Scroll, swipe, click
Settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures and button assignments are also in Mouse and Trackpad preferences.
Close and resize windows
Buttons for closing, minimising and maximising a window are in the top left-hand corner of the window.
Use the volume control in the menu bar or use the volume keys on your Apple keyboard.
Change Mac settings
Looking for the Control Panel? Use System Preferences instead.
Use Spotlight to find and open apps, documents and other files quickly.
Browse for files
Looking for Windows File Explorer? Find out more about the Finder.
Throw files away
Looking for the Recycle Bin? Use the Bin, which is in the Dock.
Click the file once to select it, then press the Return key and enter a new name. Press Return when you've finished.
Preview most files on your Mac using Quick Look. Click the file once to select it, then press Space bar.
Back up files
Time Machine keeps a copy of all your files and it remembers how your system looked on any given day.
Many Mac keyboard combinations use the Command (⌘) key. Learn more keys and keyboard shortcuts
Force quit app
- For more information to help you get to know your Mac, use the Help menu in the Finder menu bar.
- What’s it called on my Mac? includes additional Windows and Mac terms.