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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:


Command + X


Command + C


Command + V


Command + Z


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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