Installing software on a Mac computer is performed differently from installing software on a Windows PC. In this movie, you will know how to install an app from the app store, as well as from a disk image file, or .dmg file. You will also know how to eject drives that are mounted as part of the installation process, and then uninstall unwanted apps.
- [Voiceover] Well the day's finally arrived, moving day. You're ready to start working with your new Mac, maybe replacing your Windows PC or maybe working alongside your Windows PC. Either way, there's certain things you'll need to do to your Mac to allow you to work seamlessly. One of those things is installing software. For example, when I first switched from a Windows PC to a Mac, I was accustomed to using Microsoft Office in a Windows environment. Well, I wanted to continue to work with those Office files, spreadsheets, Word documents, presentations, and PowerPoint, etc.
So, one of the first things I did was to install the Mac version of Microsoft Office on my Mac. There are a number of different ways to install applications. We're gonna look at a couple of them here beginning with the App Store, a very popular options for getting software. We'll go up to the Apple menu. Click that apple icon. You'll see the App Store right here near the top of the menu. Give it a click. Now across the top you're going to see some categories, including Updates. If there are any updates that need to be installed, it gets highlighted first and down below I can see there is some software needing to be updated, but we're gonna go to the left here and click Featured.
Under Featured, you're going to see featured apps in different categories, like New Apps and Games. You'll see Mac App Store Essentials, things you really should have. There's a number of free apps and games you can access as well and there's quite an extensive list. There's even a search field up here if you want to be specific about what it is you want to install. Maybe you're looking for Instagram. You want to continue to use it. You can type in Instagram up here, press Return and you'll see a list, including the app for Instagram, right up here at the very top left hand corner.
Let's go to Top Charts because here we find categories for the Top Paid apps. These are the ones that cost money and these are the ones that are the most popular that people are using. You'll see some Top Free ones as well, could even include an operating system upgrade and then down below, Top Grossing Apps and so on. Again, we can continue to search using the search field up here. There are also categories that you can click. So if you wanted to go to some of the business apps, you would click the business category and that would be your focus down below.
You can see all business apps listed, including their prices and so long as you're logged into your Mac and you have an account, you can simply go to these buttons to get them and install them. Let's try it out with a free one. We'll go back to Featured and with Instagram still in the search field, we'll just press Return to get back to that. There it is. Notice it doesn't have a price showing up in its button. That's because it's a free app. So we can click Get and that turns it into an install button and we can click Install App.
You can see it's actually installing. So in the background that's happening and as it's happening, you can see some flashing going on. Eventually, you'll see an Open button that allows you to open up Instagram. Clicking it will launch the app. And you can see there's a number of different options and information over here on the left hand side. We can close up that window when we're ready to log in to Instagram if you have an account. So let's just click in the background on the App Store so we can close it up.
You can click the Close button or go up to the menu bar. With Instagram running here, if you're following along with me, click that menu and click Quit App. We won't get into that in this course. So that's one option for getting software installed. Perhaps you have the physical DVD or CDs that you could pop into a drive and when you do that, they actually appear as icons on your desktop and it's just a matter of double clicking to get it installed. Now installing apps, here on the Mac, using a DVD, a CD, or something called a disc image file as you can see I have one here for Skype, and you won't be able to follow along with me, but I want you to see something that's very different from a Windows PC.
You're not going to see exe files, executables that will run the installation. Instead, it's done a lot easier here on the Mac. You'll see a disc image file or that CD or DVD drive that you can double click. Watch what happens. It actually mounts it like an actual drive. There's my Skype drive now and all I have to do to install Skype is click and drag it to my application folder, which shows up in this mini finder window. Notice it shows up with my other drives down here on the left hand side.
And if I want Skype installed, I click, drag it to my applications, release, and it becomes one of my applications. Now if I already have it, I'll see a message that it's already there and I can Keep Both, I can Stop, or I can Replace the other one with this new one by clicking Replace and you can see it's actually installing it to my applications, so that was fast. And now I have, if I go down my list of applications, remember we can go to the Go menu to access this window, if I scroll down I'm gonna find Skype and there it is under Microsoft.
You can see and that's in the Windows version of my Mac and as I scroll a little further down, there's the app for Skype. That means I no longer need this drive to be mounted. Remember we can right click drives, like USB drives for example, and from the popup menu, choose to Eject "Skype". We could also do it from here. There's the little eject button next to Skype in my finder window, but if it's not open, just choose Eject "Skype" right from the desktop here.
It's gone and I've just installed new software. So you can see with disc image file like this, you know it's very easy. The same things happens with a DVD. If you pop it into the drive and double click the icon on your desktop, you're gonna see a similar window where you'll click and drag the application to your applications folder and there may be some prompts for information along the way. There wasn't any with Skype, but it's a very simple process to get things installed. Now, what if you no longer need the software? Well, we know we can simply delete software like we would files by dragging them to the trash can to uninstall them.
Let's go back to the Go menu here and select Applications. Shift + Command A is your keyboard shortcut. Let's say there's something here that we really don't need. Well, I'm gonna go to that Skype app I just installed and I'm gonna click and drag it right down to my dock and when I get to the trash can, you can see it's highlighted, I can release and it's actually deleted like a file, but it's properly uninstalled as well. It's not me just deleting an exe file. It's actually uninstalling that application.
It no longer appears as one of the applications I can launch. So, I can close up this window and that's how you get things installed on your Mac and uninstalled when you no longer need them.
- Using the keyboard and gestures
- Exploring the desktop, Apple menu, Finder, and dock
- Finding files and folders
- Locating files with Spotlight
- Launching and quitting applications
- Task switching with Mission Control
- Transferring files from Windows to Mac
- Transferring mail and address books
- Connecting printers, cameras, and Bluetooth devices
- Getting online
- Adjusting settings in System Preferences
- Getting the best free apps from the App Store