Well, it has almost been exactly a month since I made the conversion from a PC user to a Mac owner. Overall, the switch has gone pretty smoothly! For anyone else who is thinking about making the switch or has recently made it, here are a few things I have learned:
1. Connecting a monitor:
I really like connecting a second monitor to my laptop when I am working on projects at home. A really cool discovery when I hooked up my second monitor to the MacBook Pro, is that it completely created a second desktop on my extra monitor, complete with all tool bars. This makes it very easy to work off of both monitors.
I did not realize how effortlessly I used keyboard shortcuts on my computer until I tried to use the same PC shortcuts I have used my whole life on the MacBook Pro, only to come to a screeching halt in my work. Ctrl + S is not going to save your work, but Command + S will. The Command button is the key to shortcuts and will work in lieu of the Control button with the shortcuts you want to use. Also, there is no Home or End button, so to jump around your page by using your keyboard, you need to use Command and then the arrow button for the direction you want to go. Apple also has a link on their website that lists all of the Mac shortcuts:
3. THERE IS NO BACKSPACE
Okay, so this was something for my PC mind to get used to. If you want to backspace on what you are typing, you hit the delete button. Delete = Backspace. On a PC, delete always let you removed text in front of your curser while backspace removed text behind your curser. Command + Delete lets you erase what you just finished typing. For instance, if I just typed this whole paragraph without stopping and then hit Command + Delete, it is gone and all the Command + Y’s in the world do not bring it back.
4. Apple Classes – You MIGHT be the Youngest Person There…
In my excitement to learn everything there is to know about my MacBook Pro I signed up for a free class on Mac Basics at the local Apple Store. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know! I went to the class on a Saturday morning and it was just me and one other girl. Our Apple instructor was super friendly and helpful; however, I probably did not need the class. After a week with the computer I had figured out much of what he went over and in fact, due to our understanding of basic computer functioning, he was able to go through both the whole Mac Basics and Advanced Mac Basics courses in under 30 minutes, commenting that usually he has a much older audience at these classes.
5. Become One with your Trackpad
The Trackpad is a big part of learning how to quickly and effectively utilize your Mac. The Apple Support website also includes a picture guide to help you learn the gestures for optimal Trackpad efficiency.
Also under system preference on your Mac, you can click on “trackpad” and watch videos of the gestures.
These are just a few tips I have learned! If you are a new convert like me or thinking of making the leap, I hope you find them useful. If you are a Mac aficionado, please comment and share your knowledge!