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New to Mac. What should I do first?


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I am 3 weeks into my switch to Macs (base model 21.5 iMac). My girlfriend has a new MBP. We both have iPhone 4S as well as a house iPad. What should I do first in terms of networking/expanding/enhancing our computing experience? I assume we can share, or at least see each other's HD, but not sure how to do such. What else would you recommend.
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Read all the stickies in this section. Bookmark the following and make sure you reference them.
Apple - Start
Apple - Find Out How - Mac Basics
Apple - Support - Manuals

I used the above links and found the answers to all the basic questions I had before having to hit forums. I have the manuals downloaded and saved and shared between my devices: MBP, iPhone 4s, iPad. They are the most up to date and accurate.

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Sound advice above, just close your mind off to the past and embrace the experience.
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