So you’ve finally made the decision and switched to a ‘Mac’ system after much thought. There are a couple of things you should know before using a Mac and here in this guide, we provide some helpful tips.
- You may find the keyboard different
If you are a Windows user and switched to Mac, you will find that the keyboard is very different. You will need some time to get acquainted with the new keyboard and learn shortcuts. Here are a few tips that may help you.
Please note that the Control key is replaced by Command, so use the Command key in place of Control. Even though there is a Delete key on a Mac, you can’t use it to delete files or folders, instead press Backspace + Apple keys to delete folders. Use Command + Tab keys to switch between applications on a Mac.
iCloud is one of the best things about using a Mac. It’s a single space to store your photos, videos, movies, music, documents, etc. and you can access this from all Apple devices. iCloud also has a built-in share feature that lets you share photos, videos etc., with your family and friends.
The spotlight is a fancy term for the ‘Search’ feature. You can use Spotlight to search for files, documents, pictures, music on your computer. What’s more is that it can also be used to search the web such as ‘look for directions’ or ‘look for emails from a particular person’. You can also use it for basic math calculations or conversions.
- Installing apps
Although your Mac comes with a set of applications already installed with iLife Suite, you may still need some other software. To install new applications on your Mac, download it and drag the folder to the Applications folder.
Your Mac will take care of the rest of the installation processes without you having to worry about it.
- Know where your apps are saved
You will find the most recently used applications on the dock that is located at the bottom of your screen.
But if you don’t find an application you’re looking for in the dock, you can easily search for it in the Spotlight and drag it to the dock. This way you can have easy access to the applications you need.
This is probably the best part about using a Mac. You have access to Time Machine, which can be used to back up your files on an external hard drive. All you need is to set up Time Machine and your Mac will take care of backing up your files on a regular basis.
If at any time you find that you’ve lost some of your files during a cleanup or a third party tool, Time Machine can be used to recover them. But one problem with Time Machine is that it deletes old files to make the place for new ones. If you’ve lost files due to this reason, you can use data recovery tools such as Yodot Recovery to your rescue.
It is a wonderful tool to recover deleted files and folders that are stored on external hard drives or other storage devices such as USB flash drives, SD cards etc. It can recover accidentally deleted files, files deleted due to third-party tools or files lost during transfer. You can also use the tool to recover accidentally deleted time machine backup. Download a trial version of Yodot and try it out for free!