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09/27/2009 03:20:18 PM · #1
Now, what?

I've managed to start it, set up my account, and make it all the way to DPC.

Still have not figured out how to right-click. Is there even such a thing on a Mac? Guess the next part is software.... Does it install as automagically as the Windows stuff does? Is it as hard to uninstall?

I still have my Win Vista desktop. I'm just tired of the endless security updates, virus checker updates, firewall updates, and updates because something else got updated.

I suppose boot camp is in here somewhere, if I find I really need it. Or I can (and will as needed) use my desktop. In the meantime I'm off on a new adventure, and having fun.
09/27/2009 03:29:18 PM · #2
I get confused whenever i touch a mac. Good luck.
09/27/2009 03:35:05 PM · #3
right click is left... left click is right...
09/27/2009 03:38:08 PM · #4
Open System Preferences and click on Mouse. You can enable right-clicking there.
09/27/2009 03:38:43 PM · #5
Originally posted by soup:

right click is left... left click is right...


are you serious? That would mess me up right there.
09/27/2009 03:39:36 PM · #6
About right/left clicking:

Get rid of the mac mouse and use a normal one (I use a Logitech myself). First of all: You get the multiple buttons and you get better ergonomics. The mac mouse might be cool looking but it's really awful to work with for more than a few minutes.
09/27/2009 03:47:12 PM · #7
Originally posted by scalvert:

Open System Preferences and click on Mouse. You can enable right-clicking there.


Thanks Shannon! Got the right click going, and found out about using two fingers to scroll the page, and the three and four fingered tricks also. Waaaaay...cool!

At some point I'll even manage to do something productive....
09/27/2009 03:55:35 PM · #8
Hey ambaker I'm just a week or so ahead of you... bought my first mac (iMac actually) after my 3rd fatal virus of the year.

Something else that you might not realize is that when you "x" out of a program (top left instead of top right... took me forever!) that you haven't actually closed the program. You will see a little dot next to the icon in the "dock" indicating it is still active. Right click on the icon to "Quit" the program.

Even as foreigh as it is, I am blown away with how good the machine is. I love that to shut it down all I have to do is hit the Power switch and almost instantly, it is OFF! Same for turning it back on, just woosh and it's ready to rock.

Just wish it had some games! Hope you love your new mac.

-Ray
09/27/2009 04:06:55 PM · #9
it is on our macbook finger pad... you can prolly change it somehow. i just got used to it.

Originally posted by ShutterPug:

Originally posted by soup:

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right click is left... left click is right...

are you serious? That would mess me up right there.


Message edited by author 2009-09-27 16:07:31.
09/27/2009 06:57:21 PM · #10
Whoever is saying that right and left click is switched has a very weird setting on their computer. Holding the option key will let you right click. But if you want to change the settings to what your used to...

Just go to Apple>System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse

You can change all the settings you need there. Hope I helped! :D
09/27/2009 06:59:13 PM · #11
Originally posted by ColemanGariety:

Whoever is saying that right and left click is switched has a very weird setting on their computer. Holding the option key will let you right click.

That would be a weird setting, too. The control key is the usual substitute for right clicking.
09/27/2009 07:04:22 PM · #12
Originally posted by scalvert:

That would be a weird setting, too. The control key is the usual substitute for right clicking.


Different keyboards use different symbols. Try any of the following...

Option
Command
Alt
Control
Windows Symbol

Or maybe just get a mouse for your MacBook so you don't have to use the pad...
09/27/2009 07:18:52 PM · #13
Originally posted by ColemanGariety:

Originally posted by scalvert:

That would be a weird setting, too. The control key is the usual substitute for right clicking.


Different keyboards use different symbols. Try any of the following...

Option
Command
Alt
Control
Windows Symbol

Or maybe just get a mouse for your MacBook so you don't have to use the pad...


Why would a Mac have a Windows Symbol?
09/27/2009 07:53:34 PM · #14
The mighty mouse with the iMac acts as one large click button, but it detects whether you're pressing on the left or the right side of the mouse - thus providing left and right clicks. However, I found it a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. I'd also recommend plugging in a normal two-button mouse.

Another way of getting right-click functionality is to hold down the left button for half a second.

Yeah, I had to boot in to Win7 last week for 45 minutes. It drove me insane.
09/27/2009 07:55:44 PM · #15
Originally posted by alans_world:

Why would a Mac have a Windows Symbol?


