Just got a new Mac? We’ve gathered together a resource of all the tutorials, tips and how to advice you could possibly need!
If you have got a new Mac, the place to start is this tutorial: Setting up a new Mac, which will show you the best way to set up your new Apple computer.
Are you a PC user moving to a Mac for the first time? Here’s How to switch from a PC to a Mac. You might also find The PC users' guide to using a Mac: how to do things on a Mac useful.
We also have an iPad users' guide to using a Mac, for those of you who are moving to the Mac for the first time but are familiar with the iPad, and iPhone, operating system.
When it's time to stop using your Mac, you can Shut Down, Log Out or Sleep. Which one should you choose? We tend to shut down as it gives the Mac a chance to clear out various cache and system files, but you could just close the lid on your MacBook or put your iMac to sleep. Find out which is the best option here: Should I Log Out on my Mac or Shut Down?
Something lots of people ask when they aren’t familiar with the Mac is “How do I take a screenshot”. It’s actually really easy, and, we think, a lot more flexible on the Mac than the PC. Here’s How to take a screenshot on Mac.
The Mac keyboard
One of the first things you will encounter with your new Mac is the fact that there are a few differences between the keyboard on a Mac and a PC. Most obvious being that rather than pressing ctrl+c to copy, you will press cmd+c to copy. We have lots of keyboard tips here: Mac Keyboard Shortcuts.
The age-old question when it comes to using a Mac is what and where is the Option key on a Mac? For a company that prides itself on making things simple the fact that Apple calls a key Option in the US and Alt in the UK leads to all sorts of confusion. Well, now you know! Another useful tip is how to Find the Home and End buttons on a Mac.
If your keyboard is broken or not working properly, check out this tutorial: How to fix a broken or malfunctioning Mac keyboard.
The Mac trackpad and mouse
It’s not just the keyboard that’s different on a Mac. If you have a recent MacBook Pro or MacBook you will have a trackpad that features Force Touch, which introduces a new level of interaction with the Mac. Find out more here: 13 ways to use Force Touch on the new MacBook.
We also have a run down of the best gestures to use on a Mac's mouse and trackpad, which you are bound to find handy.
Also, Apple famously decided against the two-button mouse, deciding that it is better to have a single way to click to select, rather than two. However, everyone wants to right-click, and luckily you can. Here’s how to right-click on a Mac.
We also have How to fix an Apple Mac mouse, if your mouse starts playing up.
The Mac operating system: OS X
Is the software on your Mac up to date? If it’s a new Mac is should be running OS X El Capitan, the latest version of the Mac operating system. Or perhaps you have a slightly older Mac (you can purchase refurbished Macs from Apple and other resellers) and it’s running an older version of the OS. First things first, find out if your Mac can run the latest operating system here: Mac OS X El Capitan system requirements, and then follow these instructions to update to El Capitan if required: How to download and install Mac OS X El Capitan.
We promise it’s unlikely, but if you encounter any issues with updating the OS check out these tutorials: What to do if your Mac doesn't finish installing an update and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan updates, issues and fixes.
Find out about some of the things you can do on a Mac that might not have crossed your mind. For example, did you know you can make a phone call using your Mac? Here’s How to make phone calls on your Mac, and you can also send SMS texts from your Mac. Plus this is a useful feature: you can easily switch between your iPhone, iPad and Mac using Handoff – so you can continue composing an email that you started on your iPhone on your Mac, for example.
Have a read of Mac tricks: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do to find out more.
There are lots of fun elements to Mac OS X that you can enjoy using, have a look at our tips here: 23 tips for Mac OS X El Capitan.
One of the most handy features is iCloud Drive, which lets you save files on one Mac and then view them on another Mac you own as well as your iPhone and iPad. Here’s How to use iCloud Drive in iOS 9 & OS X.
Mac Settings and System Preferenceson
Once you have set up your Mac you might want to tweak the settings a bit. You can do so through System Preferences. Here you can control every aspect of your Mac from your privacy settings to printers, screen savers to search, and displays to dictation & speech. Find out everything you need to know here: How to use System Preferences in Mac OS X El Capitan
Mac Security and Privacy
You might be concerned about Mac security. Do you need antivirus software for your Mac? Find out here: Mac security FAQs: Do Macs get viruses, do I need security software, and other questions.
If you do get anti virus software you may regret it later. Here’s How to remove dodgy Mac antivirus software - plus get a MacKeeper refund.
Speaking of privacy, if you are really concerned, you can browse privately in Safari. Find out how here: How to use private browsing on Mac and iOS. You can also clear your Safari history and cookies, find out how here.
Apple even has software for the Mac (as well as the iPad and iPhone) that makes it possible to trace a stolen device. Find out How to trace a stolen MacBook: use Find My Mac to find your stolen MacBook.
