MACINTOSH, OS X, AND iDEVICE TUTORIALS & TECHNICAL TIPS

Apple Support - Mac Basics. Need a Lesson on How to Get the Most Out of Your Mac? These lessons from Apple will introduce you to the different pieces that make up the Mac.

  • Tour the Mac Interface. Learn how to use the Finder, Preferences, the desktop, the menu bar, the Dock, the Trash, files and folders, and more.
  • Using Applications. Explore how to use Mac applications such as Safari, Mail, Font Book, Time Machine, etc. Also Learn to do some basic tasks, including installing and updating software, saving files, creating accounts, and more.
  • Connecting Accessories. Learn how to connect your printer, digital camera, camcorder, and other devices to your Mac, and find out how to use them with it. Also, learn about using a scanner and adding a printer.
  • Internet and Wi-Fi. Learn how to set up Wi-Fi, get connected to the internet, and print or share files over the network.
  • Transferring Files. Use Migration Assistant in OS X to transfer important information from one Mac to another. Learn how to migrate your existing Microsoft Windows files or Windows system to your Mac.
  • Windows on a Mac. Explore how you can run Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp.
  • Switching PC Habits. Whether you’re new to the Mac or switching from Windows, the topics below will help you get the most out of your Mac.
  • Contact Apple Support. Need help? Save time by starting your support request online and Apple will connect you to an expert. Make sure you have your Serial Number ready. The toll-free number for Apple in the US is 1-800-275-2273.
  • Apple Support Communities. Join the conversation. Share tips and solutions with fellow Apple product users from all around the world. Submit a question to the community.

Apple Support Manuals (PDF) for the MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, iPhone, iPad, and iPod). Looking for a manual that should have come in the box with your Mac or your iDevice? Go to: Apple - Support - Manuals and download a PDF version.

Apple Support - Downloads (Browse by Category). Need an update for your operating system for your Mac or your iDevice? How about the latest security update or iCloud or iTunes updates? Go to: Apple Support Downloads and download the latest updates for many Apple products.

Mac 101 - Getting Started With Your Mac. New Apple users should find these tips from Macworld helpful in understanding your Mac.

How to Upgrade to macOS Sierra. This Apple Support Article explains what you need to know before upgrading to macOS Sierra. If your Mac is running Lion (v10.7.5) or later, you can upgrade directly to Sierra. See How to Upgrade to macOS Sierra from El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, or Lion for more information.

How to Upgrade to OS X El Capitan. This Apple Support Article explains what you need to know before upgrading to El Capitan. If your Mac is running Snow Leopard (v10.6.8) or later, you can upgrade directly to El Capitan. Upgrading is FREE and easier than you think.

Get Your Mac Ready for OS X El Capitan. This Macworld Support Article details what tasks you need to perform before upgrading to El Capitan. This will help ensure that your upgrade moves along smoothly.

Setting Apple Mail to Receive Webmail Messages. This Apple Support Article explains how to set your Apple Mail to receive Webmail messages all in one place.

How to Delete Previous Recipients in Mac OS X Mail. Mac OS X Mail has this great feature that completes a recipient's email address as you start typing it in the To: field of an email, but when someone changes their email address, Mac OS X Mail still auto-completes the old, defunct address even if it's been deleted from your Contacts. To delete the old email address:

  • Select Window | Previous Recipients from the menu in Mac OS X Mail
  • Highlight the address you want to remove
  • You can highlight multiple addresses by holding down the Command key
  • Click 'Remove From List'

About This Mac Finds Serial Number of Your Mac. Choose About this Mac from the Apple Menu. Double-click the version text, for example, "Version 10.9". Your computer's serial number now appears where the version text had been.

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts. This printable PDF list of Keyboard Shortcuts provides a comprehensive list of shortcuts for the finder, text editing, screen capture, applications, etc. More shortcuts are available through the Apple website. Several of the most common keyboard shortcuts include:

  • ⌘A - Select All
  • ⌘C - Copy
  • ⌘X - Cut
  • ⌘V - Paste
  • ⌘Z - Undo / Redo
  • ⌘S - Save
  • ⇧⌘S - Save As

Typing Special Characters and Symbols. Use the Character Viewer or Keyboard Viewer to enter special characters and symbols (such as mathematical symbols, accented letters, or emoticons), and characters from other languages.

If the Character Viewer icon isn't showing in your Menu Bar (by default, it is turned off), choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, click Keyboard tab, then select "Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar." You'll see a new icon on the upper right of your Menu Bar.

Click on the icon, and you'll see two choices: the Character Viewer or the Keyboard Viewer. Double-clicking on an item will insert the character into your document.

For more information, see OS X: Finding Special Characters with Keyboard Viewer - The Mac Observer.

Apple Support for the iPad. View topics, resources, and contact options for the iPad. Learn about iPad essentials, apps, features, settings, mail, contacts, etc.