Getting Started : Tips for Using Macs

This page provides instruction on how to start your editing programs using the programs available in the MRC lab.

New to Using Mac OS X?

New to Mac OS X?

If you are new to the Macintosh operating system, here are a few pointers:

Logging in/ logging out:
To use any of our Lab’s computers you must log in with your ONYEN and password. When you are done with the station, please log out by simply clicking the "Log Out” application on the desktop.

The dock:
At the bottom of the screen are applications that get the most use in the lab. Hover your mouse over an icon to see that application’s name. Single click to open an application.

Menu bar:
The grey menu bar at the top of the screen shows menu options for the application you are currently using.

The trash bin is located at the far right side of the dock. Drag items to the trash that you want to delete. Please right-click the trash icon and select "Empty Trash" before you log out.

Finding your work:

There are a number of ways to find something you have saved in Mac OS X:

1. If you know the name of the file you are searching for, you can use the Spotlight application to locate it. Click the small magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to open a search box. Type the file name you’re searching for and press enter to find your file. 

2. If you don’t remember the name of your file, but you remember the location where you saved it, you can use the Finder application to find your work. Click on the smiling face icon located on the far left side of the Dock at the bottom of the screen. This will open a window with the computer’s file structure where you can locate your file. Work is typically saved to the “Media Storage” location on computers in the MRC.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Here are some of the most common shortcuts in Mac OS X:
⌘+C = Copy
⌘+V = Paste
⌘+X = Cut
⌘+A = Select All
⌘+tab = Switch Application
⌘+option+esc = Force Quit Applications
⌘+H = Hide Application
⌘+Q = Quit Application
⌘+W = Close Window
⌘+delete = Move to Trash
⌘+shift-delete = Empty Trash
⌘+shift+Q = Log Out

Media Librarian

Winifred Fordham Metz
Media Resources Center,
Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

Media Lab Manager

Greg Klaiber
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