I like this thread. But i want to try something out here, if NEW PEOPLE TO MAC like it, great, i would love to talk easy talk to them and i would like easy talk to me too. I know the pro's will not find it handy. In fact pro mac users can stop reading. Now.
When you are new to mac it is next to impossible to know what buttons are called and you have other things on your mind besides learning new tricks.
The trick i am about to tell you, well,I know 440Hz told us above, but to a new person, if they are anyway like the way i was when i first joined the mac world, well, lets just say it looks difficult to do. Here goes
NEW PEOPLE TO MAC
If you like the f9 button ( this is when you have loads of apps opened and you press f9 to jump from app to app.) you will like this one. Again you have loads of apps opened,---- hold down the button that has the apple logo ( its beside the spacebar) ---press The button with the arrow ( its beside the Q button) --- now you can jump to apps this way too by mouse or pressing that arrow button, keep your finger on the apple button at all times -----but the beat part here is when you want to quit the app. ----- hold down the apple button --- press the arrow button again --- keep your finger on the apple button and go to the app you want to quit ( by pressing the arrow button or by using the mouse) --- when you see the app you want to quit press the Q button , app closed---- i love this.
Tips from the recent converts for n00bs, and some from the old Mac-heads thrown in for good measure. For more detailed tips see the Mac reference sticky!
Please use the stickies just to post information/tips etc. If you would like to ask a question or find out how something is done please either start a new thread or post to the quick query (http://www.boards.ie./vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055123051). It just makes the reference threads easier to read as they grow bigger. Thanks!
I'm new to to mac. I just got a macbook about two weeks ago.
I guess one that springs to my mind straight away (after using windows for years) is the ability to right click. On macbook it can de done by simply pressing on the touchpad with two fingers.
Also scrolling with two fingers pressed on the touchpad. So awesome
Is this a setting that needs to be enabled? The right click function as opposed to the scrolling.
yeah go into sys prefs and then into keyboard and mouse. for non-notebook users, its a ctrl-click to right click.
Yes, in system preferences go to keyboard and mouse then make sure you are on the trackpad tab then select the box that says "tap trackpad with two fingers for secondary click".
Bear in mind that the two-finger-tap-to-right-click behaviour is not available on all Apple laptops. My old and much loved 12" PowerBook G4 did not support this. AFAIK all the Intel Macs do though.
It did support it. This feature was a software upgrade. It wasn't available on Intel Macs until they released a patch. They then included this patch in subsequent updates.
I patched the old PB up to 10.4.9. The keyboard & mouse preferences pane does not contain the checkbox to turn that behaviour on. I'll double check (and get you a screenshot if you don't believe me ) when I'm next in my parents house where it lives now. Perhaps bringing it to 10.4.10 will do it. My MacBook has always had it and I got it with < 10.4.10.
ZOOM----If you want to zoom in and out of any web page hold down the ctrl button ( bottom left) and use the little scroll ball on your mighty mouse to zoom.
DICTIONARY----- If you are reading something on the internet and you come across a word you want to look up. ----- highlight the word with your mouse ( it turns blue) ------ now hold down the ctrl button and press the mouse ---- you will see options and ' look up dictionary ' is one of those options.
I know as a new mac user you really do not want to be told to many tricks all in one go, so here is one more. I will do another trick in a few days time ( maybe a week) --- this trick was on the mac pro sticky thread and 440Hz told us this one, but i will make it simple for new users to mac.
OPEN APPLICATIONS FOLDER --- this only seems to work if the screen is blank ( well, no other apps opened at all) ---- hold down ( same time) the apple button and the big button with the up arrow ( it is beside the ?/ button) then press A. Now your applications window is opened.
you can also drag your apps folder to your dock if you want. I did not bother doing this by the way. But i will talk about application tricks the next day, for the new new user to mac.
Your right Oriel ( message below) i meant to stress that, i forgot, thanks.
That is a feature of Safari only.
Ah! brilliant - I'm no noob and I didn't know my Macbook could do this one!
By the way anyone know how I get this, plus two finger scrolling, double tap lock and dragging etc to work when I've booted up XP?? (in separate partition)
Yeah I have a script installed on my XP Mac partition, not 100% on which one i used, it was a while back but here are some scripts for right clicking etc under XP (bootcamp)
Apple Mouse Utility will let you use Control-click to right click. Simply place it in your Startup folder, and call it with /s, so that it launches silently on startup.
KeyTweak will allow you to remap your Windows keyboard, useful for reassigning modifiers like Control-C to the Mac’s Command-C, etc.
Ok. Is it just me or can't you do this on all modern computers, both Mac and PCs?