Mac Tutorial for PC Users / Beginners

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everyone this is Anson from ants and

Alex calm and in this video I'm going to

provide a tutorial for people who are

coming from a PC or a Windows

environment and starting to use Mac

computers so I'm going to go over all of

the basic things on a Mac computer and

I'm going to try and translate what they

are if you're coming from that PC

environment at the end of the video I'd

really appreciate if you could all add

in the comments other things that you're

looking for to know how to do on a Mac

computer so I can create more videos in

the future and tailor them specifically

for what you're looking to do but this

should be a basic introduction for

everybody so first of all this is what

your desktop should look like when you

first get your Mac computer setup and

you just log in right away I haven't

customized anything on this account yet

so the first thing I want to show you is

up here at the very top left of the

screen you'll notice that there's this

little Apple icon and this is called the

Apple menu and this is where you can

access a lot of basic features of your

Mac computer so first of all know that

your System Preferences is right here so

if you click on this option right here

there's a number of System Preferences

and this is equivalent to going to the

control panel on your Windows computer

so this is where you can specify things

like how long it takes for your computer

to go asleep when you can where you can

add new users to use the computer where

you can specify which internet

connection you're going to use all of

that sort of stuff is here in the system

preferences again equivalent to the

control panel in a Windows computer now

with the System Preferences open to

close it all I need to do is click on

the little red dot at the top left

that's equivalent to the X on a Windows

computer when you're closing an

application or something like that so to

close out this window I can just hit the

red X and it goes away now there's a few

other things that I want to talk about

in this Apple menu so we talked about

System Preferences but this is also

where you can put your computer to sleep

where you can restart your computer

where you can shut your computer down or

where you can log out of the current

account and log in to a different

account so just be aware that this Apple

menu is very important you're going to

be using it almost every day when you're

shutting down your computer and it's

also where you can access your system

preferences now another thing that I

want to show you is up at the very top

right of your screen and it looks like

the magnifying glass this is called

spotlight and this is where you can


anything on your computer you can search

for files for folders literally anything

on your computer even applications so in

a little while here I'm going to show

you how you can access the Applications


how you can access finder on Mac which

is equivalent to kind of clicking on the

Start menu on a Windows computer but

know that if you're looking for

something you can always click on this

magnifying glass and search for it so

let's say I wanted to open an

application and it's called Safari we're

going to talk about Safari in a few

minutes here but Safari is equivalent to

Internet Explorer it's the native

application on Mac that's used to access

websites on the internet it's the

internet browser so you can notice that

instead of having to go to my

Applications folder or on a Windows

computer go to start in programs I can

just search for the application that I

want to use and I could click on it to

open it up here so when you can't find

something on your computer

always remember to go up here to the

magnifying glass and search for whatever

you're looking for I'm going to close

that out for now the other thing that I

want to talk about next is this toolbar

on the very bottom of your screen here

it's kind of like the toolbar that you'd

have on a Windows computer obviously it

looks a little bit different but by

default there are a number of

applications that are already on here

for you to use so you'll notice that one

of them is Safari again that's the

internet browser that we're going to use

and in a few minutes I'll open that up

so you can take a look at it and if you

mouse over each of these icons it'll

tell you what they are so the mail app

is the application that you can connect

your email accounts to so you can

receive your mail on your Mac computer

there's a contacts app which is like an

address book for you to keep phone

numbers and addresses there's a calendar

app for you to create events and

meetings that you have coming up there's

a Notes app where you can add quick

little notes and if you have an iPhone

or an iPad those notes will also be

available on those devices so they can

sync between the two we've got maps text

messaging app I'm not going to go over

every single one of these I think

starting off the most important one is

definitely Safari but there's another

one I want to talk about all the way

over here to the right and that is the

App Store app this is the app and I'm

going to click to open it up here where

you can download any applications any

programs that you want to run on your

Mac computer some of them are free some

of them are paid for so you can really

look through this on your own but one

thing you might want to do is go up here

to the

category section at the top and click on

that and you can search for apps based

on the category that they're in so one

of the first ones that I like to suggest

to people who are new to Mac is the

productivity category so if you click in

here there'll be a number of

applications and you might have heard of

some of them before like Evernote is a

really popular note-taking app that you

could download and use on your Mac

computer you can see like this one here

is free this one here costs 5 bucks so

some are free some cost money like I

