iMac For Dummies
If you're new to iMacs, you'll be eager to discover its exciting possibilities. To operate your iMac quickly and easily, use the keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X Lion; follow a recommended maintenance schedule; and, if you run into a problem, follow the troubleshooting steps.
Mac OS X Lion: Finder Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts (in the Finder and more) help make working in Mac OS X Lion on your iMac quick and efficient. Key combinations provide easy options for performing common tasks on your iMac, such as displaying and manipulating windows and copying and moving files.
|Command+A||Selects all items in the active window (icon view), all items in the column (column view), or all items in the list (list and cover flow view)|
|Command+C||Copies selected items|
|Command+D||Duplicates the selected item(s)|
|Command+E||Ejects the selected volume|
|Command+F||Displays the Find dialog|
|Command+G||Displays the Go to Folder dialog|
|Command+H||Hides All Finder windows|
|Command+I||Shows info for selected item or items|
|Command+J||Shows the view options for the active window and current view mode|
|Command+K||Displays the Connect to Server dialog|
|Command+L||Creates an alias for the selected item|
|Command+M||Minimizes the active window|
|Command+N||Opens a new Finder window|
|Command+O||Opens (or launches) the selected item|
|Command+R||Shows the original for selected alias|
|Command+T||Adds the selected item to the Sidebar|
|Command+V||Pastes items from the Clipboard|
|Command+W||Closes the active window|
|Command+X||Cuts the selected items|
|Command+Z||Undoes the last action (if possible)|
|Command+,||Displays Finder Preferences|
|Command+1||Shows the active window in icon mode|
|Command+2||Shows the active window in list mode|
|Command+3||Shows the active window in column mode|
|Command+4||Shows the active window in cover flow mode|
|Command+[||Moves back to the previous Finder location|
|Command+]||Moves forward to the next Finder location|
|Command+Del||Moves selected items to the Trash|
|Command+Up Arrow||Show enclosing folder|
|Command+`||Cycles through windows|
|Command+?||Displays the Mac OS X Help Viewer|
|Command+Shift+A||Takes you to your Applications folder|
|Command+Shift+C||Takes you to the top-level Computer location|
|Command+Shift+G||Takes you to a folder that you specify|
|Command+Shift+H||Takes you to your Home folder|
|Command+Shift+Q||Logs you out|
|Command+Shift+N||Creates a new untitled folder in the active window or column|
|Command+Shift+U||Takes you to your Utilities folder|
|Command+Shift+Del||Deletes the contents of the Trash|
|Command+Option+H||Hides all windows except the Finder's window(s)|
|Command+Option+N||Creates a new Smart Folder|
|Command+Option+T||Hides the Finder window toolbar|
|Command+Option+Space||Opens the Spotlight window|
|Command+ Space||Opens the Spotlight menu|
|F8||Choose another desktop using Spaces|
|Control+up-arrow (or F3, depending on your keyboard model)||Displays the Mission Control screen|
|Control+down-arrow (or Control+F3, depending on your keyboard model)||Shows all open windows for the current application using Mission Control|
|F11 (or Command +F3, depending on your keyboard model)||Hides all windows to display the Desktop using Mission Control|
|F12 (or F4, depending on your keyboard model)||Displays your Dashboard widgets|
Recommended Maintenance Schedule for Your iMac
Following a recommended maintenance schedule for your iMac will help you avoid problems and keep your computer running smoothly. Use this iMac maintenance guide as a handy reminder.
|Check for software updates||Software Update (App Store)||Daily|
|Repair disk permissions and scan drives for errors||Disk Utility||Weekly|
|Full antivirus scan||Virus Barrier X6 or ClamXav 2||Weekly|
|Back up||Time Machine||Automatic|
|Remove inactive user accounts||System Preferences||As Needed|
|Check hardware status||TechTool Pro||Weekly|
iMac Troubleshooting Steps
Anyone can troubleshoot, so if you run into a problem with your iMac, don't be dismayed. Follow these troubleshooting steps to get your iMac back up and running.
Investigate recent changes you made to your hardware or software.
Run Disk Utility and repair your disk permissions.
Check all cables.
Check the contents of your Trash for files you might have deleted accidentally.
Check your Internet, wireless, and network connections to make sure they're still working.
Run a virus scan, using your antivirus application.
Disable your account's Login Items and reboot.
Turn off your screen saver.
Run System Profiler or TechTool Pro and check the status of your hardware.