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Switching from Windows to Mac: Everything You Need to Know (Complete Guide)

since he was in this video I am guessing

you've decided to switch from a Windows

PC to a Mac congratulations on the

upgrade or downgrade if you're coming

from a high-end Windows PC but I digress

I know it may seem daunting switching

operating systems and if this is going

to be your first time using a Mac don't

worry I'm here to walk you through the

basics of what Mac OS is and how to get

started with it hey guys I am Akshay

from bbong calm and in this video I will

be telling you about everything you need

to know to make a switch from Windows to

Mac OS easy just so we're on the same

page here this video is made for

first-time Mac users so ready to explore

your Mac let's put it up there the

desktop on the Mac and the one on

windows are very different while you

will usually have icons like this PC

control panel etcetera on a Windows

desktop a map desktop does not have any

of these it is generally cleaner and

less cluttered out of the box than a

Windows desktop oh and there's no

refresh option just saying find it on a

Mac is the Mac OS equivalent of Explorer

on Windows I say equivalent but it is

superior in most respects while on

Windows you can open the Explorer by

clicking on the Explorer icon or

pressing Windows e the finder on a Mac

is always open by default you can't even

quit it and you really don't need to

anyway you can close it though by

clicking on the red button on the top

right

oh wait that's Windows on the top left

of the Finder window you can click on

the finder icon in the dock to open a

Finder window creating new folders on

windows was done using control the Shift

+ n but on a Mac it is done by using

command shift n if you prefer using the

mouse where you would have right click

on windows gone to new and click on

folder on a Mac you can tap with two

fingers and click on your folder let's

move on to renaming files and folders on

Windows you can either right click on

the file folder and click rename or you

can select the file and hit f2 on a Mac

you can either right-click on the file

and click rename

you can simply select the file and hit

enter which brings me to another

difference between Windows and Mac by

default pressing enter on Windows will

open up the selected file but do the

same on a map you will have to press

command o the finder also supports tab

browsing and you can create new Finder

tabs by pressing command T Mac's also

organize your files differently while

you must be used to seeing your drive

partitions such as CD e etc on a Mac

there are no such partitions your entire

Drive is used as one partition and all

your files are safe there the most

common places no are all available in

the sidebar see applications that's

where all your applications are saved

we'll come back to that later also if

you connect USB drives to your laptop

ejecting them before you remove them is

good practice while you can eject the

USB Drive on Windows by clicking on the

icon in the taskbar and selecting a

check on a Mac you have to locate the

USB Drive on the Finder sidebar and

click on the eject icon next to it

lastly if you want to check the

properties of a file or folder you can

do that as well

while on Windows you can right click on

the file and click on properties on a

Mac you will have to either right click

on the file and click get info or select

the file and press command I moving on

let's talk about some keyboard shortcuts

that you should know when you switch to

a Mac copying files on windows can be

done with ctrl C but on a Mac you'll use

command C similarly to paste files you

must be using control V on windows but

on a Mac you would use command V if you

need to cut a file and paste it

somewhere else you use control X control

V on Windows however on a Mac you have

to use command C to copy and then

command option V to move the file

essentially working as a cut and paste

if you needed to select all the files in

a folder you will have used ctrl a on

Windows however on a Mac you'll have to

use command a to do the same

another useful keyboard shortcut that

you must have been using on Windows

selecting a number of files and pressing

delete to move them to the recycle bin a

pressing shift delete to delete them

without moving them to the recycle bin

if you want to do the same on a Mac you

will have to use command delete to move

the files to the trash or press command

option delete to delete them without

moving to the trash by the way while

we're talking about deleting stuff the

Delete key on a Mac is not the same as

the Delete key on a Windows PC Mac's

delete key functions like a backspace

and if you want to forward delete you

will have to use function delete instead

if you multitask on your laptop what am

I saying of course you do then you must

have used all tab to switch between

applications on your Windows PC to do

the same on a Mac you can use command

tab also to quit apps you probably use

alt f4 on Windows whereas on the Mac you

will have to use command Q these may not

seem like the easiest shortcuts at first

but you'll get the hang of them in no

time the trackpad on a new Mac looks

simple but hides a spectacular amount of

complexity there is a reason why the Mac

trackpad is the best in class and that

reason for the most part is gestures

while gestures on Windows track pads are

limited usually to pinching in and out

for zooming the Mac trackpad offers a

lot of gestures to navigate around the

Mac OS environment you can form a three

finger swipe up to open Mission Control

this is where you can see all the apps

that you have launched on your Mac these

apps are also displayed as icons the

dock with a small black dot under their

icons if you have opened multiple

windows of the same app you can use a

three-finger swipe round gesture this

will launch app expose which displays

all of the windows of the app that was

in focus when you perform the action by

working on an app if you need to take a

quick peek at the desktop you can simply

pinch out with your thumb and three

fingers this is exceptionally handy when

you need to drag and drop a file onto an

app from the desktop the launchpad is

technically the official way to access

and launch out on the Mac although no

one really uses it at all if you want to

access the launch pad using track by

gestures you just need to perform a four

finger

Pynchon I'm sure you're wondering why I

said that no one really uses the launch

pad to launch applications when the

reason is spotlight spotlight on the map

is a lot like the search in Windows

while you can launch the windows search

by using windows s launch spotlight on

the map you will have to use command

space or you can click on the lens icon

in the menu bar from spotlight just as

