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Navigation on a Mac

Navigation on a Mac

Summary:

How to navigate a Mac computer

To get started on a Mac, you should get to know the menus and tools and learn how information and applications are organized. Use the information below for help

  • Basics
    • The On button is on the back of the keyboard
    • To shut down, restart, or put to sleep, go to the Apple () in the menu bar and select what you want
    • USB ports are located on the back of i-Macs
    • CDs and DVDs can be inserted on the side of the computer for older i-Macs; for the new i-Macs, they do not take CDs or DVDs
    • To safely eject your flash-drive, drag it to the Trashcan; the trashcan will turn to an eject symbol (⏏) as you do this
    • To delete a file or folder, drag it to the Trashcan in the Doc
  • The Dock
    • The Dock is generally located at bottom of screen
    • It could be hidden- if so, drag mouse to bottom for it to pop up
    • The Dock contains frequently used applications
    • There will be a small light under the icons for all applications that have been opened and have not yet been quit
  • Finder
    • When you turn on the computer, you will be in Finder
    • While working, to get back to Finder, just click anywhere in the desktop
    • In Finder, the menu at the top will be the finder menu
    • Through the Finder menu, you can get info about a file, empty the trash, arrange files in a folder, see all applications installed on the computer, copy and past, open a file with a certain application, create a new folder, and more
    • To open a file or folder, just double-click it, or, while in Finder, highlight the file or folder, then go to File, and select Open
    • To open a file with a specified application, right click the file, then choose Open With, or highlight the file, go to the Finder menu, then File, and select Open With
    • Note that by right clicking the mouse, you can also get to several other of the Finder menu options
  • The Menu Bar
    • The menu bar is at the top of your screen
    • The menu for the application you are in will appear here, starting from the left
    • At the right end are icons that show stats and give quick access to certain features such as sound volume, internet accessibility, date and time, search, Bluetooth status, and more
  • Windows
    • The active window is the one you are currently working in
    • To make a window active, click anywhere in the window
    • To move a window around on the screen, hold your mouse down on the gray bar at the top of the window
    • To make window larger or smaller, click the green button on top left of gray bar
    • To close a window, click the red button
    • To minimize a window, click the yellow button
    • To open a minimized window back up, go to the dock, locate it, and click it
    • You can also resize a window by holding the mouse down on the bottom right corner and dragging
    • Hold down Shift, Command (⌘)), and 4 at the same time to make a selection that creates a screen shot. If you are using a PC keyboard, it will be Shift, Windows key (), and 4.
  • Applications
    • To see a list of all applications are installed on the computer, go to Finder, click on Go, then choose Applications
    • If you want to open an application, double-click it from the Applications drop down menu
    • Or, if the application you want is on the Dock, just go to the Dock and click the application
    • To quit an application, be in the application, go to the menu bar at top of screen and to the name of the application, then scroll down and select Quit.
  • Organizing, Browsing, and Searching
    • You can create folders by right clicking on the desktop or going into Finder then File and selecting New Folder
    • The folder will automatically be ready to be named; to rename a folder or file, click the name, then click it again (but not as fast as a double click)
    • You can then choose where to store your folder; to move your folder simply click, hold, and drag
    • To move files from one folder or location to another, also simply click, hold, and drag; to copy files, right click and choose copy and then go to where you want to paste, right click and choose paste
    • Inside the Home folder (one that looks like a house under Go in Finder), there will be premade folders for organizing your work; you will see folders titled Documents, Pictures, Movies, Music, Downloads, Desktop, etc.
    • To organize the files in a folder, go to the Finder menu, then View, then Sort By, and choose the sorting method (Name will put the file names in alphabetical order.)
    • To browse, open the desired folder and keep opening labeled folders until you get to the file you want
    • To search, use the magnify glass in the upper right corner and type a word or phrase
    • You can also go to Find under File in the Finder menu; there you can narrow your search to a certain type, location, date, name, etc.

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