Macintosh OS X—Getting Started

Tutorial: Macintosh OS X—Getting Started


Macintosh OS X is UNIX based and UNIX certified. UNIX is supported by developers all over the world. UNIX has been evolving since 1969 and is considered the most stable and secure operating system available.

Macintosh—Getting Started

Learning to use the Macintosh Operating System is like learning any new skill. Start with the basics. You’ll be amazed how fast you’ll pick up progressively more advanced techniques.

Getting Started—Video Tutorials. Most of these videos are less than 3 minutes.

Anatomy of a Mac [2:30]

Finder Basics [1:55]

The Finder: using the Sidebar [2:50]

Move to Mac [3:52]

Switching to a Mac from a PC [5:41]

Personalizing Your Mac [2:12]

Wireless Basics [2:48]

Setting Up Your Wireless Network [2:23]

Mail Basics [3:24]

Going Further with Mail [2:09]

Organizing you Mail [2:08]

Using Safari [4:10]

iChat Basics [3:46]

Exposé Basics [1:32]

Time Machine Basics [2:47]

Finder Tips

The OS X Finder is your way to manage all your files. Leaning how to manage where you work is saved and how to keep your work organized is an essential skill. Here are some tips that will help you take advantage of OS X to better manage you work.

Viewing Files

Copying and Pasting Files

Locking Files

Quick Look

Customizing the Finder

Managing Multiple Windows

Advanced “Find File” Options

Smart Folders


Boolean Searches in Spotlight

Getting Detailed Information about a File or Folder

Where did this file come from?

Securing Your Computer and Files.\

Download Defensively


Lookup Definitions from Multiple Sources

Understanding Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Capture Keyboard Shortcuts

Setting Up Workspaces (Spaces)

Mail Productivity Tips

Mail is a critical tool in today’s world. These tips take you beyond the basics. Being a power Mail user is easy and will have a positive impact on your productivity.

Multiple eMail Accounts

Junk Mail Filtering

Creating “To Do” items in Mail

Using Data Detectors in Mail

eMail Rules

Mail as RSS Reader

Organizing RSS in Mail

Mail Web Link *Fast*

Using Lists in Mail

Downloading Linked Files

Using Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) in Mail

Using Mail Conversation Threads

Safari Tips

Safari is an advanced Web browser. Leaning to go beyond the basics with Safari will enable you do work more efficiently.

Private Web Browsing

Safari Shortcuts

Safari Tab Tips

Bookmarking Multiple Tabs

Opening Multiple Sites Instantly

PDFs in Safari

Getting Started—Text Tutorials

Video tutorials are great, but sometimes all you need is a picture and some text to see how something is done. These text tutorials are great “jolts” of information that show how to do a task in a simple, easy to understand format.

Quickly Switch Between Applications

Block Ads in Safari

Email a PDF

Quickly Email a Photo

Email a Web Link Instantly

Add a Buddy to iChat

Create a Buddy Icon with Photo Booth

Add an RSS Feed to Mail

About this Tutorial

This resource guide was written and is maintained by Jerry Monti. Jerry Monti is a technology trainer at the Knight Digital Media Center. If you have suggestions or additional resources you think would be good to add to this tutorial, please email me.

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