said but there are a number of great

apps in here and you know that these

apps don't have viruses or malware

because Apple has approved them to be

downloaded right from the Apple App

Store so they're definitely anything in

here is safe to download again you can

also look at the top charts section so

these are going to be the most popular

apps on Mac you can see that most

popular ones that are paid for and if

you scroll down here to the bottom you

can see the most popular free apps

you'll notice that in here we have a

couple apps keynote Pages and Numbers

I'm not going to go into those apps

today in this tutorial but know that

these apps are equivalent to Microsoft


so keynote is equivalent to PowerPoint

Pages is equivalent to Microsoft Word in

numbers is equivalent to Microsoft Excel

you can also use PowerPoint Word and

Excel on your Mac computer but Apple

does have their own suite of

productivity apps for you to use word

processing and those are the keynote

Pages and Numbers apps so those are in

here for you as well so again you can

look through this app store on your own


maybe somebody suggest an app for you to

use on your Mac computer you could go up

here to the top right you can just

search for whatever app that they

suggest so definitely keep an eye on

that and again to close this out we can

just hit the little red button up here

at the top or we could click on the App

Store menu and we could quit the app

store and it will quit us right out and

take us back to our desktop now the next

thing I want to talk about is called

finder and you can access finder by

clicking on the little smiley face at

the bottom left of your screen when we

put when we click on that a window

appears and Finder is equivalent to

Windows Explorer on a Windows computer

it allows us to access all of the files

and folders and locations on our

computer now starting out you'll notice

that I do have a few locations over here

on the left so I could click on

applications and I'm actually going to

take this window a little bigger by

going to the bottom-right corner and

just dragging it out so I can see a

little bit more of what's in here I can

click to drag and move this window

around if I want but these are all of

the applications that are installed on

your computer now there's going to be a

few more in here on my computer than

what you see on your computer because

even though this is a new user account

it still has applications that I've

installed and my other accounts but if

you're looking for a specific

application like say the calculator this

is where you can access it from the

Applications folder you'll notice that

you also have a Documents folder over

here this is just a folder that Apple

has created automatically for you for

you to store all of your documents now

while we're in finder I want to show you

how to create a new folder because I'm

sure that you have different categories

of documents and you might want to

organize them a little bit so creating a

new folder on Mac is the same as it is

on a Windows computer you're just going

to right-click and click on new folder

when you do that a folder is created and

you can just type to call it whatever

you want so I could just call this test

folder now remember that if at any time

during this tutorial you're following

along and you need to pause or rewind or

fast-forward you can always do that so

if you want to try creating some folders

on your own you can just pause the video

and create some folders but there's

something that I want to show you here

and finder that I think will help you as

you use your computer a little bit so

I'm going to shrink this window a little

bit and I want some more things to be

displayed over here on the left because

these aren't all of the locations on our

computer so what we're going to do is

we're going to click on finder up here

in the top and we're going to click on

preferences now from here we need to

select a few options first of all go

ahead and hit the checkmark where it

says hard disks and you'll notice that

when you do that this little hard drive

icon appears on the top right of your

screen that's like the basic area within

your computer if you access this hard

drive area you'll be at the very first

part of the hierarchy where all of your

computer's folder structure is it's like

going to my computer on a Windows

computer so it's nice to have that icon

there for quick access the next thing

that you should do here in the finder

preferences is click on sidebar you'll

notice that it allows us to customize

which items are showing up over here in

the sidebar of our Finder window

and I think it's important to check mark

these other locations here movies music

pictures and then mine says ants and

Alex comm new that's my username this is

the user account I'm using on this

computer so for you that will be

whatever you named your user account and

so go ahead and hit that check mark as

well and then we'll go ahead and hit the

red dot at the top left the finder

window now from here we have a few more

areas over here on the left

obviously downloads are where your

downloads are automatically going to go

when you download something from the

internet so if you download something

and you can't find it on your computer

just click on finder and then click on

downloads and you'll be able to find it

there movies music and pictures are

folders for you to store just that

movies music and pictures and then this

little house icon which we just added

over here to our sidebar is up called

our home folder if we click on that

you'll see that this is the basic folder

where all of the other folders and my

user account are located so I can access

all of my desktop My Documents my

downloads and everything just by

clicking on the little home folder here

so this is how you'll navigate through

your computer when you're organizing

files or when you are trying to find

something that you downloaded from the

internet and always remember that if you

