you can either right-click the application in the dock and select “Force Quit”. If the “Force Quit” option isn’t shown, hold down the “options” key and then right-click the application.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something more like the Windows version of Ctrl – Alt -Delete, all you have to do is press Command – Options – Esc. This will bring up a small utility called “Force Quit Applications”.
Just select the application you need to close and click the “Force Quit” button.


>Use Stacks

How to right-click on the desktop and select Use Stacks
Some people use the desktop constantly, with files and folders scattered everywhere. Others use it as a temporary work area, deleting files or moving them to another location when they’re done. Either way, Stacks, which were introduced in macOS Mojave, can help keep your desktop nice and tidy.

Stacks simply organize similar files into neat little areas. You can use Stacks to group files by type` when they were last modified or a few other pieces of metadata. If you sort by type, images will be gathered in one Stack while Word documents will be grouped in another.

To try this out, right-click on the desktop and select Use Stacks.

The fn KEY:

The “fn” key is useful and if you’re new to Mac you should check it out.

For one it’s the default key used to activate Dictation & Speech on your Mac.

Secondly, it’s used as a modifier key. Here’s some example is given below:

The Shift, Control, Options and Command keys are also modifier keys.
fn – control – F2: Navigate the menu bar without the use of a mouse. Use arrow keys to maneuver and return key to select.
fn – delete: Deletes to the right instead of to the left.
fn – F11: Moves all open applications and windows to the far side of the screen. This reveals the desktop and gives quick access to all the desktop icons and files.

>Open Finder With a Keyboard Shortcut

This is a super-quick tip. If you frequently find yourself moving the mouse to the Dock just to open Finder, you might be glad to know there’s an alternative.

Hitting Cmd + Option + Space will bring up a search dialog for Finder. From here you can click anywhere as you normally would. If you open and close the Finder often, this shortcut can save you a few minutes a week.

>Use the ListView in Finder

Use ListView in Finder
It’s entirely possible to use the macOS Finder without ever adjusting how it displays files. Still, to see as much as possible without scrolling, it’s worth taking a look at the List and Column views.

You can select these views by going to the View menu and selecting as List or as Columns, but there’s a faster way. You can select List View by hitting Cmd + 2.

Do this in a directory like Documents, and it will apply to subdirectories as well.

>Take Advantage of Virtual Desktops

If you’ve never used the virtual desktops built into macOS, you’re about to discover that it’s like having a second monitor you never plugged in. Simply hit Control + Up Arrow or swipe three fingers on the touchpad and you’ll get the Expose view.

Here, you’ll see a bar at the top of the screen. Drag a window up to this bar and you’ll see a plus sign at the right side. Move the window here, and you’ll send it to a new desktop. You can move between these using the Expose view, or by hitting Control plus the Left or Right arrow keys.


Enable/Disable Login Items

When installing new applications they sometimes like to register themselves to start up automatically every time you restart your Mac. The more items you have load upon start the longer your startup will take.

Because of this, it’s important to manually manage this list. 

If there is an app that you want to have automatically loaded on startup, click the “+” button and navigate to the app (usually stored in your Applications folder). To remove an app from the startup list, select it and then click the “-” button.


>Use Tags in Finder

Tags have been available in the macOS Finder since OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but plenty of people forget they’re there at all. If you want to track certain files across different directories, tags are a handy way to add a layer of organization to your file system.

>Hey Siri!

A lot of us tend to associate Siri with our iPhone or iPad, so it’s easy to forget that Siri is also available on Mac. If you have a recent MacBook Pro, the Siri icon is in the Touch Bar. For other models, you’ll see an icon in your menu bar on the right side.

Many of the same commands you use with Siri on iOS also work on a Mac.


Right Click on Magic Mouse and Trackpad

To enable right-click, go to System Preferences -> Mouse -> Point & Click -> “Enable Secondary click”.

It’s the same process for a Trackpad. Go to System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Point & Click -> “Enable Secondary click”.
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