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    New to Mac/Apple

    I just bought a new Macbook Pro to bring to the workshop. I have been a windows guy all my life, but it has come to the point where the Mackbooks are quite a bit cheaper than the equivalent high end PC such as a thinkpad.

    A few things bugging me so far.

    The safari web browser seems to be a bit sluggish compare to IE 7 and it isn't tabbed. What is the fastest browser with tabs?

    I can't seem to be able to find the signal strength of the wireless, just that it is connected. When I go to the top of the screen and click the wireless icon it shows airport scanning.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Robert Firefox is tabbed http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

    Signal strength is shown on top left. There are 4 curves when they all are dark the strongest signal, weakest is only one is showing

    BTW Safari looks like it is tabbed , go into preferences in Safari
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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Robert

    Safari is Tabbed on my Windows machine.
    Ctrl-Click opens a link in a new Tab. (Probably Command Click on the Apple).
    Ctrl-Shift-Click opens a link in a new Tab and selects it.

    You can change some of these settings in the preferences.

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    Hell learn something new every day command click on a bookmark and bingo tabs
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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Geeze... You guys should call Apple and get sponsored just like you do from Leica.

    -the lone PC guy on the getDPI forums.

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    Maybe we can get you a Mac out of the deal. ROTFLMAO
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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    So let me ask a dumb question but I have gotten myself into tabs and don't seem to like it when I'm there. What are the benefits?

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    What about speed? Is firefox the fastest?

    What is the hotkey combo to switch between apps?

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    I am firefox now. Seems quicker.

    I have rescuepro software on a mini cd. Will these min cds go into the slot load superdrive?

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    So let me ask a dumb question but I have gotten myself into tabs and don't seem to like it when I'm there. What are the benefits?
    Some of us like having a bunch of windows open at a time. It saves time switching between windows. It is also easy to see what is in each window more easily. More organized than having a bunch of windows scattered across the desktop.

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    You will have to teach me in Carmel. Another way to stay organized between apps is to use spaces. Takes some time to get used.

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    What is the thing at the bottom of the screen with the applications on it called? How do I control what is there. In other words, get rid of a lot of the iLife stuff.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    First off, Safari can run tabbed or not tabbed.

    Second, the thing at the bottom is called the "Dock" and you remove stuff from it or add them to it by dragging them off or dragging them on. That easy
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    It is called the dock. On the Apple menu it is right there or you go into system preferences also in the apple menu top left. You can change where it is and how it works. To add apps to the dock in the finder Icon with the face on the doc you can go into applications and simply drag it there. To remove something hold the mouse key down over it and you will get a menu that has remove from dock as a choice

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    Thanks, got the dock organized.

    BTW, what is the superuser password? Doesn't seem to be the same as my password.

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    i've never used one before. I gather that is like an administrator.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    First off, Safari can run tabbed or not tabbed.
    I had tabbed on for a brief point in time an kept getting myself all mixed up. I need a lesson on tabbing and doing it well

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    i've never used one before. I gather that is like an administrator.
    I figured it out with a google. The root user account is not enabled by default in OsX. I will leave it that way.

    In Unix, or Max OsX, the root user is like God, more priviledges than even the admin. This can lead to problems if you do the wrong thing logged in as root.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    BTW, the spell check is showing my misspelled words, but I can figure out how to bring up the list of how it thinks they should be spelled.

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    I guess and if I really can't figure it out I go to the dashboard where there is a dictionary widget. Like all the new lingo dock, dashboard, widgets, spaces.....welcome.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post

    What is the hotkey combo to switch between apps?

    The hotkey to switch between apps is Command + Tab. If you keep hitting tab, it will advance through each app's icon (which appear mid-screen) or you can hold down the Command and tab keys and select the app you want with your mouse pointer.

    One suggestion, open your system preferences and click each icon that shows up. You can then scan through the options for controlling lots of the system level stuff.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    For both new and season Mac users I like to suggest David Pogue's Missing Manual books. Very useful....

    I like Firefox and Thunderbird for browing and mail on the Mac with OS-X.

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post
    BTW, the spell check is showing my misspelled words, but I can figure out how to bring up the list of how it thinks they should be spelled.
    With the cursor on the underlined word, hold two fingers on your trackpad and click (this is the Mac equivalent of a right-click)
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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    I figured it out. My trackpad didn't have the two finger click enabled.

    Jack, can you send me a group email for the workshop so I have the email list on this computer?

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by robsteve View Post
    BTW, the spell check is showing my misspelled words, but I can figure out how to bring up the list of how it thinks they should be spelled.
    Highlight the word in question and right click... it will bring up a menu that says "check in dictionary"

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    8 years and still learning new stuff

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    Re: New to Mac/Apple

    Quote Originally Posted by TRSmith View Post
    The hotkey to switch between apps is Command + Tab. If you keep hitting tab, it will advance through each app's icon (which appear mid-screen) or you can hold down the Command and tab keys and select the app you want with your mouse pointer.

    One suggestion, open your system preferences and click each icon that shows up. You can then scan through the options for controlling lots of the system level stuff.

    Enjoy!
    And to close down applications is Command + tab, tab, to chose which, holding Command down +Q will close down chosen application.

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