Why should I switch from a PC to a Mac?

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Answered by: Cameron, An Expert in the Switchers and New Users Category
Do you like a clean interface? Do you like it when a computer can go for years without crashing? Do you like having the smug sense of self-satisfaction that comes with owning the upper-crusts creative juggernaut?

Why should you switch from your PC to a Mac? You don't want to be left behind.

PC's operate on an archaic architecture. The PC's user interface does not flow with the intuitive grace of a Mac.

When you start a PC it feels like you're starting a lawnmower. When you Start a Mac it feels like the computer is starting up for you. Enjoy it.

The first thing that you'll notice when switching from a PC to a Mac is that there is no "start" button. There is no analog to the "start" button on a Mac. Once a computer is on; there should be no need to start it further.

At the very bottom of the Mac's screen is a dock. Move your cursor to the bottom edge of the screen and a friendly gray plane of existence pops up to reveal the most useful applications on the computer. The dock is your friend. The dock is where all of your "important" stuff should go. You want to set up your dock before you do anything on your new Mac. This is the most important part of making the switch.

To set up your dock: open your Macintosh HD. It should be on your desktop in the top right hand corner of the screen. Double click it to open. Look for the "Applications" folder and open it by double clicking. Now scroll through the list of applications and make sure the ones you plan to use are on the dock. If there are applications that are in the "Applications" folder but they do not show on the dock; drag them to the dock.

To remove items from the dock, simply drag them off of it. They will disappear in a satisfying cloud of smoke. if you remove it from the dock it does not remove the item from the computer. Sometimes you will accidentally drag an application or file off of the dock and it will poof away against despite your intentions. This is a good time to learn another important feature of the Mac: Find.

Searching a Mac is easy. Hold down the "command" key and press the letter "F" on the keyboard at the same time. Now, simply type the name of the file you just lost. It will probably pop up long before you finish typing. The Mac's search function works in real time.

With a better understanding of the dock and the find functions on a Mac you can complete most day-to-day computer activities.

What do you do when things go wrong? Force quit. If things stop working at anytime: force quit. First, click on the desktop. Then click on the apple icon at the very top left of the screen. Highlight "force quit..." and then select the troublesome program. You can even relaunch the finder system instantaneously from the force quit window.

Make the switch. Commit to it. Never look back.

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