don't want to go through finder to find

something to use the spotlight search up

here at the very top now there's a

couple things I want to show you I want

to mention these other two buttons up

here we talked about the red button that

closes a window so I just close that

window and then I can click on finder to

open finder back up again you'll notice

that if I click on Macintosh hard drive

it opens up a Finder window as well it

just brings me to a different location

it brings me to the very basic location

on my computer where I can work from now

the little yellow icon up here at the

top will minimize your current window so

when I click that you'll notice that

window shrinks down here to my toolbar

just like when you minimize something on

a Windows computer and then if I click

it on my toolbar it comes right back up

again this works the same as if you're

in Safari the internet browser which is

equivalent to Internet Explorer which

again we'll look at in a second here but

if you're in Safari and you click the

little yellow icon it's going to shrink

that computer to the toolbar the little

green dot doesn't work very well it

resizes your window but I don't really

use that button instead to resize my


just always drag from the corners you

can drag from any corner or side of a

window here and Mac so you can drag

these two sides out to make your window

a little bit bigger but just remember

that yellow minimizes and you can see

the little line in there and the red one

with the X will close the actual window

now I'm going to go in My Documents

folder real quick here because I have

this test folder I created and I think

one of the things that's important to

know when you first start using a

computer is how to delete things so it

works very similar to how it does on

Windows and you can delete things in

multiple different ways one of them

would just be to click on the folder or

file I want to delete and drag it all

the way to the bottom to the trash and

let go of it it'll move out of my

Documents folder and you can see that

there's now some garbage in my trash if

I click on my trash to open it up here's

my test folder from here I could hit

empty to empty the trash or I could

right-click on the test folder and click

put back and it will take it out of my

trash and it will put it back where it

came from another way to delete a file

on Mac is to right-click on the file or

folder and just click move to trash if

you know that you no longer need

anything that's in your trash you can go

to the very bottom right corner right

click on trash and click empty trash

it's going to confirm are you sure you

want to empty your trash and you can say

share empty trash and those items will

no longer be in there and they won't

take up any more space on your computer

now let's go ahead and take a look I'm

going to close out this Finder window

let's open up Safari because a lot of

the things that we do on computers

nowadays are done all through the

internet so one of the first things

you're going to want to do is access the

internet on your Mac computer so we're

just going to go down to the toolbar

we're going to mouse over the Safari

icon which looks like the compass and

we'll click on it and you'll notice that

this new window opens up and this is our

internet browser just like Internet

Explorer or Firefox or Google Chrome you

can add Google Chrome and Firefox to

your Mac computer as well you can do so

by going to the App Store or you can

just go to Google Chrome just search

Google Chrome in Google and you can

download it from there so here we are in

Safari now in Safari I can both search

Google or enter a web address up here at

the top so I could go to ant

Alex calm just by entering my website

address it will take me to my website

and you can go to any website ESPN

whatever sites that you use now at the

same time I could just search Anson

Alexander up here just type in your

search term and click enter and it's

going to search google for ants and

Alexander so if you need to search for

something just enter it right up here in

the top bar and you'll be able to search


so that's how Safari works at least the

basics of Safari if you're all

interested I can post a specific

tutorial just on using Safari for those

of you that have been using internet

explorer and are a little bit new to

safari another thing I'd like to mention

before I let you go here is that don't

be afraid to play around on your Mac

computer I'm going to quit out of Safari

by clicking on Safari and going to quit

but go ahead and go into finder go into

your hard drive and search through these

different folders and and documents that

you already have on your computer try

creating new folders try downloading

things from the internet install some

applications navigate through the App

Store and see if you can find something

useful for you but I hope this kind of

helps at least get you introduced to

your computer you know how you now know

how to access the Internet you know how

to shut down restart and access your

system preferences probably a good idea

to look through your system preferences

as well to go to the Apple menu click on

system preferences and go in each one of

these little areas and just read what

all of your options are it's pretty

self-explanatory so you know you might

not know how to do everything on your

computer right away but just by going

into these different areas and reading

what the options are

you'll get a better sense of what you

can and cannot do on your Mac computer

so definitely don't be afraid to go in

there as well

again if you have any questions please

let me please let me know in the

comments section here on YouTube and if

you have any suggestions for future

videos regarding Mac for those of you

that are new to the Mac environment

coming from the PC windows environment

let me know what those videos you'd like

to see are as well in the comments and

that's pretty much all I have for you

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