My hope is that you’ve been directed to this story by a caring friend or relative—so caring, in fact, that their holiday generosity extended to giving you a new Mac. “Oh my goodness!” you chirped. “Oh how wonderful!” you crowed. And they beamed and blushed with pride and approval. But now that they’re on their way back to wherever they call home, you can express your true feelings. “What in the world am I supposed to do with this thing?” You have my sympathies.
Iad producer 2.0. As someone who has burdened family members with technology they can’t begin to comprehend, I understand that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer possibility of it all. And this is why, a little over a year ago, I launched Mac 101, a column designed specifically with the new Mac user in mind. As easy as it would be to offer you a single link to the, allow me instead to cherry pick a few lessons that I think you’ll find helpful. Note that while the bulk of these lessons discuss Mac OS X Mountain Lion (the previous version of Apple’s Mac operating system), the current Mac OS (called Mavericks) isn’t wildly different from an operational point of view. What you learn in these lessons will, in large part, translate nicely to your new computer.
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This inaugural lesson provides instructions on what to do when you first pull your new Mac from the box, plug it in, and press its power button. A truly caring gift-giver would have done this for you, but if you’re on your own, this will get you started. This is a quick tour of the Mac’s working environment—the menu bar, desktop, and Dock. The Mac operating system stores information in various folders. In this lesson, I show you ways to more easily find your files using the Mac’s search tools. If you have a printer that you hope to use with your Mac, you’ll want to read this lesson.