Introduction to Macs for PC Users
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Introduction

Basic Differences

Interface
 - Desktop
 - Apple Menu
 - Dock
 - System Preferences
 - Trash
 - "Right-clicking"

Working with Windows
 - Close, Minimize, Maximize
 - Resize, Move
 - Menus
 - Menu Shortcuts
 - Hiding Programs
 - Exposé

Where are all the programs?
 - Macintosh HD
 - Finder
 - Navigating Folders
 - Spotlight
 - Creating Aliases (a.k.a. Shortcuts)

Hardware
 - Turning the Computer On/Off
 - Loading CDs
 - USB Ports

Common Mac Software
 - Safari
 - Mail
 - Dashboard
 - Address Book & iCal
 - iTunes
 - iLife Suite

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

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Introduction

You're in the middle of an important job interview, chatting comfortably with the company's board of directors and feeling good about how things have gone thus far.   Suddenly, the company's IT director turns to you with an evil glint in her eye.   "Our company only uses Macs.   Are you Macintosh-proficient?"  The room falls silent as all eyes focus on you, and a bead of sweat rolls down your temple as you contemplate how to explain that you've never really used a Mac...

To many PC users, this may sound more like a nightmare than a realistic scenario.   However, many businesses, educational institutions, and even informal places like Internet cafes are using Macintoshes.   In today's competitive job market and technology-filled world, people who cannot use both PCs and Macs are in danger of being left in the digital dust.

Declaring yourself "Macintosh proficient" does not require becoming an expert in the advanced inner workings of Macs or completing a lengthy training course.   Proficiency simply includes being able to move around in the interface and locate programs, many of which operate similarly to PC versions.   By overcoming some of the basic operational differences between Macs and PCs, PC users can feel confident about encountering Macintoshes in their professional and personal lives.


Objectives

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:
...move confidently around the Mac's desktop and menus.
...locate any program installed on the Mac.
...manipulate windows (close, minimize, maximize, resize, etc.).
...create desktop shortcuts.
...use standard, preinstalled Macintosh applications.
...access external storage devices (CDs, USB drives, etc.).
...use common Mac keyboard shortcuts.

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