The Mac comes with a variety of free apps provided by Apple including Safari for web browsing, Mail for emails, Pages, Keynote and Numbers (Apple’s equivalent to the Microsoft Office apps, which you can also get on the Mac). We have guide here:
Want to install a few non-Apple apps on your new Mac? Here we have 10 tips to help you find the best apps in the Mac App Store: How to find good apps on the Mac App Store
Email on a Mac
One of the first things you will probably want to do is set up email on your Mac. Here’s what you need to do:
Photos on a Mac
Apple is quite a creative company and as a result it has made it really easy to manage and share your photos on your Mac. In fact the photos you add to your Mac can appear on your iPad and iPhone, and even be streamed to the Apple devices of friends and family. Find out more here: How to set Photo Stream up on your Apple devices and How to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac.
Apple’s Photos software is where it all happens, and we have Tips for using Photos for Mac here.
Printing on a Mac
Trying to set up a printer so you can print from your Mac? Here’s How to print to a WiFi or network printer
You can also run a printer through an AirPort Time Capsule.
We have a round up of the best printers for Mac here.
Most Mac displays are Retina – which means they are very high resolution. You can read more about what Retina means here: What's a Retina display? What's a Retina HD display? Which Apple devices have Retina displays? But you don’t have to just use the monitor that your Mac comes with (if the Mac in question is a Mac mini you’ll need a separate monitor anyway).
You can even connect your Mac to two or more monitors, find out how here: How to connect a Mac to two or more monitors. You can also Use an old iMac as the monitor for another Mac, find out more in our tutorial.
Did you know you can also attach your Mac to your TV and use that screen as a display. Here’s How to connect an a Mac to a TV.
External hard drives
Here’s a few things you might find handy if you are setting up an external drive to back up to: How to set up a NAS drive and How to find a missing external USB hard drive in Mac OS X
You may also find that when you plug in your storage device you need to format it to use with the Mac. Here’s how to format a storage drive for Mac.
As for choosing the best hard drive (or flash drive) for your Mac, read: Buying advice: choose the best storage for your Mac. and our guide to the best hard drives for Mac and flash/SDD drives for Mac.
Backing up your Mac
Speaking of hard drives, you know it’s really important to back up your Mac. We have a Complete Guide to Time Machine, Apple’s built in software for backing up your Mac, and an in-depth guide to How to back up your Mac here.
Install Windows on your Mac
If you aren’t quite ready to part ways with Windows you don’t have to. You can run Windows on a Mac! Yes, really. Here’s how to install and run Windows on a Mac and How to run Windows 10 on Mac using Boot Camp. You can also Run Windows 10 on your Mac using VirtualBox.
If after a while you decide you can step away from Windows, here’s how to Delete a Boot Camp partition from a Mac.
Networking on the Mac
Chances are if you are in the home you won’t want to network your Mac and PC, unless you want to share files simply, but if your Mac is in an office environment it’s likely that you will, so here’s How to network Macs and share files between Macs over the network. You might also find How to manage Macs on a Windows-based network useful.
One of the easiest ways to share files between Macs (and iPhones and iPads) is to use AirDrop. Here’s how: How to AirDrop from iPhone to a Mac and Mac to iPhone.
WiFi and the Mac
If you have a few issues with WiFi - probably more to do with your internet provider than your Mac, but we cover everything you need to know here: How to fix Mac WiFi problems and get online. If your WiFi signal is a little weak, you can improve it by following this tutorial: How to improve your WiFi signal.
If you don’t have a WiFi connection to your Mac you can still get online by sharing your internet connection from your iPhone. Here’s how to turn your iPhone into a personal WiFi hotspot.
Troubleshooting the Mac
What if something goes wrong? Mac’s tend to ‘just work’ but sometimes things can go wrong. Here are Five of the most common Mac problems and how to fix them. You might also want to know how to force quit on a Mac, close programs that aren't responding.
Need to reinstall OS X? Here’s how to reinstall Mac OS X using Recovery mode.
What if there is no sound coming from your Mac’s speakers? Here’s what to do if there is no sound coming from your Mac.
If your Mac won’t charge there may be a few reasons, so have a look at: How to fix a MacBook that won't charge.
Are you particularly forgetful? Find out What to do if you've forgotten your Mac password for logging on to your Mac here. We also have How to find, change, create or delete your Apple ID.
If you’re offering help to someone else who has a problem with a Mac, here’s the guide for you: Troubleshoot a Mac remotely. Yes, you don’t even have to be there to fix their Mac, you can use Apple's Screen Sharing feature to remote control another Mac.
Advanced Mac tutorials
For the more advanced we have the following tutorials
This one you’ll love: 20 Mac Power User Tricks
Selling your old Mac
If you have a new Mac, chances are you will be considering the best way to sell your old Mac. Here’s our guide to How to sell your Mac.
Before you sell it, make sure that the contents of your Mac are thoroughly deleted. Read about how to securely delete all trash files from a Mac.
And here is how to reset your Mac and restore it to original factory settings – something you should definitely do before selling it.
Now read our collection of tutorials about the iPhone here: iPhone tips and tutorials, guides to iOS features, expert advice and hundreds of questions answered.