One of the biggest decisions you will need to make when upgrading your current computer or laptop is not the size of the screen, the hard drive, the speed of the device, or even the storage space, but rather which platform you want to be using. If you have traditionally been a Windows fan, but you are now ready to switch to a Mac device, then there is bound to be a bit of a learning curve tied to the process.
While MacBooks excel at offering user-friendly high-tech features, there are still some useful tips that you can use that will make the transition smoother and easier. Let’s take a closer look.
Say Goodbye to the Installation Process
One of the first things that people tend to notice is the fact that they don’t have to install apps like they would on the Windows platform. In Windows, when you want a new application, you have to click to install it and then the installer software takes over.
With the Mac operating system, you can literally just drag the app to your Applications folder or click on download. There is no need to go through the installation process. This can take a bit of getting used to, as Windows users are used to additional steps.
Resize and Closing Windows
In order to resize the window that you are working in, or close it all together, look in the upper-left corner of the window for the buttons. This is a feature you will likely get a lot of use out of.
Familiarise Yourself with the Shortcuts
Just like with Windows there are also shortcuts and various commands that you can use. Once you have memorised them, you can find they speed up your work and make things a lot easier. You can find them all listed in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts.
Find Your Documents and Files
One of the most important things you need to be able to do is find your documents and files. This can be done quickly by using the Spotlight. This feature can also be used to open up apps.
Adjust Your Settings
As a Windows user, you were also used to being able to change all your settings in the Control Panel. While you won’t find this feature on the Mac operating system, you can adjust the settings in the System Preferences.
Keep Your Device Protected
Outside of getting used to your new operating system, there is also the fact that you want to keep your device safe and secure. This means protecting it from theft and even accidents and loss on your part. The Hidden app is a tracking app and you can use this if your Mac gets stolen or you lose it. Once installed on your device, it will allow you to perform a number of functions in a remote manner.
With this app on your iBook or iMac you can use it to track the location of the device, remotely wipe the device, remotely lock it, access network data, take screenshots, make use of iSight to take a photo of the thief, send spoken messages to the thief, and remotely access the main screen. It’s a very high-tech and effective way to protect your investment.
It’s a Process that Takes a Little Getting Used To
The one thing to keep in mind as you first switch over from a Windows computer to a Mac is that even though it may seem confusing at first, MacBooks are notorious for being user-friendly, so it will get easier. Often, it’s a matter of erasing what’s already in your head about how to use the computer and approaching it from a different angle.