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Windows Commands From a Mac: Part 2

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

Press a button to eject discs or disks.

Drag the disc, disk, or volume icon to the Trash (it turns into an Eject icon) to eject or unmount items.

Or, in the Finder window click the Eject icon next to the volume to unmount it.

Eject

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also press the Eject key on your keyboard (in the upper-right corner) to eject a CD or DVD.

Press the Control (Ctrl) key for keyboard shortcuts (such as Ctrl+C to copy).

Press the Command key for keyboard shortcuts (such as Command-C to copy).

Press the Alt key as a modifier, or to type special characters.

Press the Option key as a modifier, or to type special characters (such as é).

Perform various functions from window menus.

Perform various functions from menus in the menu bar at the top of your screen. The contents of the menu bar changes, according to the current active application.

 

In Windows, I also used to...

On a Mac, I can...

Access Properties to set application, folder, or file options.

Use the Info window to set application, folder, or file options. To open an Info window, select an item and choose Get Info from the File menu (or press Command-I).

Move unwanted files and folders to the Recycle Bin.

Drag unwanted files and folders to the Trash in the Dock. To empty the Trash, choose Empty Trash from the Finder menu (or press Shift-Command-Delete in the Finder).

You can also click on the file that you would like to delete and use Command-Delete as a shortcut.

Rename documents by clicking Rename this file in the File Tasks menu.

Select any file, folder, or application and press the Enter key to display the name in a text box. Rename the item as anything you like by typing over the text.

Make shortcuts to an item by dragging and pressing Alt or make a copy by dragging and pressing Ctrl.

To make an alias to an item, click it once and from the File menu choose Make Alias (or press Command-L). Or, drag the item and press the Command key and the Option key, a black arrow will appear, drop the item to make an alias.

To make a copy of an item, select it and from the File menu choose Duplicate (or press Command-D). Or, drag the item and press the Option key, a green Add circle will appear, drop the item to make a copy.

 

In Windows, I also used to...

On a Mac, I can...

Store and access files in My Documents and My Pictures folders.

Store files and content in your Documents and Pictures folders.

To access your Documents and Pictures folders, open Finder and select Documents or Pictures from the favorites list of the Finder sidebar. In Finder under the favorites list, you also have folders to store your music and movies.

Use Windows Messenger to chat with buddies.

Use iChat to chat with buddies. iChat allows you to chat with anyone who has an AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), Yahoo, Google Talk, or me.com address.

Use Microsoft Photo Editor (or My Pictures) to view and edit pictures, Windows MovieMaker to edit my home movies, and Windows Media Player to listen to tunes.

Use iPhoto to view and edit pictures, iMovie to edit your home movies, and iTunes or QuickTime Player to listen to tunes.

iTunes also allows you to burn music discs, buy music and movies from the iTunes Store, and more.

Your Mac may also come with GarageBand to compose your own music and iDVD to make your own DVDs (if your Mac has a DVD burner).

Use ScreenTaker to take pictures of my screen.

Use Grab or Preview to take pictures of your screen. To take a screen shot, press Command-Shift-3.

 

In Windows, I also used to...

On a Mac, I can...

Use the Control Panel to customize various settings.

Use System Preferences to customize various settings.System Preferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

To open it, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock (in OS X Lion), then click System Preferences. Or click System Preferences from the Dock. Then click an item that you'd like to configure.

Use Network Connections to configure network settings.

Use Network preferences to configure (and troubleshoot) network settings.

To open Network preferences, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, and click System Preferences. Then click Network.

Use Printers & Faxes to set up my printer and fax tasks.

Use Print & Scan preferences to set up your printer and fax tasks.

To open Print & Scan preferences, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, and click System Preferences. Then click Print & Scan.

Use Device Manager to get information about my computer.

Use System Information to get hardware and software information about your computer. From the Apple menu, choose About This Mac, then click More Info.

 

 

 

 


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