Mac OS X Tips & Tutorials

ATOMIC LEARNING - short videos to help you learn many applications. You must access this through the Kan-Ed website in order to take advantage of all the videos.

Basics for Mac Web Page

Tips on using the Dock:
  • If you accidentally click to open a Dock application, you can activate the Force Quit option by simply clicking and holding on the Dock application. A contextual menu will appear, which includes the option to Force Quit
Spotlight: Kind keywords

OS X Tips

Dashboard/Widgets - Download widgets

Start up clues
Explain the mousepad on the laptop - using two hands, clicking, dragging
On a Mac, windows close on the left, instead of the right. Click the yellow button to minimize.

Creating and printing a PDF with Mac OS X.
Let's say you just created a document in Comic Life and you want to share it with someone who doesn't have Comic Life. You will need to save the document as a pdf (portable document file) so anyone will be able to open it.
  1. Open your document.
  2. Go to File/Print.
  3. You'll see a button that says PDF. Hold down the button and choose Save As PDF.
  4. You can rename the document if necessary. It will add the .pdf extension.
  5. Save it.
  6. Now you can attach it to an email, send it through iChat, post it to a blog, wiki, or web page.
NOTE: A pdf cannot be changed without downloading special software.

The Former PC User's Guide to Mac OS X - Switch 101

Mac 101 - Support for the New Mac User

Mac OS X Shortcuts
  1. Apple f = (find) use this when you are on the finder level or desktop to find a document, folder, image, etc. on your computer.
  2. Apple a = (select all) this is handy when you want to select everything on a page. For example, if you want to change the font or font size of all the text boxes on a page, use Select All, and change the font. It will change the font of all highlighted text.
  3. Apple e = (eject) Click once on a CD on the desktop then use e to eject the CD.
  4. Apple c = (copy) Click once on an image or text box then c. This makes a copy on your clipboard (something you never see). You must paste it somewhere in order to see it again. You can only have one think in the clipboard at a time.
  5. Apple v = (paste) First make a copy (see above) then paste it where you want it. You only have to copy an item once, then you can paste it and paste it and paste it!
  6. Apple x = (cut) Highlight text, image, etc. then cut it. (Don’t be shocked it when it totally disappears!) Then paste (see above) it where you want it.
  7. Apple q = (quit) Use this to quit an application. Having lots of applications open at one time might cause your laptop to be a little lethargic.
  8. Apple s = (save) Save your work! Want to know the difference in save and save as? The FIRST time you save anything it really doesn’t matter which one you use. Both will give you an opportunity to name the document. But after you make changes to it, you simply use save. If you choose Save As, you’ll create another document and will be given the opportunity to rename the document. You’ll have 2 of the same thing but with different names. This is really handy if you don’t want to ruin your original copy but want to experiment on another copy.
  9. Apple i = (get info) Use this at the finder level on a document, video, image, folder, MacIntosh HD, or anything to get information. Here’s where you’ll see how large your work is and if it will fit on a CD, DVD, flash drive etc. You can also click on LOCK to lock something you don’t want others to get into. You can rename things here, add a description in the box at the top, etc. If I save an image from the web, I like to cite it by putting the URL in the description.
  10. Apple o = (open) Click on a file at the finder level then use o to open it. You can also select several files at once then use the open command to open them all. (Holding down the shift key will allow you to select files that are together. If you want to select files that are not together, hold down the  key and click on the files that you want to open.)
  11. Apple spacebar = (spotlight) This opens the spotlight so that you can search on your Mac for documents.
  12. See the tutorial on spotlight.
  13. Apple option esc = (force quit) If your application freezes you may have to do a force quit. A list of your open applications pops up. Choose only the application that is causing you problems. Occasionally you may have to relaunch your finder.
  14. Apple z = (undo) This is a lifesaver!!! If you just completed an action and it was the wrong thing to do, choose undo! In most applications it will only undo the last action.
  15. Apple w = (close window) If you don’t want to quit a program but you’re finished with the document you are working on, close the window. Then you’ll be able to open another document (recent items) and continue on without quitting the application.
  16. Apple d = (duplicate) This is much like copy/paste but just requires ONE step. Click on a closed file and duplicate it. You’ll now have a copy of the original. You can also do this within a document. Make a shape, then duplicate the shape.
  17. Apple tab = (show open applications) This is MY all-time favorite shortcut. This will show you all the applications you currently have OPEN on your computer. You can click through them by holding down the  and then tapping the tab key. Stop on an application then do q to quit it. This is how I usually quit all my applications at the end of the day. If you went too fast and just need to back up a little, use ~.
  18. Apple p = (print) Use this to print a document. If you have several documents you need to print, select them all at once (shift key to select documents together, apple key to select documents that are separated) then do p. They will all open and give you the print dialogue box.
  19. Apple g = (next) If you are on a web page, and you want to find a particular word quickly, do an f to find that word. If you want to see if it is anywhere else on that page, use g. You can continue using g to find that word as many times as needed.
  20. Apple t = (text or tab) Most word processing programs will open up the text dialogue box where you can select fonts, sizes, etc. If you’re on Firefox or Safari (with tab options) this will create a new tab for you.
  21. Apple shift 4 = (screen shot) This lets you select an area of your screen so that you can take a screen shot (picture) of it. If you have your volume on you’ll hear the shutter of a camera. This will show up on your desktop named Picture 1. shift 3 will take a picture of your entire screen. This is very handy if you are creating tutorials for your students on how to use an application. Also, the tech guys love it if you send them a screen shot of an error message so they can see what is happening.
  22. option shift k = () gives you this cute little apple! There are several icons like this that you’ll discover by holding down just the option key (you need to be in a word processing document to do this) and clicking on keys. Then try the same thing only holding down the option and shift keys together. Need a degree symbol? Option K˚.
  23. Option ? = (÷) Make division problems simply by using this shortcut.
  24. F6 = (Numbers Lock) You’ll notice on your keyboard that you have numbers on the keys u, i, o, j, k, l, and m. This takes the place of a number pad that’s on an extended keyboard. But be careful, if you forget to undo the numbers lock, you’ll get numbers instead of letters.
  25. F11 = (Hides Everything) This is a quick way to get back to your desktop. Click back on F11 to return to where you were.