TANK Staff : OS X Basics

January 21 2016MacBook-Air

With Mario Blais, Apple Certified Trainer

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Today’s contents :

  • OS X origins
  • Making your Mac « yours » with Finder preferences, System Preferences, other tweaks
  • Managing the windows, using Exposé
  • Keyboard and trackpad shortcuts
  • Managing your Desktop, folders and files, volumes (disks!)
  • Them Open… and Save… dialogs!9(&*?#%$
  • Connecting to a TANK file server (you help me!!)
  • Printing and modifying PDF files with Preview
  • A bit on OS X’s built-in security (2013)
  • Getting help
  • . . .

The history of Unix, a PDF file that is longer than this room!

Mac 101 : Dealing with The Dock (MacWorld)

The Desktop

Moving from Windows Explorer to the Finder

Translating Windows to Mac (a table of equivalencies)

The Finder organizes all of your files

Set your preferences (with System Preferences)

Spotlight helps you find what you‘re looking for

Preview app views and edits images and PDFs

Contacts 101

Calendar keeps your appointments

Use Mission Control on your Mac

About Auto Save and Versions, and El Capitan: View and restore past versions of documents

Dictation lets you speak text instead of typing

Connect to a Windows computer from a Mac

How to connect with File Sharing on your Mac


References and Help

Mac for beginners website

Apple’s support website

I love Dan Rodney’s great page on keyboard shortcuts, but Apple’s own list is quite complete too!




Mario BlaisCert_Trainer_Blk_1ln
Apple Certified Trainer
Apple Certified Technical Coordinator
Apple Certified Support Professional

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