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Switching from Windows to Mac (2012)

with David Rivers

Video: Welcome

Demystifies the differences between Mac OS X and Windows, highlighting the terminology and interface changes that Windows users encounter.
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  1. 15m 34s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Demystifying the Mac
      6m 44s
    3. Adjusting to new Mac terminology
      6m 57s
    4. Using the exercise files
  2. 10m 28s
    1. Basics of the Mac keyboard
      3m 1s
    2. Using the Mac mouse
      5m 3s
    3. The basics of gestures
      2m 24s
  3. 40m 16s
    1. Exploring the desktop
      5m 14s
    2. Accessing OS tasks from the Apple menu
      5m 24s
    3. Using the Dock to create shortcuts to tasks
      8m 46s
    4. Managing widgets on the Dashboard
      6m 1s
    5. Accessing system tasks with menu extras
      3m 9s
    6. Controlling Mac windows
      6m 24s
    7. Working with various disks on the Mac
      5m 18s
  4. 25m 23s
    1. Previewing files with Quick Look
      5m 28s
    2. Accessing and moving files with Finder
      4m 58s
    3. Working with icons on the Mac
      4m 20s
    4. Deleting and rescuing files in the Trash
      4m 15s
    5. Getting info about disks, documents, and more
      6m 22s
  5. 11m 27s
    1. Locating files with Spotlight
      5m 38s
    2. Searching for files from the Finder toolbar
      3m 2s
    3. Finding invisible items
      2m 47s
  6. 20m 40s
    1. Launching and manipulating applications
      3m 48s
    2. Finding and launching applications with Launchpad
      2m 47s
    3. Task switching with Mission Control
      4m 27s
    4. Dealing with save and open dialogs
      3m 28s
    5. Creating custom widgets using web clips
      3m 53s
    6. Quitting a frozen application
      2m 17s
  7. 32m 55s
    1. Installing and uninstalling applications
      5m 15s
    2. Using .sit versus .zip files
      3m 54s
    3. Transferring files with Mail
      1m 34s
    4. Transferring files with drives
      3m 40s
    5. Transferring files online
      4m 37s
    6. Transferring mail and address books
      4m 15s
    7. Setting up individual accounts
      9m 40s
  8. 16m 37s
    1. Adding printers and printing
      5m 46s
    2. Attaching digital cameras
      6m 14s
    3. Burning CDs and DVDs
      4m 37s
  9. 19m 0s
    1. Networking basics
      4m 51s
    2. Using Mail
      4m 24s
    3. Using RSS feeds
      4m 42s
    4. Getting to know Safari
      5m 3s
  10. 26m 17s
    1. Customizing appearance
      10m 20s
    2. Adjusting date and time settings
      4m 4s
    3. Adjusting sound options
      3m 35s
    4. Using energy saving options
      5m 16s
    5. Adjusting Spotlight preferences
      3m 2s
  11. 19m 21s
    1. Exploring Anxiety
      3m 54s
    2. Exploring GIMP
      4m 43s
    3. Exploring Inkscape
      5m 43s
    4. Exploring VLC
      2m 4s
    5. Exploring Burn
      2m 57s
  12. 1m 0s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 0s

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Switching from Windows to Mac (2012)
Video duration: 0s 3h 58m Intermediate Updated May 02, 2012


Switching from Windows to the Mac focuses on the similarities and differences between the two operating systems, highlighting the new terminology and interface that can initially be mystifying for first-time Mac owners. Author David Rivers explores not only the software—Mac OS X Lion and its bundled applications—but also important hardware subjects, like understanding keyboard and mouse differences, interacting with gestures, and connecting to printers and cameras. The course also covers transferring files and mail from a Windows computer to a Mac, and installing and working with applications. Along the way, David shares a few of his favorite free apps and tips for adjusting the system preferences, so you can get the most out of your Mac experience.

Topics include:
  • Using the desktop, Apple menu, Dock, and Dashboard
  • Navigating with the Finder
  • Locating files with Spotlight
  • Previewing files with Quick Look
  • Tasking switching with Mission Control
  • Printing documents
  • Burning CDs and DVDs
  • Customizing system preferences
  • Using the energy saving options
  • Installing applications and transferring files, email, and contacts
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Hi and welcome to Switching from Windows to Mac. I'm David Rivers. More and more people are making to switch to the Mac, or using a Mac alongside their Windows PCs. This updated course will help make your transition as smooth as possible, and our focus will be moving from a Windows 7 or XP environment to the latest Mac operating system, OS X Lion. We'll begin by exploring the advantages to making the switch, getting you acquainted with some new terminology, and finding out what you gain and what you might lose when switching.

After that, we'll spend some time with the Mac keyboard, the mouse, and gestures while navigating. Then it's time to get you comfortable with the Mac interface, then working with the files and folders in OS X Lion, and also how to use search functionality that's built into the Mac. We'll finish up with moving day. If you're saying goodbye to your Windows PC, you'll need to know how to get your stuff from the PC over to your Mac. So if you're ready, let's get started.

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