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  1. #256
    Sage advice for the new Mac switcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Or "command-q"
    There it was, right in front of me. Just didn't see it. I usually close the browser ( or what ever) then go to the task bar to 'Quit etc'. This will save me a step or two.

    By the way, why does Apple do it this way? Is it to keep an app running in the back in case one wants to quickly open it again? Why not just close it and be done with it. Oh well, it works. What can one say?

    Thanks.

  2. #257
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliOop View Post
    There it was, right in front of me. Just didn't see it. I usually close the browser ( or what ever) then go to the task bar to 'Quit etc'. This will save me a step or two.
    One of the things to get used to is Command+Tab and Command+Q. Press and hold Command, then tab brings up your active programs. Keep tapping tab to advance through the list, while holding Command. Then, as you highlight programs you want to quit, shift your finger from tab to Q. In this way, you can quickly quit programs.

    By the way, why does Apple do it this way? Is it to keep an app running in the back in case one wants to quickly open it again? Why not just close it and be done with it. Oh well, it works. What can one say?

    Thanks.
    It's just the way it's designed. Remember that just because it's different from Windows, doesn't make it wrong. These are two platforms with their own history and way of doing things.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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  3. #258
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    Thanks for a helpful thread. As to shortcuts: I probably have overlooked it, but cannot find the one to use when I want to select some pictures, not all that are shown, e.g. from no 3 to no 12 of 30 shown.
    And another question - where do I find a survey of recommended widgets?

  4. #259
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    Quote Originally Posted by tada View Post
    Thanks for a helpful thread. As to shortcuts: I probably have overlooked it, but cannot find the one to use when I want to select some pictures, not all that are shown, e.g. from no 3 to no 12 of 30 shown.
    To select 3 to 12, highlight #3, hold Shift, click #12.
    To select 3, 5, and 7, hold Command and click separately on the 3 file names. Pretty much like in Wndows.
    Longtime Windows, then onto slippery slope with iPod/iTunes in 2006, then Apple TV, iPad, iMac, iPhone, rejuvenated a discarded MacBook and, finally, Apple Watch. Happy camper.

  5. #260
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    ^^Thanks for that, Dem. I didn't know that.
    MacBook Pro 13.3" 2.66 GHz OS 10.9.5
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  6. #261
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    Thanks for a quick reply. It doesn't work, however, on my machine, bought in Febr. Shift + click (on picture or name) only highlights the actual picture, no others. That is true with Command + click, too. Tried it earlier, being an old Windows user, and again now, with the same result.(These are pictures saved in Finder, not in i Photo.)

  7. #262
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    HI Chas. Great read. Ive actually had a G4 for a few years now. But now I am out of work(unemployed)
    I can start playing with my New Imac 21incher tomorrow when its being delivered and have time to
    really get into it with the loving glow of Macforums to guide and protect me. Thanks again!!!!!!!!! wifi

  8. #263
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    Hi, I'm Var****h.

    Switched to a MacBook Pro 15-inch last week.

    Can Tally be installed in Mac ?

  9. #264
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    Lightbulb article on mac users
    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    I hope you don't mind, chas_m, but I thought this post was so brilliant and well done, that it warranted a sticky in the Switcher's Hangout.
    i think what you wrote about on how to use a mac with it's programs and not to use windows is great and thanks for all your wisdom the only thing i am confused with is the section where you said to run a program called "maintenance" is that correct and should i download this "maintenance" program and use it on my mac i always back up my computer and never use any other program on it i have google chrome on my mac as well so i can go into my facebook as they recommend that you should another browser for facebooking

  10. #265
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    "Maintenance" is a third party program not available on an Apple computer unless you find it on the developer's website, download it and install it on your computer. I think a person can do the same maintenance things themselves using the built-in app called Disk Utility.

    My iMac maintenance notes I developed since switching last year with the help of this excellent thread - Reader beware, I am not an expert:

    - Backups. I use 3 external hard drives, one for each of (1) Time Machine, (2) SuperDuper, and (3) manual copies of key files and big files that I don't want Time Machine grinding away on all the time (eg, Aperture photo library).
    - Keep software up to date.
    - Reboot the iMac once in a while, like every week or two. (Use OS X’s Energy Saver preference pane to schedule automatic weekly shutdowns and startups -- click Schedule, then in the second line click to open the drop down menu and select Restart). Some apps leak memory or otherwise misbehave.
    - Quit open apps: Control-Tab to pop up list of open apps, then Control-q to quit apps that don't need to be open.
    - Quit and restart browser if it’s been open for a while and notice Mac slowing down (hogs memory).
    - Ensure the hard drive has 12 GB free space at least.
    - Empty the Trash.

    - Check hard drive status:
    Run Apple's built-in Disk Utility once in a while: Verify Disk (checks directory structure), and Verify Disk Permissions. Notice the drive's S.M.A.R.T. status at the bottom of the Disk Utility window (checks the drive's hardware status).
    Maintenance and OnyX are free multifunctional maintenance utilities from Titanium's Software • Home Maintenance is from the same developer for the less technically inclined; Onyx is more technically rich. Neither are available on the Mac App Store because they operate deep in the operating system. They basically gather in one handy place operations that can be found in Apple's operating system functions. Donationware.

    - Physically clean away dust.
    - Stop unnecessary apps from starting at login.

    - TinkerTool gives access to additional preference settings in MacOS X. (TinkerTool System is a shell of additional utilities.) Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme. For experts.

    Good reading:
    Mac maintenance Quick Assist (Apple Support note)
    Essential Mac Maintenance: Rev up your routines - Page 1 | Macworld
    Seven maintenance tips to optimize Mac performance | TechRepublic
    http://osxdaily.com/2012/03/04/mac-maintenance-tips/
    Last edited by Demapples; 04-29-2012 at 07:11 AM.
    Longtime Windows, then onto slippery slope with iPod/iTunes in 2006, then Apple TV, iPad, iMac, iPhone, rejuvenated a discarded MacBook and, finally, Apple Watch. Happy camper.

  11. #266
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    Dear Demapples, thank you so very much for all your info I have printed out all the links and now will study and learn all about the care and maintenance of my macbook :-) I'm so glad that there is a forum for us newbies to be able to ask questions Thanks guys :-)

  12. #267
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    Dear Forum, I read on the internet that the mac cleaner would harm your computer is that a misconception or is it safe i know you have links for the mac cleaner so before i download it i just wanted to be sure :-)

  13. #268
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    Chas - thanks for the tips in your essay. Great read��

  14. #269
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    Hey, sorry if this is in the wrong spot or has already been answerd some pages back. But what is the easiest way to play pc games (pc DVD) to be exact on Mac. I have a 2010 i think i got it imac 27inch quad core. Now pretty positive it doesnt have e-sata? would another option be maybe run a firewire 800 hardrive with windows and play thm off that?
    Any help would be aprreciated .
    Cheers
    trent

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    You can't run Windows from an external drive. It has to be installed on a internal drive. If you want native windows games, your best bet is probably to do it via BootCamp.
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