Mac tips for Windows switchers

Learn how to perform some common tasks on your new Mac.

Right click

Click the right corner of your Apple mouse, or click with two fingers on your Apple trackpad. You can change this in Mouse and Trackpad preferences.

Scroll, swipe, click

Settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures, and button assignments are also in Mouse and Trackpad preferences.

Close & resize windows

Buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing a window are in the upper-left corner of the window.

Change volume

Use the volume control   in the menu bar, or use the volume keys on your Apple keyboard.

Find files

Use Spotlight to quickly find and open apps, documents, and other files.

Open apps

You can also use Launchpad and the Dock to open your apps (programs).

Browse for files

Looking for Windows File Explorer? Learn about the Finder.

Throw files away

Looking for the Recycle Bin? Use the Trash, which is in the Dock.

Rename files

Click the file once to select it, then press the Return key and type a new name. Press Return when done.

Preview files

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.

Change Mac settings

Looking for the Control Panel? Use System Preferences instead.

Many Mac keyboard combinations use the Command (⌘) key. Learn more keys and keyboard shortcuts.











Close window


Switch apps


Quit app


Forward delete

Fn-Delete or   Forward Delete icon

Find files

Command–Space bar

Force quit app


Take screenshot


Learn more

  • 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.

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