How to Use a Mac Computer
Many people find themselves wondering how to use a Mac computer. This is especially true for those transitioning from a PC for the first time, since there are some significant differences between Macs and PCs. Fortunately, Apple has made the Mac computer and operating system completely user friendly and, according to the personal opinions of many users who have switched, easier to use then the Windows based PC. Here are the basics on how to use a Mac computer.
One of the first things you need to know about how to use a Mac computer is how to use The Finder. The Finder on the Mac computer is exactly like the Windows Explorer and Search function on a Windows based PC. The Finder works like a tree with a window that pops up on the left hand side. In this window, you can see a directory of selections including Applications and Personal Documents. When you select on of the directories, the contents of that directory will be shown to the right of the first level of directories. You can then click on the application you wish to load or the document you wish to open from the list to the right. There is also a search function here that allows you to look for a specific file in case you are unable to locate the file you are looking for.
The Menu Bar
Minimizing and Exiting Programs
Minimizing and exiting programs on the Mac system is as simple as knowing the difference between the colors red and yellow. Similarly to Windows PC, the red box in the right most corner of any open program closes the program. Minimizing a program on Mac computers is a bit different. However, the process is not complicated. Rather than having a small box within a box to look for as Windows PC users have to in order to minimize program, with a Mac all you have to do is look for the color yellow. The minimize button is always located by the red close button on the top of any screen you have open in any program. Simply click on the yellow box and the screen will minimize to The Dock.