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Mac versus Windows Terminology

Part of the Macs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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 between the two.

Mac Term Rough Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Equivalent
Utilities, Applications Accessories
Option key Alt key
Command key Control key
System Preferences Control panel
System Information Device Manager
Quit Exit
Dashboard widgets Gadgets
Pictures folder My Pictures/Pictures
Applications folder Program Files
Get Info Properties
Trash Recycle Bin
Alias Shortcut
Dock Start menu and taskbar
Finder Windows Explorer
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