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Hello all,

I'm a longtime PC user that just recently bought a Macbook Air 13'' and I'm wondering if there's any type of setup or essential applications I should have (e.g. on a fresh reformat on PCs, I'll usually disable hibernate, etc. is there any thing similar I should consider on OS X?).

I understand that there are also some trackpad gestures as well that I'm going to be learning as well.

EDIT: i.e. Things that a technical person new to OS X should know about.
Edited by Fjorkte - 6/15/13 at 1:43pm
post #2 of 9
Not really offhand as you don't say what it is used for exactly though you could probably find plenty of lists with a Google. Won't take you long to learn your way around OS X. As for a disabling hibernation I can't see why you would do that short of preventing writes to SSD but on a laptop I would still keep it on, myself.

In addition to trackpad gestures there are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything too same as with Windows.

In the same vein, could help (and is cool) to acquaint yourself with the 'UNIX' under the hood via the command line in Terminal.app. Can use things like SSH for remote access etc or like FTP under OS X right out of the box via text commands.
Edited by wrigleyvillain - 6/15/13 at 1:48pm
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Take some time to learn the trackpad gestures. You can do so much with just trackpad gestures alone.
If you accustomed to Lunix then Spaces is on OSX, Allowing multiple desktops for organization of windows into spaces. Great for productivity.
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Main things you would need to know



  1. right click = tap on the trackpad with two fingers (you have to enable that, otherwise you have to physically press the trackpad down on the bottom right corner)
  2. If you want to close something properly either press command+Q or next to the Apple logo at the top left, click on that (for example "Safari" or whatever you're using) then click close. If you just click on the red circle it would be like minimizing it would close the window, but the program will still be running in the background.
  3. The "command" key is pretty much the "Windows" key but only works for shorcuts. ctrl key for Mac




The first time I used Mac that's pretty much all I needed to know, the rest of the features I learned over time.

As for hibernate, it should be switched off by default and should only work if you close the lid completely. If you do that it should only take 1 second to be back to a usable desktop when you open it again assuming you bought a 2013 Haswell MBA instead of a used one

EDIT: Bold = fixed.
Edited by andrews2547 - 6/16/13 at 11:57am
post #5 of 9
Kind of a nice basic overview right from Apple: http://www.apple.com/support/macbasics/
Elementary you say?? Well you have to start somewhere. smile.gif

Also the above posts are good too. I would say the gestures are easy to use and all right in system preferences. System preferences is to Mac as Control panel is to the PC. Also, each App can have its own preferences to be aware of that as well for additional customization. It is usually under the App name and in the drop down menu.

Have fun! It is a great OS and nice to know.

BTW: for any one else with an SSD, here are a few tweaks for your information. Nice little post a guy at work found. I would not worry about TRIM on this SSD as Apple enables it on their SSDs.
http://blog.alutam.com/2012/04/01/optimizing-macos-x-lion-for-ssd/
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Thanks for the responses so far.

I heard that using Google Chrome will decrease the battery life of the Macbook Air because of flash. I believe I saw some sort of Chrome extension that uses some sort of alternative to flash, does anyone know what this is?
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I had mixed results Chrome vs Safari
Safari seems to run more processes in the background to me.
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Another thing that hasn't been mentioned that you might want to learn or change is that the scrolling goes the opposite way you actually scroll on the trackpad by default if I remember correctly. I.e. if you swipe up, the page goes down. It can be a bit disconcerting if you aren't used to it. You can change that easily under the trackpad/mouse option in System Preferences.
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It is call the "natural" scroll direction. Will do it for mice too. Good call on that one Kinaesthetic
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