Mac OS X for Windows Users


If you are using a Macintosh computer for the first time, the information below may help familiarize yourself with the new operating system.

Aliases – the same as a shortcut in Windows.

Command Key – same as the Windows key

Dock – Similar to the “taskbar” in Windows. It appears, by default, at the bottom of your window and includes short cuts to applications. Applications that are running appear in the dock with a dot underneath them.

Eject a CD (if equipped) – drag it to the trash icon in the dock or press the eject key on the keyboard.

Finder – similar to Windows explorer. Lets you find files; accessed via the icon in the dock containing the two profile images.

Force Quitting an Application – Similar to the task manager. If an application freezes, you can “force quit” it. Click Force Quit from the Apple Menu.

Install an Application not from Apple Store– hold down the Control key then click the installer. Select Open from the menu that appears. To change the default setting to you don’t have to hold down the Control key, click the Apple menu then Systems Preferences then Security & Privacy. On the General, click the lock and enter your password. Change the answer for Allow applications downloaded from to Anywhere.

Minimize and Maximize buttons – appear in the upper left rather than the upper right corner of the window. The red “close” button doesn’t quit the application; it just closes the window. The application is still running.

Option Key – same as the Alt key.

Quit an Application – hold the Command key then press Q. Closing the window does NOT quit the application.

Resizing a Window – you need to drag from the lower right corner; you cannot drag from any point on the window.

Right Click – hold down the Control key and click the mouse/trackpad. On a laptop, you can also click the trackpad with two fingers at the same time for a right click.

Show Desktop – press FN + F11 – similar to Windows + D.

Show Icon for Drives on Desktop – Click Finder in the dock to make it the active application, then click Finder in the menu bar, then Finder Preferences. Place a check next to the drives you want shown on your desktop.

System Preferences – similar to “control panels” in Windows. Accessed by clicking the Apple menu, then System Preferences. Or via the cog icon on the dock.

Deleting Text with keystrokes -

A single character to the left of the insertion point.

  • Macintosh: Delete
  • Windows: Backspace

A single character to the right of the insertion point.

  • Macintosh: FN+Delete
  • Windows: Delete

An entire word to the left of the insertion point.

  • Macintosh: Option+Delete
  • Windows: Ctrl+Backspace

An entire word to the right of the insertion point.

  • Macintosh: FN+Option+Delete
  • Windows: Ctrl+Delete


Article ID: 64928
Tue 10/9/18 12:27 PM
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