4 tips for transitioning to Macs

So you’ve finally made the big leap from familiar and comfortable to new and different.  If you’ve got this far then fear not you’ve done the hardest part of making the switch, now it’s a case of adjusting.  Whilst you may still find yourself googling how to do the most basic of tasks 1 year from now it’s more than likely that’s because it’s a task your rarely perform.  All the stuff you do on a day to day basis will stick in your head once repetition has worked its magic, so to help you along your way here are 5 tips for features you may not know about yet but we are sure you’ll love.

 1. Spotlight Search

Spotlight is a handy tool to help you find just about anything and everything on a Mac.  In the top right of your screen you will see a magnifying glass icon. Click it, and type in what you are looking for. That is it. It will search your machine for any file, folder, and/or application. Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan all have Spotlight, but for more detailed info check out the Apple Support article.

 2. The keyboard

Your PC finger muscle memory may trip you up on this one for awhile, but practice makes perfect. You’ll learn that there are minor differences in the Mac keyboard. The ‘Alt’ buttons do not exist, for one thing. You will also notice that there are a few new keys as well – such as ‘Command’ and ‘Option’. Some keyboard shortcuts on a Mac are different too. For example, you can print on a Windows machine by pressing ‘Ctrl + P’. On a Mac, you can perform the same action, but the button combo is ‘Command +P’. These differences are subtle, but good to know. TechRadar has an awesome list of common keyboard shortcuts for people making the switch, and of course Apple Support has their own article on the Mac keyboard as well.

3. The trackpad

If you have a Macbook, you’ll notice that the right and left buttons are missing from the pad. The trackpad on your Mac works much like a touchscreen on your mobile device. You may use gestures and multiple fingers to operate it. For instance, you may pinch in or zoom out to magnify or reduce an item on your screen, again, much like a smartphone. Scrolling up and down can be done by moving two fingers up and down on the trackpad. Apple Support, once again, put together this great guide to elaborate a little more on this.

4. Remember your support system

Trenmead and Apple Support can help you when something goes wrong. There are tons and tons of support materials provided by Apple to help you make the switch. The Apple Support site has support documents detailing every square inch of your new Macintosh device. The Apple Support Community is a group of users just like you, but also has experts available to troubleshoot and answer questions. When the going gets tough, we get going. Consult the above if you need a little Mac education, but remember you may have to wait for someone to answer your question – or search through previous threads. However, there’s no use losing valuable business time and productivity. If your machine or those of your company aren’t working, or you hit a wall in getting something setup or installed – call us.

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