How to run a Mac like a pro

There are many Mac users in this world, however only a small percentage really know exactly what they are doing. If I were to tell you to open a VPN connection to a given address, would you know how to do it? If your reading this blog, there’s definitely a chance you would, however the average human being would be like, ‘what the hell are you talking about Hamish?’

There are a couple of things you need to learn how to do, before you can reach a level of understanding more than that of anybody else. The primary being an interest in the topic. If you have no interest in using your Mac to do things, to make your life easier, you are going to fail miserably, and never end up using the full potential of your computer.

Key Commands

One of the most useful features of any computer you will ever use. If you know all the important key Commands off the top of your head, life on a Mac can be so much easier. Most involve the command button, otherwise known as the apple button. For example, command+A selects all, much as it would on a windows machine, however with the command key rather than control. The list goes on with this. Google ‘useful mac key commands’ and you should get list of a whole bunch of handy ones.

Keep an organized file system.

I can not stress this enough. A messy computer file system is a recipe for disaster. Having multiple iTunes, iPhoto libraries almost always leads to mix ups and data loss, so don’t do that either. Keep everything in neatly laid out folders, with to-the-point names, and if you want to go that one step further, colour code! Apple makes this very easy to do. Right click the file you want to do this with, and chose the colour you want. You can also find in this menu options to do a whole range of other things, such as chose a specific app to open the file in, compress it, and get a whole bunch of useful information on it.

Other than that just experiment, right click on some stuff, try out different key commands, etc etc. Computers are very logical, especially Macs. I find myself trying something I’ve thought up in my head, like “hey maybe if I press this button this will happen” and more often than not, it does. The more you play around with different things, and the more interest you have the more you will get out of your computer. 2 years ago today I was an amateur who merely knew how to use my Mac, comparing that to me now, well in my personal opinion, there is a massive difference.

One Response to “How to run a Mac like a pro”
  1. Ducknose says:

    mmmm, there are a few pros in Macs; Mac Pro, MacBook Pro. Very good way to communicate the Pro message.

    Now back to the topic. An interest in macs helps because it give you the urge to learn more and more as there are ∞ things to learn. Key commands in Mac are very important. Knowing how to activate Expose help out heaps and key-binding ‘show desktop’ helps because you don’t have to minimise every single window. Name your files correctly people! you will be amazed at how much time it saves while searching. Experimenting is cool, especially when you’re in word and you try to create random symbols, or when you make weird designs to do with apple. √π ≈ ™+®. 🙂

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