Getting started with your new MacIf you've made the switch to a Mac for the first time, here are a couple of tips for moving files over and getting used to the interface.
>> So you decided to take the plunge from PC to Mac. But are you finding the transition to be a little bit jarring? I'm Veronica Belmont, Associate editor at www.CNET.com and on today's Insider Secrets, I'm going to give you a few very basic tips on acclimating yourself to your new Apple Computer. ^M00:00:16 [ music ] ^M00:00:27 >> So first you have the little issue of getting all of your files off your PC and onto your Mac. My favorite way to do this is with an external drive like this Western Digital Mybook. All you need to do is plug the USB cable into the PC, open up the drive on your desktop and then drag all the files that you want onto the external drive. Then all you need to do is disconnect it, plug it into the Mac and then copy all those files from the external drive, back onto the Mac. It'll be easiest if you organize the files on the external drive by category like music and photos and documents. That way when you're copying them back onto the Mac, it'll be easy to find them. And if you don't have an external drive, you can always burn all the files onto a DVD or even use an online storage system like www.Box.net. Most of your files should work just fine unless they're Windows Media Subscription tracks and they have the DRM for Windows of course. MP3's will work fine in iTunes for example and even your Microsoft Office documents will work in Microsoft Office for Mac. So now onto some of the main interface differences. In Windows, when you hit the maximize button, the window you're in expands to fit the screen. However, in OS10, when you hit the green button here, it usually resizes to fit the content in the window. Like showing all the folders for example. In iTunes it toggles between the full version and the mini controller window and while we're talking about those buttons, be aware that the red button in the window won't close the application you're running. It will just close that window. You have to go up to the menu here at the top and select quit or use command Q. And then there's right clicking. Of all the things that people complain about the most, losing the ability to right click to get more menu options on a file or folder, is right up there. Now you can plug in any standard USB mouse into your Mac and use that, but if you don't have that option, holding control and then left clicking will give you the same thing as a right click. I hope these tips help you get acclimated to your Mac even faster. I also have a quick tip on how to install and delete applications from your Mac and a really good one one easy keyboard shortcuts. I'm Veronica Belmont, thanks for watching. ^M00:02:32 [ Music ]