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Why does Mac seem so difficult?

This is sort of a follow-up to all my recents posts about converting from PC to Mac. I did it -- it's been about a month now. Some things I like very much, but it seems to me to not be very user friendly in some ways . For instance, I purchased Microsoft 365 because I've used Word for so many years. i did, used it a few times and then couldn't find it. I know, that sounds stupid! But, I couldn't, finally call Apple tech and she explained the little magnify glass up in the corner. No where did I read about that. Also, I pay my electric bill on line, wanted a copy to look at, downloaded it and then couldn't find it. In PC, it was easy. It took me about an hour to find and save it, but to where? If there was only a book to read that would make all this easier. It seems that everything takes so much longer to figure out. I like that it's faster than my old XP, pictures great, music sounds great, but it just feels like I'm not making any progress. Everything was so easy for me on the PC. Word has changed greatly and is also a challenge, and Google Mail is driving me crazy! Why do they have to archive every message? Why do they make choices of what is spam and what is junk? After reading this, I sound like I'm whining. Well, I guess I am! I do so many things on the computer and it seems like I'm constantly trying to figure out something that should be easy. If anyone has any suggestions as to where I can look to make things easier I would be grateful.

Thanks for listening, Peggy

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Some answers to your frustrations

In reply to: Why does Mac seem so difficult?

This one is easy. By default, everything that you download goes into the Downloads folder. You will find that at the right hand side of the Dock at the bottom of the screen. If you run your mouse along the dock, you will see little popups that indicate what the icons are. Left Clicking the Downloads icon will bring things up in a Fan shape while Right Clicking will present a menu with contains the word "Open Downloads"

Microsoft Office is in your Applications folder. For some reason MS did not tell the installer to put a copy of the icons in the dock. Open your applications folder, find MS Office 360, open the folder and drag MS Word into the dock. Repeat for Excel and PowerPoint.
MS Office has changed dramatically since the version that you were using on your XP machine. It changed on both platforms.

Google Mail is exactly the same on both platforms.

By the way, there is a book. It's called OS X for Dummies or maybe even MacOS Sierra for Dummies.

Keep the questions coming


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Not so difficult now!

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Just to follow up to all who kindly responded last year when I was struggling over switching to iMac after years on PC. Well, I'm enjoying it! Yes, I've figured out most things that I needed to use it without constant struggle. I think the worst part was that the directions weren't easy to find. But, after asking Mr. Google many dumb questions, it's under control. What do I like about it? . I works! My 10 year-old Dell xp is still hanging in and I use it occasionally for some things I haven't transferred. But, it won't be around long and it's so nice to be able to use Chrome with a dozen windows open and not have it freeze. My VLC works perfectly downloading and playing operas I record. Also, it looks good! I love the style and it really does seem pretty simple now. Oh, I occasionally, still can't figure out something, but the answer comes more easily. Would I recommend to a friend? Yes, but only one with some computer knowledge because I don't think Apple makes it easy for a beginner to figure it out.

Happy Spring,


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Thanks for the follow up, Peggy,

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good to hear that you are mastering the art of the Mac and enjoying it.


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