If you’re considering making a move from Windows to Mac or you, have already done so and are struggling to navigate your way around, here is a simple guide to help you figure out a few of the basic differences which should help you get to grips with it. If you want something a little more complicated, such as how to screenshot then check out this site for more information: https://setapp.com/how-to/screenshot-on-mac.

Where Do You Start?

This is the first thing that is going to strike you as with no start menu, where are you supposed to go? The macOS instead uses a Dock that runs along the bottom edge of the screen, the applications are down the left side and folders and minimized windows are on the right and applications that are already running have a dot next to them. 

At the top of the screen however you will find a menu bar where you will see a few words you’re familiar with such as File, Edit and View and then any other functions you’re used to can be found in the top-right corner of the menu bar, so, for example, this is where you will find the battery level, clock, and network options.

Use Spotlight For Searching

macOS has an excellent search engine called Spotlight so if you’re looking for something and can’t find it, all you need to do is press Cmd + Space or click the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner and type whatever it is you’re looking for.

Getting Used To The Keyboard and Mouse

The Command key is very similar to the Windows key does on Microsoft keyboards; Option is equivalent to Alt, and there is no backspace key, but there is Delete which works the same, and you can hold the Fn key and press Delete to erase characters in front of the cursor.

When using a MacBook or Magic Trackpad, you can use a two-finger click or hold the Control key while clicking and scroll with a two-finger swipe, and reveal the desktop by swiping outwards with four or more fingers.

Finder, Files, and USB Drives

Finder is the equivalent of the Windows File Explorer, and you can access it by clicking the smiley-face icon at the far left of the Dock. You can conduct searches here and organize your files too and open new tabs with using Cmd + Double-Click.

Copy and paste is just the same as on Windows, except you use Cmd + C for copy and Cmd + V for paste, but you will find that on a Mac, you can’t “cut” a file, you have to copy it first, then hold the Option key while pasting which will “move” the file. Then to rename a file or folder, select it then press the Return key.

There are tonnes of how-to’s which you will find on Youtube, so don’t give up just yet, many people wonder why they never made the switch sooner, so there must be some reason why macs are so popular.