Top Mac OS X Hints for Windows Users

Part of the Switching to a Mac For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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:

  • To right-click when using a single-button mouse, hold down Control and then click.

  • To right-click on a laptop or track pad, click with two fingers resting on the trackpad. Control-click also works.

  • The top row on Mac keyboards is used for special controls, such as audio volume and brightness. To use them as function keys, hold down the Fn key. You can reverse this behavior by choosing System Preferences@@→Keyboard. The Keyboard preferences pane also has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts.

  • Closing an application's last window usually doesn't close the application itself.

  • Apple applications and many third-party Mac applications save your edits automatically while you work and keep track of different versions.

  • To rename a file in a Finder window, click the filename once and then press Return. The filename becomes editable.

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