Using a Mac for the first time is a pretty daunting process. The first time I did it, I felt like I was liable to break the whole thing if I made one mistake. It reminded me a lot of my experience with a PC for the first time. But the truth is that getting used to a Mac isn’t all that difficult. You just need to learn a few techniques and get used to them. After that, you’ll find that exploring the new world isn’t a painful as you might have imagined. Your Mac can do anything your older systems used to. From gaming to working. You might even find a few pleasant additions.

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Navigating the new world

The first thing you’re going to have to get used to is the sheer difference of navigational controls. If you’re a PC user, Finder can seem like an alternate reality compared to File Explorer. Spotlight seems incredibly different from the Start Menu. Closing, maximising and minimizing even takes a bit of getting used to. But all the things you used to be able to do are still right there. Even right-clicking is easily turned on from the System Menu (known instead as Secondary Click). There are guides that make it easy to familiarise yourself with the new controls of your Mac. After a little time spent practising, you’ll barely remember having any trouble with it at all.

Your new toolbox

Of course, learning how to do familiar tasks on a Mac is just the start. It’s a whole different platform, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find that it comes with a few new tools for you to use. The trackpads on Macs, as well as the magic mouse, come with a whole variety of multi touch gestures. Browsing tabs, selecting text and launching programs is made significantly more efficient and easy. Photoshop documents are easy to launch and preview without any additional programs installed. Retrieving old versions of files, creating encrypted folders, recording your screen. Tons of tasks that required an additional program on PCs are available right out the gate.

Thank goodness for helping hands

As you keep using your Mac, you’re likely to run into a few problems. It’s the same for any newbie. But if you come across an issue we haven’t mentioned here, then it’s time to reach for more qualified advice. One of the single best things about being a Mac owner is the level of service that comes with it. The Apple support number is a tool you’ll learn to value. It’s constantly ranked as some of the best customer service in the tech world. A step-up from having to hunt through obsolete guides and confusing advice on other operating systems.

It can take time to get into any new operating system, so don’t give up as soon as you’ve started. Mac’s are clean, efficient machines with some specialties that other PCs just can’t match. Add top-notch service to that and it soon becomes easy to see just why they’re so popular in the first place.


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