Switching from a PC to a Mac

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How Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Compare to Mac Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of key presses that let you carry out a task without navigating through the menus. PCs have two kinds of keyboard shortcuts. For some, you hold down the Ctrl key and [more…]

How to Get Rid of Your Old PC

As you wean yourself from Windows and enter the world of Mac, you may wonder what to do with your old PC. Here are suggestions on how to get rid of that old PC. But remember, before you send your computer [more…]

Figuring Out Whether Your PC Hardware Will Work with a Mac

If you’d like to use your PC’s current printer, scanner, or fax machine with your new Mac, you may not have to buy anything extra, or you may need an adapter. The key is to check with the manufacturer. [more…]

How to Use Your Old PC Networking Devices with a Mac

If you’ve been using a PC and you’re switching to a Mac, you don’t have to buy all new networking devices. Most of the hardware you use to create a home network [more…]

Starting Your Mac with Boot Option Keys

When your Mac powers up, it normally uses the system on its internal hard drive unless you change this behavior by choosing System Preferences@@→Startup Disk. You can also change what your Mac does by [more…]

Deciphering Special Key Symbols in Mac OS X

Using keyboard shortcuts in Mac OSX means recognizing some important keys, such as Control, Shift, Escape, and more. The symbols for these Mac keys don't look the same as they do on a Windows keyboard. [more…]

Commanding Keyboard Shortcuts on a Mac

Most Windows keyboard shortcuts, which require you to press Ctrl and a letter, work on a Mac if you press the Command key (the one with the four-leaf clover symbol) on the Mac instead of Ctrl. Thus, Command+C [more…]

How to Give Commands with Mac Function Keys

A Mac keyboard has function keys, just like a Windows keyboard, but the keys likely issue different commands in Mac OS X than in Windows. On a Mac, the commands assigned to function keys vary by the keyboard's [more…]

Navigating Mac OS X with Multi-Touch Gestures

Multi-Touch gestures are moves that you make on a Mac's trackpad to send Mac OS X commands, mostly for navigating the Mac OS X interface. When you switch to a Mac from Windows, adjusting to Multi-Touch [more…]

Top Mac OS X Hints for Windows Users

Windows users who have made the switch to Mac OS X have some new mouse clicks, keyboard techniques, and touchpad (trackpad) gestures to learn. Have a look at some top tips for working on a Mac: [more…]

Switching to a Mac For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You've made the switch to Mac OS X Lion from some version of Windows. Mac OS X is easy to learn, but Windows users may find a few of its keys and navigation elements a little mystifying at first. Use this [more…]

Feature Differences between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s full-featured laptop line, with a number of features that set it apart from the MacBook Air models and a great alternative to Windows-based laptops for those who are considering [more…]

Overview of the Features in Apple’s Mac Mini

The mini is Apple’s least-expensive Macintosh model. Aimed in part at PC users who are considering switching to a Mac, it doesn’t come with a keyboard, mouse, or video display. It can work with almost [more…]

Overview of the Features in Apple’s iMac

The Apple iMac continues a tradition that goes back to the first Macintosh: packaging the computer and display as a single unit. Unlike the PC, Mac’s everything-in-one-box approach means a single power [more…]

Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Mac to Replace Your PC

If you’re considering a switch from a PC to a Mac, you likely already know that Macs are more expensive than PCs. Bargain hunting is harder in the Mac world than it is in the PC world. Generally, price [more…]

Mac versus Windows Terminology

A Mac operating system and a Windows operating system generally perform the same basic tasks. Those operations just have different names and are found in different places. This table shows the rough equivalents [more…]

Common Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

If you don’t want to scroll through menus looking for a particular command, you can use handy Mac keyboard shortcuts to do things with a keypress or two . . . or sometimes three. [more…]

What to Do when Your Mac Freezes

You know that frustrating, annoying, sometimes panicked feeling you get when your Mac isn’t doing what you expect? If an application freezes or your computer is generally misbehaving, try these tips to [more…]

5 Mac Features to Check Out

Macs are full of fun and useful applications. Check out the following features as you need them or have the time. Your Mac adventures await. [more…]

Macs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Macs and Windows PCs have unique operating systems. They see things differently, and most Mac users would argue that Macs do things better. Macs come equipped with helpful keyboard shortcuts and a short [more…]

Transferring Files and Preferences from PC to Mac Using Migration Assistant

To migrate from a Microsoft Windows-based computer to an Apple Mac computer takes only one piece of software — Migration Assistant. Transferring material from a PC to a Mac used to be a daunting task. [more…]

Moving Windows Files to a Mac without Using Migration Assistant

Although using Migration Assistant can be helpful when transferring a large number of files and folders to your new Mac from a Windows-based PC, sometimes this process can be time-consuming [more…]

Using Windows Programs on Your New Mac

If you're switching from a PC to a Mac, you can still run some of your Windows programs thanks to Apple's great virtualization programs. John Rizzo, author of OS X Mountain Lion Server For Dummies, shows [more…]

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