The enormous success of the iPod, iPhone and iPad has also had an effect on Mac sales, which have reached record levels in the last year or so. A lot of those new Macs are being bought by ‘switchers’ – former PC users who have decided to move over to a Mac for the first time.

Switching to a Mac can seem intimidating if you’ve been using Windows for years, but it’s really not difficult. Most Mac programs – such as the Mac version of Microsoft Office – work just like their PC counterparts, so you don’t need to spend any time learning how to use a load of new software. However, you’ll probably have quite a few files and other bits of information that you want to transfer from the old PC to the new Mac. Here’s our guide on how to make the switch and join the Mac world.

1. The switch  If you’ve never used a Mac before, you can start to prepare yourself by taking a look at the Switch 101 section of Apple’s website ( This is designed specifically for people who are switching from a PC to a Mac, and contains plenty of hints and tips to help you get started.

2. Get it together  If you’ve got any files that you want to transfer onto the new Mac you can gather them all together in the My Documents folder on the PC. We’ve got some files stored in the My Music, Pictures and Video folders on our old Toshiba laptop PC and have also created a few other folders for our files.

3. File transfer  There are several ways to transfer your files onto the Mac. You can burn them onto CD or DVD, or copy them onto a hard disk or memory stick and transfer them onto the Mac that way. You can also connect the PC and Mac via a network – as we’ve done here – and simply copy your files across the network.

4. Home sweet home  The Mac has its own matching set of Music, Photos and Video folders, which are located within the main Home folder on your Mac’s hard disk. The Home folder automatically shows up in the sidebar of any window on the Mac desktop, so you can copy your files across into the relevant folders.