Transitioning from windows to mac. What to know basics.

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Moving from Windows Computers to OS X.

Its like moving from earth to mars for some. Everything will seem backwards at first. Uninstalling things will seem weird, closing programs are not really closing them. A bunch of new things to experience for sure. But all is not lost in the transition. For one. A lot of your devices will work on your mac. For example. I still use my keyboard and mouse on my Macbook air. Also my gaming monitor using the display port. The toughest issue with switching over will be how to get used to the interface and how the system works.

First I will explain what programs do what for you and what you will be doing with them. Here is the list below.

1. Safari is your default OS X Apple Browser. Its OS X version of explorer. Just like on the iPhone, iPad etc. You can still download and use Chrome in OS X. So if you have a google eco system going it should work just fine.

2. Contacts is your contacts program. Where you can add people information. Everything from phone numbers to email etc. This program will also help you connect through FaceTime and iMessage with other fellow Apple users.

3. Reminder and Notes – These apps serve as just what their names claim. Reminder lets you make a list of things you need to do and notes lets you write down things quickly. Notes is your windows notepad.

4. iBooks. This program lets you have digital books right on your icon tray. You can purchase books off of iTunes and other places like amazon etc.

5.iWork is your Windows office. You have every like pages, numbers etc. Which in turn would have been your MS word and excel. You can still purchase MS office for OS X if you are not liking iWork.

6.The trash can is your recycle bin in windows.

7. Mail icon. It does just that, access your email. You can use any of your accounts in Email. From Gmail to Hotmail or your very own personal one.

8. Finder is your windows explorer icon. This button lets you search your folders for things you may need. Downloads to pictures etc.

9. Mission control lets you access different desktops. For example you could be writing notes on one desktop screen and on the other doing something completely different and Mission Control lets you arrange the programs you want running in each window.
10. LaunchPad lets you launch a variety of apps you may have installed on your system,. Going to Finder Applications can do this as well. I suggest you just drag the icon of the program you use from your applications folder to your tray.

11. App Store is where you will be getting a majority of your Apple approved programs. From your iWork programs which you can buy separately. To things like iMovie for your video editing needs. Garage band or logic pro X etc. Note: A lot of other useful programs will be had from outside of the App store.

12. iTunes is your winamp of sorts. Windows has iTunes so a lot of users will be familiar with the workings of iTunes. iTunes provides you with the ability to arrange your media. Also provides the app store to your mobile devices. Your iPhone and iPad will sync your media through iTunes. You can also buy music and movies and shows off of iTunes.

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