There will always be the battle between Macs and PCs. Some prefer the famous Apple functions of the Macs while others choose the usual Windows navigation of PCs. Either way, too often we get comfortable with one over the other. In most cases, it is always good to know the basic functions of both brands.
Below are a couple of basic functions for Macs and PCs.
- Bringing up the right-click menu-For those of you who are used to using the PC, trying to right click on a Mac mouse can be very frustrating considering there is only one button on the Mac mouse. To bring up the right-click menu on a Mac, simply press the CTRL key on your keyboard while clicking your mouse.
- Navigating the desktop-For the Mac and PC, the desktop will typically show programs on the main screen and at the bottom within the desktop toolbar. However, the Mac has a different look to the PC desktop display. The Mac will have all of your programs at the bottom of the screen on what is called the “Dock.” To add programs to the dock, simply double click the Mac hard drive on your desktop. Locate the program you would like to add to your dock and drag it into the dock. To delete a program within the dock, simply drag it off of the dock and let it go.
- Locating a program, application, or document-Within a Mac, all of your programs, applications, and documents can be found in the Macintosh hard drive. This is typically the only icon located on the desktop. Double click on this and the left side pane shows the various folders you can go into. Double click on the folder you would like to look in to.
- Bringing up the right-click menu-This task is simple considering there is a right button on a PC mouse. Simply press the right side of your PC mouse for the menu to display.
- Navigating the desktop-The PC desktop is different in the fact that programs are displayed on the desktop along with the bottom navigation bar. You can find various programs within your computer by clicking on the Windows start button located on the bottom left hand side of the desktop. Select “All Programs” within the menu.
- Locating a program, application or document-This task can be accomplished quickly by select the “Libraries” icon located on the bottom, left hand side of the desktop. This icon is symbolized by a folder. Click on this to locate various documents, pictures, music, or videos. To find programs on your computer, select the Windows start menu located on the bottom left hand side of the screen and select “All Programs.”