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Windows Commands From a Mac: Part 1

You may be used doing certain tasks on your Windows computer in particular ways. This lesson shows you how to accomplish the same tasks on a Mac.


In Windows, I used to...

On a Mac, I can

Right-click my mouse to access commands or perform actions in a shortcut menu.

If you're using an Apple one-button mouse, Control-click items (press and hold the Control key while you click) to access commands or perform actions in a shortcut menu. Or you can opt to use a multibutton mouse, and right-click as usual.

To enable the secondary button on a mouse: From the Applemenu or the Dock, choose System Preferences. Select Mouse and choose the Secondary Button from one of the Primary Button pop-up menus.

If you're using a MacBook or MacBook Pro computer's trackpad: From the Apple menu or the Dock, choose System Preferences. Select Trackpad and select the checkbox "Place two fingers on trackpad and click button for secondary click." Now you can hold two fingers on the trackpad and click to use the shortcut menu. If you selected the Clicking option, then right-click is enabled simply by tapping two fingers simultaneously onto the trackpad.

Press the Backspace key to delete or the Delete key to forward delete

Press Delete key to backwards delete. For Mac portables, press the Function (fn) and Delete key to forward delete.

Use My Computer to see and access everything on my computer.

Open a Finder window, choose Computer from the Go menu. From here you can view and access all the files on your Mac.You can also use Spotlight to quickly and accurately locate anything on your computer.Spotlight

Use the Start menu and the taskbar to access programs, folders, and files.

Use the Dock and Launchpad (in OS X Lion) to access applications or your favorite items.

To add aliases to your favorite items, drag and drop them to the right side of the Dock. To add your favorite applications, drag and drop them to the left side of the Dock. You can drag the icons off the Dock at any time to delete the aliases.

Use Windows Explorer to find programs, files, and folders on my computer.

FinderUse the Finder to find applications, files, or folders on your computer.

To open a new Finder window, click the Finder icon on the Dock.

Use My Computer to access content from various drives, such as a hard drive or a optical disc.

See and access content on any mounted disk, mounted volume (external hard drives and flash drives), or discs (CD or DVD) by double-clicking the appropriate icon that appears in the devices list in Finder when the device or media is connected or inserted. If certain kinds of discs don't appear on the desktop as expected, choose Finder > Preferences, click the Sidebar button, and check which items should appear (under DEVICES).

Use these keys as shortcuts:

  • Shift key

  • Control key

  • Alt key

  • Windows key

  • Backspace key

Use these keys as alternatives:

  • Shift key

  • Control key

  • Option key

  • Command key

  • Delete key


In Windows, I also used to...

On a Mac, I can...

Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to terminate unresponsive programs.

Press Command-Option-Escape (Esc) to force quit unresponsive applications. Once you press these keys, select any application from the Force Quit window and click Force Quit.

You can also Force Quit by Control-clicking the item on the Dock and select Force Quit.

Click the close box to close windows.

Red XClick the close button (the round, red one in the upper-left corner) to close windows.

Click the close box to exit programs.

From the application menu, choose Quit Application name, or press Command-Q, to quit an application.


Click the minimize box to minimize windows to the taskbar.

Click the minimize button (the round, yellow one in the upper-left corner) to minimize windows to the Dock. You can also use Command-M as a shortcut.Yellow Button

Click the maximize box to maximize my window.

Click the zoom button (the round, green one in the upper-left corner) to expand your window.Yellow Button







When you're in an application window, you can make the window full screen by clicking the full screen button in the top-right corner of the application window.


Full Screen Button





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