in the windows search you can do a lot

of things you can define words you can

look up things on the Internet you can

launch applications and you can perform

simple calculations the reason people

prefer using spotlight over launchpad to

launch applications is that spotlight is

extremely accurate very fast and it

saves people a lot of time apps on Mac

OS don't quit just by clicking on the

cross arrow in the title bar think of it

like Skype on Windows every app on a Mac

behaves like that to actually quit an

app on a Mac you can simply press

command Q or you can click on the name

of the app in the menu bar and click on

quit alternatively you can also simply

right-click on the apps icon and click

on quit

however most apps on Windows simply quit

when you click on the red button on the

top right of the window multitasking is

a necessity these days and Macs handle

multitasking with ease most of the

gestures that you use for multitasking

were already covered earlier in fact but

gestures but I figured a little division

won't hurt if you have multiple apps

open you can use the three finger swipe

up to launch Mission Control and get a

bird's-eye view of all the open apps

similarly if you have multiple windows

of an app open you can just use the

three finger swipe down in order to get

to affix pose a which shows all the

windows for that particular app Mac's

also support multiple desktops something

that windows has only started supporting

in Windows 10 if you want to use

multiple desktops on a Windows PC you

can click on the task View icon in the

taskbar and add new desktops or switch

between desktops on a Mac you can go to

Mission Control and then add new

desktops also it between them

multiple desktops on windows offer a lot

of keyboard shortcuts such as windows

control d to create a new desktop

windows control left or right to move

between desktops and windows control f4

to close the current desktop max don't

have any keyboard shortcuts but you can

move between multiple desktops on a Mac

using a three finger swipe to the left

or right installing and uninstalling

apps is one of the most commonly

performed actions on a laptop especially

a new one and it is drastically

different on a Mac as compared to

Windows while installing an application

on Windows you would get an exe file

that will run an install wizard which

will then take you to the setup

installing applications on a Mac is very

easy you will get a dmg file when you

double click on it it will open and you

simply have to drag the application icon

to your Applications folder and you're

done uninstalling applications on

windows can be quite a hassle as well

what with looking for an installer files

and then uninstalling the software the

process is quite simple on a Mac you

simply have to go to that Applications

folder I talked about when we were

discussing finder and here you can

simply select the application that you

want to delete and press command delete

to uninstall it the easy write one of

the best things about windows are the

window snapping features it offers

unfortunately this is not available on

Mac OS yes you can view two apps side by

side when they are in full-screen mode

but that's all windows snapping on

windows allows you to snap a window to a

corner of the screen or easily maximize

it by snapping it to the top of the

screen if you want similar functionality

on a Mac you can try better touch tool

or better snap tool this enables the

same snapping features that are

available in Windows I leave a link to

the app in the description below

Microsoft launched Cortana on the

desktop Windows 10 an apple followed

suit integrated CD in Mac OS Sierra on

Windows Cortana Z abilities feel quite

gough when you consider everything that

city can do you can use Cortana to get

definitions search the web look up the

files and launch app

occasions however with Siri you can do

all that and you can adjust your system

settings such as turning bluetooth on or

off or get information about your Mac

such as the amount of RAM you have

installed the only issue I see with city

on the map is that you cannot interact

with it using text you always have to

talk to it whereas you can interact with

Cortana using only text if you so wish

if you've only ever used Windows chances

are your USB drives and external hard

disks are all formatted in the NTFS file

format however Mac's do not support

writing to NTFS formatted writes if you

can I would suggest you to format it

drives in either fat32 or exFAT formats

as they are supported by both Windows

and Mac otherwise you can offer

third-party applications such as Paragon

NTFS for Mac I put a link to it in the

description if you ever need to take

screenshots you will love the

flexibility offered by a Mac on Windows

you can use a couple of methods to take

screenshots you can use the windows

snipping tool or you can take a

screenshot using Windows Plus print

screen on a Mac you can use a lot of

shortcuts to make the kind of

screenshots you'd like to take a

screenshot of the entire screen just use

command shift P to take a screenshot of

region just use command shift 4 and then

drag your cursor over the reason you

want to take a screenshot off to take

screenshots of app windows you can use

command shift 4 and then press play

there are a lot of other options

available as well

taking backups of your data is never a

bad option and in fact should be done as

often as possible both Windows and Mac

OS offer easy ways to backup data and

all you need is an external storage

device taking a backup on a Mac is easy

and restoring files from that backup is

easy still you simply have to connect an

external storage device go to System

Preferences Time Machine and select the

external storage device you connected

time machine will start backing up your

files to the disk the first time you do

this it might take very long but the

following backups will be completed

really quickly restoring files from a

Time Machine backup is very easy as well

just connect the disk you use for Time

Machine backups click on the time

machine icon in the menu bar and click

on enter time machine you can select the

file you want to restore right click on

it and restore it this is not a

situation you will face often on your

Mac unless you really tacks it to a

level where the hardware can't handle

everything you're throwing at it but if

you do face non-responsive apps you can

choose to force quit them this is

similar to the ctrl or delete method of

closing applications that are not

responding on Windows on a Mac you can

press command option Escape to launch

the force quit menu from where you can

select any app that you want to force

quit when those are the basics of using

Mac OS I hope you found this video

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