This post can be really handy for a Windows User looking forward to migrate to Apple’s Mac or looking for help in using Mac. Few tips and tricks of Mac are provided in this Windows to Mac post of the blog. After reading this post a user of Windows Computer should be able to find his / her way in Mac easily and quickly. This post can be helpful for a Mac User to switch to Windows computer as well, but the author will post another detailed post on that topic. This post outlines only basic features of Mac which should be applicable to almost all versions of Mac.
Mac’s Finder is counterpart of Windows Explorer which lists files, applications, utilities and more. As in Windows Explorer, you can navigate using tree structure menu on to the left. One feature which is not present in Windows is the Mac Dock. This is a really useful feature of Mac and displays configurable icons on the bottom of the Mac Desktop. Any application which displays an icon in dock can be marked to always display an icon in Dock using the keep in dock menu option (using right click on the selected icon in the dock). In Windows 7 onwards JumpList and TaskBar icons are something related to Mac’s Dock. Recycle bin of Windows has a counterpart in Mac named as Trash. Desktop Icons on Mac are right aligned by default as compared to left aligned on a Windows Computer.
On Mac the Safari is the default browser as compared to Internet Explorer in Microsoft’s Windows. The System Tray in Windows also has a counterpart in Apple Mac with the name Menu Bar Items. Lots of applications prefer to add icon to Menu bar (which is at the top right corner of the Mac Screen) instead of adding an icon to the Mac Dock. The Menu Items in the Mac’s menu Bar can have Right Click Menus as well depending on the application that has added the icon to the Mac Menu Bar. Apart from Mac Dock and Mac Menu bar, applications which display icon in Dock normally display a full fledged menu at the top of the screen which is just like traditional menu in Windows Computers. In order to find information about your Mac, navigate to the Finder, look at the top Menu and click on the Apple Icon and select the best applicable options.