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:
At the top of the screen, there is a gray bar that tells you what application you are currently in and gives you menu options for that application.

The trash bin is on the right side of the dock. Drag items to the trash that you want to delete, and please empty your trash before you log out.

Finding your work:
There are a number of ways of finding something you have saved. If you remember the name you gave the file when you saved it, you can use the Spotlight application to find it again. In the upper-right hand corner of the screen, click on the small magnifying glass icon to expose a search box. Type your search and hit enter to find your file. If you don’t remember the name of your file, but you remember where you saved it, you can use the Finder application to find your work. Click on the smiling face icon on the Dock at the bottom of the screen. This will open a window with the computer’s file structure, click through until you find your file.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
If you are used to Windows shortcuts, you will be frustrated to learn that they are different on Macs. Some are very similar, while others are very different.
 Here are some of the most common shortcuts:
⌘-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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