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Beginner’s guides, glossaries, and tutorials, plus tons of information to help you get to know your new Macintosh system.
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Setting Up Your New Mac
It's hard to hold back, but before you start using your new Mac, it's worth taking the time to learn how to set up and configure it to fit your needs.

Switching from Windows to Mac - How to Launch Applications on a Mac
Launching an application on a Windows PC and launching an application on a Mac are surprisingly similar processes. In both cases, you just click or double-click the application's icon. The tricky part is finding where applications are stored on the Mac, and figuring out where the comparable OS X application launchers are kept and how to use...

Moving Windows Data to the Mac Without the Migration Assistant
If your Mac isn't running Lion (OS X 10.7.x), you won’t be able to use the Migration Assistant to transfer information from your PC. Earlier versions of OS X's Migration Assistant were only designed to transfer data from other Macs. But don't despair; there are a few other options for moving your Windows data to your new Mac.

Switch to Mac - Lion's Migration Assistant Can Move Your PC Data to Your Mac
Now that you've switched to a Mac as your new computing platform, you may wonder how you're going to move all your stuff from your Windows PC to the Mac.

Finder Views: Icon, List, Column, and Cover Flow Finder Views
Finder views underwent significant changes with the release of Leopard. Most notably, the addition of Cover Flow view brings the list of Finder views up to four possibilities. Apple retained Icon view as the default, but the three additional views (List, Column, and the new Cover Flow) are Finder views that can open up new ways of looking at files and folders.

Using Finder Views on Your Mac
Finder views offer four different ways of looking at the files and folders stored on your Mac. Most new Mac users tend to work with only one of the four Finder views: Icon, List, Column, or Cover Flow. Working in one Finder view may not seem like a bad idea. But it’s probably much more productive in the long run to learn how to use each Finder...

Icon View: Icon View Options
Icon View: The Finder’s Icon view options control how icons will look and behave when you open a Finder window that is set to use Icon view. You can control text and icon size, text location, and grid spacing, as well as many more attributes of Icon view.

List View: List View Options
List View: The Finder’s List view options control how a list will look and behave when you open a Finder window that is set to use List view. You can control text and icon size, decide which columns should be displayed, how dates are used, and whether size information should be included.

Column View: Column View Options
Column View: The Finder’s Column view options control how Column view will look and behave. You can control text size, as well as decide if and how icons should display. You can also select the sorting order to use.

Cover Flow: Cover Flow Options
Cover Flow: The Finder’s Cover Flow view options control how the Finder will behave when you view folders in Cover Flow view. Cover Flow options let you control text and icon size, decide which columns should be displayed, how dates are used, and whether size information should be included.

Using the Finder on Your Mac
The Finder is the heart of your Mac. It provides access to files and folders, displays windows, and generally controls how you interact with your Mac. If you're switching to the Mac from Windows, you'll discover that the Finder is similar to Windows Explorer, a way to browse the file system. The Mac Finder is more than just a file browser, though.

Printer Sharing - How To Set Up Printer Sharing with Windows Computers
Windows users making the transition to Mac usually have Windows computers and peripherals they would like to continue to use. One of the most common questions from new users is, "Can I print from my Mac to the printer connected to my Windows computer?" The answer is yes. Heres how to achieve printer sharing with your Windows computers.

Customize the Dock's Location
The Dock, the program launcher that usually resides across the bottom of the screen in OS X, can be customized to suit your preferences.

Hide the Dock When It's Not in Use
If you want to free up a little screen real estate, you can set the Dock to disappear when you're not actively using it.

Transfer a Photoshop Elements Catalog from Windows to Mac
If you're a Photoshop Elements user who's switched from Windows to Macintosh, you maybe wondering how to transfer your Photoshop Elements catalog.

Why You Should Buy a Mac
The top reasons Apple gives for choosing a Mac over Windows.

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