Intro to Mac for PC Users

Learning Method: Instructor Led Classroom Learning Duration: 1 Day

“Our company only uses Macs.   Are you Macintosh-proficient?”   


To many PC users, this may sound more like a nightmare than a realistic scenario.   However, many businesses, educational institutions, and even informal places like Internet cafes are using Macintoshes.  In today’s competitive job market and technology-filled world, people who cannot use both PCs and Macs are in danger of being left in the digital dust.

Declaring yourself “Macintosh proficient” does not require becoming an expert in the advanced inner workings of Macs or completing a lengthy training course.   Proficiency simply includes being able to move around in the interface and locate programs, many of which operate similarly to PC versions.   By overcoming some of the basic operational differences between Macs and PCs, PC users can feel confident about encountering Macintoshes in their professional and personal lives.


By the end of this class, you will be able to:
Understand Mac settings and control panel
Locate any program installed on the Mac
Ceate desktop shortcuts
Use common Mac keyboard shortcuts
Use standard, pre-installed Macintosh applications
Access external storage devices (CDs, USB drives, etc.)
Be proficient and comfortable to operate a Mac computer

Review Basic Differences


  • Desktop
  • Apple Menu
  • Dock
  • System Preferences
  • Trash
  • “Right-clicking”
  Where are all the programs?

  • Macintosh HD
  • Finder
  • Navigating Folders
  • Spotlight
  • Creating Aliases (a.k.a. Shortcuts)
  Working with Windows

  • Close, Minimize, Maximize
  • Resize, Move
  • Menus
  • Menu Shortcuts
  • Hiding Programs
  • Exposé

  • Turning the Computer On/Off
  • Loading CDs
  • USB Ports

Common Keyboard Shortcuts

  Common Mac Software

  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Dashboard
  • Address Book & iCal
  • Tunes
  • iLife Suite
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