Mac tips for Windows switchers
Learn how to perform some common tasks on your new Mac.
Scroll, swipe, click
Settings for scroll direction, swipe gestures, and button assignments are also in Mouse and Trackpad settings.
Close & resize windows
Buttons for closing, minimizing, and maximizing a window are in the upper-left corner of the window.
Change Mac settings
Looking for the Control Panel? Use System Settings (or System Preferences) instead.
Browse for files
Looking for Windows File Explorer? Learn about the Finder.
Use Spotlight to quickly find and open apps, documents, and other files.
Throw files away
Looking for the Recycle Bin? Use the Trash, which is in the Dock.
Click the file once to select it, then press the Return key and type a new name. Press Return when done.
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
For more information to help you get to know your Mac, use the Help menu in the Finder menu bar.
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