iMac For Dummies
If you're new to the iMac, you'll be eager to discover its exciting possibilities. To get the most out of your iMac, use the keyboard shortcuts for OS X Mavericks, follow a recommended maintenance schedule, and, if you run into a problem, follow the troubleshooting steps.
Using an iMac: Mavericks Finder Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard shortcuts help make working in OS X Mavericks 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 (Cover Flow view|
|Command+C||Copies the selected items|
|Command+D||Duplicates the selected item or items|
|Command+E||Ejects the selected volume|
|Command+F||Displays the Find dialog|
|Command+H||Hides all Finder windows|
|Command+I||Shows info for the selected item or items|
|Command+J||Shows the view options for the active window|
|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 the selected alias|
|Command+T||Opens a new Finder tab within a Finder window|
|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||Shows the enclosing folder|
|Command+`||Cycles through windows and tabs|
|Command+?||Displays OS X Help Viewer|
|Command+Shift+A||Goes to your Applications folder|
|Command+Shift+C||Goes to the top-level Computer location|
|Command+Shift+D||Goes to the Desktop|
|Command+Control+F||Toggles Full Screen mode|
|Command+Shift+G||Goes to the specified folder|
|Command+Shift+H||Goes to your Home folder|
|Command+Shift+K||Goes to your Network location|
|Command+Option+L||Goes to your Downloads folder|
|Command+Shift+Q||Logs you out|
|Command+Shift+N||Creates a new untitled folder in the active window|
|Command+Shift+O||Goes to your Documents folder|
|Command+Shift+U||Goes 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+I||Opens the Inspector for the selected items|
|Command+Option+N||Creates a new Smart folder|
|Command+Option+T||Hides the Finder window toolbar and sidebar|
|Command+Option+Space||Opens the Spotlight window|
|Command+/||Toggles display of the Status Bar|
|Command+Space||Opens the Spotlight menu|
|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|
|Space||Displays the contents of a file using Quick Look|
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 updates with Software Update (through the App Store)||Automatic setting|
|Back up with Time Machine||Automatic|
|Defragment older magnetic hard drives using Micromat TechTool Pro or Prosoft Engineering Drive Genius (the Solid-state and Fusion drives in the latest iMac models should never be defragmented)||Once a month|
|Repair Disk Permissions (Disk Utility)||Once a week|
|Delete unnecessary user accounts (System Preferences)||As necessary|
|Scan for viruses (using Intego VirusBarrier 2013 or ClamXav 2)||Automatic|
|Check all volumes for errors (using Disk Utility or Prosoft Engineering Drive Genius)||Once a week|
|Check for the latest drivers for your external hardware||Once a month (or after adding new hardware)|
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.
Check all cables.
Investigate recent changes you made to your hardware or software.
Run Disk Utility and repair your disk permissions.
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.