Probably not on a MacBook, but if you were using a windows keyboard... I've got boh a PC and a mac and use a windows keyboard for both. Thx for having me clarify that.
09/27/2009 08:13:52 PM · #16
Originally posted by ColemanGariety:

Originally posted by alans_world:

Why would a Mac have a Windows Symbol?


Probably not on a MacBook, but if you were using a windows keyboard... I've got boh a PC and a mac and use a windows keyboard for both. Thx for having me clarify that.

Can you tell me something. When the windows keyboard is plugged into the Mac, does CTRL-C and CTRL-V act as copy/paste, or do you have to press something else?
09/27/2009 08:50:40 PM · #17
Originally posted by nova:

to shut it down all I have to do is hit the Power switch and almost instantly, it is OFF!

Windows 7 does that, too. Why do you need it to turn off so quickly, anyway?

Originally posted by nova:

Same for turning it back on, just woosh and it's ready to rock.

Windows 7 kind of does that. If you have a fast enough processor, a fast hard drive, and plenty of fast memory. But for the price of a Mac, you can have all that and have it cook breakfast for you, too ;).
09/27/2009 10:29:18 PM · #18
make sure you setup your hot keys, too. You will absolutely love your Mac. I got a a macbook at the beginning of the year and I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of my windows desktop and get the Mac desktop. Congrats on your new toy!
09/27/2009 10:32:58 PM · #19
Originally posted by nova:

... I love that to shut it down all I have to do is hit the Power switch and almost instantly, it is OFF!...


That's a hard shut-down and quite abrasive. A better way to shut down is via the Apple Menu >Shut Down...
The corresponding keyboard short-cut is Control +Option +Command +Eject.
09/27/2009 10:36:20 PM · #20
Originally posted by JH:

Originally posted by ColemanGariety:

Originally posted by alans_world:

Why would a Mac have a Windows Symbol?


Probably not on a MacBook, but if you were using a windows keyboard... I've got boh a PC and a mac and use a windows keyboard for both. Thx for having me clarify that.

Can you tell me something. When the windows keyboard is plugged into the Mac, does CTRL-C and CTRL-V act as copy/paste, or do you have to press something else?


No... With a windows keyboard, the Windows Symbol key replaces the Command key to copy and paste. On a windows keyboard with a mac, you would copy and paste with "Windows Symbol+C" and "Windows Symbol+V" Some keyboards are different in rare circumstances.
09/27/2009 10:47:59 PM · #21
Originally posted by george917:

Why do you need it to turn off so quickly, anyway?

What can I say, it makes me happy. :)

Originally posted by zeuszen:

Originally posted by nova:

... I love that to shut it down all I have to do is hit the Power switch and almost instantly, it is OFF!...


That's a hard shut-down and quite abrasive. A better way to shut down is via the Apple Menu >Shut Down...
The corresponding keyboard short-cut is Control +Option +Command +Eject.


Hmm, well all I know is that the operating manual that came with the machine says, "To put your Mac to sleep... press the power button on the back of your Mac". It also does say to shut down the way you describe if you won't be using your Mac for a few days or before moving it. Just following directions, sir! :)
09/27/2009 11:06:14 PM · #22
Originally posted by nova:

...Hmm, well all I know is that the operating manual that came with the machine says, "To put your Mac to sleep... press the power button on the back of your Mac". It also does say to shut down the way you describe if you won't be using your Mac for a few days or before moving it. Just following directions, sir! :)


Putting your Mac to sleep this way is perfectly well. If you firmly hold down that power button for three seconds or so, the computer will shut down though. From the way I read the above, I suspect you may be confusing the two commands -or taking them lightly.

Between sessions, overnight for a few days or so, by all means put the computer to sleep.
If you don't intend to use it for a good while or before moving it, you should shut it down, properly, that is without touching the power button.

Message edited by author 2009-09-27 23:13:05.
09/27/2009 11:14:56 PM · #23
"Sleep" means go into an inactive mode, but can wake up by pressing any key, moving mouse. I set it to go to sleep if I don't use it for ten mins (or whatever I chose).

"Shut down" means turn off.

I "shut down" my mac for the night because our town power supply goes off so often.
09/27/2009 11:50:19 PM · #24
Find system preferences from the "apple" dropdown at the top left. From there you can set the computer to go to "sleep" when it's inactive for the amount of time you set.
You will also find "screen saver" and "desktop" there if you want to pretty up your wallpaper.
eta, The "sleep" timer is in "Energy Saver" in system preferences.

Message edited by author 2009-09-27 23:51:44.
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