Cheat Sheet

Macs For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition

By Mark L. Chambers

As a senior citizen entering the world of Macs, you can use a few basic things: a guide to prices and uses for various types of Macs, helpful keyboard shortcuts that get you quickly where you want to go, and web resources that offer tips, tutorials, and products for your Mac. And you can never be too safe, so it pays to know how to avoid potential predators in on the Internet.

Macintosh Price and Power Guide

You’re a senior wanting to take a bite out of a nice Macintosh Apple . . . computer. To help you compare and contrast Macs, the following table lists some Mac models and price ranges and tells you what they’re best suited to do.

Model For Price Range
iMac desktop Midrange to power user; built-in monitor $1,099–$2,299
Mac mini desktop Entry-level to typical home computing; no monitor or keyboard $499–$999
MacBook Air laptop Entry-level to home computing; especially good for travellers $899–$1,199
MacBook laptop Typical home computing $1,299–$1,599
MacBook Pro laptop Midrange to power user $1,099–$2,499
Mac Pro desktop Professional/power user; no monitor, keyboard, or mouse $2,999–$3,999

Top 10 Mac Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

As a senior, you know that your time is valuable. The keyboard shortcuts available on any Mac computer can help you save time, and look like a pro! The following table lists some of the most helpful shortcuts on Apple products.

Key What It Does
Command+C Copies selected items
Command+T Opens a new tab
Command+I Shows information for selected items
Command+N Opens a new Finder window
Command+O Opens (or launches) the selected item
Command+V Pastes an item from the Clipboard
Command+X Cuts the selected items
Command+Z Undoes the last action (if possible)
Command+Shift+H Opens your Home folder
Command+Shift+Q Logs you out

 

Top 10 Internet Security Tips

Actually, the tips in the following list are worth following whether you’re a junior, a senior, a Mac user, or a PC person. The Internet is full of wondrous sites, but it’s also full of unsavory characters you need to guard against. Use the tips here as a guideline to things you should never do and use your own common sense as well.

  • Never enter personal information in an email message when you don’t know the recipient.

  • Never enter personal information on a website provided as a link in an email message.

  • Never include personal information in an Internet forum, discussion group, or newsgroup message.

  • Never use the same password for all your electronic business.

  • Never divulge personal information to others over an instant message connection.

  • Never use your MacBook on the road without turning on your El Capitan firewall.

  • Never buy from an online store that doesn’t offer a secure, encrypted connection when you’re prompted for your personal information and credit card number.

  • Never download a file from a site you don’t trust.

  • Never allow a stranger to connect to your Mac using the Screen Sharing feature.

  • Never allow children to use the Internet without guidance and supervision.