From Windows to Mac, an end to the desktop misery.

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From Windows to Mac: the guide for Windows expats fed up with Microsoft desktop operating systems, its GUI interface, and the never ending enforcement of updates that end up braking something as they fix something else. For you and the millions who are ready to ditch Windows.

Are you a Windows users switching over to Mac? Congratulations!, that is one of the best decisions you’ve made, welcome to the Mac world! The number of Windows users switching over to other operating systems and specially Mac have been increasing since Microsoft decided to re-vamp its desktop Operating System with the introduction of Windows 8. Since the inception of Windows 8 Microsoft desktop users have been growing uncomfortable with the changes and the new cloud feeling of the operating system. Most users found themselves having to learn a new way of doing functions they’ve been doing the same way for years. Then came Windows 10 and Microsoft had the brilliant idea of pushing the Operating Systems even if users didn’t know what they were getting into. Although we cannot argue with the fact the Windows 10 is more secure than the previous version of Widows we can’t deny either that it has brought a plethora issues to user as well.

Besides the fact that users now need to learn how to maneuver around the Operating System we still experience the never ending forced updates and hardware compatibility issues known by Microsoft users for years. Discomforts like this made users look into other options, either downgrading their desktops to Windows 7 or explore other desktop operating systems such as Google Chrome, some flavor of Linux, or Mac OS X. It is known that Apple has lagged behind Microsoft in the desktop environment but that gap has been narrowing more and more. Users are taking the plunged into the Mac world and finding the reliability and consistency they thought it was impossible to have in a Microsoft environment. Though they may feel intimidated by the initial learning curve they soon discover there’s nothing to be worried about, as a matter of fact, they regret not having switched over sooner.

Switching OS has its initial toll of learning how do functions that are ingrained in your muscle memory, something so simple as copying text in a Windows environment with Control+C keyboard shortcut can become very frustrating when trying to do it on a Mac, or the simple intuitive right click function in Windows can become a conundrum for new Mac users. For that and many more frustrations I experienced during my transition to a better OS I decided to create a list common functions and how they are done in Windows and Macs, once you learn the basic interaction with your Mac you’ll realize how easy, intuitive, and stable it is.

The list contains useful, basic functions in Windows and how to do the same function in a Mac. As you may already know there are multiple ways of doing the same function in the in either Operating System, I just point out how to do in one way in Windows and how to do it in Mac. The list is great for beginner to the Mac world or people switching from Windows to Mac.

All roads lead to Rome: there are multiple ways to accomplish the same task, I simply chose one or two ways to demonstrate how to carry out the same function in Mac and Windows.

I hope you enjoy it.

Function: Right Click

Windows: Right mouse click or Shift F10

Mac: Hold Control Key and click on folder

Function: Rename a Folder

Windows: Right mouse click Rename

Mac: Click on Folder and press enter key or click with two fingers.

Function: Copy text selection.

Windows: Press Ctrl Key + C

Mac: Press Command Key + C

Function: Paste Selection

Windows: Press Crtl Key + V

Mac: Press Command Key + V

Function: Cut text selection.

Windows: Press Crtl Key + X

Mac: Press Command Key + X

Function: Screen Capture, Print Screen.

Windows: Snippy Tool, Press Print Screen key.

Mac: Grab Utility, Shift+Command+3 for Screen shot or Shift+Command+4 to select.

Function: Viewing Running programs, system processes, CPU utilization, Memory allocation.

Windows: Task Manager- You can access by pressing Crtl+Alt+Delete keys.

Mac: Activity Monitor – Can be accessed by typing Activity Monitor in Spotlight.

Function: Creating User Account

Windows: Control PanelUser Accounts.

Mac: System PreferencesUsers & Groups.

Function: Changing your password:

Windows: Press Crtl+Alt+Delete, Select Change password.

Mac: Open System Preferences, Users & Groups, Select user and click on Change Password.

Function: Renaming a User Account:

Windows: Control Panel, User Accounts, Manage Another Account, Select Account, Select Change the Account name.

Mac: System Preferences, Users & Groups,hold Control Key and Click on Account. Select Advanced Options, Change Account name. locate option to name computer and click on Change.

Function: Rename Computer.

Windows: Control Panel, System, click the Change settings button to the right of the computer name, click Change to rename the computer.

Mac: System Preferences, Sharing, click the Edit button on the top of the window to change computer name.

Function: Open up command window:

Mac: Type cmd from the run box.

Mac: type Terminal from Stoplight.

Function: Check interface IP address:

Windows: type ipconfig from command line.

Mac: type ifconfig from terminal window.

Function: Change Computer Name:

Windows: Control Panel, System, Click Change settings in the computer name section of the screen.

Mac: System Preferences, Sharing, click the Edit button on top right side.

Function: Change Network Settings: TCP/IP, DNS, Duplex speed.

Windows: Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center, Change adapter settings, right lick on interface, select Properties.

Mac: System Preferences, Network, select Interface on the left hand side and Click on the Advanced button.

Function: Change Desktop Background:

Windows: Right click on the Desktop, Select Personalize.

Mac: Right click on the Desktop, Select Change Desktop Background.

Function: Install an application from the Web:

Windows: Download executable and double click on it to run it.

Mac: Download .dmg file, double click on it, Drag Program to the Application folder.

Function: Remove Application:

Windows: Control Panel, Programs and Features.

Mac: Drag application from the Application folder in Finder to Trash.

Function: Making system changes and configurations.

Windows: Control Panel.

Mac: System Preferences.


Is this all there’s to know for the basic understanding of Mac? Absolutely not, however it will help you tremendously. Trust me, I understand how frustrating it is to stop your work for 30 minutes because you can’t do a simple function in a Mac, an expanded revision will come up in the future. In the meantime, you can comment and ask a question if you can’t wait for the revision two to come out.

Do I recommend Windows users in an office environment to switch over to Mac? Not really, we understand there are many valid the reasons for Windows Desktop in a business environment, a properly configured and implemented Active Directory Domain makes centralized administration much simpler for the organization.

Stay tuned for future updates!


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