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Mac tips for windows switchers



Learn how to perform some common tasks on your new Mac.



Right click


Click the right corner of your Apple mouse, or click with two fingers on your Apple trackpad. You can change this in System Preferences.



Scroll, swipe, click


Click away with a finger, or two. Set up your settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures, and button assignments in Mouse and Trackpad preferences in System Preferences.



Close & resize windows


Buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing a window are in the upper-left corner of the window.



Find files


Use Spotlight to quickly find and open apps, documents, and other files.



Open apps


You can use Launchpad and the Dock to open your apps. Add an app from Applications by dragging it to the dock. Remove an app by dragging it to your Finder space or right click > Options > Remove from Dock.



Browse for files


Looking for a document, image, or application? Find everything by clicking Finder on your Dock.



Throw files away


Temporarily delete files by dragging them to the Trash on your dock. You can also delete a file by holding the command button and press delete or right click on the file and select Move to Trash.


Click on the Trash to retrieve files or delete them permanently.


Tip: Accidentally deleted a file? Just hold the Command button and press Z to undo the action.



Rename files


Right click on a file and select Rename, or click the file once to select it, then press the Return key and type a new name. Press Return when done.



Preview files


Preview files on your Mac using Quick Look. Right click on a file and select Quick Look, or click the file once to select it then press Space bar



Back up files with Time Machine


Time Machine keeps a copy of all your files, and it remembers how your system looked on any given day.




Command (⌘) is your new CTRL



Many Mac keyboard combinations use the Command (⌘) key. Here are common keyboard shortcuts that you should remember:


Cut

Command + X


Copy

Command + C


Paste

Command + V


Undo

Command + Z


Print

Command + P


Close window

Command + W


Switch apps

Command + Tab


Quit app

Command + Q


Quick Delete

Command + Delete


Find files

Command + Space bar


Force quit app

Option + Command + Esc


Take screenshot

Whole screen: Shift + Command + 3 Window selected/opened: Shift + Command + 4 + Space bar

Selected part of screen: Shift + Command + 4 / Shift + Command + 5



Got questions or more tips for new Mac users? Comment them below!


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