View Full Version : Basic Advice and Info needed by a new Mac user, aged 64

03-27-2017, 06:49 AM
Hello to you All, I am a recent migrant from Windows, been a PC user, builder etc for over 15 years, finally decided to switch to Apple. I am struggling with my Mac in many ways, simple things I did on PC now seem alien on Mac. Instance when you download a program/app it goes to my download folder, then asked to move to applications, but if I delete the app from my download folder, the app stops working, has Mac not executed the program/loaded the program into a "program file"? I guess this question is probably stupid to the seasoned Mac user, but it is frustrating to me? Perhaps some kind person can point me to a publication for "Older users of a Mac" or the basic principles of Mac. Struggling with photos moving from the original files, Apple seem to move them to all different listing criteria, do not think me as someone who will give in and go back to PC, I am determined to be able to use my Mac as it should be used, not just a 27 inch screen with a great backgrounds to view.
So, thanks for letting me join the Forum, I should add I live in the South West UK, and am retired, but not brain dead! Thanks for reading my question, I look forward to receiving help and guidance in abundance.

03-27-2017, 08:19 AM
Hi, welcome. You'll be up and running in no time. Enter your Mac and location details in your Profile so that we can see what you are using.

There's loads of info available on the Apple website, videos on you tube and lots of answers on various threads here. If you enter a topic in the search box top right, the forum will give you all it has on that subject. Sometimes I just read to pick up tips.

Start here: https://support.apple.com/explore/new-to-mac

Plus: book some free hour-long workshops on various topics at your nearest Apple Store https://www.apple.com/retail/learn/

Expand on your Photos issue and we'll try to help.

Randy B. Singer
03-27-2017, 08:36 AM
Perhaps some kind person can point me to a publication for "Older users of a Mac" or the basic principles of Mac.

Some books that I find to be really good (you only need one):

MacOS Sierra The Missing Manual (about $20)

macOS Sierra For Dummies (about $25)

There are some really nice, free, tutorials available online:

Mac Basics - comprehensive beginner tutorials

Mac 101: Getting Started With the Mac

Quick Assist


Macbook Pro - Beginners and Current Users Help plus Tips - macOS Sierra

03-27-2017, 01:02 PM
Excellent suggestions as usual Randy.

Randy B. Singer
03-27-2017, 02:36 PM
Excellent suggestions as usual Randy.

Thank you!

Unfortunately, one of the books that I like to recommend for switchers hasn't been updated for Sierra. But you can still buy the El Capitan edition, which, of course, is quite similar:

Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, El Capitan Edition (about $20)

03-27-2017, 02:49 PM
Wow. I didn't realize that hadn't been updated. Maybe they thought there were not enough differences / feature changes between the two versions.

03-27-2017, 03:05 PM
REather than an immigrant young fellow, consider yourself as refugee from Windows.

Just remember this is not Windows and things are done differently. For your apps, when they are in the Downloads folder, double click on them to expand them, then move the file to Applications. Normally when the app opens, there is an Application alais there to drag into. Download and run Ghostery, AdBlock nand Malwarebytes for Mac to your browser extnsions. there is no need to run antivirus software on your Ma, as viruses cannot execute on the Unix operating system.

If ever a virus does appear, it will be trumpeted world wide.

03-27-2017, 04:00 PM
@silverdel you might find this thread (http://www.mac-forums.com/switcher-hangout/251468-installing-and-uninstalling-applications.html?highlight=install) helpful. The first two post explain the most common installation methods for the Mac. The graphics are not there but the text descriptions are still pretty good.

03-27-2017, 05:46 PM
To Randy et al:

David Pogue's book - missing manual Sierra has been available in the UK for some time. I bought it from Amazon UK about 6 to 8 weeks ago.

But you are right - there's precious little change from the El Capitan book. It looks like the the latter has just been added to or modified in parts rather than a rewrite.


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03-28-2017, 09:17 AM
Please feel free to offer advice and pointers to Apps, publications I will avidly try and look at all interesting sites etc. thank you all who answered my question. SD

Randy B. Singer
03-29-2017, 07:21 AM
Please feel free to offer advice and pointers to Apps...

If you have a need for a particular type of application, or a particular function, or need assistance on how to do something, just let us know. We'd be happy to assist.

03-30-2017, 11:37 AM
One small correction to what bbnck said: The dmg is NOT like a zip file, it's more like an iso file. It mounts on the Mac as a drive, and then opens to show the contents of the drive. In fact, the dmg extent on the file name is "disk image" in Apple terms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Disk_Image

And a third install method you may see is that you may open a dmg and see an icon that looks like a wooden shipping crate. That also is an installer application and will need to be run to install the actual application. Usually that method will also lead to a licensing agreement that you have to agree with to complete the installation.

As bbnck said, to eject the drive mounted from the dmg file, you do have to Eject it to make it disappear from the Mac so that you can then delete the dmg file (which is no longer needed).

If the program used an installer (the dropbox example above, or the wooden crate icon I referred to) then you may need to use an un-installer to get rid of it. Not all applications can simply be dragged to the trash.